Willing Workers of White Hall’s Extension Homemakers Club met Sept. 24 at the White Hall Museum.


Secretary Jo Ann Carr presented the program on “Home Canning Techniques.” She went over a list of common canning questions, including “Can I use my own recipes when I can foods like salsa and soups?” The answer is “You must use only up-to-date recipes (published in 1990 or after) that have been scientifically tested to be sure that all harmful microorganisms will be destroyed during the canning process, according to a news release.


Correct measuring headspace was discussed, which is 1/4 inch for jellied fruit products; 1/2 inch for fruit, tomatoes and pickles; and 1 inch for low acid foods like vegetables and meats.


A handout entitled “What You Should Know About Preserving Food at Home” was discussed and a copy was given to all members. For more information on this program or a copy of the hand out, contact Mary Ann Kizer, Jefferson County Extension Family and Consumer Sciences agent, at the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service, 870-534-1033.


Also at the meeting, President Sarah Payton asked Marnette Reed to read the Thought of the Month “Caning fruit is like preserving summer in a jar.” Vice President Karen Needler led members in the Homemaker’s Creed. Kathy Wilson read the Handy Hint “Place a butter knife in your canning jars before filling with hot ingredients. This prevents cracking.”


Peggie Barbaree read the Inspiration from Proverbs 10:5. Carr called the roll with members answering the question: Do you label and date your canning jars? Attendees were: Cheri Aronowitz, Karen Needler, Jay Needler, Payton, Malinda Traweek, Donna Stephenson, Reed, Ellen Bauer, Dee Kindrick, Carr, Barbaree, Penny Scholes, Kathy Wilson, Jim Wilson and Elizabeth Wall.


Kathy Wilson, community service chairwoman, reminded members to continue to work on caps for Arkansas Children’s Hospital. She also said the group needed to make some dolls for the hospital and members decided to cut out dolls while working at the fair.


Kindrick, educational leader, told of upcoming Civil War events, which included one at Sulphur Springs on Saturday, Oct. 12.


Carr, county community service chairwoman, announced a county workshop at the Extension Office would be held Monday, Nov. 18, to make cot sheets for University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Kids First at Pine Bluff and encouraged all members to attend. After the meeting, Barbaree showed members one of the cot sheets.


Traweek passed out information sheets to all members with names of those assigned to do programs for the year and also the refreshment groups for each month.


Members were reminded of fair dates, leader training, board meeting and the Delta District Rally at Stuttgart on Tuesday, Oct. 22.


Reed, Traweek and Barbaree furnished refreshments of chicken salad, corn bread salad, a variety of cheeses, crackers, cheese ball, ham roll-ups and brownies.


Cereal was collected for the White Hall Food Pantry.


Those who are interested in learning more about Extension Homemakers may call any member or Mary Ann Kizer at 870-534-1033.


The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


Submitted by: Jo Ann Carr 870-247-1875 or 870-556-0920