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Home Food Preservation

Home canners are encouraged to join Purdue Extension for the Mastering Home Food Preservation training this summer at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Franklin, IN. Instructors will teach USDA home food preservation recommended procedures and provide valuable resources and take-home products for participants.

Topics covered throughout the training include food safety, freezing food, boiling water canning, pressure canning, pickling and drying foods, and jams and jellies. The training will be held daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST) beginning Monday, June 12 and ending Thursday, June 15 at the Johnson County Fairgrounds.

The course fee is $275 and includes a Mastering Home Food Preservation notebook. Register online at by June 6. Contact Abbi Smith at for more information and accommodations.

There are two other local offerings this summer as well. First, there will be a Home Food Preservation (canning) workshop in Greene County on June 8th. The cost for this workshop is $10. If anyone is interested in attending this class from 11am-4pm, please call the Greene County Extension Office at 812-659-2122. The second offering will be the same class in Putnam County on July 12th at the Putnam County Fairgrounds. The cost of this workshop is covered thanks to a sponsorship from the Putnam County Public Library. To register for this class, please call the Putnam County Extension Office at 765-653-8411. In each of these workshops, participants will practice boiling water bath and pressure canning techniques. There are limited spots available for each class, and registration is required!

If you are not interested in a workshop or class, there may be other things the Extension Office can offer you! We provide dial gauge testing for just $5.00. It is recommended by the USDA to get your dial gauge tested for accuracy each year. A great time to do this is before you are ready to load your canner! Please call the Extension Office to schedule an appointment.

Lastly, always make sure that you are using tested and researched-based recipes. If you are finding recipes on the internet, the best website is the National Center for Home Food Preservation. Another option is the USDA Guide to Home Canning book. This book can be purchased online, as well as in-person at the Putnam County Extension Office for $25.

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