Picture your garden overflowing with plump, juicy tomatoes, shiny green peppers, and crisp green beans. Imagine picking juicy peaches, pears, and apples from the local orchards or selecting fresh produce from baskets at the farmers’ markets.

Why not save some of this bounty to enjoy all through the year? Food preservation is the process of treating and handling food to stop or greatly slow down spoilage, loss of quality, edibility, or nutritive value caused or accelerated by micro-organisms.

Learn to preserve foods safely. The Purdue Extension Service in Allen County will be conducting ‘Preserving Nature’s Bounty’ workshops to discuss safe home food preservation procedures and to answer the frequently asked questions on canning, freezing, and drying foods.

Workshops are scheduled at the Allen County Extension Office for the following dates:

May 17 at 1:00 p.m.

June 23 at 7:00 p.m.

July 20 at 7:00 p.m.

August 3 at 7:00 p.m.

September 21 at 7:00 p.m.

Contact the extension office at 260-481-6826, or hadleyv@purdue.edu, or visit the web page http://www.extension.purdue.edu/allen under Food for a complete brochure and more registration information.  Cost is $5.00, payable at the door to cover printing costs.  Register early, class size will be limited.

POSTED: 04/28/16 at 8:09 am. FILED UNDER: Entertainment