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Elie workshop to teach basics in preserving, canning

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Canning and preserving fruit and vegetables is a skill growing in popularity as more people grow their own food.

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The grow-your-own-food movement is highlighting the need for people to learn how to can and preserve the fruit and vegetables they produce.


Home economist Susan Proven said the number of people in their 20s and 30s who are interested in food security and sustainability is increasing. While many are now planting gardens or buying locally-grown produce, they often have no idea how to safely preserve their harvest.


"If you don’t preserve some foods properly, they can be lethal," she warned.


Proven is leading a workshop on canning and preserving on May 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. in St. Paul’s Collegiate in Elie. She will demonstrate four techniques including boiling water and pressure canning, making jam and jelly, blanching vegetables prior to freezing, and dehydrating food.


The workshop is sponsored by the Southern Health Authority. Healthy Living facilitator Genevieve Lefebvre said the workshop focuses on healthy eating and follows one on gardening offered in March.


To register for the workshop, contact Lefebvre by calling 204-379-2585 ext. 2237 or email glefebvre@southernhealth.ca by May 27.

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