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Food preservation courses available

Jul 4th, 2014 | Category: News

Washington State University Extension is offering an eight-lesson, online program for anyone wishing to learn about food preservation. Designed for beginners as well as veteran canners who want to update their knowledge and recipes, Preserve the Taste of Summer provides the most current USDA-approved food preservation recommendations. The online lessons can be viewed at any time. Cost is $25 total for all eight lessons. Visit to register.

In addition, you can learn how to preserve in a series of in-person Wednesday evening workshops at WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Evergreen Room in McCollum Park, 600 128th St SE, Everett. This online course is a pre-requisite to the three hands-on classes listed below.

Basics of Safe Canning: Wednesday, July 16 at 6:30 to 9 p.m. Learn the basics of food safety and canning skills, including bacteria and food spoilage, canning equipment, and canning high/low acid foods. Includes demonstration of the process, no hands-on.

Jams, Jellies, & Spreads: Wednesday, July 30 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Capture the bright flavors of fresh fruit and discover how easy it is to put ‘summer in a jar’. Learn how to create that perfect balance of fruit, sugar and other ingredients to enhance flavor and shelf life with research-based recipes. Demonstration and hands-on; take home a jar of finished product.

Tomatoes, Salsa, & Relish: Wednesday, Aug. 13 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Learn how to turn the local abundance of tomatoes and fresh vegetables into jars of color and flavor for the dreary days of winter. Demonstration and hands-on; take home a jar of finished product.

Pickling & Fermenting: Wednesday, Aug. 27 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Crisp, tasty pickles are the ultimate test of a canner’s skill. Learn how to make a great product every time along with the traditional art of fermentation. Demonstration and hands-on; take home a jar of finished product.

Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Cost is $20 per workshop or save and take all four for $60. To register online, visit or download the form at and mail with your check. For more information on the courses, contact Kate Halstead, WSU Snohomish County Extension Food Safety Program,, (425) 357-6004.

Skagit County

The Skagit WSU Extension is also offering Preserve the Harvest classes, held at Unitarian Church, 500 West Section St, Mount Vernon. Online lessons are required before taking these hands-on workshops taught by Vivian Smallwood. Classes are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and include: Tomatoes, Salsa, and Relish: July 28; Pickles and Sauerkraut: Aug.11; Fruit and Pie Filling: Aug. 26. The cost is $20 per class. There is an additional $25 cost for the required online course. To pre-register for classes and receive the link for the online class, call 360-428-4270, ext 0.

Susy Hymas classes

Food preservation specialist Susy Hymas of Daylight Harvest Foods is leading demonstrations and discussion on preserving in several upcoming classes at the Community Food Co-op in Bellingham. Classes include: Tomatoes, Aug. 6, 6:30 p.m.; Pickle It, Aug. 13, 6:30 p.m.; and Pressure Canning, Aug. 27, 6:30 p.m. Class fee is $19 each. To register, call (360) 734-8158, ext. 156.

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