Mendota reporter | 4-H canning workshop for young people

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LA SALLE – University of Illinois Extension invites all youth ages 8 to 18 to a series of two-part canning workshops on Saturday, February 5 and Saturday, March 26 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. These workshops will be held at the University of Illinois Extension Education Center and Community Teaching Kitchen at 944 First St., LaSalle. The workshop is free for all registered 4-H members and only $ 5 for non-4-H members.

This workshop is perfect for young people who want to learn how to preserve fresh fruit. In the first session, they will learn the basics of canning, the difference between jam and jelly, and make their own strawberry jam. In the second session, they will use the skills learned in the first session to prepare their own blueberry jam. Now is the perfect time for them to learn and practice these skills before the fair so that they can transfer the experience to other fruits and vegetables as they grow in the gardens this year. Additionally, all participants can bring their jams to their local 4-H fair as a fair entry project.

Susan Glassman, Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator, and Beth Dellatori, 4-H Youth Development Educator, will lead the workshops. Participants will also learn more about 4-H, make a fun craft, receive jam, jelly and canning recipes to take home, and enjoy a snack. All young people are welcome to come and experience this hands-on 4-H learning opportunity and consider joining 4-H. Please go to https://go.illinois.edu/canningworkshop to register by January 28. The seats are limited.

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