Home food preservation classes offered at Spirit Lake, Milford libraries – The Globe

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa — Iowa State University Extension and Outreach food and health specialists will offer some unique hands-on workshops to help anyone — from beginner to experienced — learn more about canning, freezing, dehydrating, jam making and pickling.

The events include:

  • Sept. 14, 5 p.m., Spirit Lake Public Library, salsa making basics. Take home a jar of salsa that you preserved using the hot water bath canning method, after learning safe methods for preserving. Register online at



  • Sept. 21, 5 p.m., Spirit Lake Public Library, pressure canning and freezing. Learn safe methods for pressure canning and freezing foods and use the canning method to preserve fresh vegetables that you can take home and enjoy later. Register online at



  • Sept. 27, 5 p.m., Milford Memorial Library, pickle making and pickled products. If you ‘relish’ a jar of homemade pickles, come experience the joy of pickle making at this hands-on workshop. Register online at



  • Oct. 18, 5 p.m., Milford Memorial Library, jam making and dehydrating. Learn safe methods to preserve jams and dehydrate foods in this ‘jam’-packed session and take home the fruit of your labors. Register online at https://go.iastate.edu/IPJ1TD.

Registration is required due to limited space and supplies. There is a fee to participate, and financial assistance is available by contacting the ISU Extension and Outreach Dickinson County office.
For more information, financial aid assistance or assistance registering, contact Sue Boettcher at (712) 336-3488 or boettche@iastate.edu.

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