Virtual Office Hours Food Preservation
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The OSU Extension Food Preservation Team is announcing their upcoming live “Office Hours” events to be held bi-weekly through the end of July.  Home food preservation is anticipated to be a big topic this year. The Food Preservation Team really wants to get people started off right, even if we can’t meet them face-to-face. 

Those wanting to participate will need to register before the meeting to attend these sessions.  Go to http://go.osu/canningfreezingvegetables to register for the June 16 program. You will receive an email with a link to the program.

Each of these Tuesday sessions will be from 4:00-5:00pm.  Sessions will start with a short presentation and the remainder of time will be for open Q&A.  The presentations will be recorded and posted for those who could not attend live. 

Below is a list of the upcoming dates and topics.

Upcoming Programs
Date Topic Link Recorded Program
May 19 Preparing for Canning
June 2 Jams and Jellies  
June 16    Canning and Freezing Vegetables  
June 30 Canning and Freezing Fruits  
July 14 Making Pickles  
July 28 Making Salsa  


Food Preservation

Gardeners and other lovers of fresh produce are often interested in extending the season's bounty by learning more about home-preserving fruits and vegetables. Ohio State University Extension Family and Consumer Sciences home food preservation workshops focus on teaching the basics of home canning and preservation. We emphasize the science behind preservation so than everyone who cans or freezes fresh fruits and vegetables understands why certain procedures must be followed precisely to ensure a high-quality, safe product that they and their family can enjoy.

Home Food Preservation educational programs typically address:
  • Basic food safety principles.
  • How to use a water bath canner and a pressure canner.
  • Canning tomatoes, pickling, and making jams and jellies.
  • Freezing fruits and vegetables.
  • Accessing reliable research-backed resources from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, OSU Extension, and others.

All pressure canner dial gauges should be tested for accuracy each year. Click HERE for OSU Extension's Home Food Preservation page, which contains several videos about canning!


Food Safety

Ohio State University Extension Family & Consumer Sciences professionals offer a variety of food safety programming throughout the state.  The manner in which people handle and prepare food is a major reason why foodborne illness occurs.  People must alter their food handling behavior, but they must first have the knowledge and skills that are known to protect food from contamination with pathogens before they have the capacity to change their behavior.  Education provides the knowledge and skills Ohio citizens need to reduce incidence of foodborne illness and to reduce the impact on health care costs.

Click HERE to go to OSU Extension's webpage to read more on food safety.