Mat-Su Extension to lead food preservation series

Time: 2-6 p.m. May 11, June 8, July 13, Aug. 10 and Sept. 21; and 4:30-6 p.m. Oct. 4
Location: Room 208 of Kerttula Hall at the Matanuska Experiment Farm

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service  will offer a monthly food preservation series in Palmer that begins May 11.

Palmer Extension agent Julie Cascio will teach the classes, which include a combination of instruction and hands-on food preservation activities. Participants may choose which classes they wish to attend or take all six classes and become a master food preserver.

Classes will take place in Room 208 of Kerttula Hall at the Matanuska Experiment Farm. The first class will meet from 2 to 6 p.m. May 11 and will cover methods of preservation, causes of food spoilage, root cellars, cold storage and freezing. Participants will also make jelly.

Other classes in the series will include:

  • June 8, Can Low-Acid Food: Fish
  • July 13, Can Fruits and Tomatoes
  • Aug. 10, Pickles and Sauerkraut
  • Sept. 21, Can Meat and Vegetables
  • Oct. 4, Master Food Preserver

Participants will learn about using a pressure canner, steps for smoking and canning fish, cold and hot pack options, use of a boiling water canner, pickling, and using a pressure canner to process meat, poultry and vegetables in jars.

The cost is $25 per class. More information and registration for the first two classes are available at Signup for the rest of the series will be available after June 30. For more information, call the district office at 907-745-3360.

ADDITIONAL CONTACT: Debbie Carter, 907-474-5406,