Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County, 1581 state Route 88, Newark, is teaching the art of preserving food for its third straight summer this August.
Those interested in practicing canning can sign up to make two recipes: tomato sauce and peach pie filling.
“Canning is a great way to make good use of bumper crops in the summer and fall months,” said Cailin Kowalewski, CCE’s master food preserver. “We encourage people to come to our classes, because learning to can helps them prevent food waste and make great use of their home gardens.”
Aspiring or avid home cooks may be interested in these classes, which are typically an hour and a half to two hours on weeknights or weekends. The classes teach skills like pressure canning, jam-making and pickling. CCE can host private events where students pick a canning recipe and are guided through its preparation.
These options aim to help make canning what it used to be — an opportunity to gather with friends and family, not a chore.
“Many people feel they don’t have time to try canning, or are afraid to do it alone,” Kowalewski said. “We make our classes for these people so they’re social, hands-on and practical. We know that most people aren’t saving 100 quarts of tomatoes like their grandmothers may have done, so we focus on delicious, easy recipes that everyone can try.”
All ages and abilities are welcome to attend. Those who can’t attend are welcome to contact CCE with questions.
Call (315) 331-8415 or email wayne@cornell.edu for information.