There are so many misconceptions about home canning and preserving. It’s hard. It’s expensive. It requires tons of sugar. You need a lot of specialized equipment. Truly though, with just a bit of information, preserving food can become entirely approachable and fun. And there is no kitchen skill more empowering than the ability to put up seasonal produce for use throughout the year.
In this workshop we learn a variety of food preservation skills, including how to set up a boiling water bath canner with equipment already on hand, how to use a slow cooker to make fruit butters without adding sugar, and how to safely can low-acid foods using a pressure canner.
Through hands-on kitchen activities, discussion, and demonstration, we:
- Address issues of food safety so you feel entirely comfortable eating and sharing your preserves
- Make sauerkraut, jams, pickles, salsa, chutney, relish, fruit butter, ketchup, and more
- Dig into the various preservation methods and learn when to choose one over another
Students work collaboratively alongside the instructor, learning skills and techniques through hands-on work. They return home with a sense of empowerment, a robust recipe packet, new friends, lots of knowledge, and as many as a dozen homemade preserves.
$40 materials fee; include when you register.
Things To Bring
Faculty asks that you bring an apron, your favorite knife, and a cutting board with you to the course.
|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|
|2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.||Workshop|
|1:00 p.m.||Check Out|
The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.
Dining Hall Hours (Meals begin with dinner on arrival day and end with lunch on departure 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 is a food blogger, cookbook author, and canning teacher based in Center City ...
Tuition & Fees
Preserving Our Edible Bounty
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Tier 1 Donor-Supported
This is our partially subsidized price for those with temporary or minor financial need.
Tier 2 Donor-Supported
This is our fully subsidized price for those in need of deeper financial assistance.
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