TIFT CO., GA (WALB) - The Tift Co. Food Processing Center, also known as the Tift Co. Canning Plant, is about to close for its 2017 season, but there's still time for residents to learn about preserving their own food.
Throughout the school year, the canning plant is used by students and teachers from the Tift Co. Board of Education. During the summer, the plant opens for several weeks for the public to use it.
"The Tift Co. facility, from what other people have told me, is the nicest one in the state," Young Farmer Advisor Carl Nichols said.
People can bring their fresh produce, salsa, and soups and have them preserved so they can last longer, much like the foods at the grocery store.
But Nichols said there are several benefits to canning your own food rather than buying it from the store.
"You know what you put in that can. You know that if you put your produce in it, then you know what you're getting out of it. If you go to the store and buy it, you don't know who's handled it, messed with it, or what they put in it," Nichols said.
You can also control the amount of salt and other spices that you put into your cans or jars.
The facility is also large and includes a number of machines that will help make the process easier and shorter, rather than trying to do it from home.
Students and teachers from Tift Co. High School are also at the plant to help those who may be new to canning their own food.
Nichols said the plant attracts people from all over, like Florida and Alaska.
The Tift Co. Canning Plant will remain open Monday through Thursday, from now until July 6, 2017. The plant will be closed on July 4th.
The facility is open from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. It's located off New River Church Road behind Tift Co. High School.
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