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Johnson County to offer “Food Preservation 101” talk Aug. 16

IOWA CITY– A free talk on the basics of safe canning, freezing and dehydrating of fruits, herbs and vegetables will be offered Friday, Aug. 16, from 12:10-12:55 p.m. “Extending Your Garden Harvest: Food Preservation 101” will be held in rooms 203B-C of the Johnson County Health and Human Services (HHS) Building, located at 855 S. Dubuque St. in Iowa City.
The event is hosted by the Johnson County Green Team, an internal committee established by the board of supervisors. The Green Team helps make internal county operations more sustainable and provides educational events for employees and the general public.
The presenter for this event is Rachel Wall, nutrition and health specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Wall will provide the most current, research-based guidelines for food preservation and share tips on harvesting and storing edible nuts.
Free dial-gauge pressure canner lid testing is available from 11:45 a.m. to noon, prior to the event. All-American and Burpee models cannot be tested.
Participants are welcome to bring their own bagged lunch to eat at the event; fruit and cookies will be provided. Pre-registration for the event, which is hosted by Johnson County, is encouraged but not required.
Session attendees may park in the open air public lot to the north of the HHS building or in the lot east of the County Administration Building, 913 S. Dubuque Street, and take the second-floor walkway to the HHS building.
For more information or to pre-register, contact Becky at greenteam@co.johnson.ia.us or 319-356-6083.