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Food Preservation Updates

Food Preservation Updates from Sue Flanagan

We’re at the height of the preserving season, a good time to address some issues concerning canning.   

In recent articles, I discussed the two types of canning processes, pressure canning and boiling water bath, and the foods that are appropriate for each.  Remember that low-acid foods, such as green beans, must be pressure canned, while acid or properly-acidified foods can be processed in the boiling water bath.  Here are additional important points and frequently asked questions related to home canning.

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Tomato Fest!

Tomato Fest returns! Featuring cooking demonstrations by Chef Miriam, bake sale, food concessions, and tomato treats, free children activities, exhibits, and vendors. Tomato Fest is brought to you by the Berkeley-Jefferson Extension Master Gardeners.

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Dining with Diabetes Classes

The Berkeley County Extension Service is pleased to offer the Dining with Diabetes course again this summer on four consecutive Tuesday evenings. Classes are free and will be held August 22, 29, September 5 and 12 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Martinsburg Church of Christ.

Classes include demonstrations and tasting of freshly prepared foods and take home recipes; reliable and current information; mild physical activity. Program is designed for people who have diabetes or pre-diabetes to help you learn how to live well with diabetes. Presenters are Sue Flanagan, WVU Extension Agent and Pam Gesford, RN, Certified Diabetes Education.

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Gypsy Moth Suppression Program Sign-up is July 1 through August 31

The Cooperative State-County Landowner (CSCL) Gypsy Moth Suppression Program is now accepting applications for egg mass surveys from landowners. Applications are available at the Berkeley County Extension Office and are online at the WVDA's Plant Division Website.

A refundable deposit of $1 per acre must be submitted with the application. Exception: Landowners who paid the per acre fee last year do not need to pay again this year. The deposit will be used toward payment for treatment if the landowner qualifies. Call Crescent Gallagher at 304-558-3708, 304-380-3922 or email Crescent if you have questions.

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