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Learn the basics of food preservation

According to the USDA ,“Nearly half of the vitamins may be lost within a few days unless the products are cooled or preserved. Within one to two weeks, even refrigerated produce loses half or more of it’s vitamins. If handled properly and canned promptly after harvest, preserved food can be more nutritious than fresh produce sold in local stores.”

The CSU Extension Office in Archuleta County will offer Back to Basics Food Preservation in August and September.

We are looking for all who are interested in attending beginner food preservation classes. We will offer four different sessions: canning acid foods; low-acid foods; pickling; and fruit spreads. Each class will also cover basics of spoilage, food borne illnesses high-altitude adjustments and canning basics.

If there is enough interest we would like to offer classes in the morning 8:30-11:30 a.m., afternoon 1-4: p.m., and evening 6-9.

Contact the Archuleta County CSU Extension Office at 264-5931 or coopext_archuleta@mail.colostate.edu to be added to the interested list. If you would please provide information about the classes you would like to attend as well as your preferred class time it will be most appreciated.

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