Preserve the local bounty

VOORHEESVILLE — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County is offering a series of food preservation classes for adults this summer on these topics: Pressure Canning Low Acid Foods, Making Jams and Jellies, Tomatoes 101, and Fermented Foods.

Albany County residents are welcome to attend one class or to come for the whole series, which runs on July 11, July 31, Aug. 14, and Sept. 12 at 24 Martin Road in Voorheesville. Here’s the schedule:

— Thursday, July 11, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.: The series starts with a class on pressure-canning low-acid foods such as vegetables, meats, and soups. Participants will learn the food safety reasons for pressure-canning and how to use the different types of pressure canners on the market. They will be able to take home a jar when it cools;

— Wednesday, July 31, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.: Jammin’ — Come learn the magic behind making jelly, make a batch of berry jam and take a jar home. We will cover the basics of canning in a boiling water bath or steam canner, including equipment needed;

— Wednesday, Aug. 14, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Tomatoes 101 — Just in time for fresh local tomatoes from your garden or local farm, learn how to make and can salsa and diced tomatoes using a boiling-water canner, including necessary equipment. We can take a jar home; and

— Thursday, Sept. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m.: Fermented Foods — Learn the health benefits of fermented foods and how to make some at home, including sauerkraut, kimchi, and fermented dill pickles. We will also discuss methods to make kombucha. Participants will take a jar of vegetables home to ferment.

Each class costs $20 or $15 each if you take two or more. Class size is limited. Pre-registration and payment is required by the Friday before class by mailing a form with your name, address, phone number and email address, and class name to Karen Roberts Mort, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Albany, 24 Martin Road, Voorheesville, 12186.

For more information, email or call 518-765-3552.

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