Want to learn about the fine art of canning and preserving fruits and vegetables? ISU Extension in Cherokee County is offering Canning 101, a free food preservation program on Monday, July 25. The program is available at two time frames, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Cherokee County ISU Extension Office, 209 Centennial Drive in Cherokee.
"Home food preservation has been identified as one of the top ten food trends of the year," states Renee Sweers, ISU Extension Nutrition and Health Program Specialist and program presenter. "We are encouraging first time canners to come to this class, or anyone who needs to update their canning/freezing skills. Canning the way Grandma did may not be safe. Everyone needs to be using up-to-date canning and freezing processes and recipes."
The class will include food safety information, guidelines for canning, freezing and drying, and an overview of equipment/utensils for canning and freezing and up to date resources and recipes for safe and tasty food preservation. Participants will also learn about Preserve the Taste of Summer, the new food preservation course available from ISU Extension.
Pressure canner testing is also available on the same day, July 25 from noon -- 6 p.m. Home canners can bring their dial gauge pressure canner lid (or just the dial gauge) to the Cherokee County ISU Extension office, 209 Centennial Drive, Suite A, to be tested for accuracy. It is recommended that dial gauge canners be tested each year to be sure the pressure reading is correct.
According to Sweers it is critical that dial gauge canners be tested. "A one-pound error in a 20-minute process causes over 10% decrease in sterilizing value. A two-pound error can cause a 30% decrease in sterilizing value. Gauges will be tested at 5, 11 and 15 pounds pressure for accuracy. If a gauge is off by more than two pounds we recommend it be replaced," states Sweers.
The Canning 101 workshop is free. Cost for the dial gauge testing is $5. To register or for more information contact the Cherokee County ISU Extension Office, 712-225-6196.