Did you hear? It popped!

23 Feb
preserving

Everyone making sure that we are doing it right! FACS agents from NW District: Cindee Sweda (Cobb), Marybeth Kellet (Rockdale), Inés Beltrán (Gwinnett), Barbara Worley (Forsyth), Barbara Collins ( Muscogee), Alexis Roberts (Bartow), Keishon Thomas (Bibb) and Kaley Barkar ( Intern -Bibb).

 

One of the most fascinating experiences about being a Family and Consumer Sciences agent in Georgia Extension is to have the opportunity to participate in regular updates about the science of preserving food. Our very own specialist, Dr. Elizabeth Andress, a national leader and expert makes sure that agents are up to date in the latest research and developments related to: canning, freezing, making jams and jellies and market trends among other topics.

Last week a group of Extension Northwest District’s  county agents  met at the Extension office in Cartersville, GA to participate in a hands –on training. As a group we prepared apple jelly. If you are interested in making this delicious recipe you can find the information and all the steps at the National Center for Home Food Preservation website visiting the following link: http://nchfp.uga.edu/index.html.

Food preservation will help us prevent the spoilage of the food we like and eat. Molds, yeast and bacteria are microorganisms that can spoil our food. Every time I attend a food preservation class I hear a very scary word: Clostridium botulinum, a bacteria that can make you really sick and can cause death. Following the proper food preservation procedures have the intention to eliminate this frightening bacteria from growing in our food. That is a very compelling reason to make sure we are following tested recipes, the right equipment and the right procedures recommended by serious and responsible institutions, when we prepare and preserve food for us or our love ones.

setp5ed  If you are an avid food preserver you might be using the So Easy to Preserve book. This fantastic resource is full of tested recipes and offers precise explanations of procedures and processes we all need to follow to ensure a safe and successful food preservation experience. Contact your local Extension office to inquire about ordering the latest version of the So Easy to Preserve book. We are getting ready for warmer months and the availability of fresh and delicious produce will increase. Consider using canning, freezing, drying or pickling processes. Prepare delicious jams and jellies with your favorite fruits and enjoy them all year round! And as part of the experience get ready to hear the jar pop!

Edda Cotto-Rivera, FACS agent in DeKalb County

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