UMaine Extension staff members will lead the workshop, which will include hands-on, USDA-recommended hot water bath canning and freezing food preservation methods. Learn to preserve pickles, jam, vegetables, and fruits, as well as rhubarb orange chutney. Home food preservation allows for year-round consumption of locally grown foods and enables preservers to control additives, including sugar and sodium.
Fresh produce, canning jars, and other canning equipment will be provided. Participants should bring a potholder. Cost is $15 per person; partial scholarships are available. Register by June 10 at umaine.edu/food-health/food-preservation/hands-on-workshops/. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.781.6099, 800.287.1471 (toll-free in Maine).
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Kathy Savoie, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator, provided the Portland Press Herald with step-by-step instructions on how to make quick refrigerator pickles with a variety of spring vegetables.
Do you enjoy the art and science of food preservation? Would you like to develop expertise in food preservation? Consider becoming a Master Food Preserver.
What is a Master Food Preserver?
Master Food Preservers serve to extend Extension’s education programs in food preservation to adults and youth. The Master Food Preserver serves as a volunteer and resource in the community to provide the public with research-based information from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and USDA.
Complete schedule and APPLICATION FORM are available now. Application deadline is first Friday in May. Participants are informed of their selection status the 3rd week in May.
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The latest column in the Portland Press Herald’s Maine Gardener series mentions jams as an easy way to make berries last longer. The article cites a new low-sugar recipe recommended by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
The latest post on the Portland Press Herald blog “The Root: Dispatches from Maine’s food sources,” mentions the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s hands-on food preservation workshops and includes a link to the full class schedule. Experts will teach class participants the basics of canning and freezing, including how to use pressure canners and water bath canners to preserve pickles, jam and vegetables. Produce and canning jars are provided at the classes.
Kate McCarty, food preservation community education assistant for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, gave canning advice for a Press Herald article geared toward food preservation beginners. McCarty spoke about federal food safety guidelines and the various equipment needed for canning.
WVII (Channel 7) covered a canning workshop held on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Felicia Dumont, food preservation community education assistant with UMaine Extension, spoke about the importance of learning how to can correctly.