Local Food Preservation Workshop Day in Cummington & Northampton

Food Preservation Workshops in the Pioneer Valley: Sept. 19th, 2009

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Cummington Community House
33 Main Street, Cummington, MA

The workshop in Cummington will be taught by Kathy Harrison who is author of “Just in Case: How to be Self-Sufficient When the Unexpected Happens.” Workshop highlights include using a dehydrator to put by vegetables, canning sauces and preserves using water bath canning, pickling techniques for delicious condiments that can complement the main meal, ways to safely can meat using a pressure cooker, and storage for root crops. Workshop participants will receive hand-outs on what different techniques are ideal for various crops, and list of the top resources available for learning more details about food preservation.

Town Farm
1 Ventures Field Road, Northampton, MA

The workshop in Northampton will be taught by Abigail Clarke, a yoga teacher and an avid gardener and food preservervation and will explore the uses of drying, freezing, canning and pickling and explain the equipment needed for each technique. The workshop will also cover the basics of root cellaring for storing root crops throughout the winter. Clarke will teach some basic body mechanics for ease in the kitchen, so20all those hours of chopping, stirring and canning don’t put unnecessary strain on the body. Attendees are also encouraged to bring their own questions to the workshop.

In addition to Cummington and Northampton, workshops are also being held in Brookline, South Natick, Concord, Groton, Princeton, Winchendon Springs, Shelburne, Springfield, and Great Barrington.

Click HERE for more info or contact Ben Grosscup 413-658- 5374. If you plan to do a walk-in registration, please call in advance to find out if there is space availability. A potluck lunch will be shared at the event, and registrants are invited to bring something to share or bring their own lunch.

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1 Comment

  1. Robyn said,

    September 12, 2009 at 11:36 am

    I found drying with a food dehydrator gives me the best preserved food results.


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