Preserving summer's bounty at Stillwater Public Library

yes we can(STILLWATER, OKLA. / July 17, 2014) –– Payne County gardeners soon will be reaping the benefits of the hard work put into their vegetable gardens all summer long.  To help community members maximize their summer harvest, Stillwater Public Library is presenting “Yes We Can,” an introductory class on preserving food on Thursday, Aug. 7 at 6:30 p.m. Dea Rash, Extension Educator, FCS/4-H Youth Development, Payne County with the Payne County OSU Extension Center will be teaching the class.

“Preserving food lets people enjoy their harvests well past the time that gardening season has ended,” said Rash. “Even if you don’t have a garden, the information is helpful this time of year while stores are having sales in their produce sections.”

Rash will address several techniques, including canning, dehydrating and freezing food. She will also explain the equipment needed for each method, as well as safety precautions to take when preserving food.

“There is so much you can do when you find yourself with an abundance of vegetables,” said Rash. “You don’t have to feel like you need to eat everything at once, or find someone to take it or throw it away. The class will give you a beginning understanding of how to use these items to do things like make dehydrated snacks, produce jellies and jams and do pickling,” said Rash.

For participants who would like to learn more on the subject, books on food preservation will be available for checkout from the library. In addition, participants who use eReaders will receive a listing of the material available on the library’s downloadable book service.

“Yes We Can” is free, but registration is required.  To register, visit or contact the library at 405-372-3633 x8106 or


The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.).  Visit the library online at