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Food preservation presentation at Extension

Food Preservation can be risky business!

Some home canners across the nation continue to use unsafe and not recommended methods.

Would you like to learn some basic canning information? If so, join La Plata County Family and Consumer Science Agent Wendy Rice, for a presentation entitled “Going Green with Food Preservation.”

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

Topics to be discussed will include:

• 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 how, what and why. Wendy will help you overcome some of your fears as well as answer the “problem” questions.

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.

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


Nov. 5 — 6:30 p.m., Shady Pine Club.

Nov. 6 — 2:15 p.m., Colorado Mountaineers Club.

Nov. 9 — 5:30 p.m., 4-H Model Rocketry project (off-site).

Nov. 10 — 6 p.m., Rocky Mountain Riders Club and 4-H Horse.

Nov. 11 — Office closed in observance of Veterans Day.

Nov. 11 — 6:30 p.m., Pagosa Peaks Club.

Nov. 12 — Noon-2 p.m., Mountain View Homemakers.

Nov. 12 — 5:30 p.m., Pagosa Springs Enterprises.

Nov. 12 — 7 p.m., Farm Bureau.

Nov. 13 — 1:45 p.m., Cloverbuds.

Nov. 13 — 2 p.m., 4-H Rabbit project.

Nov. 13 — 2:15 p.m., Wolf Creek Wonders Club.

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