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Want to learn to can fruits and vegetables?

Clemson Extension teaches courses online

By Denise Attaway

Special to the Chronicle

Learn how to can cranberry apple preserves in an online canning seminar Sept. 30.

To help Lexington County residents learn how to safely preserve and store food, Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service agents are holding a virtual live canning workshop.

The workshop will be from Clemson Extension agent Samantha Houston’s kitchen, 10 am - 2 pm Sept. 30 via web-based Zoom.

Participants will learn how to safely make jams, jellies and soft spreads with US Department of Agriculture recommended techniques for preserving foods for home use.

Participants are encouraged to follow along and can cranberry apple preserves during the workshop.

Because participants will be canning during the workshop, registration is limited to 10 people,

This allows instructors to monitor the process and ensure participants are following proper steps.

If more than 10 people express an interest in attending the workshop, the agents may offer it again.

In addition to Houston, Kimberly Baker, Clemson Extension Food Systems and Safety Program director, and another agent will be available to answer questions.

Registered participants will need a computer with video and microphone capabilities to watch and participate.

Cost is $12 per participant and includes a link to the live Zoom workshop, a list of ingredients and equipment needed, recipe, a copy of the PowerPoint presentation, factsheets on canning and a resource guide.

To register, go to https://secure.touchnet.net/C20569_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=4867

Baker said she and her team plan to hold more virtual workshops in the future.

Topics they plan to cover include water bath canning, pickling, atmospheric steam canning and pressure canning.

“Our Carolina Canning Facebook page, @carolinacanning, is a great place to find information about our classes,” she said.

For more information about Clemson Extension Food Systems and Safety program, visit https://www.clemson.edu/extension/food/.

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