Canning, Freezing, Drying Harvesting, Cold Storage

The Produce Preservation Program offers fun, hands on workshops and resources to teach people how to safely preserve home grown and locally available fruits and vegetables for year round enjoyment.

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Grounded Strategies Takes Over The Produce Preservation Program

January 05, 2016
Grounded Strategies Takes Over The Produce Preservation Program

Debra Hellbach, partner at Grounded Strategies is pleased to announce that Grounded Strategies has taken over the delivery of the Produce Preservation Program from the BC Food Processors Association.

Debra was involved in the development of the Produce Preservation Program as part of the Produce Availability Initiative in Remote Communities funded by the Province of BC.  She also managed the delivery of the program on the behalf of the BC Food Processors Association from 2011 to 2015.

Grounded Strategies plans to work in partnership with other Food Skills training providers to wards including food preservation training in their offerings.

The Produce Preservation Program will transition to PRESERVEMore and include preservation training modules for the safe and nutritious processing of meat and fish. 

Tips and Techniques 2014 #3 - Beans and Zucchini

August 27, 2014
Tips and Techniques 2014 #3 - Beans and Zucchini

Canning Low Acid Foods

Now well into August, zucchini and beans are running wild in urban gardens and local farms. Both of these vegetables grow quickly, so knowing what to do with all this produce before it spoils is extremely helpful! Beans can be frozen or canned for enjoyment year round and are delicious when added to any meal. Dried zucchinis with seasoning make a delicious and healthy substitute for chips that get the “kid stamp of approval” at our house!

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Tips and Techniques 2014 #2 - Apricots and Swiss Chard

July 31, 2014
Tips and Techniques 2014 #2 - Apricots and Swiss Chard

Fresh Rainbow Chard in the Garden

Our latest newsletter is out!  Food Preservation Tips and Techniques  2014 #2  - Apricots and Swiss Chard is available at link below. 

July brings delicious apricots like these at a friend’s farm in Kelowna!  Apricots can be dried, frozen or canned for all year enjoyment.  Canned apricots on ice cream or with cereal is a great way to enjoy summer all over again.
 
ApricotsWhile most recipes for canning fruit call for adding sugar or syrup, sugar is not needed to prevent spoilage. Preserving without sugar will 

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Tips and Techniques 2014 #1 - Berries and Cherries

July 05, 2014
Tips and Techniques 2014 #1 - Berries and Cherries

Berries from my urban garden

Welcome back to Food Preservation Tips and Techniques!   2014 #1 - Berries and Cherries available at link below ....

Tips and Techniques 2013 #6

October 18, 2013
Tips and Techniques 2013 #6

Garden St. Harvest

Tips and Techniques 2013 #6 - Pumpkins and Squash available at link below.

Tips and Techniques 2013 #5

October 02, 2013
Tips and Techniques 2013 #5

Debra Hellbach and Gayle Palas at 2013 Indigenous Foods Conference

Please find Tips and Techniques for health and safety in the link below.

Happy Preserving!

Video of recent Train the Trainer workshop

September 27, 2013
Video of recent Train the Trainer workshop

Pressure Canning

Take a glimpse at what the Produce Preservation Program is all about ....

Tips and Techniques 2013 #4

September 09, 2013
Tips and Techniques 2013 #4

Goard the Giant Zucchini

Please find Tips and Techniques for preserving zucchini and tomatoes in the link below.

Happy Preserving!

Tips and Techniques 2013 #3

August 23, 2013
Tips and Techniques 2013 #3

Pickled golden and red beets, dilly beans

Please find Tips and Techniques for preserving beets and plums in the link below.

Happy Preserving!

Tips and Techniques 2013 #2

August 12, 2013
Tips and Techniques 2013 #2

Dilly beans & pickled beets

Check out the latest Tips and Techniques on beans and berry popsicles.