University of Maryland Extension

Bringing Food Preservation to Baltimore County

Shauna making apple butter
Dr. Shauna Henley preparing her apple butter recipe
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Trish Moore

The University of Maryland Extension (UME) Baltimore County office recently held its first Grow it Eat it Preserve it class in years. New Family and Consumer Sciences educator, Dr. Shauna Henley, held two classes on how to make apple butter on November 5th. Participants left the class with improved confidence and appreciation behind the food science and safety involved in food preservation.

Both classes started off with an engaging lecture about jams and jellies, where Shauna’s biology and food science background were apparent. Participants were then taken into the commercial kitchen where they had the opportunity to process their own apple butter from raw ingredients to apple butter! The hand’s on portion of the class was facilitated by Shauna, who is also ServSafe certified by the state of Maryland.

If you were not able to make our first day of classes, Shauna is holding another class Saturday November 22nd from 1-4pm, and there is available space! “For $35 you’re getting a great lecture, a book called So Easy to Preserve, you’re making your own apple butter to bring home, and my teacher was competent and personable!”

Shauna said this is just a sneak peak of the food preservation classes to come to the Baltimore County’s Extension office in 2015. She plans on teaching classes on pickling, jams & jellies, tomatoes, fruits, and debunking fears about using a pressure canner. Classes for adults and a separate class for youth will be coming to Baltimore Co., Harford Co., and Baltimore City. Shauna would like to extend a special thank you to Hill Forest Fruit Farm and the Baltimore County Farm Bureau for their apple donation.

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