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OSU Extension offering food preservation classes

From May through September free food preservation programs will be presented by Ohio State University Extension at 6 p.m. at the Love Center Food Pantry.

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There will be free monthly food preservation programs May through September, presented by Ohio State University Extension at 6 p.m. at the Love Center Food Pantry.
"We emphasize the science behind preservation," said Kate Shumaker, Extension educator for Holmes County. "We want everyone who home-preserves foods to understand why certain procedures must be followed precisely to ensure a high-quality, safe product that they and their family can enjoy.
It is especially important to be following safe, research-based directions for home canning. Our programs focus on the basics of home food preservation and are appropriate for people with all levels of experience."
The classes will address basic food safety, how to safely prepare food products for canning and drying, and principles of safe food preservation.
Program dates and topics are Freezing Fruits and Vegetables on May 25, Canning Tomatoes and Salsa on July 27 and Canning Meat: Hands-on on Sept. 7.
The programs are free and open to anyone, but reservations are required. An optional USDA Home Canning Guide is $20, and pressure-canner gauge testing can be scheduled for an additional $5 before any class.
"All dial-gauge pressure canners should be tested for accuracy each year," Shumaker said.
For more information about these workshops, visit their website at www.holmes.osu.edu or stop by their office for a brochure. To reserve a spot in one or more of the programs, call the Holmes County office of OSU Extension at 330-674-3015.

Published: May 17, 2017
New Article ID: 2017170519972