Family Consumer Sciences
The USDA can be contacted even on Thanksgiving Day to answer questions about turkey and other meats. Learn more
Canning Tomatoes and Tomato Products
Tomatoes are the most widely home canned product in the United States. They also are one of the most commonly spoiled home-canned products. Canning processes recommended as a result of USDA research on safe home-canning procedures for tomatoes and tomatoes products are available on Colorado State University Extension fact sheet No. 9.341.
Home Food Preservation
Ready to try your hand at preserving the bounty from your home garden or area Farmer's Market? Here are some short videos that may be of interest.
- Boiling Water Canning
- Food Acid Content
- Pressure Canning Equipment
- Pressure Canning Process
- Putting Lids on Jars
- Testing for Seals
- Water Bath Canning Equipment
- What Canning Does
Videos can be viewed using a free download of Real Player..
Food Protection Manager Certification Training
This one-day training with certification exam meets the requirement for individuals wanting to produce and sell home-based food products in accordance with the Colorado Cottage Food Act, as well as retail food managers seeking advanced food safety certification. Participants must achieve a passing exam score of 75% or higher to receive a certificate, valid for 5 years. For more information contact the Otero County Extension office at 719-254-7608,
To find additional ServSafe® trainings around the state, click here.
More information for the Cottage Food Producer and a copy of the Colorado Cottage Food Act can be found on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment website: http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/cp/index.html.
Cooking Matters with Diabetes
A six-week series of classes where participants learn how to identify and prepare healthy food options, how to use healthy eating and physical activity to maintain blood sugar levels, and practice hands-on food preparation. Classes are held in both Bent and Otero counties. Classes are free; however, pre-registration is required. No classes are currently scheduled - check back later for new class dates.
Bent County Classes:
Bent County Extension Office
Mondays, 5:15 - 7:15 p.m.
To register call: 719-456-0764
Otero County Classes:
Otero County Extension Office
Tuesdays, 5:15 - 7:15 p.m.
To register call: 719-254-7608
Physical activity plays a key role
in a healthy lifestyle.
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