Health, Home and Family Development offers information on food safety, food preservation, nutrition, as well as many other topics.
Freezing and Drying Fruits and Vegetables
Make the most of your fall harvest! Wednesday, October 22
Join Leslie Shallcross, our Youth, Family and Community Development professor and licensed dietitian, for her hands-on classes. Price includes all supplies, and you will get to take home your work from each class.
($40, at Anchorage Cooperative Extension Service)
Learn about fruits and vegetables best suited for freezing and drying and the proper way to preserve them for maximum quality. Participants will also learn how to dehydrate purees into fruit leather.
StrongWomen Leader Training
Saturday, Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Become an Extension volunteer leader in the StrongWomen StrongBones Program (aka StrongSeniors). You can help yourself while helping others in your community to prevent falls, improve bone density, strength and energy and make everything else you do easier. After this one-day class, you will be prepared to start a program in a community site or assist with an on-going program.
StongWomen is a strength-training program specifically for midlife and older women. Proven to increase bone density, balance and energy. This class will prepare you to implement a safe and effective community-based program.
Call 786-6300 for more information or to register or download the flyer.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 16 - Dec. 30 from 5:30 - 7:45 p.m.
StongWomen is a strength-training program from Tufts University that is designed specifically for midlife and older women. Proven to increase bone density, balance and energy. Call 786-6300 for more information or to register.
The name StrongWomen should not frighten anyone away from this class -- the class is appropriate for anyone who wishes to increase muscle mass and bone density with easy, slow paced exercise.
The class uses free weights and ankle weights, for each of 8-10 exercises each session. Participants will quickly see increases in strength and enjoy the support of others in this non-competitive fitness class.
Call 786-6313 for more information or to register.
Pressure Canner Gauge Testing
This is a free service provided to test pressure canner gauges for accuracy. Drop the gauge off at our office between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Testing is generally completed within ten minutes.
Living Well Alaska
Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program
Nutrition assistants provide in-home and group nutrition education classes for low-income families. Target audience is families with young children.
Call 786-6300 for more information or email email@example.com.
Family and Community Education
These clubs offer educational programs to their membership on family living skills. The Hotline newsletter is sent to club members. Contact 786-6300 for further information.
Canning Fish Safely
Canning is a popular method to preserve fish; and, with proper processing, home-canned fish can be both high quality and safe to eat. Extension publications can show you how to prepare and process fish using pressure canner temperatures that will destroy the bacteria that cause foodborne illness.
These publications also gives answers to questions frequently asked, such as, "Is it safe to process fish in a boiling water canner?" (No. It is not safe.) "Is it safe to leave salt out of canned fish? (Yes. Add an amount suitable to your taste.) "Can previously frozen fish be canned? (Yes. Frozen fish can be canned. Thaw to refrigerator temperature first.)
Home Canning Smoked Fish
Home Canning Smoked Fish and Home Smoking Fish for Canning. Following the procedures in this publication will give the best results if you are planning to can your smoked fish.
Freezing is the method most people choose for preserving their catch. Follow the preservation techniques in Home Freezing of Fish to keep the fish in good condition when freezing.
Food, Nutrition and Health
Publications on research-based food preservation information are available through our online catalog.
Preserving Alaska's food
Preserving Alaska's Bounty provides web-based information on preserving food in Alaska. Topics include canning basics, canning products and methods, and meat products and methods.