Preserving the Fruits of Summer’s Labor

ff95742e-b947-4399-9839-010db8b9a85dNo one wants to think about the end of summer. But it’s a great time to think about canning and preserving the good stuff you may have grown in your garden, or may have on hand and would like to keep around for the cold winter ahead.

The University of Rhode Island’s Extension Outreach Center is holding a “Food Preservation Hands-On Workshop,” on Aug. 23 and 30 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the URI Kingston Campus. The first sessions includes an overview of safe canning methods and a hands-on activity using hot water bath canning. The second session reviews freeing and drying techniques for high quality and safety, and a demo of the pressure canner.

Pre-registration is required, with a $60 fee that includes a copy of the Ball Blue Book: Guide to Preserving, supplies for the hands-on food preservation activities and a light dinner. To preregister on a first-come, first-served basis, email You’ll be added to the list, and then asked to send in a non-refundable check with the registration form, which must be received by Aug. 10. For more information, email Nicole Richard or call her at 401-874-2977. For information on the outreach center, visit



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