The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Williamson County is hosting a home canning series starting March 2 in Georgetown.
The three-part series will also be held on March 9 and March 16. All classes will be at 100 Wilco Way, Suite AG205, Georgetown.
The cost is $60 for the series and must be paid in full at the first class. To register, call the AgriLife Extension office in Williamson County at 512-943-3300 or visit https://tx.ag/March2CanningSeries.
“Home food preservation is an important and popular hot topic right now,” said Katie Sindac, AgriLife Extension family and community health agent for Williamson County. “It is critical that those who practice preserving and processing foods at home have access to the most reliable information available concerning food safety and food quality.”
Preserving the Harvest is a series that teaches participants to preserve foods using tested recipes and research-based methods. The classes’ hands-on activities allow participants to learn and practice food preservation skills under the supervision of an AgriLife Extension agent, she said.
The series will address canning basics, food preservation trends, water bath canning and pressure canning.
“Our priority is teaching our families to learn the proper techniques and recipes for their home canning projects to ensure safe food storage,” Sindac said.
The classes are as follows:
- March 2, 3-5 p.m., Canning Basics. Jenna Anding, Ph.D., registered dietitian nutritionist, professor and AgriLife Extension specialist in the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Nutrition, Bryan-College Station, will cover the science, equipment and safety practices needed during the canning process.
- March 9, 3-6 p.m., Water Bath Canning. Sindac will guide participants through step-by-step instructions on the water bath canning process of fruit jams. Participants will prepare the fruit, pack a jar provided and take home a tasty treat to share.
- March 16, 3-6 p.m., Pressure Canning. The class will take the apprehension out of using pressure canners and will provide all the equipment to help properly prepare, raw pack and process a jar of carrots for home food preservation and enjoyment.