Monday, August 15, 2022

Food Preservation Class Notes August 2022

Food Preservation Class 


Canning 101: Start Here:

Food Safety Resource:

National Center for Home Food Preservation:  

This is the esource for USDA food preservation guidelines.

Canning Books:

Ball Blue Book of Food Preservation on Amazon:

This is a standard book for canning.  Remember recipes and processing times need to be followed.  

Keep in mind that canning is a science, not just a hobby.

The Amish Canning Cookbook

This book has guidelines for different altitudes as well as good, easy to follow recipes for waterbath canning and processing low-acid foods in a pressure canner.  They have times for pints as well as quarts.

Preserving with Pomona’s Pectin on Amazon:

Pomona’s pectin cookbook.  This pectin is good for people who want to use less sugar when making jams & jellies.

RoseRed Homestead Bookstore:

This is a food preservation cookbook, as well as a food storage book.  There are canning instructions that follow the USDA guidelines.  This is only available as a PDF.  

West Virginia Extension “We Can” FAQ:

Canning Instructions for Beginners:


Canning Tool Equipment:

Norpro Canning Essentials Boxed Set

Water Bath Canner 21.5 Quart (Granite)

McSunley Water Bath Canner with Glass Lid, Induction Capable, 21.5 Qt, Stainless Steel:

Ball FreshTECH Electric Water Bath Canner & Multi-Cooker

Presto 01781 23-Quart Pressure Canner and Cooker:

All American 1930 - 21.5qt Pressure Cooker/Canner (The 921) - Exclusive Metal-to-Metal Sealing System - Easy to Open & Close - Suitable for Gas, Electric, or Flat Top Stoves - Made in the USA:

Youtube Channels:

RoseRed Homestead  Pam is known as “The woman with the gadget”.  She strictly follows the USDA guidelines.  She teaches about water bath canning, pressure canning, dehydrating and freeze drying.  She has over 300 videos, as well as cookbooks.

Guildbrook Farm  She has videos on homesteading as well as canning.  Her videos are very informative and easy to follow whether she’s talking about chickens, goats, homesteading or canning.

Beyond Canning:  

Lovely Greens  Tanya Anderson lives in Britain.  She wrote a cookbook “A Woman’s Garden”.   Her video “7 Ways to Preserve Food from the Garden without Pressure Canning”  explains different ways to store food and prepare fruit and vegetables without pressure canning. 

Country Living Experience: A Homesteading Journey:   Resource for everything on homesteading and self-reliance.  His video on Lacto-Fermentation:  “Lacto Ferment Vegetables! Old School Way Of Preserving Food”


Single-Quart Sauerkraut: 

Single-Quart Pickle Recipe: 

Simple Syrup Recipe for Fruit


Dehydrating Tips: These tips will work for almost any brand of dehydrator.  The nice thing about an Excalibur is that it has a fan at the back so you don’t need to rotate the food you’re dehydrating.  You can dehydrate food in an oven, air-fryer and use a solar dehydrator.  

75 Beef Jerky Recipes:  When we make beef jerky we make a marinade of Soy Sauce & Yoshida’s Gourmet Sauce.  I sprinkle a few red pepper flakes in the marinade.  I slice lean meat thin.  Pour the marinade over the meat and work it into the meat, making sure that there’s enough for the meat to absorb the marinade.  Then I cover it and let it soak in the fridge for at least 24 hours before I put it in the dehydrator.  I dehydrate it at 130 °-135 °F.  I check my dehydrator after 6 hours.  It usually takes 8-10 hours to dry, depending on the size and thickness of the beef slices.

Freeze Drying:  Freeze drying, also known as lyophilization or cryodesiccation, is a low temperature dehydration process that involves freezing the product, lowering pressure, then removing the ice by sublimation. This is in contrast to dehydration by most conventional methods that evaporate water using heat.

Freeze Drying food preserves 97%d of the nutritional value of the food you’re preserving.  When it’s processed properly it has a shelf life of 25  years.  You can freeze dry raw eggs, milk products (unless ultra-pasteurized) produce, meat and more.  You can store your food  in canning jars that are vacuum sealed and mylar bags, using oxygen absorbers.  There is a difference in the texture between freeze dried food and dehydrated food. 

Simple Beginners Online Guides:

Canning Food Basics:

Pressure Canning Basics:

Fermenting Food Basics:

Dehydrating Basics:

Freeze Drying Basics:

Retired at 40 Live Life Simple:

Retired at 40 Facebook Group:

Personal jerky recipe:  

  • Marinade:  Equal parts Yoshida's Gourmet Sauce & Soy Sauce.
  • Sprinkle red pepper flakes in marinade to taste. 
  • Slice lean beef extra thin.  Remove excess fat and gristle.  
  • Put meat in a container large enough to hold meat and marinade.
  • Make sure all parts of the meat are covered in marinade.
  • Make sure there's extra marinade covering the beef to absorb.
  • Put the covered container in fridge for 12 - 24 hours.
  • Lay thin pieces of marinaded beef on dehydrator trays, leaving room between pieces for air flow.
  • Put in dehydrator for 6 - 8 hours at 135 degrees Fahrenheit.  
  • I check my jerky at 6 hours and then check occasionally until it's done.  I don't want it overdone. 
  • NOTE:  Jerky can be dehydrated in an oven on a baking rack with an open door at the lowest heat possible for your oven. 

Friday, August 5, 2022

We Love Rainier WA Raffle Tickets

 We Love Rainier WA is hosting a raffle.  Tickets for prizes will be drawn on Saturday during the Bluegrass Pickin' Party (Bluegrass Festival).  You can pick up tickets from We Love Rainier WA, Rainier City Hall and Turner Automotive.  

Beginning Food Preservation Class

 The Senior Center of Rainier will host a beginning food preservation class August 12th at 7:00 PM.

The cost is $5.00 per person.  

  • Water bath Canning Basics 
  • Pressure Canning Basics
  • Fermentation
  • Dehydrating
  • Freeze Drying 
There will be some short handouts to get complete, accurate, detailed information on all preservation techniques.

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Update on the Dining Room Floor & Heat Respite Next Week

 Dear Seniors and Friends,

The good news is that the floor has been cleaned, prepped and painted.  It looks nice.  The bathrooms have been painted, too.  They look good, also.  Kevin Pettit did most of the painting.  Kevin, Chris, Steve & Michael helped move everything out of the dining room and put everything back together again.  It looks clean and is quite a transformation. 

The newly painted floor is lighter than it was before.  You'll see the difference at the end of the pictures.

We received a phone call from Thurston County Emergency Management, letting us know it''s supposed to be very hot next week.  I let her know that we planned on being closed for lunch next week, while the smell of the paint dissipated, but since it's supposed to be in the 90's, so we will be open as a heating and cooling shelter.  If you need shelter from the heat, please call me at (360) 292-5364 or George at (360) 292-5363.  We will come down and open the Senior Center to give you relief from the heat.

I'm not sure what we'll serve for food and beverages.  You're welcome to bring something to eat or share with other members.  We'll manage one way or the other.  

Sunday, July 3, 2022

Gaye Newby

Gaye Newby passed away on June 11. A memorial service for her will be held on July 10, 2022 in the Yelm Community Center. The service will start at 2:00.

In addition, Gaye so strongly supported education and reading that her family has established a GoFundMe to collect donations to Yelm elementary schools for purchase of books. Please consider donating in her honor. Go to .

Gaye was a long time member of the Senior Center of Rainier. Our sincere, heartfelt condolences go out to her family and friends.

Monday, June 20, 2022

Coffee with a Cop Wednesday, June 22nd!

 Join us for Coffee with a Cop Wednesday, June 22nd at 1 PM.  

Come & visit with Sheriff John Snaza!

Please feel free to bring your questions and concerns. 

Senior Center of Rainier
108 Michigan St S
Rainier, WA 98576
(360) 446-2258

Sunday, June 19, 2022

July 2022 Lunch Menu

 Dear Seniors & Friends,

The Senior Center of Rainier will be closed from July 14th - July 31st to do maintenance work and paint the dining room and restroom floors.  We will reopen in the beginning of August.  We hope to see you soon!

Linda Johnson


Community Yard Sale befits Tenino & Rainier Senior Centers

Tami Clark's neighborhood is having a community garage sale June 24th & 25th. 

 All proceeds are being donated to the Tenino and Rainier Senior Centers. This 

multi-family yard sale is just off of Waldrick Road - between Bean's Road & Black 

Bear Blvd SE.

Every year Tami & her neighbors have a sale and donate the proceeds to local 

charity/non-profits. We are pleased & surprised that the Senior Center of Rainier 

has been one charity/non-profit that was chosen this year. A special "Thank You" 

to Tami & her neighbors from the Senior Center of Rainier!

Friday, May 13, 2022

Planning for Long Term Care

Ronnie Meldrum, CLTC

We received a letter this week from Ronnie Meldrum, CLTC, owner of Meldrum Insurance, an agency that specializes in Medicare and Long Term Care Financial Services.  Se is offering to give a free educational presentation about Planning for long term care.  Her agency has been helping Seniors qualify for Medicaid Long-Term Care for over 10 years. You can learn more about her services at:

"For over twenty years, Planning4LTC has been speaking to audiences at events about how p people pay for long-term care.  Our speakers have presented at many events and have received rave feedback from audiences, as well as organizers over the years.  We have offices in Olympia & Port Angeles."

Their Presenter will:
  • Go over the most common myths of who will pay for their long-term care (Medicare, VA or Medicaid)
  • Whether or not you need to be impoverished to qualify for Medicaid LTC.
  • What could happen if you put your home in your child's name or a trust.
  • How much money can you give away?
  • What legal documents are important when applying for Medicaid LTC.
  • How much money can I have and still qualify for Medicaid LTC?
  • The Estate Recovery Act and who will get their home "taken away".
  • In addition to the presentation, the speaker will conduct a 10-minute Q&A after the presentation.

Free Long Term Care Webinar: 

Seniors & Friends:  Please let us know if you'd be interested in having Ronnie Meldrum make a presentation at the Senior Center.  Let us know if you would prefer a presentation before lunch, shortly after lunch or in the evening. 

Thank you.

Linda Johnson

Joe Kent for Congress - Townhall June 15, 2022

Joe Kent for Congress - 3rd District WA

Joe Kent, who's running for Congress, is holding a Townhall at the Senior Center of Rainier on June 15th at 6 PM.  Like most of our events, this event is open to the public.  Joe Kent Running For Congress in Washington State 3rd District. Joe Is A Green Beret and Tragically Widower of Navy Chief Petty Officer Shanon Kent. To find out more about Joe visit his website at:

He'll be coming in for lunch at 11:30 to meet and greet us at the Senior Center.  We know these are challenging times for working families and people on fixed incomes.  If you have questions for Joe about his platform, please feel free to bring them with you when you join us for lunch or at the Townhall.  You can read about his views on many issues facing people on his campaign website at:

Thurston County GOP endorses Joe Kent:

You can watch Joe's Youtube video 11 Questions & a cup of Coffee: Retired Green Beret & Congressional Candidate Joe Kent at:

Joe Kent is available for interviews. If interested, please email Ozzie Gonzalez at: or via cell at 951.442.0680.

Joe Kent for Congress
PO Box 2133
Battleground WA 98604-4687
United States of America

NOTE:  This is NOT sponsored by any 501-c3 organization affiliated with the building.  The Senior Center of Rainier & We Love Rainier WA do not endorse any candidates for political office.  We are a multi-purpose center that allows use of the building for their public & private events.

If you are interested in hosting an event in the Senior Center of Rainier contact us at:  (360) 446-2258 and leave a message with your name & contact information , or email us at:  Someone will get back to  you.

Thank you for your time and consideration.  Linda Johnson