The Utah County office of Utah State University Cooperative answers thousands of food preservation questions each year, and the staff is concerned because many home canners do not know the research-based recommendations for safe food preservation.

To answer questions and to provide current preservation guidelines, update sessions are scheduled on Wednesday, May 15, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the County Administration Building, 100 E. Center; and at the spanish Fork Library, 49 S. Main, on Saturday, May 18, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.The food preservation update training will cover the new USDA guidelines and answer questions such as why tomato canning guidelines changed so dramatically recently, what are the options for preserving with little or no sugar or salt, why a tested canning recipe is so important with tomato mixtures such as salsa, a simple yet effective technique to determine when to stop dehydrating foods, and much more.

A leader training portion will discuss teaching materials and literature available for those wanting to take the information back to their clubs or church groups.

All classes are free. Current food preservation literature will be available at cost. Call 370-8460 for more information.