There are so many misconceptions about home canning and preserving these days. It's hard. It's expensive. It requires tons of sugar. You need a lot of specialized equipment. But the truth is very different. With just a bit of information, canning becomes entirely approachable and fun. And there is no kitchen skill more empowering than preserving seasonal produce for use throughout the year.
In this workshop with popular food writer Marisa McClellan, we learn a variety of food preservation skills, including how to set up a boiling water bath canner with equipment already on hand and how to use a slow cooker to make fruit butters without adding sugar.
Through hands-on kitchen activities, discussion, and demonstration we:
- Address the issue of food safety so we feel entirely comfortable eating and sharing our preserves
- Learn to use a pressure canner to preserve lower acid foods
- Make sauerkraut, jams, pickles, salsa, chutneys, relishes, tomato sauces, and more
Discover a fun hobby steeped in tradition and take home a wealth of new skills, along with a recipe packet and many of the preserves made during the weekend.
Scholarships: The application deadline for this program has passed.
$35 materials fee; include when you register.
Things To Bring
Bring an apron, your favorite knife, and a cutting board.
|4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.||Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)|
|7:30 p.m.–7:50 p.m.||Welcome & Orientation|
|8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.||Workshop|
|8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.||Commuter check-in (if not checked-in the previous evening)|
|2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.||Workshop|
|Noon–1:00 p.m.||Check Out|
The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.
Dining Hall Hours (Dinner is included on arrival day):
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Lunch: Noon–2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Daily Open Classes in meditation, yoga, tai chi, or movement (subject to availability):
7:00–8:00 a.m., 12:15–1:00 p.m., 5:30–6:15 p.m., 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Meet the Teachers
Marisa McClellan, food writer and canning teacher, is the author of ...
Tuition & Fees
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Preserving Our Edible Bounty
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