Canning 101: Preserving foods safely

Juicy ripe peaches, snapping fresh green beans, sweet grape jelly, and crunchy dill pickles… nothing taste better than home-canned foods. For many, preserving these and other foods at home can be an intimidating process. However, this does not have to be the case. In fact, with a little knowledge, the right skills, and practice, anyone will find that it is so easy to preserve fresh fruits and vegetables at home.

The University of Tennessee Extension in Claiborne County is pleased to announce a course to help with canning foods safely at home. “Canning 101: Preserving Foods Safely” is a course designed to teach, through hands-on demonstrations, the “ins and outs” of home canning. Topics to be covered in the course include:

• Preserving Jams and Jellies

• Pickling

• Using a Waterbath Canner

• Using a Pressure Canner

• Freezing and Drying Foods

Whether you are an experienced canner who has preserved food for years or a novice wanting to learn more about home canning, this is the course for you.

During the course, participants will learn basic foods preservation and home canning principles and terminology, and will actually can foods! Participants will have the opportunity to preserve jams and jelly, pickles, fruit, tomatoes and green beans all with assistance. In addition, all participants who complete the course will receive a case of Canning Jars, two food preservation booklets with recipes developed by the UT Extension Service, A copy of “So Easy to Preserve” food preservation recipe book and foods canned during the class.

Three separate “Canning 101” classes will be offered to fit with busy schedules.

Thursday, July 9, and Thursday, July 16, there will be an evening “Canning College” at the LMU Garden Center from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. You must attend both sessions. You must register by July 6 so that supplies can be purchased.

Saturday, July 11, there will be an all-day class at the LMU Garden Center from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. You only need to attend one all day class. You must register by July 6 so that supplies can be purchased.

Saturday, July 25 there will be an all-day class at Servolution Health Services in Speedwell. You must register by July 22 so supplies can be purchased.

Individuals interested in registering for the course should call the UT Extension office at 423-626-3742. (There is a $60 registration fee to cover the cost of supplies and produce for the class.)

This course is open for anyone who would like to learn more about preserving the wonderful produce from your garden or from the farmers market, so you will have home canned foods to eat all year long. For additional information or to register, please call Carol Brandon at 423-626-3742 or email at

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