Food Preser­va­tion Camp Oct. 7 In Springfield

McDonald County Press - - AGRICULTURE -

SPRINGFIELD — As a fol­low-up to the pop­u­lar sum­mer food preser­va­tion class of­fered by Univer­sity of Mis­souri Ex­ten­sion, Food Preser­va­tion Camp is be­ing planned for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Satur­day, Oct. 7, at the Springfield Botanical Cen­ter.

Lind­sey Steven­son, a nu­tri­tion spe­cial­ist with MU Ex­ten­sion, will cover food preser­va­tion by de­hy­dra­tion, freez­ing, pres­sure can­ning and pick­ling. Lunch will also be pro­vided.

“These food preser­va­tion meth­ods are all rel­e­vant to fall gar­dens and win­ter prepa­ra­tion,” said Steven­son. “I do rec­om­mend at­ten­dance at all three ses­sions be­cause of the re­lated top­ics.”


In­ter­est in home food preser­va­tion has in­creased with the farm to ta­ble move­ment, ac­cord­ing to Steven­son. As part of the food preser­va­tion classes, MU Ex­ten­sion pro­vides up-to-date, re­search-based pro­ce­dural rec­om­men­da­tions, tested recipes and a hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence that as­sists the con­sumer in safely pre­serv­ing pro­duce and other prod­ucts.

As part of this fall camp, par­tic­i­pants will learn how to pickle, de­hy­drate, freeze and can food.

The “Pres­sure Can­ning Low Acid Foods” por­tion of the class will start with fresh green beans and at­ten­dees will par­tic­i­pate in the can­ning process un­til the jars are taken from the can­ner.

The ses­sion on “How to Pickle” will teach at­ten­dees how to pre­pare and process dilled green beans. There will also be a dis­cus­sion on how to pre­pare and process fer­mented pick­les and sauer­kraut.

“Freez­ing and De­hy­drat­ing” will teach at­ten­dees how to get the best re­sults when freez­ing pro­duce. At­ten­dees will also learn what to look for when pur­chas­ing a de­hy­dra­tor, the process of pre­par­ing food for de­hy­dra­tion and how to store de­hy­drated foods. This class is lec­ture and dis­cus­sion with sam­pling.


Reg­is­tra­tion can be done on­line at http://ex­ten­sion.mis­ or by call­ing the Greene County Ex­ten­sion of­fice at (417) 881-8909. Pre-reg­is­tra­tion and pay­ment is re­quired.

There will be no re­funds to those who miss be­cause of costs in­curred in of­fer­ing the class.

Reg­is­ter early be­cause seat­ing is lim­ited to 25 peo­ple. At­ten­dees will re­ceive a re­minder phone call one day be­fore the event. Those whose reg­is­tra­tion in­cludes an email ad­dress will also re­ceive a link to down­load all class ma­te­ri­als on­line as a PDF for free.

Printed copies can be avail­able the day of the camp for an ad­di­tional fee of $5 per packet.

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