Early registration recommended

Home-canned green beans or carrots, full of their garden-fresh flavors or succulent stew meat can bring a touch of summer to a Kansas winter. With the proper equipment and up-do-date recipes, these foods and other family favorites can be safely canned at home.

Pratt County Extension Agent, Jodi Drake, along with Kansas State University’s Rapid Response Center Coordinator, Karen Blakeslee, will present a pressure canning workshop on May 29 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Pratt Area 4-H Center.

The workshop will also be offered by K-State Research and Extension Agents in five other counties during the month of June. The dates and contact information are as follows: June 3, Comanche County, contact Hilary Hanvey, 620-582-2411; Harper County, contact Megan Ferrell, 620-842-5445; Stafford County, contact Amy Collins, 620-549-3502; Barber County, contact Robin Eubank, 620-886-3971; Kingman County, contact Andrea Wood, 620-532-5131.

Workshop participants will get involved as they preserve their own vegetables to take home. During the workshops, participants will learn about the science behind food preservation, some tips on safe canning, some unsafe methods, and more. Each participant will get to take home the fruits of their labor as well as instructions and recipes so they can preserve their fresh garden vegetables this summer.

The cost for the workshop is $15. The class is size limited, so reserve your spot soon. To sign up, call the Pratt County Extension Office at (620) 672-6121.