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Learn 3 ways to can with confidence

Canned tomatoes

UBBANA, Ill. — One of the best ways to preserve food is canning, a home-based method of food preservation that helps people prolong garden harvests, save on food costs, participate in family traditions, and control the quality of the food they eat.

Discover how to can with confidence and learn the proper techniques for safely using a water bath canner, including an electric water bath canner, steam canner, and pressure canner, in the 3-week online series “Fill Your Pantry: Canning with Confidence,” presented by University of Illinois Extension.

Canning is more popular than ever before. There is a lot of misinformation circulating online about food preservation practices and canning in particular. Through this series, we want to make sure everyone has the most up-to-date information for safely canning their food at home,” says Extension Educator Kristin Bogdonas.

Each session will provide participants with instructions, recipes, and resources to get started canning safely and will include a video demonstration showing each canner in action.

Session dates:

  • June 8 | Noon: Canning with Confidence: Boiling Water Bath Canners
  • June 15 | Noon: Canning with Confidence: Steam Canners
  • June 22 | Noon: Canning with Confidence: Pressure Canners

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If a reasonable accommodation is needed or for more information, please contact Jenna Smith at Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet access needs.

Want to learn about other food preservation methods? Watch recorded sessions that cover drying, fermenting, freezing, pickling, and processing foods such as tomatoes, apples, jams, and jellies.

SOURCE: Jenna Smith, Nutrition and Wellness Educator, Illinois Extension
WRITER: Herbert Chavez, Media Communications Coordinator

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