Gardens are thriving and farmers markets are bursting with delicious fruits and vegetables.
Fresh produce is delicious to enjoy at home right now. Maintaining the delicious and nutritious taste is easy with home food storage. NC Cooperative Extension, Cabarrus County Center, will be offering several food preservation courses this summer. These courses will be “hands-on workshops” and will be perfect for beginner canners or those who want a “refresher” in food preservation.
All classes will meet at NC Cooperative Extension, Cabarrus Center, 715 Cabarrus Ave. W., in Concord. Pre-registration and payment are mandatory. Registration can be done by mail, in person, or online at GO.NCSU.EDU/REGISTERCABARRUS. Checks should be made payable to Cabarrus County and mailed to Food Preservation Classes, c/o NC Cooperative Extension-Cabarrus County, 715 Cabarrus Ave. W., Concord, NC 28027. Indicate which session you would like to attend. For registration assistance, call 704-920-3310. Class sizes are limited, so we encourage you to register early.
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Home Canning Basics. This hands-on workshop will include canning safety, types of equipment, and proper pressure canning techniques for you to preserve green beans and other low-acid foods using a canner. pressure.
The next class will take place on Wednesday, July 6 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost per person will be $12.
pickle making will be a hands-on class to introduce the easy art of quick-processing pickles using a boiling water bath canner. Equipment needed will be discussed as we use local fresh cucumbers in the class. Pickled products can add “spice” to your meals and make great gifts. The cost per person is $10. The date of the course will be Wednesday, June 15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Tomatoes will be a hands-on workshop to learn how to preserve the bountiful local tomatoes that we enjoy, and we will use a water bath canner. Salsa recipes will also be shared during the class. The cost per person is $10. The course will be offered on Thursday, July 14 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Dial Pressure Canners should be checked annually for accuracy. Dial indicators can be checked at the Cabarrus Center, 715 Cabarrus Ave. W. To schedule an appointment, contact Pam Outen, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent, at 704-920-3310 weekdays, or email [email protected]