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Posted September 7, 2018 | 2:18 PM

Learn the Art of Canning, Preserve Your Harvest

Workshop will help you savor seasonal flavors year-round

If you want to savor the fruits of your labor year-round, learn how to preserve your garden goodies at a series of canning workshops hosted by Hillsborough County Extension Service. Each of the Home Canning 101 series will focus on canning different produce. Workshops are held each month from now through December. If you missed the first workshop you can still attend any one or all of the others.

Learn to make jam at the Oct. 25 class, and how to can vegetables on Nov. 15. The series concludes Dec. 17 when you'll learn all you need to know about canning fruits. All classes are from 1 to 4 PM

Demonstrations will teach participants proper canning techniques for a variety of fruits and vegetables. Students may bring their own home canners for inspection, and will receive important information on food safety and sustainability. Best of all, students get to sample the canned goods from previous classes.

All food items for the classes are provided, but if you have fresh garden fruits that you want to use for jam later, select fruits at their optimum maturity and freeze immediately, advises Alison Grooms, the food, nutrition and health agent with Hillsborough County Extension Service. It's best to wash and drain fruit before freezing, and to freeze without added sugar. Whole fruits like berries work best for this, frozen in a single layer in a freezer bag.

The canning series will be held at the extension office, 5339 County Road 579 in Seffner.
Classes are open to adults and children age 10 and above who are accompanied by an adult. To register or for more information, check out the IFAS event calendar.