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The U of I will soon be offering tips on how to properly preserve your food.

With the winter months approaching and gardening coming to an end, it's time for many people to start thinking about preserving and canning their homegrown food. Before they do, it might be a good idea to take a lesson from Lynette Mensah. She is an Educator for the University of Illinois Extension, and specializes in Nutrition and Wellness. She says this is a good opportunity for anyone to be a part of.

Mensah will be giving a lecture on October 18th from 1 to 3 pm and answering questions on the safe and sanitary ways to can and preserve food this fall. 

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According to Mensah canning has become more commonplace recently. This is largely because of the state of the economy and people becoming more interested in local foods. There have been many methods of canning over the years, but Mensah says that many methoda of the past are no longer safe.

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Mensah says she has obtained relevant and updated information about canning which will be discussed at the meeting. She hopes to engage those whoe attend through questions and presentations.

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The Meeting will be at the Macon County Extension in Decatur. The address in 3351 N. Pres. Howard Brwn Blvd. Seating is limited so call and register and 217-877-6042.

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