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University of Illinois Extension serving Jo Daviess, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties

Stephenson County
Highland Community College, Bldg R
2998 W Pearl City Rd
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-235-4125
FAX: 815-232-9006
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

Jo Daviess County
204 Vine, PO Box 600
Elizabeth, IL 61028
Phone: 815-858-2273
FAX: 815-858-2274

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650 North Main St
Rockford, IL 61103
Phone: 779-423-0982

Winnebago County
1040 North Second Street
Rockford, IL 61107
Phone: 815-986-4357
FAX: 815-986-4329

News Release

Mastering the Art of Making Salsa

Tomatoes are one of the top planted garden vegetables, and for good reason! They’re incredibly delicious with many culinary uses, as well as being relatively easy to grow for most gardeners.

Making salsa is a great way to preserve and enjoy tomatoes throughout the year. However, to safely preserve your salsa, you need to understand the science behind the process. Most salsa recipes are a mixture of both low-acid and acidic foods. Because of this, it is important to follow scientifically tested recipes to ensure the recipe contains enough acid to be processed safely in a boiling water canner.

Join University of Illinois Extension’s Nutrition and Wellness Educator, Diane Reinhold, for “Yes! You CAN: Preserving Practice –Mastering the Art of Making Salsa”. This hands-on workshop will begin in the classroom and then head to the kitchen where participants can make their own jar of salsa.  During the first half of the class we will review the very basics of water bath canning, explain the various varieties of tomatoes ideal for canning, and why tomato products need to be acidified. The second half will be spent in the kitchen, making salsa. Participants will not only learn about tomatoes and canning, they will also learn a fun new skill, and get to take a jar of salsa home. 

“Yes! You CAN: Preserving Practice –Mastering the Art of Making Salsa” will be held on Tuesday, August 7, from 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM at Pretzel City Kitchens, 1 East Spring Street, Freeport.  To register call University of Illinois Extension at (815) 235-4125 or visit us online at Workshop size is limited. Registration deadline is Friday, August 3, and the registration fee is $25.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please call (815) 235-4125.

Source: Diane Reinhold, Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness,

Local Contact: Nikki Keltner, Program Coordinator (Stephenson County),