Will your New Year’s Resolutions include updating your food preservation skills? Want to learn how to safely can, dry or freeze your garden’s bounty? Oregon State University Extension Service invites you to enroll in Preserve@Home, an on-line food preservation course 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 full-time jobs or who live in remote areas may be very interested in this course because it is self-paced each week and there is one hands-on lab on a Saturday at the end of the series.
The registration deadline is Friday, January 13, 2017. The first class of the 6-week course opens on-line on Thursday, January 19, 2017. Each lesson includes online text (that can be downloaded and printed), on-line bulletin board to facilitate participant discussion, and a real-time weekly chat to interact with classmates and instructors. The weekly on-line chat session for the first lesson will be on Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 1:00 to 1:45 PM. Topics to be covered include: Foodborne Illness – causes and prevention, Spoilage and Canning Basics, Canning High Acid foods, Canning Specialty High Acid Foods – pickles, salsa, jams, jellies, etc., Canning Low Acid Foods, and Freezing and Drying. Supplemental materials this year will include materials on planting varieties for food preservation and one on cold storage and root cellaring.
Glenda Hyde, Preserve @ Home instructor will provide a hands-on lab experience for Central Oregon participants at the OSU Extension office in Redmond. Students will practice pressure canning, water-bath canning and dehydrating. The optional hands-on lab will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Cost of the course is $55 plus the cost of required supplemental materials. Many of the supplemental materials are available free, on-line. Class size is limited. This course offered cooperatively with the University of Idaho Extension Service and eXtension.
Register online by January 13, 2017 at http://bit.ly/Preserveathome
The schedule for Preserve @ Home will be updated at the end of November each year.
Associate Professor (Practice)
Email: Glenda Hyde
Oregon State University Extension/Deschutes County
3893 SW Airport Way
Redmond, Oregon 97756-8697