Home Food Preservation: Apples and Tomatoes

The gardening and preserving season is winding down, but it is never too late to learn about safe home food preservation. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering two online food preservation classes in October.

  • Preserve the Taste of Summer: Totally Tomatoes – Learn about canning and freezing tomatoes, salsa, and other tomato products. Canning includes both water bath and pressure canning.
    – Thursday, October 8, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
    – Monday, October 12, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Preserve the Taste of Summer: All About Apples – Learn about canning applesauce and apple pie filling, as well as freezing and drying apples.
    – Thursday, October 22, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
    – Wednesday, October 28, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

These fun and interactive classes will benefit both newbies and experienced home preservers. All sessions are one hour and free of charge. Register on the Preserve the Taste of Summer website (extension.iastate.edu/humansciences/preserve-taste-summer).

Preserve the Taste of Summer

canning jarsHave you been browsing the garden catalogs and planning your garden? What plans have you made for preserving the bountiful fruits and vegetables from the garden?

Now is the time to learn more about food preservation so that you are ready to “put it up.” Consider Preserve the Taste of Summer, an online and hands-on course that covers food preservation and food safety basics, canning, freezing, dehydrating, and jam and pickle making.

Learners can choose the level of participation they want and the topics that most interest them. A hands-on workshop is included for most levels of participation. To learn more go to  

The Preserve the Taste of Summer webpage includes information on registering for the Preserve the Taste of Summer course, dates, and locations of hands-on workshops, a food preservation resource list, and ISU Extension and Outreach food preservation publications that can be downloaded and printed.

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