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Published July 05. 2013 05:02PM

Many people today are interested in growing and/or buying local foods and want to preserve them for use throughout the year. "Yes I Can" is an introductory workshop providing today's recommendations on how to safely can seasonal garden produce and specialty items.

It includes costs, equipment, how to use a pressure canner and boiling water bath canner, types of pack, safe methods and procedures, storage, and resources. Dial gauge canners can be tested for accuracy for those who bring the lid.

This workshop is designed for beginning canners who want to learn how to use a pressure canner with up-to-date procedures. There is a cost for the workshop.

There are four dates and locations to choose from:

• July 15, 3-5 p.m. at Pike County Area Agency on Aging, 150 Pike County Blvd., Hawley

• July 16, 1-3 p.m. or 7-9 p.m. at Monroe Extension, 724 Phillips St., Suite 201, Stroudsburg

• July 24, 1-3 p.m. at Wayne Extension, 648 Park St., Suite E, Honesdale

• July 31, 1-3 p.m. at Madonna Hall (behind Our Lady Mt Carmel), 15 E. Garibaldi Ave., Nesquehoning

Choose your desired location and register online by visiting, contact Penn State Extension, 724 Phillips St, Suite 201, Stroudsburg, PA, call (570) 421-6430 or email for assistance. You can pay by credit card online, mail in a check, or stop in the Monroe office to pay cash.

Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.

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