Learn to preserve your harvest

| June 17, 2016

COSHOCTON – Gardeners and other lovers of fresh produce are often interested in extending the season’s harvest by learning more about home-preserving their fresh picked bounty. The same can be said of people who raise livestock animals for food, purchase livestock at the county fair or simply want to take advantage of a really good sale at the grocery store. Join us monthly for free food preservation programs presented by Ohio State University Extension at 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month, June- September, at the Coshocton County OSU Extension Office with the exception of the July 18 class.

The programs focus on the basics of home canning and drying and are appropriate for people with all levels of experience, said Kate Shumaker, extension educator for Holmes County. “We emphasize the science behind preservation. We want everyone who home preserves foods to understand why certain procedures must be followed precisely to ensure a high-quality, safe product that they and their family can enjoy.”

The classes will address: Basic food safety principles, how to safely prepare food products for canning and drying and principles of safe food preservation.

Program dates and topics are:

  • June 20, Freezing Anything: Fruits, Veggies, Meats and Combination Dinners
  • July 18, Hands-on Canning- Water Bath & Pressure Canning. This class will start at 6 p.m. and be held at the Coshocton Christian Tabernacle Church
  • August 15, Salsa Time!
  • September 19, Jerky & Fruit Leathers

The programs are free and open to anyone, but reservations are required. An optional USDA Home Canning Guide is $20, and pressure canner gauge testing is available for an additional $5 before the June 20 class. Appointments for canner testing are available from 4:30-6:15 p.m. on the evening of those programs. Call to reserve a time.

“All pressure canner gauges except weighted gauges should be tested for accuracy each year,” Shumaker said.

To reserve a spot in one or all of the classes, contact the Coshocton County office of OSU Extension at 740-622-2265.

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