Back to Basics Food Preservation at Extension office


    The Back to Basics Food Preservation class schedule has been set.

    The CSU Extension Office in Archuleta County is offering Back to Basics Food Preservation, and we are looking for all who are interested in attending beginner food preservation classes.

    Jams and Jellies

    • Jan. 14 at 1 or 6 p.m.

    • Jan 28 at 1 or 6 p.m.

    Whole Fruit Canned/Frozen

    • Feb. 25 at 1 or 6 p.m.


    • March 25 at 1 or 6 p.m.

    Tomatoes and Salsa-Canned, Frozen/Drying of Fruits and Vegetables

    • April 22 at 1 or 6 p.m.

    Vegetables/Pressure Canning

    • May 6 at 1 or 6 p.m.

    Each class will also cover basics of spoilage, food borne illnesses, high-altitude adjustments and canning basics.

    Contact the Archuleta County CSU Extension Office at 264-5931 or to be added to the class list.

    Space is limited, so enrollment will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

    The cost will be $10 per class per person, and each person will get to take home one jar filled with what was made during class.

    According to the USDA, “Nearly half of the vitamins may be lost within a few days unless the products are cooled or preserved. Within 1 to 2 weeks, even refrigerated produce loses half or more of its vitamins. If handled properly and canned promptly after harvest, preserved food can be more nutritious than fresh produce sold in local stores.”

    Free radon screening tests, meeting

    Colorado State University Extension will offer a free radon awareness class and free screening kits Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 4 p.m. Class will be held at the Archuleta County Extension Office.

    The dates listed in last week’s Viewpoints for the radon sessions were incorrect. The date listed above is correct.

    Colorado State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Colorado counties cooperating. CSU Extension programs are available to all without discrimination. No endorsement of products mentioned is intended nor is criticism implied of products not mentioned.


    Jan. 10 — Mountain View Homemakers, 11:30 a.m.

    Jan. 10 — 4-H Club Shady Pine meeting, 6:30 p.m.

    Jan. 11 — 4-H Cloverbud Program, 2 p.m.

    Jan. 14 — Back To Basic Food Preservation, 1 p.m.

    Jan. 14 — Back To Basic Food Preservation, 6 p.m.

    Jan. 15 — 4-H Council meeting, 6:30 p.m.

    Jan. 18 — 4-H Wolf Creek Wonders Club meeting. 2 p.m.

    Jan. 21 — Extension office is closed.

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