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In A Pickle

This goes out to all the local yokels. If you’ve been hankering to learn how to can, now’s your chance! I’m teaching a beginning canning workshop August 28th at Farm Girl 227 Haywood Rd. from 2-4. The cost of the class is $15, which includes materials, instruction, and a take-away jar of whatever we pickle.

Space is limited, so give Lauri a call at 828/505-4115 to confirm your spot. And then come watch the water boil, learn about safe canning, give Nugget a belly rub, and know, as Lauri puts it, that you eat local because you can!!!

6 Responses to In A Pickle

  • Gini says:

    I wish!! There are never any canning workshops in Omaha. Hardly anybody cans though… maybe one day I'LL give a workshop. :)

  • Busy Beavers says:

    Hey Gini – Omaha as in NE? I'm in Sioux City. While the hubby and I don't have a farmstead (yet), I'd love to connect. E mail me at busybeaversfarm at gmail dot com. I'm looking to get back into canning (now that grad school is over) and looking for area friends interested in preserving, farming, local foods, etc.

  • andreadevon says:

    oooh makes me wish i was on the mainland! and, i was curious if you have any recommendations for canning/preserving tropical fruits like pineapple, papaya, banana, etc. i loved your book but it is rare to us come across a bounty of strawberries, blueberries, etc here on maui. do you have any tips, suggestions, and/or recommendations for books/resources? thanks!

  • Andrea-In your case, I'd just can the fruits whole, in fruit juice or a simple sugar solution. If you go with fruit juice, apple or white grape juice would work well, otherwise a 1:1 sugar/water syrup will do the trick. Just pack the fruit in sterilized jars, cover with liquid of your choice, reserving 1/2-inch headspace, and then process for 10 minutes. You could also make all sorts of tropical salsas or things like banana butter.

  • Kay S. says:

    Wish I could come up for the workshop, but too many responsibilities with the kids starting school. Would it be possible to get a copy of that poster, though? My mom loves to give “pickle” gifts to a friend of hers.

  • Hi Kay! I actually didn't create the flyer for the class, Lauri White, who owns Farm Girl Designs where the class will be held, is the responsible party. If you'd like a copy for your mom, perhaps you could contact Lauri's shop and inquire with her.