Canning Classes!

Sterilizing Jars

When I was in high school, I decided that what I wanted to do for my living was to become a public speaker. The thing I wasn’t sure of was what exactly it was that I wanted to speak about. I did realize that in order for people to want to hear me talk about something, I’d need to become something of an expert in a subject area. Realizing that I wasn’t much of an expert at the green age of 17, I put the public speaking plan on the back burner, figuring that over time, my topic area would eventually rise to the surface.

Thirteen years late, it appears that I’ve found my subject. My 17 year old self never, ever would have guessed that my future subject area would be canning, jam-making and pickling, but now that it’s here, I can’t imagine a more comfy and innate thing.

That’s a long introduction to let you all know that I’m going to be teaching some canning classes this summer at Foster’s Homeware (same place that we do Fork You Live, if you follow the podcast). I’ll be teaching a series of four workshops, one per month in June (Strawberry-Rhubard Jam), July (Canned Peaches), August (Polish-Style Pickles) and September (Canned Tomatoes). The classes are limited to 12 people per session and each participant will get to take a jar of what we make home with them. I’m going to be running out to New Jersey early each morning prior to the class, to pick or purchase the most delicious and fresh produce I can get my hands on, so our product is guaranteed to be quite delicious.

If you don’t live in Philly, make sure to pass the word along to your friends who do. More details about the classes after the jump.

This is a fun class to teach you all the basics you need to know for successful canning at home. If you’ve never done any canning because you think it’s too complicated this class will change your mind and your pantry forever. Instructor: Marisa McClellan, local food writer. This hands-on class is limited to 12 students per session

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam
Saturday, June 13, 2009
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
$39.00 per person

Saturday, July 11, 2009
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
$39.00 per person

Polish Style Dill Pickles
Saturday, August 8, 2009
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
$39.00 per person

Saturday, September 12, 2009
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
$39.00 per person

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11 Responses to Canning Classes!

  1. 1
    Rebekah Denn says:

    Planning any Northwest trips anytime soon? I bet we could pull together a full roster of students if you want to teach a class here!

  2. 2
    yoko says:

    My prayers have been answered! But I’ll have to see if I can make it back to Philly for one of these classes!

  3. 3
    Marisa says:

    Wait. You’re not in Philly anymore, Yoko? Where have you gone?

  4. 4
    yoko says:

    I’m moving to DC in May.

  5. 5
    Holly says:

    O awesome – I’m definitely going to hit up the Tomato Canning one. That’s going to coincide perfectly with my suicide mission of growing tomatoes this year!

  6. 6
    Sarah says:

    This is awesome! But is registration already closed?

    Also, hello again! It was really nice (and SO random) to meet you in the elevator the other day!

    • 6.1
      Marisa says:

      Sarah, registration is most definitely NOT closed. I don’t know if we have anyone at all signed up yet. I think they just haven’t gotten the registration link up yet.

      And, it was a total delight to meet you in the elevator the other day. Very, very cool!

  7. 7
    radish says:

    You should teach a master class in NYC – i bet you’ll get SUPERB attendance. I, for one, will be there! 🙂

    • 7.1
      Marisa says:

      I’m not sure whether I’m qualified to teach a master class, but I actually am looking into teaching some classes in other cities. I’ll keep you posted if that happens!

  8. 8
    Sarah says:

    Awesome! I will keep checking back. I have a few friends who are also interested.

  9. 9
    Ken says:

    The link to register is live and we are ready to sell these classes out quickly!

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