Fall Food Preservation

Gardeners and other lovers of fresh produce are often interested in extending the season’s bounty by preserving fruits and vegetables and meats at home.  Ohio State University Extension Family and Consumer Sciences teach the basics of home canning and preservation through a virtual series called “Food Preservation Office Hours”.  These online classes emphasize the science behind preservation so that everyone who preserves fruits, vegetables, and meats understands why certain procedures must be followed precisely to ensure a high-quality, safe product that they and their family can enjoy.

All online classes are on Tuesday afternoons from 4:00 – 5:00 PM. Join OSU Extension educators for one or more of these free programs by registering at go.osu.edu/fall2020foodpreservationseries . Please contact Margaret Jenkins at OSU Extension, 513-732-7070, with any questions you may have.

 

Here is a list of the upcoming dates and topics.

 

When is Processing Jars Necessary?

Read below (or click on the image) to see what the experts have to say.

Need extra help with your canning?  Personal Canning Coaching is available via telephone or appointment on Wednesdays from 10am-3pm.  Contact Margaret at 513-732-7070 or jenkins.188@osu.edu to schedule your appointment.

 

Acidifying Tomatoes

 

Do I really need to add more acid to my already acidic tomatoes?  Read below (or click on the image) to see what the experts have to say.

 

Need extra help with your canning?  Personal Canning Coaching is available via telephone or appointment on Wednesdays from 10am-3pm.  Contact Margaret at 513-732-7070 or jenkins.188@osu.edu to schedule your appointment.

Canning on a Smooth Cooktop Stove?

Is it safe to can on a smooth cooktop stove?  Read below (or click on the image) to see what the experts have to say.

Need extra help with your canning?  Personal Canning Coaching is available via telephone or appointment on Wednesdays from 10am-3pm.  Contact Margaret at 513-732-7070 or jenkins.188@osu.edu to schedule your appointment.

Does Your Pressure Canner Need Tested? Schedule an Appointment With OSU Extension Today to Keep Your Family Safe!

pressure-canner-guageIt’s just about time to fetch canners out of the basement or garage.  Fresh summer produce is on its way.  When was the last time your dial gauge pressure canner was tested for accuracy?  If it’s been more than one year, it’s time for a re-check.  OSU Extension Clermont County will be testing dial gauge pressure canners each Wednesday in July (15, 22 and 29) from 10:00am-1:00pm at the OUS Extension Office located on the Clermont County Fairgrounds (1000 Locust St, Owensville, OH).  Click to register for an appointment.  Appointments are 15-minutes, so please arrive on time.  You only need to bring the pressure canner lid to be tested.

Home canning is a relatively simple process, but many variables can affect your finished product.  There are so many resources with unsafe information that it is important to make sure you are following the most recent safe home canning guidelines. One guideline for home canning foods safely is using a pressure canner to process low-acid foods, such as vegetables, meat, poultry, and fish.  These low-acid foods must be pressure canned at the recommended time and temperature to destroy Clostridium botulinum, the bacterium that causes botulism food poisoning. Home canning low-acid foods in boiling water canners is absolutely unsafe because 212 degrees F is not high enough to destroy botulinum bacteria.

With good reason, most people have a healthy regard for the possible dangers of pressure canners.  Usually this respect is based on an old story of a pressure canner “blowing up” in someone’s grandmother’s kitchen.  Regardless, it is important to realize that pressure canners are safe if the safety precautions are followed and the canner is used properly.  Dangers arise when the unit isn’t maintained and/or used properly. To make sure your pressure canner is working properly, all dial-gauge pressure canners should be tested for accuracy each year.

 

Are You Interested in Learning About Food Preservation?

vegetablesMany people took an interest in gardening while in quarantine, therefore home food preservation is a big topic this year.  Gardeners and other lovers of fresh produce are often interested in extending the season’s bounty by learning more about home-preserving fruits and vegetables.

The OSU Extension Food Preservation Team is hosting live “Office Hours” events to be held bi-weekly through the end of July.  Each of these Tuesday sessions will be held from 4:00-5:00pm.  Sessions will start with a short presentation and the remainder of time will be for open Q&A.  The presentations will be recorded and posted for those who can not attend live.   All recordings will be posted after each event at: go.osu.edu/FoodPreservationOfficeHoursRecordings.

Please register in advance by clicking the title below. 

June 16 Canning & Freezing Vegetables
June 30 Canning and Freezing Fruits
July 14 Making Pickles
July 28 Making Salsa

Do You Have a Bounty of Berries? Join the Jams & Jellies Q&A.

strawberries and strawberry jamHome food preservation is a big topic this year.  We want to get you started off right, even if we can’t meet them face-to-face.

The OSU Extension Food Preservation Team is hosting live “Office Hours” events to be held bi-weekly through the end of July.  Each of these Tuesday sessions will be held from 4:00-5:00pm.  Sessions will start with a short presentation and the remainder of time will be for open Q&A.  The presentations will be recorded and posted for those who can not attend live.   All recordings will be posted after each event at: go.osu.edu/FoodPreservationOfficeHoursRecordings.

 

Please register in advance by clicking the title below. 

June 2 Jams and Jellies
June 16 Canning & Freezing Vegetables
June 30 Canning and Freezing Fruits
July 14 Making Pickles
July 28 Making Salsa

Do you need your pressure canner tested?  

A pressure canner is a very important piece of equipment when it comes to home food preservation. Making sure it is working properly is a precaution that should be taken seriously. To avoid any issues with the proper function of your pressure canner, the USDA recommends having gauges tested annually.  OSU Extension Clermont County offers testing of your pressure canner gauges and inspection of the seals and safety plugs for only $5!

Appointments are requested by calling 513-732-7070 or email jenkins.188@osu.edu. 

Preserving the Harvest Summer Workshop

Hands-on canning workshop reminiscent of past generations with up-to-date science-based knowledge.  Come and join the August 8th  canning party in the 4-H kitchen on the Clermont County Fairgrounds!

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