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UT Extension Offers Food Preservation Classes

UT Extension Offers Food Preservation Classes

The University of Tennessee Sevier County Office will be offering Food Preservation Classes in May. Research based information will be shared and demonstrated on canning jelly, jam, pickles, fruits and vegetables. These classes are designed to encourage first time canners, as well as update information for experienced canners.

These food preservation classes will be presented at the UT Extension Office in Sevierville on Thursdays, May 12 and 19, 2016 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Cost for the series is $20. Pre-registration is needed because class size is limited. Participants will receive a UT Canning Book in addition to some hands-on experience.

The practices of home canning have changed over the years. Pressure canning and water bath are the only acceptable methods of canning food. The method used depends on the fruit and vegetable acidity. It is not guess work. Research has determined the proper canning practice for food to be preserved safely and prevent growth of microorganisms.

Attending classes offered through UT Extension is a great way to receive updated food preservation information. To register for the May Food Preservation Class Series, contact Linda Hyder at 865-453-3695 or [email protected] by May 9. The class fee of $20 is needed for registration. Class size is limited.

For more research-based information on Food Preservation you may use the following websites: Ball Canning at and National Center for Home Food Preservation at

Remember you do not have to maintain a garden to enjoy preserving fresh produce. Take advantage of the many Farmers Markets available in Sevier County. For information on these markets, plus recipes and fun produce information, visit

Mark your calendar to attend this class so you can enjoy garden vegetables year round!

About UT Extension - Sevier County

UT Extension provides a gateway to the University of Tennessee as the outreach unit of the Institute of Agriculture. It is a statewide educational organization, funded by federal, state and local governments, that brings research-based information about agriculture, family and consumer sciences, and resource development to the people of Tennessee where they live and work. Sevier News Messenger distributes UT Extension news as a courtesy. UT Extension - Sevier County can be found at