Food Preservation Classes 2021

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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 great opportunities in Henderson County this summer.

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 agent, Renay Knapp, 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

Each session will have the option to attend in-person or virtually. The in-person attendees will receive a copy of the “So Easy to Preserve” book published by the University of Georgia.

In-person classes will be held at the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Henderson County Center, 100 Jackson Park Rd, registration fee is $25* per person. All virtual classes are free but do require registration.

Click the “Register Now” link to register for the class of your choice or call Keai Tilly at 828-697-4891.

Freezing & Drying: May 4, 2 p.m. or 6 p.m.c- call Keai Tilly at 828-697-4891 for Henderson County OR

May 6, 2 p.m. or 6 p.m. – call MaryAnn Mickowicz at 828-884-3109 for Transylvania County – both are in-person only.

Jams & Jellies:  Register Now  May 10 or May 13

Fruits:  Register Now  May 17 or May 20

Vegetables:  Register Now  May 24 or May 27

Pickles:  Register Now  June 1 or June 3

Tomatoes & Salsa:  Register Now  June 7 or June 10

Meats:  Register Now  June 14 or June 17

Soups & Stews:  Register Now  June 21 or June 22

*If you would like to attend more than 1 in-person class, contact Keai at 828-697-4981 for special pricing.