Safe Preserving: Joining Together for Another Successful Year

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Image courtesy of Ball Canning.

Image courtesy of Ball Canning.

Hundreds of Wisconsin residents are turning to food preservation as a way to save money and ensure healthy, wholesome food for their families, and the University of Wisconsin Extension is here to help! For some, food preservation is a new activity, while others are returning to the practice after years away, following in the footsteps of an earlier generation.

A national survey conducted by the National Center for Home preservation at the University of Georgia indicated a critical need for education and increased awareness of safety-related concerns in the area of home food preservation. The study revealed that consumers too often used out-of-date recipes or methods that could fail to control harmful bacteria, causing illness or even death. As the popularity of home canning and food preservation continues to rise, consumers need ready access to accurate information to ensure the products they prepare are wholesome and safe.

From providing one-on-one assistance and pressure canner testing, to workshops on preserving apples and drying zucchini, University of Wisconsin Extension Family Living Programs has been there to help with training and education. In 2013, 48 Family Living Extension educators reported reaching more than 7,800 individuals across the state with educational programs on how to preserve food safely. Approximately 5,250 of these (67%) represented one-on-one consumer contacts. Other consumers received instruction in group settings where evaluation showed a successful outcome. A complete Impact Report is available from the University of Wisconsin Extension Family Living Programs.

Plan now to join in a successful 2014 season of teaching and learning.

Safe preserving! Barb