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Preserve at Home: Web-based course

Colorado State University Extension and the University of Idaho Extension offer Preserve at Home to teach individuals how to safely preserve a variety of food products. Participants learn how to produce high quality preserved foods and the science behind food preservation and food safety.

Individuals with little or no previous food preservation experience are welcome. Anyone with an interest in food preservation and food safety can enroll in Preserve at Home.

On-line classroom instruction using University of Idaho Moodle software monitored and facilitated by UI Extension. Each lesion includes on-line test (that can be downloaded and printed), on-line bulletin board to facilitate student discussion, a real-time chat to interact with classmates and a quiz to access student gained knowledge.

Lessons include: Causes of Foodborne Illness and Prevention; Canning Acid Food (fruit and tomatoes) Boiling Water Bath; Canning Low Acid Foods (vegetables, meats, and fish) Pressure Canner Dial/Weighted; Canning Specialty Foods (jams, jellies and preserves, salsas, pickled and fermented foods); Drying and Freezing; as well as Supplemental Material including: Nutritional Value and Cost of Preserved Foods; Miscellaneous Food Safety and Preservation; Preparing for and Coping with Emergencies and Disasters; and High Altitude Canning. At the conclusion a final exam is given and a certificate is awarded upon completion.

Cost of the course is $65, payable to Boulder County Extension. Enrollment and Payment deadline is Thursday, July 1. The on-line course begins Wednesday, July 7, after 1 p.m. and classroom chats are Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. July 14 through Aug. 18.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities act of 1990, those requesting reasonable accommodations need to contact Ann Zander one week before the starting date of the program at (303) 678-6238 or e-mail:


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