WSU Extension Series: Preserve the Harvest at Home

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Washington State University Extension is announcing an eight-lesson, online food preservation program for anyone wishing to learn about food preservation and food safety. Developed at Iowa State University, Preserve the Taste of Summer is designed for beginners as well as veteran canners who want to update their knowledge and recipes. The online lessons can be viewed at any time and at the pace you choose. You will need a computer made in the past five years and a stable internet connection. Cost is $25 total for all eight lessons.

Visit to register. Note: This online course is a pre-requisite to the three hands-on classes listed below.

In addition, you can learn how to preserve fresh foods safely 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.

Basics of Safe Canning, Wed. July 16; 6:30–9:00pm
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, Wed. July 30; 6:30–9:00pm
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, Wed. August 13; 6:30–9:00pm
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, Wed. August 27; 6:30–9:00pm
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 Brown Paper Tickets or download the form to mail with your check.

For more information on the courses, contact Kate Halstead, WSU Snohomish County Extension Food Safety Program, Foodsafety.snoco – at –, (425) 357-6004.


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