Preserving the Harvest: 2023 Safe Plates Home Foods Preservation Series

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Are you thinking about preserving foods this summer out of your garden and you have no idea where to begin? We have a great opportunity for you. Please check out the graphic below:

To register for one or more session visit: Virtual Canning Basics:Canning season is right around the corner. If the art of home canning is new to you, learn the basics during our virtual canning basic workshop. The workshop will cover equipment, supplies, and safe procedures for canning low-acid and high-acid foods. All hands-on sessions will be required to attend or watch this training. Thursday May 2, 10 a.m.-11 a.m., Cost: Free; Boiling Water Bath Canning: Want to learn how to extend your fresh fruit and vegetable season? Boiling water bath canning is a fun and great way for beginning canners or those wanting to refresh their skills. Learn how easy it is to safely can high-acid foods in this hands-on workshop as we practice canning whole tomatoes and salsa. Tuesday, June 6th, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Cost: $20, Pressure Canning: Not all foods can be canned via boiling water bath methods. Foods such as vegetables, meats, and poultry are considered low acid and must be pressure canned. For anyone new to preserving foods, pressure canning can be scary. Join us as we walk through pressure canning and demonstrate how to make and pressure canned stock/broth. June 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Cost: $20; Fermentation: Fermenting foods can sound overwhelming and look scary to do, but fermented foods not only help to preserve longer, but provide many beneficial probiotics. Join us for a hands-on session of fermentation as you ferment your own kimchi and kombucha. July 11th, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Cost: $20; Dehydrating & Freezing: Dehydrating and freezing fruits and veggies can sound simple but done incorrectly and your hard-preserved food can mold and spoil quickly. When done correctly, fruits and veggies can pack intense flavors. Come learn the proper dehydration & freezing technique. Participants will gain hands-on practice with drying and freezing fruits. July 25th, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Cost: $20; All Things Meat: Whether you're an avid hunter or just want to store up any extra meat, there are many ways to preserve meats including freezing, dehydrating, and canning. Using safe preparation and storage practices allows anyone to store nutritious, high-quality protein. Join us for an all-meat session as we practice different methods of meat preservation. August 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Cost: $30 North Carolina Cooperative Extension is an equal opportunity provider. Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by 14 days in advance to Der Holcomb via phone at (828)632-3125 or by email at