Q. What is the best way to preserve my summer garden harvest?
— Beth W., Nipomo
A. Home canning can be fun and rewarding — a cost-effective way to preserve the wonderful fruits and vegetables from the Central Coast’s summer months, as well as a way to know exactly what ingredients are in your food.
If you haven’t canned food before, an “Introduction to Canning” class offered by the Master Food Preservers of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties can teach you how. The class will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the UCCE Auditorium, 2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo.
The class will highlight safe methods of preserving such as boiling water canning, steam canning and pressure canning, the differences among them, and when we should use each method.
Any home food preserver will also want to learn the differences of low and high acid foods, how to select safe recipes, and where to find quality resources to help guide us as we put our new canning skills into practice.
If you’re interested in learning more about canning, would like to meet others who are too, or would just like to see how it’s done, this class is for you. Sign up here: http://ucanr.edu/introtocanning3
Are you interested in being a UCCE Master Gardener, but need more information? Join us at the new Master Gardener class informational meeting on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 1-3 p.m. in the UCCE auditorium.
Stephanie Hill is a UCCE Master Gardener.
Got a gardening question?
In San Luis Obispo call 781-5939, Arroyo Grande, 473-7190 and Templeton, 434-4105. Visit us at http://ucanr.org/sites/mgslo/ or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on Instagram at slo_mgs and like us on Facebook. Informative garden workshops are held the third Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. to noon at 2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo. Garden docents are available after the workshop until 1 p.m. To request a tour of the garden, call 781-5939.