Preserve the Harvest was again a success! Last Saturday afternoon, August 24th, jar after jar of vibrantly colored preserves was brought into the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lebanon soon to be opened and enjoyed by our attendees. The space was transformed into an educational fair about food preservation that spanned from canning basics to making fruit shrubs to dehydrating meats. Master Food Preservers eagerly provided samples and recipes all afternoon showcasing the huge variety of preservation techniques that one can do in their home kitchen. People came from all over Linn County to learn how to freeze their surplus corn, how to make blueberry pie filling, or how to ensure their pressure canner was accurate and ready for another year of use.
Four highly attended workshops took place during the event giving people an in-depth look into some popular preservation techniques. Corrine Butzen provided her expertise on making low-sugar jams. Janice Gregg helped lessen the fear of pressure canning. Linda Ziedrich’s presentation showcased the versatility of the tomato, and Katy Stokes and Jude Sandburg taught the specifics of making your own fresh cheese.
Thanks to Lebanon Girl Scout Troop 20285, participants could also go outside for a hands-on experience. They were able to crack filbert shells and peel apples using home-scale processing equipment. The girls also demonstrated how to make freezer jam using blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries.
A huge thank you to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Greater Santiam, OSU Extension Master Food Preservers, Lebanon Girl Scout Troop 20285, our workshop presenters, and all other volunteers whose time and efforts made this event possible!
For more information about the Master Food Preserver program, visit http://extension.oregonstate.edu/linn/linn-benton-county-master-food-preserver-program.
Photos courtesy of Linda Ziedrich.