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Press Release – Fair Food Matters to Offer Canning Classes

July 6, 2012

From a Fair Food Matters press release….

Fair Food Matters’ canning classes begin July 14Whether people have some experience with canning or none at all, Fair Food Matters will once again offer community canning classes, so everyone can proudly proclaim, “I celebrate summer because I can!”

Homesteader, aquafarmer and master canner Lori Evesque will lead students step-by-step through both water bath and pressure canning, providing the skills to safely preserve Southwest Michigan’s bounty to enjoy all winter long.

Classes will take place in the Fair Food Matters’ Can-Do Kitchen (511 Harrison Street, Kalamazoo). Each class is $35 per person, or $40 for those wishing to contribute to a scholarship fund to help those who can’t afford the regular class fee.

Two products will be canned per class, varying in complexity and depending on seasonal availability of produce, and all participants will take home two cans per class. People are invited to register for one or all four classes.

Beginner classes will cover the basics, from equipment and safety to techniques and recipes, with a focus on vegetable and fruit products. Each student will take home a copy of the Ball Blue Book of Home Canning. Beginners’ classes take place on:

  • Saturday, July 14 (2-5 p.m.)
  • Thursday, August 23 (6-9 p.m.)

Advanced classes, designed for those who have some canning experience, will offer a refresher of the basics, along with more advanced recipes and techniques. Advanced classes take place on:

  • Wednesday, July 18 (6-9 p.m.)
  • Saturday, August 25 (2-5 p.m.)

To register, please visit www.fairfoodmatters.org, or call (269) 492-0261. For general information on canning, or to find out about scholarships, please email canning@fairfoodmatters.org.

These classes are made possible thanks to donations from the People’s Food Co-op and Centre Street Market.

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