AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is hosting a virtual Food Preservation 101 course, including a general overview highlighting key information Iowans need to know to get started preserving food at home.

During the free, one-hour online course, nutrition and wellness specialists will discuss various food preservation techniques (pressure canning, hot water bath canning, dehydration and freezing); provide science-based, reliable food preservation resources; and answer general food preservation questions.

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Scheduled dates and times of virtual classes are 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 28; 8 to 9 p.m. June 18; 10 to 11 a.m. and 8 to 9 p.m. July 7; 10 to 11 a.m. and 8 to 9 p.m. Aug. 20; and 7 to 8 p.m. Sept. 10.