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University of Illinois Extension serving Christian, Jersey, Macoupin and Montgomery Counties

Montgomery County
#1 Industrial Park Dr.
Hillsboro, IL 62049
Phone: 217-532-3941
FAX: 217-532-3944
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4:30 pm

Christian County
1120 N Webster St.
Taylorville, IL 62568
Phone: 217-287-7246
FAX: 217-287-7248
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 11:30 am; 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Jersey County
201 W. Exchange St.
Suite A
Jerseyville, IL 62052
Phone: 618-498-2913
FAX: 618-498-5913
Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4 pm and Thursday 8 am to 12 pm

Macoupin County
#60 Carlinville Plaza
Carlinville, IL 62626
Phone: 217-854-9604
FAX: 217-854-7804
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4:30 pm

News Release

Yes! You Can: Practice Preserving Jams & Jellies August 13 in Taylorville

Crave the sweet taste of fresh strawberry jam in the middle of Winter? Water bath canning is a simple food preservation method to enjoy the taste of summer all year round.  Join University of Illinois Extension for, “Yes, You Can: Preserving Practice-Jams and Jellies.” Learn how to safely can jam in this unique and hands-on workshop. The “Yes! You CAN: Preserving Practice-Jams and Jellies” program will be held on Saturday, August 13th, 2016 from 9:00-1:00pm at the Christian County Extension Office in Taylorville. 

During the program, you will have the opportunity to review the basics of water bath canning, differences between jams, jellies, preserves, marmalades, and conserves, receive the latest safety guidelines, discuss working with and without pectin, how to troubleshoot preparation problems, receive recipes, and practice hands-on canning of jams and jellies. You will also have a jar of food to take home and enjoy!


Registration can be done online at or by calling the Christian County Extension office at 217-287-7246. Register early as class size is limited. The deadline to sign up is August 10th, 2016. A small fee will cover the cost of canning supplies.


University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please call 217.287.7246.


Local Contact: Lisa Peterson, Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness,