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Home Food Preservation

Home Food Preservation

Published: September 11, 2018

Many people enjoy the satisfaction of home gardening, producing what they eat just as their families have done for years or to seek control over what they consume in the way of pesticides and additives. A natural offshoot of those efforts is planning how to preserve what isn’t eaten during the season and to build up a reserve of food for cold weather and non-gardening months.

Dr. George Place of the Catawba County Cooperative Extension will address those topics in this month’s Advanced Gardener series. He’ll talk about how to maximize your food production during the growing season and then outline the various ways you can keep food in your pantry or freezer for months, if not years, beyond.

Different fruits and vegetables respond differently to preservation techniques, so the class will help you understand what makes the most sense for what you harvest. Cucumbers, for example, lend themselves to pickling, while berries are often best suited to freezing, and apples, of course, are well known for being dried. Equipment is also a consideration since freezer space can be at a premium and shelf-stable canning requires jars, rings, a pressure canner, and specific guidelines for preventing the introduction of toxins like botulism, etc.

To learn more about the demands of food preservation – and to get a breakdown of the valuable information you’ll need in sufficient detail – join us at a local library for one of three sessions:

  • Thursday, September 13 at 6 pm at Hickory’s Patrick Beaver Library,
  • Tuesday, September 18 at 6:30 pm at the Main Library in Newton, and
  • Tuesday, September 25 at 6:30 pm at the Maiden Branch Library.