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Upcoming Classes: Hillsdale General Store on June 2

Here in the Northeast, the canning season is finally starting to get going. This means that it’s also time for me to hit the road and start teaching classes.

On Saturday, June 2, you’ll find me teaching at the Hillsdale General Store in Hillsdale, NY (convenient for folks in the Hudson Valley and the Berkshires) in one of their Home Chef classrooms. From 11 am to 1:30 pm, I’ll be teaching a class on boiling water bath canning in which we’ll make both strawberry jam and strawberry chutney. You can register for that class here.

From 2:30 to 4 pm, I’ll be teaching a class focused on pressure canning. We’ll make and preserve a batch of onion jam with rosemary and balsamic. This class is a great one to take if you’ve been curious about pressure canning, but you’re a little scared. I’ll walk you through the steps and will send you home feeling empowered to safely preserve low acid foods. You can register for this class here.

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Bring Your Family Back to the Table

Hey friends! I’m deep in the draft for my next book, so I don’t have a fresh recipe for you today. Happily, I still have some fun news. Recently, Anna Romano of Healthy Cooking Daily interviewed me for her series, called Bring Your Family Back to the Table.

Anna is offering 21 interviews with cooks, health coaches, nutritionists, moms, and bloggers (including me!) to show you how to meet some of the daily challenges of creating healthy meals and connecting with family. The interviews will deal with topics like:

  • How to bring mindfulness back into eating
  • How to save time in the kitchen to get dinner on the table faster
  • Homesteading tips
  • Gadget recommendations
  • How to ensure family meals are both healthy and delicious
  • How to cook for multiple dietary needs
  • Learn about using the Slow Cooker/Instant Pot to simplify weeknight meals
  • Menu Planning tips and suggestions

In our conversation, Anna and I talked about canning and preserving and how having a robust homemade pantry can lead to good eating all year round.

The interviews go live on January 18, 2018. If this sounds like something you’d like to experience, click here to register.

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Upcoming Events: Haddonfield! Greensgrow! Morris Arboretum! And More!

Wednesday, September 27 (Haddonfield, NJ)
I’ll be at the Haddonfield Public Library, making a small batch of low sugar plum jam. I’ll have copies of my books for sale and will happily answer all your burning canning question. 7-8:30 pm. The event is free, but they do ask that you register, so they have an idea of numbers.

Saturday, September 30 (Philadelphia, PA)
I’m returning to Greensgrow (Philly’s oldest urban farm) for a class on canning without added sugar. I’ll show you how to make both applesauce and pear butter that are delicious and totally safe for canning without a grain of additional sweetener. 12-2 pm. $40. Register here.

Tuesday, October 10 (Strafford, PA)
I’ll be at the Tredyffrin Public Library from 7-8 pm, demonstrating how to safely make and can a batch of low sugar Pear Vanilla Jam. This preserve is a terrific one for autumn, because it transforms often humdrum pears into a fragrant and appealing spread. It’s a particular favorite for holiday giving. The event is free, but they are asking for pre-registration, so that they set up the right number of chairs.

Thursday, October 12 (Pennington, NJ)
I’ll be at the Pennington Public Library from 7-8:30 pm, demonstrating how to make honey-sweetened Pear Vanilla Jam (a slight variation on the recipe from earlier in the week). This event is free.

Thursday, October 19 (Mullica Hill, NJ)
My last library demo of the year is at the Mullica Hill Branch of the Gloucester County Library System. This time, you’ll find me demonstrating my trick for making satisfying and tasty jams using frozen fruit. This is a huge boon if you didn’t make all your holiday gifts during the summer growing season. I will also have books on hand for sale and signature. 7-8 pm. Free (but they ask that you sign up here).

Sunday, October 22 (Chestnut Hill, PA)
I’m returning to the Morris Arboretum for another class that is perfect for canners of all skill levels. In this hands on session, I’ll teach you how to use a basic ratio to build a batch of jam, the things to keep in mind when choosing additional flavor elements, and how to process it in a water bath canner for shelf stability. Everyone will go home with a jar of jam made in class. 1-3 pm. $40/45. Register here.

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Upcoming Classes: Facebook! Glen Mills, PA! Sewell, NJ! Arundel, ME!

After a slow few weeks, event season is picking back up around these parts. Here’s where you’ll find me this week!

Monday, August 7
It’s a Facebook Live night! I’ll be streaming on my Facebook page from 9-10 pm Eastern Time. Tonight, I’ll be talking about steam canning, which is one of the skills we’re focusing on in this month’s Mastery Challenge.

Tuesday, August 8
I will be at the Rachel Kohl Community Library in Glen Mills, PA from 6-7:30 pm, offering a free small batch jam making demo. I will have a limited number of books with me and will offer up tastes of the jam at the end of the event.

Thursday, August 10
You’ll find me at the Margaret E. Heggan Free Public Library in Sewell, NJ from 7 to 8:30 pm for a free pickle making workshop. I’ll show you how to make both refrigerator pickles and shelf stable pickles and will have samples for tasting. I’ll also have a limited number of books with me for sale and signature.

Saturday, August 12
I’ll be at Frinklepod Farm in Arundel, ME for a four-hour, hands-on canning workshop. Participants will peel, chop, stir, pack, and can 3-4 delicious batches of jams, pickles, and chutneys. This empowering and fun workshop is appropriate for both beginners and experienced canners alike and all participants will go home with jars of preserves made in class. More details and registration information here.

For all my upcoming classes, head over to the classes and events page!

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Can-It Forward Day 2017

It’s August, and that means it’s time for the 7th annual #canitforward celebration with the folks at Ball Canning! Tune in tomorrow, Saturday, August 5 at 12 noon (eastern time) on the Ball Canning Facebook page for a live Can-It Forward canning demo with canning expert Jessica Piper and Kathryne Taylor of Cookie and Kate.

Then, tune in every Wednesday in August at 12 noon for the Ball Canning Preserving Summer Canning Series.  You’ll see both experienced canners and newbies join Jessica in the Ball Test Kitchen to preserve peak summer flavors to enjoy throughout the year (my video will air on August 23, so mark your calendars).

Finally, make sure to head over to the Ball Canning Facebook page tomorrow, because they’ll be launching a fabulous giveaway. All you have to do to enter is share a picture of yourself holding or interacting with one of the new jars (Spiral, Smooth, or Sharing*).

*For every package of Ball Sharing Jars purchased, Newell Brands will donate four meals to Feeding America.

And for more canning inspiration and weekly sales (check back every Sunday for a new discount), head over to FreshPreserving.com.

Disclosure: I am a paid partner for Ball Brand. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own. 

 

 

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Summer Class Spotlight – HGS Home Chef

I’ve taken a slightly different approach to my teaching schedule this summer than I have in past years. Instead of saying yes to everything and hustling to fill every moment of the canning season, my strategy is to teach fewer workshops in the hopes that I won’t feel entirely broken by the time the weather turns chilly.

So instead of having long lists of events appear here on the blog each week, I’m going to shine a spotlight on individual classes. First up is a pair of workshops at Hillsdale General Store Home Chef that I’m teaching on Sunday, June 11. This lovely cooking school is located on the main street of Hillsdale, NY, across the street from the General Store location. They carry cookware, cutlery, homewares, cookbooks, and offer a robust schedule of cooking classes.

I taught a single class at HGS Home Chef last summer and was delighted by the community that they attract. This year, I’m teaching two classes. From 11 am to 1:30 pm, I’m teaching a water bath-focused class in which we’ll make traditional strawberry preserves and sweet and savory strawberry chutney.

Then, from 2:30-4:30 pm, I’m teaching a pressure canning workshop. I’ll demonstrate how to make a tasty onion and rosemary jam as well as how to safely preserve it (and other low acid foods) in a pressure canner.

Participants will leave these classes with knowledge, useful handouts, and sample jars of the preserves made in the workshops (I’ve also heard rumors about peanut butter and jam sandwiches). For those of you within spitting distance of Hillsdale, I’d love to have you join me!

Hillsdale General Store Home Chef
2635 Route 23
Hillsdale NY 12529

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