Food Preservation Barn Meeting Topic | Living

EMLENTON – A free information program on home canning and food preservation will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19 at Scrubgrass Grange Hall, 5104 Emlenton-Clintonville Rd., Emlenton.

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in home food storage. Canning, freezing and drying are preservation methods that allow you to enjoy seasonal foods all year round.

Although these home food preservation methods have been around for centuries, we have learned a lot about the science behind these methods and now have updated methods.

The canning and preserving season is coming soon as we begin to harvest food from our gardens. Another method of food preservation is to use a pressure canner to process low-acid foods by killing all harmful microorganisms.

The pressure canner will heat the water hotter than boiling water canners to kill these microorganisms. Examples of foods that require pressure canning are green beans, corn, potatoes, meats and soups.

Pressure canners often have a dial gauge that regulates pressure when canning. Dial pressure cookers should be checked periodically to ensure accuracy and proper food processing.

Dial gauge testing will be done at this barn meeting. This free service will be part of the canning and preservation program to be presented by the Penn State Extension Service. People are encouraged to attend and bring their pressure cooker lid with gauge to be tested.

The program will be presented by Richard Kralj, RD, of Penn State University. The Home Food Preservation program will provide you with the scientific knowledge, preparation tips and safe processing methods for preserving food at home.

Scrubgrass Grange hosts free monthly programs called “Talking Tuesdays” for the surrounding community to raise awareness and educate people about local concerns and events. All are welcome.

Jessica C. Bell