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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.


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