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Food Preservation Workshops

The following workshops are presented by Colorado State University Extension in Arapahoe, Boulder, & Jefferson Counties:

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  • CSU Extension Cottage Food Safety Training
  • Fermentation
  • Jams, Jellies and Fruits
  • Preserving 101: How to Preserve Foods Safely
  • Pressure Canning


Arapahoe County Extension Office
6934 S. Lima St, Suite B,
Centennial, CO 80112

Boulder County Extension Office
9595 Nelson Rd, Natural Resource Builing,
Longmont, CO 8050

Jefferson County Extension Office
15200 6th Ave # C,
Golden, CO 80401


Food Preservation Demonstration Schedule

Date Time Demo/Workshop Location Price & Registration
Thursday 5/25/17 12:00 – 12:45 pm Making Yogurt at Home CSU Extension Office, Centennial Free but pre-register on Eventbrite
Thursday 5/25/17 5:00 – 5:45 pm Making Yogurt at Home CSU Extension Office, Centennial Free but pre-register on Eventbrite
Thursday 6/1/17 12:00 – 12:45 pm Wine Jelly CSU Extension Office, Centennial Free but pre-register on Eventbrite
Thursday 6/1/17 5:00 – 5:45 pm Wine Jelly CSU Extension Office, Centennial Free but pre-register on Eventbrite
Wednesday 6/7/17 2:00 – 3:00 pm Making Yogurt at Home Sheridan Library, Denver Free, but pre-register with library
Monday   6/12/17 7:00 – 8:00 pm Making Yogurt at Home Eloise May Library, S. Parker Rd., Denver Free, but pre-register with library
Monday   6/26/17 6:30 – 7:30 pm Yogurt, home cultured Davies Library, Deer Trail Free, but pre-register with library
Saturday   7/29/17 2:00 – 3:00 pm Boiling Water Bath Canning Arapahoe County Fair, Main Hall Free, but must pay general admission to attend Fair
Sunday   7/30/17 2:00 – 3:00 pm Boiling Water Bath Canning Arapahoe County Fair, Main Hall Free, but must pay general admission to attend Fair
Saturday   8/12/17 2:00 – 3:00 pm Preserving Peaches Tagawa Gardens, Aurora Free, but must pre-register with Tagawa
Saturday   9/16/17 10:00 – 11:00 am Preserving Peppers and Chilies Tagawa Gardens, Aurora Free, but must pre-register with Tagawa

CSU Extension Cottage Food Safety Training
This 3 hour training provides a 3 year certification and meets the food safety training requirement for Colorado Cottage Foods Act. Learn the specifics for operating a food business from a home kitchen. Review the current law, Tier 1 and Tier 2 permissible foods and ingredient labeling requirements. We will cover basics of food safety-including proper hygiene; preventing cross contamination and cross contact of food allergens; temperature control for safe food preparation, storage, transporting produce and sales. Resources for food preparation at altitude and for going further with your business will be shared. Cost: $30.00. Registration closes 3 days before training date.

Saturday, Jan 28, 2017, 9am- Boulder County Extension Office
Monday, Feb 13, 2017, 9am, Jefferson County Extension Office
Friday, Mar 10, 2017, 9am- Arapahoe County Extension Office
Saturday, Apr 22, 2017, 1pm- Boulder County Extension Office
Wednesday, Sept 27, 2017, 9am- Arapahoe County Extension Office


From Hive to Market: Food Safety for the Beekeeper & Beyond

Saturday, May 20, 2017, 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Are you a beekeeper interested in selling your honey to friends and neighbors or at farmer’s markets in the future? This training and certificate program will introduce you to the Colorado Cottage Food Act and how it applies to honey, comb, and other edible products from the hive. This training will cover basic food safety and best practices for your home kitchen, foods permissible under Colorado’s Cottage Food Act, and packaging and labeling requirements for honey and other cottage foods. Upon successful completion of the training and food safety test, you will receive your Food Safety Certificate from Colorado State University Extension, good for three years, allowing you to begin selling your honey and cottage food products.

Program will be held in the Classroom of the Administrative Offices Building.

Availability: Only 25 spots

Cost: $50

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Fermentation
Natural fermentation is one of the oldest means of food preservation. Learn the science of preparing and storing sauerkraut, other fermented vegetables, and yogurt safely in this hands-on workshop. Participants will leave class with recipes, a jar of sauerkraut to ferment at home, and resources.
Cost $25. Registration closes 5 days before training date.

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Jams, Jellies and Fruits
Love the flavors of fruits? You can make preserves all year long. Learn how you can enjoy the delightful, fresh picked taste by making fruit preserves, wine jelly,etc. The workshop will cover the basics of water bath canning to ensure safe preservation. Cost: $25.00, for hands-on workshop that includes taking home a jar of jam. Or $20.00 for workshops that do not include taking home a jar of jam.Registration closes 5 days before training date.

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Preserving 101: How to Preserve Foods Safely
Individuals who attend the class will:
• Be introduced to the most current, recommended methods for preserving foods (boiling water, pressure canning, freezing, and dehydrating foods)
• See various food preservation supplies and equipment on display
• Take home excellent handouts, approved recipes, and other resources
***Preserving foods at home is not difficult, but it does require following research-based recipes and methods of preserving. Even if you have been a home food preserver for years or you are a first timer, come and learn the latest recommendations. Cost:$20.00 Registration closes 5 days before training date.

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Pressure Canning
Learn how a pressure canner works as we walk through each step involved in safely canning vegetables, meats and seafood. Includes free pressure canner dial gauge test ($10 value) – bring your canner lid or just the dial gauge if you have one. Learn the updates on the difference of pressure canner and a pressure cooker appliance. Cost: $20.00. Registration closes 5 days before training date.

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