Extra produce? Food preservation series teaches how to save the bounty for later

Published 10:19 pm Thursday, April 7, 2022

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By Olivia Patchel, Currituck Extension

Taking the time to plan, plant and tend to a garden can be very fun and relaxing. But what do you do when it comes time to harvest and you are up to your eyeballs in produce? Sign up for NC Cooperative Extension, Currituck County Center’s Home Food Preservation Series and learn to can all the produce you harvest.

Join us from noon to 2 p.m. for a hands-on food preservation experience. Each class requires a $15 registration fee, which includes canning goodies and recipes. Check out the dates and class descriptions below to see which classes you might want to attend then visit 2022foodpreservationseries.eventbrite.com to reserve your seat.

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April 13th – Jam Making

Learn to make strawberry-kiwi jam using powdered pectin. The principles for making this jam carry forward in almost all jam recipes. We will be demonstrating how to utilize a water bath canner to process the jars we prepare.

May 18th – Pickling

In this class, we will focus on making quick pickles and then preserving them utilizing a water bath canner. We will also discuss how to safely use other methods of pickling and processing for pickled products.

June 15th – Salsa

We will prepare a vegetable salsa and process it in a water bath canner. I will provide you with other recipe recommendations as well, but this recipe is a great way to supplement your garden produce with other locally grown products.

We have additional classes coming in July, August and September to include pressure canning, fermentation and dehydration.

Reserve your seat today by completing the class registration and payment at 2022foodpreservationseries.eventbrite.com. We are accepting cash and check payments in addition to paying via credit card through Eventbrite. Make checks payable to NCSU. Checks and cash payments can be received at the Currituck Extension Office located at 120 Community Way in Barco within five days of registration. Class size is limited and full registration, including payment, is required to hold your spot.

If you have any problems registering, please feel free to call us at 252-232-2261 and we will walk you through the process. If you are interested in joining us for other classes, check out go.ncsu.edu/currituckeventbrite for a complete listing of classes.

For more information, contact 252-232-2261 or olivia_patchel@ncsu.edu.