Archive for the ‘Food Preservation’ Category

Become a Community Resource For Food Preservation, Safety

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Preparing for canningUniversity of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a 10-session Master Food Preserver training program starting June 19 and ending Sept. 25.

Lectures, discussions and hands-on kitchen lab education will be conducted 10 Thursdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m., at Gorham Middle School, 106 Weeks Road, Gorham, and at the UMaine Extension Office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth.

A Master Food Preserver is a UMaine Extension volunteer who has successfully completed the practical, research-based program on food safety and preservation. Volunteers agree to give back 20 hours of time for community-based projects within a year. Projects could include hands-on food preservation workshops, staffing educational displays and demonstrations and providing information at farmers’ markets, county fairs, and other food-related events.

May 2 is the deadline to apply. Fees are on a sliding scale, from $125 to $330, based on household income. For more information or to request an application or disability accommodation, call 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine). Or, for additional information, contact Kathleen Savoie, Extension Educator, 207.781.6099,

Online applications will be available March 31 at

Extension’s McCarty in Press Herald Food Preservation Column

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

A Portland Press Herald gardening column about preserving and freezing fruits and vegetables included advice from University of Maine Cooperative Extension food preservation aide Kate McCarty. McCarty suggested freezing or canning garden produce as jams, jellies, salsas or other tomato-based sauces.

Blog Features UMaine Extension Food Preservation Video

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

The blog Diary of a Tomato linked to UMaine Extension’s “How to Freeze Tomatoes” video in a post about Mastering Food Preservation: Canning Marathon — Roma, Juliet & Blush Tomatoes.

Youth ‘Pickle Labs’ Food Preservation Series Offered

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

pickles; photo by Edwin RemsbergThe University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Falmouth is offering “Pickle Labs” in February and April, a series of two-hour, hands-on, multi-media educational programs designed to teach children 7-12 years old about the science behind food preservation.

Program sessions, each limited to 24 participants, costs $2 per child and will be held at the Cumberland County Extension office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Ste 104, in Falmouth. Students will learn about food preservation science with pickles. In the process, they’ll dissect a pickle, identify pickle flavors through smell and taste, play pickle Jeopardy and sample different pickled products.

Sessions are scheduled Feb. 22 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m.; Feb. 23 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m.; April 17, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m.; and April 19, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m.

To register, call (207) 781-6099 or 1-800-287-1471 in Maine. UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goals. Participants with special needs are asked to contact the office at least 10 days prior to the desired sessions to allow accommodations to be arranged.