Free Food Preservation Classes Offered This Spring – Union County, New Jersey

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Union County, NJ – Residents of Union County will be offered a series of free online home food storage courses in April, May and June, courtesy of Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County. The extension is supported in part by the Union County Board of County Commissioners.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened interest and awareness of home cooking and gardening among Union County residents,” said Board of Commissioners Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “We are proud to support the Extension in its efforts to educate the public about food safety and preservation, helping residents get the most out of the food they grow and prepare at home. »

The series, titled “UK Ready to store food at home?consists of specialized sessions led by experts from the New Jersey Department of Family and Community Health Sciences at Rutgers University. It will take place on Thursdays from April 15 to June 10. Each week, experts will discuss a different topic. Classes include step-by-step instructions, what is the right equipment to use, and best practices.

Pre-registration on Zoom is mandatory for each session. The courses are as follows:

April 15 – Freezing: Learn how to freeze fresh vegetables and fruit and get tips for freezing other foods to enjoy later.

April 22 – Canning in a boiling water canner: This method applies to fruits, tomatoes, jams/jellies and pickled products. Learn how to safely store food in glass jars.

April 29 – Pressure canning: this method is for vegetables (such as beets, carrots, corn, green beans); poultry, seafood and meat or foods containing these ingredients.

May 6 – Jams, Jellies and Spreads: Capture the flavor of summer in sweet or savory spreads processed in a boiling water canner. Speakers will also discuss freezer jams.

May 13 – Pickles: Learn how to pickle a variety of vegetables and fruits, then store them in a pot of boiling water. Speakers will also discuss making refrigerator pickles.

May 20 – Tomatoes and Salsa: Be prepared to can, freeze or dry NJ tomatoes! Learn each of these methods, as well as how to make and can salsa.

June 3 – Storing Herbs: Capture the flavor of summer herbs by freezing them, drying them, or making vinegars. Also included are pesto and flavored butter.

June 10 – Dehydration: Many foods dehydrate well, including vegetables, fruits, herbs, and jerky. Learn techniques for safe, high quality results.

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The Union County Rutgers Cooperative Extension has offices in the Union County Complex, located at 300 North Avenue East in Westfield. For more information on all extension programs, including Master Gardeners, Master Tree Guardians, and 4-H Youth Development, please call extension at 908-654-9854 or visit /rc.

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