Nebraska Extension will be teaching a class focusing on home food preservation. The class will be taught on Saturday, March 18 at the Episcopal Church parish hall (4th and Main St.) in Valentine, starting at 1 PM, CT. David Lott, District Horticulture Extension Educator, and Pat Jones, Extension Educator in Brown, Rock and Key Paha Counties, will be teaching the class. All activities will emphasize the latest USDA home food preservation techniques for safe home food canning.  4-H youth that are interested in Food Preservation projects are especially encouraged to attend.

Class topics are as follows:

Safe Canning Processes – Participants will learn the latest USDA recommendation for home canning practices to reduce the chance of foodborne illness as a result of outdated recommendations and processing.

Canning Equipment Selection and Maintenance – A variety of equipment will be discussed for water bath and pressure canning, with helpful hints on how to use and care for equipment. Evaluating, purchasing, and using used equipment from garage sales and auctions will also be covered.

Water Bath Canning – Discussion and demonstration will teach participants how to process food though the water bath canning process safely. Products processed will include salsa, pickles, and jams.

Pressure Canning – Discussion and demonstration will teach participants about the equipment and safe use of pressure canners, and how to safely process food that requires the pressure canning method.

There is a $15 fee for each participant to cover class materials and the finished food products to take home to eat after the class.  4-H families wanting to share materials and food products can have one $15 registration fee. Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, March 15 by calling the Nebraska Extension Office in Cherry County at 402-376-1850.