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Food Preservation

Preserve it fresh

Home food preservation is a way to preserve the freshness of homegrown food. While more popular in years past, preserving food at home is still done today. Without factoring in the labor costs, home food preservation can save money compared to commercially preserved foods.

When done properly and safely, home preserved foods are a treat. But when improper practices and unsafe food handling techniques are used, the food can cause foodborne illness. Learn more about this at:

Home Canning and Botulism - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Home Canned Potatoes Linked to Botulism Outbreak

potatoA church potluck luncheon has been the source of a botulism foodborne illness outbreak in Ohio. The likely source is home canned potatoes used to make potato salad. Sadly, this could have been prevented.

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Do you learn visually? If so, these videos are for you! Topics include the science of home canning, choosing recipes, water bath canning, pressure canning, and much more.

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Upcoming Events in 2018

  • Preserve it Safe, Preserve it Fresh - April 12, 2018, Scott County Extension, Scott City, KS
  • Preserve it Safe, Preserve it Fresh - April 13, 2018, Hamilton County Extension, Syracuse, KS
  • Focusing on Food Series: Food Preservation - April 17, 2018, Eureka United Methodist Church, Eureka, KS
  • Preserve it Safe, Preserve it Fresh - April 27, 2018, Riley County Extension, Manhattan, KS
  • Preserve it Safe, Preserve it Fresh - May 10, 2018, Leavenworth County Extension, Lansing, KS
  • Preserve it Safe, Preserve it Fresh - June 19-20, 2018, Sedgwick County Extension, Wichita, KS
  • Preserve it Safe, Preserve it Fresh - June 27, 2018, Sabetha, KS

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