Mat-Su Extension to lead food preservation series
The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will offer a monthly food preservation series in Palmer that begins May 11.
Palmer Extension agent Julie Cascio will teach the classes, which include a combination of instruction and hands-on food preservation activities. Participants may choose which classes they wish to attend or take all six classes and become a master food preserver.
Classes will take place in Room 208 of Kerttula Hall at the Matanuska Experiment Farm. The first class will meet from 2 to 6 p.m. May 11 and will cover methods of preservation, causes of food spoilage, root cellars, cold storage and freezing. Participants will also make jelly.
Other classes in the series will include:
• June 8, Can Low-Acid Food: Fish
• July 13, Can Fruits and Tomatoes
• Aug. 10, Pickles and Sauerkraut
• Sept. 21, Can Meat and Vegetables
• Oct. 4, Master Food Preserver
Participants will learn about using a pressure canner, steps for smoking and canning fish, cold and hot pack options, use of a boiling water canner, pickling, and using a pressure canner to process meat, poultry and vegetables in jars.
The cost is $25 per class. More information and registration for the first two classes are available at http://bit.ly/cesworkshops. Signup for the rest of the series will be available after June 30. For more information, call the district office at 907-745-3360.