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Food Preservation

Food Preservation

Saturday, Oct. 27 | 9am–2pm

Preserving the Goodness: Introduction to Food Preservation Techniques

Explore different ways to preserve food including: dehydrating, steam juicing, vacuum sealing, freezing, canning, and fermenting. Turn fruit into juice using a steam juicer and into snacks using the dehydrator.  Add salt to cabbage to ferment into sauerkraut. Protect dry goods such as flour and rice using a vacuum sealer. Compare boiling water bath canning to pressure canning, and learn tips for freezing your bounty.

Preserving your own food can lead to a lower grocery bill, more control over what is in your food, and the creation of less trash by reusing containers. In the middle of winter you can enjoy your garden harvest, or a bounty from a farmers' market, by preserving fresh food at the peak of ripeness. This is a hands-on workshop, no experience needed.  Please bring a box and packing material to transport home 2 pint jars and 1 quart jar full of goodness. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch to eat during the “lecture” portion of the workshop.

Cost: $40/person ($30 tuition + $10 materials)

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About the Instructor

Food preservation has been a part of Barb Brenner’s entire life: from helping her Mom can and freeze, to 4-H activities as a teen, to preserving her own garden harvest as an adult, to teaching food preservation classes for the NYS DEC’s “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” workshop and other local workshops.  Barb has earned Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Master Food Preserver Certification. Barb’s daily meals are made from the contents of canning jars, freezer containers or vacuum sealed bags/jars. Fruits, vegetables and herbs are dehydrated for storage or for camping trips. Cabbage and cucumber pickles ferment in crocks and fruits harvested from her property are turned into juice. Barb lives in Lima, NY and has a food preservation informational/demonstration booth at the Lima’s Farmers' Market.

 


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