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UMaine Extension Offers Harvest Preservation Workshop

University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Preserving the Harvest workshop will be held Tuesday, June 17, 2014 from 4:30-7:30 p.m., at Little Ridge Farm, 101 Gould Road, Lisbon Falls 04252.

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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Savoie Demonstrates How to Make Quick Refrigerator Pickles for Press Herald

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.

Master Food Preservers are now being accepted

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.

If you have questions, please email lois.elwell@maine.edu or call 781-6099 or 1-800-287-1471 (in State)

This program was made possible in part by Whole Foods Market.   

 

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Press Herald Blog Previews Cooperative Extension Fermentation Workshop

The latest entry of the Portland Press Herald blog “Maine a la Carte: Dishing on food and drink news” previewed the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s fermentation workshop slated October 6 in Yarmouth. Kate McCarty, a food preservation community education assistant with UMaine Cooperative Extension, will teach the hands-on workshop.

Cooperative Extension Jam Recipe Mentioned in Press Herald Column

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.

McCarty Quoted in Press Herald Article on Canning

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.


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Cooperative Extension: Food & Health
5741 Libby Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5741
Phone: 207.581.3188, 800.287.0274 (in Maine) or 800.287.8957 (TDD)E-mail: extension@maine.edu
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
207.581.1110
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