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Canning food becoming more popular with slumping economy

Canning food becoming more popular with slumping economy

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Canning is becoming more popular in Utah, and the economy and food supply may be to blame.

It's not often you see homemade jars of salsa sitting under someone's desk. Sara Oldroyd canned them herself last September, and they're good for three years.

Oldroyd uses the jars in presentations about canning as a home economist with the Utah State University Extension Service. "I've just noticed more people have called in, and younger," she said.

Oldroyd says she thinks more people are getting into canning because of gas prices, food prices and food safety. "Families want to know that they're gonna have food," she said.

She's given out many of the U.S. Agricultural Department's official canning guides and tests old pressure dials to make sure the canning goes safely.

For more information about the USU extension's canning classes in Salt Lake County, you can contact Oldroyd via e-mail at or visit USU's Web site for the classes by clicking here.

For information on USU canning classes outside of Salt Lake County, click here.


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