Learn how to “Preserve the Taste of Summer” during online lessons and a hands-on workshop from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Story County. The online lessons already are available and a choice of two workshops are scheduled at the Story County Extension office. The first hands-on workshop is Salsa making and Freezing workshop planned for Thursday, Aug. 24, at 5:30 p.m. at the Story County Extension office, located at 220 H Ave. in Nevada.


“Preserve the Taste of Summer” provides the most current USDA-approved food preservation recommendations, said Holly VanHeel, a human sciences specialist in nutrition and wellness with ISU Extension and Outreach.


“It’s a great opportunity for anyone age 18 or older who is interested in learning safe food preservation techniques. You can participate at the home food preserver level or the professional level,” VanHeel said.


The home food preserver registration fee is $35 and covers all eight online lessons and the hands-on workshop on Aug. 24.


To register for “Preserve the Taste of Summer,” go to http://www.extension.iastate.edu/registration/events/conferences/preservation/.


Online lessons cover overall food safety and several specific topics, including canning basics, canning acid foods, pressure canning low-acid foods, and preparing and canning pickled and fermented foods. Lessons also discuss making and preserving fruit spreads, freezing foods, storing frozen and refrigerated foods, and drying foods.


After completing the online lessons, participants may sign up for one or more hands-on workshops covering hot water bath canning (salsa making) and freezing, jams and dehydrating, pickle making, or pressure canning. The workshops are taught by ISU Extension and Outreach human sciences specialists in nutrition and wellness.


For more information about “Preserve the Taste of Summer,” contact Holly VanHeel by phone, 515-579-2119 or by email vanheel@iastate.edu or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/humansciences/preserve-taste-summer.