Friday, May 14, 2010

Strawberry Jam Canning Workshop


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Special Announcement! Yours truly will be hosting my very first canning workshop!

I must admit, I am insanely nervous for this event as I am a newbie canner (and haven't even used pectin before!) But every time I tell people about my strawberry jam or watermelon rind pickles, everyone says they would love to learn how to can. So I finally decided it's time to spread the canning love.

I love canning because it's the only way to have local, sustainably grown produce all winter long. No more shipping fresh vegetables from all over the globe. Plus canned food can be stored right in your cupboard instead of the refrigerator. Less energy used = less oil we need!

Here's a photo series of the first time I canned strawberries last year.

Now that it's mid-May and the days are growing warmer, the asparagus and sorrel have come and gone.

Up next on the seasonal menu: peas and strawberries!

I decided to use strawberries for my first canning workshop since they are an acidic fruit, which means you can them with sugar in a pot of boiling water. Non-acidic food like vegetables, soup, meat, etc. needs to be canned in a pressure canner. You'll have to come to the workshop if you want to know more details!

I think I'm going to cap the class at 10 people so I don't get overwhelmed. That's a lot of strawberries to purchase up front! Everyone in the class will get to go home with a least one half-pint of homemade local strawberry jam.

Strawberry Jam Canning Workshop
2640 St. Paul
June 1st
7-9 p.m.
Cost of the class: $20

Please RSVP by posting a comment on the blog! Include "RSVP" in your comment line.


For a list of farms to pick-your-own strawberries: http://www.pickyourown.org/MD.htm/

If all goes well I hope to have more canning and other workshop classes in the future. And of course with your new-found canning knowledge, you'll be able to start canning pickles and preserves all summer long!

21 comments:

mscharmschic said...

This is awesome! So happy for you!

Chuck Donofrio said...

Sorry to have missed it. DD

Marissa said...
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佳喬 said...

一棵樹除非在春天開了花,否則難望在秋天結果。...............................................................

Dan said...

RSVPing I will be there

Thanks for doing this workshop
Dan DeVries

Elaine said...

Yay! I'm rsvping- thanks for doing this! My canning experiments have always been a little haphazard, so I'm v. excited about a step-by-step workshop.

@Nataliekbeats said...

Canning is amazing! Have fun!

C said...

Cindy: I'm RSVP'ing for the canning class

Eric said...

Hey, I'm super excited about this but $20 is kinda a lot... Best of luck though!

Julie said...

Yay! Very exciting. My friend Liz and I would like to come!

Samantha said...

I missed the announcement! I can't wait. I'm RSVPing! :)

Rachel said...

Oops I rsvped by email, but want to post here so you can keep better track of who is coming, me and chris are in!

CC said...

I'll be there - Ive been saying I was going to learn forever. You're making it happen!

Sylvia said...

Is it at capacity yet? If there's still room I'd like to RSVP too!

CW said...

RSVPing and looking forward to it!

tvbarker said...

Hey, Tyson here. If there is any room left, me and a friend would like to go!

nikole said...

I would like to attend the canning workshop this Tuesday at 2640 - but if everyone who posted comes I think you're at 13? If anyone cancels - please count me in.

Samantha said...

Not going to be able to make it tonight. If someone needs my spot, please give it to them. I look forward to future workshops!

Julie said...

Argh-- I've gotten swamped and won't be able to make it. My friend Liz, @lfkay, will still be there though.

nikole said...

For anyone who wasn't able to make it to this canning event - there is one this Thursday (6/17) from CGRN (Community Greening Resource Network) from 4:00 to 5:30 at Hampstead Hill Academy. It is free if you are a CGRN member, or $5 for general public. Email sarah.ritter@parksandpeople.org by Tuesday to RSVP. "Each season of produce presents its own cooking challenges. Fruits and veggies are super nutritious and easy to grow, but figuring out what to do with them can be a challenge. Join gardening and nutrition educator Chrissa Carlson and food preservation enthusiast Erin Bell for a hands-on demonstration of cooking with leafy greens and making fruit preserves to enjoy the sweetness all year long. Recipes and samples provided!"

************* said...

Awesome Nikole, thanks for the comment! Off to post-

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