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A Giveaway and Lancaster County Extension Workshops

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One of the things I was totally unprepared for, when I first started blogging at Slashfood, was the fact that it would turn me into a desirable target for PR people trying to get their products noticed. Within my first month there, I was being contacted on an almost daily basis and by the time I left, I was getting upwards of 7-10 pitches a day. The flow has quieted a great deal since my departure, particularly since I’ve been diligent in pointing those eager PR folks in the direction of Kat, Sara and Alex.

However, occasionally a box or envelope still shows up and recently, a paperback copy of The Compassionate Carnivore landed on my doorstep. It’s a memoir by Catherine Friend, about finding a way back to a more humane and sustainable approach to animal farming and consumption of meat. It’s a good book. I know, since I read a reviewer’s copy of it last spring when it was first published. It has an ethos that goes hand in glove with the food in jars lifestyle I’m trying to live. So I thought I’d have a giveaway. I realize this book might not be quite as popular a giveaway as a jar of homemade jam, but isn’t it just as important to feed your mind as it is to feed your belly? Leave a comment by Sunday at 5 pm to enter. I’ll be in touch if you’re the lucky winner.

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Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about canning and food preservation, but I’ll be the first to admit that I still have much to learn. That’s why I’ve signed up for a couple of advanced food preservation classes this summer through the Lancaster County Extension Service (it’s the closest extension service to Philly). I’m going to be taking their pressure canning class on Thursday, July 16th at 6 pm (I’ll be leaving work a little early for that one) and their high acid canning class on Saturday, August 15th at 10 am. The classes both run two hours and cost $10. If any Philly folks are interested in riding out there with me for either of these classes, leave a comment and I’ll get back to you. More information about those classes is after the jump.

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Registration for Canning Classes Now Open!

I  heard today that registration is open for the canning classes. Talk to your friends, gather your relatives and let any other canning kindred spirits in your life know that now is the time to learn to make jam, pickles and more! Let me know if you have questions about the classes, otherwise I look forward to seeing some of you there!

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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.

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