Preserving foods workshop offers families ways to enjoy foods all season long

CLINTON, Ill. — Preserving can take the shape of canning, freezing, drying, and fermenting- and you can do it at home! Join University of Illinois Extension serving DeWitt, Macon, and Piatt Counties for a one-day workshop for an introduction to at-home preserving.

Preserve at Home will be from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 23, at the Vespasian Warner Public Library in Clinton. This free workshop will cover needed equipment, supplies to get started preserving, and recipe resources to preserve safely. A hands-on activity of freezing fall fruits will also be offered.

“Preserving at home is a great activity for all ages to get into the kitchen and have something fresh-tasting months later,” says Nutrition and Wellness Educator Caitlin Mellendorf. “It allows for flexibility as well: get more complex with canning and fermenting or keep things simple with drying and freezing.”

This workshop is open to youth ages seven and older, accompanied by an adult. Register by October 21 with the library in person or by calling 217-935-5174. For more information, contact Caitlin at 217- 877-6042.

Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, call 217-877-6042. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access need.

SOURCE: Caitlin Mellendorf, Nutrition and Wellness Educator, University of Illinois Extension

WRITER: Maria Lightner, Marketing and Communications, University of Illinois Extension

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