Carolyn Tyler, Henderson County Extension Agent for Family and Community Health, will spread some good news on Thursday about storing some tasty jams.
"I'm doing a little intro into food preservation," Tyler said. "We're calling it "Preserving the Harvest."
The presentation is a part of Henderson County Master Gardener Association’s Summer Series. It starts at 6 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center, 3344 Hwy 31E. Athens. It should last about two hours," Tyler said.
"Preserving the Harvest" is free, but anyone wishing to attend should RSVP to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office at 903-675-6130.
Rather than use the traditional canning process, Tyler will show how to make the jam to be stored in the freezer. Tyler will explain differences between pressure canning and water baths.
"So, you don't need any special equipment to do it," Tyler said. "Anyone can do this at home. They jams last up to six months in the freezer."
Some people are a little wary of using a home canner, but would still like to preserve the summer fruit for those cold days on November and December. The method Tyler will show eliminates the need for the old methods.
"You can do it with just about any fruit that is in season," Tyler said. "We'll be making a strawberry freezer jam. Anyone who RSVPs in advance will leave with a jar of jam."
Tyler has been bringing demonstrations about cooking, diet and nutrition in Henderson County for several years. You can contact her at CarolynTyler@ag.tamu..
"The jams we'll be making on Thursday won't be frozen, so you can take them home and put them straight in the refrigerator like they would any other jam, or they can put them in the freezer and take them out as they're needed," Tyler said.