UPDATED: Canning & Preserving Classes

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During a time when food supply chains are uncertain, knowing how to preserve your own produce has never been more important. If you’ve been considering learning more about home canning, you will have three great opportunities in Henderson County this summer. The N.C. Cooperative Extension, Henderson County Center will be hosting hands-on workshops designed to teach the basics to those new to canning and preserving. You may pick and choose the session you want to attend, or register for all of them!

What Will You Learn? Family and Consumer Science agents from both Polk and Henderson County will be leading the workshops to introduce you to topics like:

  • Filling jars to the right level
  • Choosing the right produce for canning
  • Cold and hot jar packing methods
  • Pressure cooker safety
  • How long canned foods can safely be stored

How Much Does It Cost? There will be a $15 materials fee for each individual workshop.

How to Register: Due to social distancing measures, we will be limiting class size. Pre-registration is necessary; please call (828) 697-4891 or mail check to                  N.C. Cooperative Extension of Henderson County, 100 Jackson Park Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28792

August 20 – 2 and 6 p.m.

Tomatoes and Salsa

Learn how to safely can tomatoes to add to soups, stews, and other dishes. Like salsa? Join us to learn how to make it for those tailgate parties.


August 24 – 2 and 6 p.m.

Freezing and Drying

Learn how to preserve our own frozen fruits and vegetables at home and how to dry fruits, fruit leathers, vegetables, herbs, and jerky.


September 8 – 2 and 6 p.m.

Canning Meat

Is someone in your family a hunter? Would you like to can that meat for your family, or meat that you find in the grocery store on sale? In this workshop, you will learn what equipment you need and how to safely preserve it.


October 8 – 6 p.m.

Making Apple Butter

Fall is the perfect time to learn how to make your own apple butter. Learn how to make it and preserve it for your family to enjoy in the winter months.


October 9 – 12 noon

Making Apple Butter

Fall is the perfect time to learn how to make your own apple butter. Learn how to make it and preserve it for your family to enjoy in the winter months.


October 22 – 2 and 6 p.m.

Fermentation

What is fermentation? How long has it been around or is it a new method of food preservation? What are the health benefits of fermented foods?

If you want to learn more about fermentation, and how to make sauerkraut, kimchee, yogurt and kobucha, this is the workshop for you.