Canning on the Hudson

It’s the time of year when the days get longer, the crocuses start to bloom, and intrepid gardeners put in their peas. And as our larders from last year grow thin, we start to think about how, what, and how much to preserve from the coming year’s harvest. This projecting business is the hardest part—how [...]

Tomato Canning Class

OK, all you beet doubters! I’m offering a tomato canning class on Sunday, July 25, at 1 PM. We’ll make some salsa and stuff some tomatoes in jars. You’ll learn the difference between a hot pack and a cold pack. We’ll also discuss pros and cons of water-bath versus pressure canning for tomatoes and how [...]

Learn to Can Beets

Hey kids! There’s still time to sign up for the “Beets Two Ways” class on Saturday, June 26th, at 1 PM. Beets can well, but because they’re a low-acid food, you can’t just pop them in a water bath. In this introductory class, we’ll cover how to pickle beets (making them safe for water-bath canning) [...]

Beets for Everyone!

Beets! They’re beautiful! They’re delicious! They’re in season! And they’re red!

It’s been a veritable beetfest over here at goat central. We’ve been shredding them, pickling them, and pressure canning them. And, very importantly, teaching other people how to do these things, too. I love a good beet salad in season—one of my favorites follows below—but [...]

Canning on the Hudson

I’m baaaaack! Posts on gardening, cooking, and canning soon to follow—but first, an announcement.

This June I’ll be offering a three-day, four-course sustainable food preservation workshop on the beautiful grounds of the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York, June 4–6. We’ll do water-bath canning, pressure canning, picking, fermenting, dehydrating, and more, all with seasonal produce from [...]

The Day After the Canvolution

Yesterday we celebrated the Canvolution, a day of food preservation to celebrate tradition, the harvest, and local foodways. I spent the morning doing a “dry demo” at the Clark Park Farmer’s Market, then taught my inaugural water-bath canning class. I hope those of you who stopped by to ask a question or attended the class [...]

Canning Classes Redux

Space is still available in our introductory canning class on Saturday, August 29th, at 2 PM in West Philadelphia (just off Clark Park—address provided upon registration). $25 gets you an introduction to basic water-bath canning procedures, equipment, and safety. You’ll leave with a pint jar of freshly canned tomatoes and recipes that you can use [...]

Join the Canvolution!

Doris and Jilly (or at least Doris, so far) are officially joining the Canvolution! Late last week I received an e-mail from Marisa at Food in Jars filling me in on an idea for an exciting, nationwide, grassroots can-a-thon the weekend of August 29–30. Soon dozens of e-mails were flying, and I stepped back in [...]

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