The University of Missouri Texas County Extension will conduct a series of home food preservation workshops in July.

The trio of “Quality for Keeps” courses will be conducted from 5 to 8 p.m. July 16, 17 and 18, at the Extension center on Main Street in downtown Houston.

Extension nutrition and health education specialist Brandi Sutherland said each of the workshops will be different, and will focus on topics such as preservation methods to use for the highest quality and safety in home preserved foods; solutions to common canning, freezing and dehydration problems; and hands-on experience with new recipes and sources of the latest research. Each workshop will feature different processes and incorporate different produce (chosen by availability).

The schedule:

•Session 1 (July 16): Home canning the safe way; pressure canning green beans.

•Session 2 (July 17): Jellies and jams; water bath preservation.

•Session 3 (July 18): How to pickle; water bath pickles.

The cost to attend is $20 per session or $50 for all three. Attendees will each receive a Ball food preservation cookbook.

The deadline for registration is July 10. Seats are limited. To register, stop by the Extension office in Houston.

For more information, call Sutherland at 417-967-4545 or email her at sutherlandb@missouri.edu.

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