Extension Service offers help in food preservation

Would you use an owner’s manual from a Model T to try to fix your car today?

Of course not. The same goes for preserving foods safely. Food preservation techniques and recommendations have been updated several times in recent years. With the resurgence of home gardening, both novice and experienced home food preservationists are asking for the latest information about canning.

The WVU Randolph County Extension Service offers help in answering food preservation questions as well as classes on the subject. If you are interested in learning to preserve your garden’s bounty (or the bounty of those at farmers markets) or just need a refresher course in how to preserve your foods, the Extension Service can help.

This summer, evening sessions will target water-bath canning and pressure canning. You can register for the following classes by calling the WVU Extension Service at 304-636-2455.

– Canning 101: Learn the basics of up-to-date food preservation techniques and safe preservation methods. Participants will learn to use both boiling water and pressure canners and will prepare items to take home.

Dates: July 17 and July 18 from 5-8 p.m. both nights

Location: 4-H Camp Pioneer, 4-H Camp Road, Beverly.

Registration: Pre-registration is required on or before July 12 by calling 304-636-2455. Space is limited, call early.

Cost: $10 per person, which covers both sessions and the cost of ingredients.

For information on food preservation or to register for food preservation classes call the WVU Randolph County Extension Service at 304-636-2455.