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University of Maine Cooperative Extension to Offer Hands-On Food Preservation Workshops

Ever wonder how to preserve all those great garden vegetables?  The University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer hands on food preservation workshops in several locations throughout Washington County.  The workshop will teach the basics of canning and freezing, including how to use pressure canners and water bath canners to preserve pickles, jam and vegetables.  Fresh produce and canning jars will be provided.Workshops will be offered at the following locations-  August 13 at the Labor of Love Kitchen in Eastport from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; September 3 at the Faith United Methodist Church in Columbia from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; September 4 at Machias Savings Bank in Machias from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; September 6 at St Croix Regional Technical Center in Calais from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; and September 14 at the Labor of Love Kitchen in Eastport from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The cost of the workshop is $12.00.  There are a limited number of scholarships available.  Registration is required.  For more information or to register online visit the website at http://umaine.edu/washington/programs/food-preservation-workshops-in-washington-county/.  You may also register by calling 1-800-287-1542 (toll free in Maine) or 255-3345 or by emailing tara.a.wood@maine.edu.   Registration for the Labor of Love site can be done by contacting Anne S. Hopkins at laboroflovenc@gmail.com or by calling 853-2869.  Limit of 15 participants per session.

If you are not able to participate in one of the home food preservation workshops, you may be interested to know that you may get reliable answers to your home food preservation questions, and may schedule pressure canner gauge testing by contacting your local UMaine Extension office.

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