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2022 Home Food Preservation Series

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This year, we are hosting several new opportunities (as well as old favorites!) to learn how to preserve your own foods at home. Whether you are a gardener or a patron of Johnston County Farm Markets & Stands, preserving fresh produce is a skill few people still possess that is gaining lots of attention and interest again!

When canning fruits, vegetables, and meats, it is CRITICAL you practice safe, science-based procedures in order to prevent serious, potentially fatal foodborne illness.

We recommend you attend this series in order of events; however, you may pick and choose as each workshop has its own registration and associated fee. 

May 23rd, 2022 (5:45p-7:45p): Intro to Food Preservation

This workshop is great for those who aren’t quite sure of their options. We’ll discuss drying produce and herbs, freezing, and delve into various canning methods. Please note, this is NOT a full canning class. We hope this class will help you determine which future food preservation workshops fit your needs. Register here!

June 4th, 2022 (10a-1p): Boiling Water Canning: Fruits & Acidic Foods

This workshop focuses solely on using a waterbath canner. Waterbath canning is the simplest way to can, but is only safe to process fruits, fruit products, and acidic foods. Register here!

June 25th, 2022 (10a-1p): Pressure Canning Vegetables and Meats

This workshop focuses on using a pressure canner. Pressure canners may be a dial or weighted gauge. During this workshop, we’ll use both types of pressure canners to help you decide which you like best and how to properly pressure can low-acid foods (vegetables and meats). Register here!

July 23rd, 2022 (1p-5p): Home Food Preservation Refresher Workshop

This is a new workshop we are offering to those who have some experience canning, or have attended both June workshops, and would like to solidify their canning confidence! We welcome those who learned to can previously and have some experience because this workshop will be fast paced with lots of information. If you have no canning experience, this course may feel overwhelming; however, you are free to register if you choose. Register here!

More Canning Information & Resources

We hope you’ll join us for these workshops. If you have a (Presto brand) dial gauge pressure canner that needs to be inspected and tested for accuracy, please contact Cassidy Hall at 919-989-5380. We offer this free service year round!

If you are interested in reading up on canning information or need recipes, please visit the National Center for Home Food Preservation page.

Love making jams or pickles and interested in turning this passion into a home-based food business? Please visit the NCDA website here.