Summer Hands on Canning Classes

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canner and two jars on counterWhat better way to learn something new or to brush up on skills than to take a hands on class. This summer N.C. Cooperative Extension, McDowell County Center will partner to offer hands on canning classes at the Foothills Foodhub, Sue Glovier Teaching Kitchen.

Research shows that actually experiencing the process makes people more likely to practice those food safety recommendations such as canning and preserving when they are in their homes. These classes will cover the various canning techniques and give participants the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the reasons behind some of the current recommendations which may be different than the ways we canned in the past.

To find out more information or to register, call the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, McDowell County Center at (828) 652-8104. Each class will cost $10 for supplies. Come learn with others and get to take home a tasty sample of what we can. Class sizes are limited so register early. 

Putting Up Jams and Fruits! 

Wednesday June 26, 2024 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fruits are a fun food to preserve. Join us as we make a jam from a seasonal fruit and learn ways to can our high acid fruits using a water bath canner. Cost $10. Please register and pay before 6/24/2024 to secure a spot.

It’s Pickle Time!

Monday July 15, 2024 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pickles are a way of making some of our low acid vegetables into a high acid product which is safe to preserve using a water bath canner. Join us as we learn more about pickles, relishes and other acidified foods. Cost $10. Please register and pay before 7/11/2024 to secure a spot.

Canning Beans Safely! 

Tuesday, July 23, 2024 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

One of the most popular foods to can is beans, but it can also be one of the riskiest to eat if not canned safely. Come, can beans together with us and learn the latest recommendations for canning your beans to use later in those wintertime casseroles. This class will cover using weighted and gauge pressure canners as well as discuss the importance of adjusting pressure for canning at higher altitudes. Cost $10. Please register and pay 7/19/24 to secure a spot.

Putting Tomatoes By!

Tuesday, August 6, 2024 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

One of the best foods for learning how to can is tomatoes. In this hands-on class we cover canning tomatoes with a water bath canner and a pressure canner. Because we cover both methods of canning, this class allows you to experience both techniques. We will also discuss freezing and dehydrating tomatoes as other options for preserving them for future use. Cost $10. Please register and pay before 8/2/24 to secure a spot.

If you need a Saturday class, check out the classes we are doing at the WNC Farmers Market and WNC Foodworks. More Information.

Remember class size is limited and they fill up fast, so register early by calling (828) 652-8104. For more information on canning you can email Cathy Hohenstein at or call our office.