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Going green with food preservation presentation

Food preservation can be risky business!

Some home canners across the nation continue to use unsafe and not recommended methods. Open-kettle canning is still practiced for fruits and tomatoes by 44 percent of canners and for vegetables by 35.4 percent. This can result in food poisoning and food poisoning can be fatal.

One third of all canners had jars that didn’t seal properly (Penn State Newsletter June 2009).

Do these comments sound familiar?

“Recommendations have changed?”

“I just put the hot food in the jar and it seals. ... no one has gotten sick in years.”

“Why change?”

“I want to learn! Using a pressure canner scares me. Is it going to blow up?”

“Why is my fruit floating?”

“I thought pressure canning at 10 psi was OK.”

“The lid didn’t seal. Now what?”

If so, join La Plata County Family and Consumer Science Agent Wendy Rice for a presentation entitled “Going Green with Food Preservation.”

This class will be held in Pagosa Springs at the Extension office,10 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Topics to be discussed will include the key elements of:

• Food preservation and safety at high altitude.

• What works and what doesn’t.

• What to look for in equipment.

• Proper and safe techniques for freezing, dehydration and water bath canning.

• Pressure canning techniques.

• What does it cost?

Rice will help you learn how to can it, dry it, and freeze it.

Fruits, vegetables, jams, salsas and pickles made from fresh produce are the foundation for this excursion into the world of preserving the harvest. Learn how you can keep the harvest all year long. Learn the hows, whats and whys. She will help you overcome some of your fears as well as answer the “problem” questions: “Why did ...?” Why didn’t ...?”

When you leave, you will have the skills to understand food preservation, be it pickling foods, drying foods, water bath canning fruits, tomatoes, jams and salsas, and the safety of pressure canning for vegetables and meats. Learn the solutions to the problems encountered.

Please R.S.V.P. to the Archuleta County Extension Office at 264-5931, so enough materials can be printed.

 Last chance to sign up

AgrAbility is a unique government-funded program run by Colorado State University Extension and Easter Seals Colorado.

The program assists farmers and ranchers with disabilities so they can stay on their farms and ranches.

An AgrAbility workshop will be conducted Nov. 5 in Pagosa Springs at the Extension Office.

If you are interested in attending or would like more information contact the office at 264-5931.

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