With more people venturing into growing their own food after the 2020 pandemic, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is offering new home gardeners a three-part series of online classes in August on how to preserve their food beyond the harvest.
The Preserving Your Harvest Online Canning Classes will be from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Aug. 9, Aug. 10 and Aug. 12. Those interested in attending should preregister at https://preservingyourharvest.eventbrite.com. The fee is $15 for all three classes, with an additional $2.55 Eventbrite fee.
“We were excited last year when we first offered this course to have 80 people attend, and we expect even more this year,” said Felice Acker, AgriLife Extension family and community health agent, Castro County. “This way of preserving your food was almost a lost art, and we want to make sure everyone new to the process knows how to do so properly.”
Preserving Your Harvest classes
The class schedule and topics are:
Aug. 9 – Introduction to canning – the why and how to can produce. This session will cover the science and safety and equipment used.
Aug. 10 – Water bath basics. This will be a discussion on what foods are safe and basic steps, with videos showing how to water bath jam/jelly, salsa and pickles.
Aug. 12 – Pressure canning basics. Participants will learn to preserve low-acid foods such as vegetables, meats, soups and more.
The classes were planned and will be taught by AgriLife Extension family and community health agents, including Acker; Kathy Carr, Bailey County; Sierra Stephens, Yoakum County; Ann Millican, Terry County; Ronda White, Scurry County; and Courtney Lowe, AgriLife Extension health agent, Castro, Hale and Lamb counties.
For more information, contact any of these agents at their AgriLife Extension offices in their respective counties.