MSU Extension Upper Peninsula hosts virtual food preservation classes

UPPER PENINSULA — The Michigan State University Upper Peninsula Extension is hosting a series of online classes about food preservation.

With the growing season beginning, the Food Safety Team at the MSU Extension wanted to offer a course teaching people the proper way to preserve the fruits and vegetables they grow.

The classes, instructed by experienced food safety educators, will be held every Thursday via Zoom.

“We like to get kind of a head start with the consumers to get them on the same page of following research-based recipes, using the proper techniques, and the whole idea of preserving at home, how to make sure that what you’re canning is safe,” explained MSU Extension Food Safety Educator Joyce McGarry. “Tomorrow’s is reducing food waste with freezing. So our educators will be talking about how to freeze, blanch, and store fresh produce safely to be used at a later time.”

The April 15th class will begin at 1:00 p.m. You can find the class signup here.

The Extension also has a toll free consumer food safety hotline to answer questions about expiration dates, proper food handling, and more. That number is (877) 643–9882.