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University of Alaska Fairbanks employee offers classes on food preservation

Published: Oct. 5, 2021 at 4:32 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - A University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) employee is offering classes on how to preserve food.

According to Sarah Lewis, Family and Community Development Agent for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, she got the idea for these classes from switching to online education due to the pandemic. Lewis said, “When the Pandemic started I switched a lot of, many of us did, I switched to online and discovered that it was actually both super fun, and there were a lot of people that liked for me to be offering classes just from my home kitchen. So even while I start doing some in-person stuff, I’m going to keep doing these online courses.”

The classes will take place over the next 8 weeks with a variety of different lessons to learn.

“There’s 8 classes all with a food preservation event,” Lewis continued. “You can sign up for all of them or one or more, whatever is your interest. The first one is focused on a food secure pantry, so we will kind of segue in to food preservation while talking about that; but it really is more part of our emergency preparedness category of classes. They do talk about some food preservation things that you can do, if you have those skills that will help you create a food secure pantry, whether that is for a family emergency or a larger emergency or a slowdown in shipping in the middle of winter, things like that; but then from there on, the classes are a little more traditional food preservation with canning, dehydrating, sourdough, making pickles, things like that.”

According to Lewis, the classes will take place every Tuesday evening.

“They will go from 5:30 to 7:00 on Tuesday evenings,” Lewis elaborated, “and so I’ll be streaming for that full hour and a half. One thing that one thing that people often ask is ‘Will I be recording them?’ If they want to sign up for the class but can’t watch it, I will be recording them but they will only be available for the week after that, and to only people who have registered.”

Lewis continued, “There are some different choices. Just get your dinner and sit and watch from 5:30 to 7 while I go through the process, or actually I will give everybody the information so they can actually be cooking along with me if that’s what they would like to do, and they can record it and they can use the recording at their leisure after the course of the following week.”

The window to register for each class goes right up to the morning of that session, with a slight exception.

“[It’s] perfectly fine to register moments before the class, [but] the thing is I do need is send the link - so if we get closer, you know, it’s a little bit iffy,” Lewis explained. “But then for the future classes where there is more cooking involved, if you want to actually cook, you will at least need to register the morning of the class so that you can receive a list of what you might want to have available to cook alongside with me.”

Information on the classes and how to register can be found at the UAF Cooperative Extension Service website, any additional questions can be sent to 907-523-3280 ext. 1 036-22.

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