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Upcoming Classes: Philadelphia Free Library & Morris Arboretum

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Slowly but surely, my summer teaching schedule is shaping up. I’m not going to be doing as much teaching or traveling this year as I did last, but I’m committed to offering an array of classes in the Philadelphia area and beyond. There are a couple of classes I want to point out right now, as I think both of these offerings are going to fill up fast and I want you to know about them.

The first is a sauerkraut workshop next Monday, March 16 from 6-8 pm at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Culinary Literacy Center. In this workshop, I’ll show you how to make a basic sauerkraut using my single quart technique. We’ll talk easy fermentation and I’ll share some of my favorite ways to use homemade kraut once you’ve got it. The class costs just $10 and you can sign up here.

The other class I want to make sure you all know about is my annual spring preserving workshop at the Morris Arboretum’s Bloomfield Farm on Saturday, May 16 from 10 am to 12 noon. I’ll be teaching about low sugar preserving using Pomona’s Pectin. This class a great way to refresh your canning knowledge for the coming season. It costs $40 for Arboretum members and $45 for non-members. Register here.

The rest of my confirmed classes can be found here. If you want me to come and teach a class for your church group, home schooling co-op or other gathering (preferably within an hour’s drive of Philadelphia), I am open to inquiries. Drop me a note here.

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A Few Glimpses of the Pennsylvania Farm Show

Best of Show

The 99th Pennsylvania Farm Show opened up today in Harrisburg. I spent most of the day at the Fillmore Container booth, demonstrating some recipes from Preserving by the Pint and chatting with people about new guidelines for jar lids, good things to pressure can, and some of the fun jar accessories on display.

January 10

I slipped away from the booth a couple times to scout out the rest of the show. It was intensely crowded, so I didn’t manage to take more than a few pictures, but I thought I’d share some of the scenes I did capture.

Jazzy Jars

I heard that there were a lot more entries to the Jazzy Jar Contest this year than in those past. Jars are hot!

dusty air in the farm show complex

Dust motes in the sunbeams.

prize winning preserves at the PA Farm Show

Some of the entries in the preserves contests. I always enjoy seeing the wide variety of new and old jars people use to hold their fruits and vegetables.

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Canning Demos with Fillmore Container at the Pennsylvania Farm Show

Food in Jars at the Farm Show

Happy New Year! I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season! I spent a week in Austin with my family and came back with a cold (darn pre-schoolers!) and so have been slow to get back into the blogging game. I’ve got a post in the works with some of my hopes for this fresh, new year, but while I gather my thoughts, I wanted to drop in with a quick reminder.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show kicks off next week and I’ll be there offering canning demos on Saturday and Sunday, January 10 and 11! Fillmore Container is hosting a demo station at their booth (like they did last year), and they’ll be having a variety of demonstrations and tutorials throughout the show (don’t miss Amanda from Phickle on Monday and Tuesday). The full schedule of happenings at their booth can be found here (there’s also a fabulous giveaway at the end of that post, so don’t miss it).

My schedule is as follows:

Saturday, January 10

  • 10:30 am: Pear Cranberry Chutney at the Fillmore Container booth
  • 1:30 pm: Dilled Carrot Spears at the Fillmore Container booth
  • 4:30 pm: Pear Chocolate Jam at the Fillmore Container booth

Sunday, January 11

  • 10 am: Strawberry Meyer Lemon Marmalade at the Family Living Stage
  • 1 pm: Dilled Carrot Spears at the Fillmore Container booth
  • 4 pm: Pear Chocolate Jam at the Fillmore Container booth

You can find the complete schedule of presenters over at the Fillmore Container blog. And, of course, I’ll have books available for sale and signature throughout the weekend.

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Upcoming Events: Philly, Carlisle, PA, and Harvest on Henry Festival

Marisa at Williams Sonoma

Upcoming events!

October 14, Philadelphia
I’m teaching a sauerkraut class at the German Society of Pennsylvania tonight 7-9 pm. Everyone will make their own quart jar of sauerkraut to take home with them. Class fee is $15 and you can register by emailing librarian@germansociety.org. More details about this class can be found here. I believe the class is full, but I know there was a waiting list, for any of you who feel moved to see if you can get in on a spur of the moment jar of sauerkraut.

October 15, Carlisle, PA
On Wednesday, I’m heading out to the center of Pennsylvania to do a canning demo at the Farmers on the Square market. I’ll be there from 3-5 pm and will have books on hand for sale and signature. I’m also happy to sign books you already own, so if you’re nearby and you’ve got copies, bring them with you!

October 18, Philadelphia
Canning demos and book signing at the Weaver’s Way Farm at Saul HS Harvest on Henry Festival. I’ll do a couple of demonstrations and will help judge the pie contest! More details can be found here. The festival runs from 1-5 pm and is open to all.

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Upcoming Events: Princeton! Kennett Square! Lancaster!

Preserving by the Pint sliver

I know I’ve been saying this for weeks, but the end of my season of classes and events is now firmly in sight. If you’ve been wanting to take a class or pick up a signed copy of one of my books, now is the time. I have seven events left in October, two more in November and then I’m taking most of the next six months from doing classes, events, or book signings so that I can focus on writing my next book.

I’d like to draw particular attention to the pair of classes I’m teaching at Fillmore Container this weekend. These will be active, hands-on classes and all participants will get be taking home fresh, hot jars of delicious preserved food. If you’re at all interested in one or both of these classes, register today

October 8, Swarthmore, PA
I’ll doing a canning demo Harvey Oak Mercantile from 6-8 pm. There will be books available for sale and signature. Registration details to come.

October 9, Princeton, NJ
Thanks to a friend who has made all the arrangements, I’m headed to Princeton to offer a batch canning demonstration at the Whole Earth Center. Event is from 7-9 pm and tickets can be obtained here. Books will be available!

October 10, Kennett Square, PA
Every fall, Kennett Square throws a festival to celebrate all things fermented. I’ll be offering a quick sauerkraut demo and then will be appearing on a panel with some other ferment-friendly folks. The happenings will be at the Bayard Taylor Library. Demos will be from 6-7:30 pm, the discussion starts at 7:30, and admission is free. More details can be found here.

October 11, Lancaster, PA
I’m spending a Saturday at Fillmore Container, offering a pair of canning classes in their warehouse. The first class is from 10 am – 12 noon, in which we’ll focus on preserving pears in batches large and small (including information about how to use Pomona’s Pectin). From 1-3 pm, we’ll dig into how to preserve tomatoes, including how to make tomato jam and how to preserve whole peeled tomatoes. To register for both classes (they’re $35 a piece), click here. We’re also going to offer a book signing at the end of the day.

October 12, Cherry Hill, NJ
I’m hopping over the bridge to South Jersey for a small batch jam demonstration and book signing at Williams-Sonoma at the Cherry Hill Mall. The event is from 1-3 pm and is free and open to all.

October 14, Philadelphia
I’m teaching a sauerkraut class at the German Society of Pennsylvania from 7-9 pm. Everyone will make their own quart jar of sauerkraut to take home with them. Class fee is $15 and you can register by emailing librarian@germansociety.org. More details about this class can be found here.

October 18, Philadelphia
Canning demos and book signing at the Weaver’s Way Farm at Saul HS Harvest on Henry Festival. I’ll do a couple of demonstrations and will help judge the pie contest! More details can be found here. The festival runs from 1-5 pm and is open to all.

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Livestream Canning Demo at the Chemical Heritage Foundation

peach salsa demo at Linvillla

This picture is not of me at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, but it’s one of the few I have of me demonstrating somewhere.

Friends! Just a quick note to let you know that I’m doing a pair of canning demonstrations tonight at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Old City, Philadelphia. These demos are part of First Friday events and are free and open to the public (should you want to stop by).

If you can’t make it in person, CHF will also be streaming the both presentations live (5:30 and 6:45), so you can see me in action, even if you’re far away.

I have embedded the livestream code after the jump in this blog post, so you can watch directly from this page. Or, if that’s not working in an ideal manner, you can also watch here.

Finally, if you can’t catch one of the demos live, they will live on indefinitely on the CHF Youtube page.

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