WATERLOO, N.Y. — Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension is kicking off their 2019 Food Preservation Series with a class on growing and preserving fresh herbs. The workshop will take place on Monday, May 20th at 6:30PM at the Cornell Cooperative Extension office on the 3rd floor of the Main Street Shop Centre in Waterloo. Come learn the nutritional and culinary benefits of preparing foods with fresh herbs and learn how to preserve your harvested herbs with techniques such as drying, freezing, and making pestos. This workshop will be led by CCE nutrition staff, along with CCE Volunteer Master Gardeners, and Master Food Preservers. Participants will receive educational materials, taste samples, and some herbs to take home. Cost is $15. Registration is required and space is limited. To register on-line, please go to www.senecacountycce.org. If you are unable to register online, please call 315-539-9251.
“Historically, herbs are described as any plant that has aromatic or savory properties used for flavor-enhancement and medicine.” stated Seneca County CCE Nutrition Issue Leader Mo Tidball. “Herbs play a large role in culture all around the world, from use in signature ethnic cuisines to traditional medicine practices.” Not only do herbs pack a lot of flavor, they also are rich in nutrients. Fresh parsley is used in many recipes, and gram for gram it also contains three times the amount of Vitamin C than an orange and is high in iron and calcium!
Participants will learn the nutritional benefits of many popular herbs, recipes for consuming more herbs, how to grow herbs at home, and how to preserve herbs to enjoy them long after they are harvested. Learn which herbs dry well, which herbs are best frozen, and other tricks for enjoying herbs such as in pestos and herbed butters. “The possibilities for cooking with herbs is nearly endless.” noted Tidball. “We hope that people will join us to learn how to spice up their home cooking!”
For over 100 years, Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension has served the people of the County, putting to practical use the scholarship and research of Cornell University and the national land grant system in the areas of agriculture and food systems sustainability; families, nutrition, health and safety (human ecology); youth development (4-H); environmental and natural resource enhancement; and community and economic vitality. The office is located at 308 Main Street Shop Centre in Waterloo. For more information, please contact us at 315-539-9251 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
–Cornell Cooperative Extension Seneca County
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