ISU Extension and Outreach in Cherokee County, along with Western Iowa Tech Community College will kick off the Learning With Lunch series on Wednesday, Sept. 12, with a program on Canning and Preserving.
"Canning, drying and preserving food is an old art that is making a comeback. It's all part of the trend to know where your food comes from, what is in it, and to eat fresh, local foods," states Renee Sweers, ISU Extension Nutrition and Health Program Specialist and program presenter
"It is a wonderful way to extend the taste and nutrition of the garden throughout the whole year. We are encouraging first time preservers to come to this class, or anyone who would like to update their canning, freezing, and dehydrating skills, Canning the way grandma did it may not be safe. Everyone needs to be using up-to-date canning and food preservation processes and recipes," Sweers continued.
The class includes guidelines for canning, freezing and drying and up to date resources and recipes for safe and tasty food preservation. Participants learn about Preserve the Taste of Summer the food preservation course available from ISU Extension.
Cost of the program is $6 per person, which covers the cost of a light lunch catered by Hy-Vee. To reserve a seat and lunch, participants must pre-register by Monday, Sept. 10 by calling the Cherokee County Extension Office at 225-6196, or email email@example.com to pre-register.
"Learning with Lunch" is a series of workshops on a different topic, offered each month through April 2013. If you would like to know what the topics are for the upcoming months, please call the Extension office at 225-6196.