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Purdue Extension to hold workshops on food preservation


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

The Purdue Extension Service in LaGrange County will be conducting “Preserving Nature’s Bounty” workshops to discuss safe home food preservation procedures and to answer frequently asked questions on canning, freezing, and drying foods.  

Workshops are scheduled from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21, at the LaGrange County Library on Spring St. in LaGrange and at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, in the community room at the Topeka Branch Library, 113 N. Main St. in Topeka.

To register, contact the Purdue Extension Office at 260-499-6334 to ensure availability of printed materials. There is a small fee, payable at the door, to cover printing costs. For a brochure, visit the web page at http://www.extension. under Family-Food and Health.