Now that gardens are producing, food preservation supplies are disappearing off store shelves. Canning lids are few and far between. But remember, do not reuse canning lids! Do not use old, dented, or deformed lids, or lids with gaps or other defects in the sealing gasket. When jars are processed, the lid gasket softens and flows slightly to cover the jar-sealing surface, yet allows air to escape from the jar. The gasket then forms an airtight seal as the jar cools. Gaskets in unused lids work well for at least 5 years from date of manufacture. The gasket compound in older unused lids may fail to seal on jars.
University of Nebraska Extension is hosting a FREE Food Preservation Virtual Learning Series. Each session will include a short presentation and time for discussion and question/answer on any food preservation related topic. All sessions will be taught online through zoom and pre-registration is required. The session details are below:
August 5, 6:30 p.m: Food Preservation 101
August 19, 6:30 p.m: Boiling Water Canning/Steam Canning/Pressure Canning
September 2, 6:30 p.m: Freezing/Dehydrating
Each Zoom session will be recorded and a link to the recording will be sent to all participants who register. Sessions will be led by Nebraska Extension’s Food Preservation Team.
Canning season is in full swing and we must remember to only use SAFE and trusted preservation techniques and recipes. It is critical to use scientifically tested recipes when canningand while some electric multi-cookers have a “canning” button, no research is available to back up this function. Use these appliances for cooking only! Find safe and trusted recipes here: https://www.rrc.k-state.edu/preservation/index.html or call any Post Rock District office and we would be happy to help!
Dust off your canner, it’s almost canning season! K-State Research and Extension is a trusted and reliable resource for all your food preservation needs. It is highly recommended that your dial gauge is tested each year at the extension office to be sure you are canning at the right pressure. Please call or email Ashley at (785) 524-4432 firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time to bring your dial gauge in to get checked. Before you begin canning make sure you:
Call us with any questions
Use the correct equipment
Adjust for altitude
Only use tested recipes
Use proper processing times based on trusted resources
We are here to help! Call, email, or drop by any of our offices and we will answer your food preservation questions. If you are in need of a tested recipe, unsure about procedures, need your dial gauge checked for accuracy, or anything else please contact Ashley at email@example.com or (785) 524-4432.
Have you visited The Rapid Response Center site? It’s a great resource for all your canning needs! Canning videos, publications, recipes, and more can be found at this site.
SAVE THE DATE: A Food Preservation Workshop will be help on August 9, 2017 in Post Rock District. Keep watching for more details. You won’t want to miss this!
Join us for a food preservation workshop in Lincoln on May 1st! If you are interested in preserving your own food, you will not want to miss out on this fun filled day. This workshop will be taught by Karen Blakeslee, Rapid Response Coordinator along with Ashley Svaty.
During the workshop, participants will get hands on experience drying herbs, canning-both pressure and water-bath methods, and they will learn how to make their own jams and jellies. This workshop will be held at the United Methodist Church in Lincoln on May 1st from 9am-4pm. Lunch and all supplies will be included with the $30 registration fee. Pre-registration is required and due on April 24th. To register, visit any Post Rock Extension Office or register here!