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Water Bath Canning

We continue our series on food preservation with Water Bath Canning!

Want to preserve some of this season's bounty for the winter?  High acid fruits and veggies are easy to can with a simple water bath method.  Come learn how!

Canning can be a little daunting to some of us especially in a time when everyone is talking about food safety. Come practice with us. Yes, there are some rules, BUT they become a part of the routine after you have done it a couple of times. Lots of people have tested and tried many canning recipes, both traditional and contemporary, to put your mind at ease. We'll show you the tools, can a few recipes and point you to some more resources for you to explore on your own.

Taught by Alexis Simpson & Amy Antonucci (bios below).

You can either bring 2 wide mouth pint jars including bands or we will have some for sale at the meetup at cost.  We'll provide the produce, the jar lids, and will bring all the other equipment.  You will be taking home 2 pints of canned, finished produce... the plan, which will be dependent on availability at the time, is to can peaches, and a tomato salsa!

Cost: $30-$40 sliding scale*

*This is a class with a lot of up-front costs so we need a deposit by August 10 in order to keep your spot for you. It will be non-refundable, though it can be transferred to someone else if you can find another person to take your place.  Info on where to send your $10 deposit will be sent to you after you sign up.

Alex Simpson always admired her grandmother who canned and froze enough produce to keep herself in vegetables all winter long. When Alex discovered that she and her sons were allergic to corn, she found herself in a pickle. Almost everything commercially canned contains some form of corn, so she began canning seasonal produce for her family. She and Amy are eager to encourage more people to preserve the bounty of New Hampshire's relatively short growing season. When Alex is not preparing or preserving food for her family, she serves on the board of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire - among other things!

Amy Antonucci started to learn canning from The Ball Jar Blue Book while working on a farm where she had access to lots of produce.  This was about 15 years ago when it was actually hard to find canning supplies in stores!  She's kept it up, and is excited not to be so alone in this passion anymore.

Co-sponsored by NOFA-NH and the Greater Seacoast Permaculture Group

This class is part of our 2013 Food Preservation Series: Cheese Making, Food Drying, Water Bath Canning, Everything Apple, Lactofermenting, & Root Cellaring


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  • Amy A

    Hi Todd,
    Glad to know of your interest - I have been thinking it might be time to set up another food preservation series - so I think I'll plan on that! Likely this August or so.

    February 22, 2015

  • Todd

    Any idea if this Workshop will be offered in 2015?

    February 22, 2015

  • Carina M.

    I agree with everyone - what an awesome workshop! Incredibly informative! We solved my shrinking peaches mystery! Thanks everyone for bringing your knowledge AND QUESTIONS!

    August 27, 2013

  • Stephanie

    Great class

    August 26, 2013

  • Sara

    This was a great class! Amy and Alex worked so well together, and I had a lot of fun. I was very excited about the take home salsa and peaches. Thank you!

    August 26, 2013

  • Cheri C.

    Very informative, great interaction with everyone and a really enjoyable afternoon. Thanks to Alex and Amy!!!

    1 · August 25, 2013

  • Lori C.

    Sorry I missed this meet up

    August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry I won't be able to make it.

    August 23, 2013

  • Bob

    Sorry. Have to be our of town.

    July 26, 2013

  • Jessica

    Hi Amy - I'm going to have to put this off till next summer.

    July 26, 2013

  • Cheri C.

    I cannot wait!!!!

    June 19, 2013

    • Carina M.

      Me either!! I noticed that you live in Dover. I do too and am always looking for someone to carpool to the workshops with because I do not have any means of transportation. Would that be something you'd be interested in for this workshop? I could give you gas money if I'm on the other side of town from you or something too.

      July 4, 2013

    • Amy A

      Carina - I would suggest emailing Cheri from her profile... not everyone checks these message areas frequently.

      July 19, 2013

  • Carina M.

    I live in Dover and need a carpool!

    July 4, 2013

  • Carina M.

    I love preserving fresh produce from the season, I just always do some kind of fermentation because I am unsure what nutrients are lost during the water bath process. Will the workshop address questions about stuff like that?

    June 23, 2013

    • Carina M.

      Oh cool! Those are totally the types of things I have always wanted to know! Could I bring someone with me who isn't part of the group if I can't find a ride with someone in the group?

      June 23, 2013

    • Amy A

      Carina, yes, you can absolutely bring someone else. There is no requirement that folks sign up with the group... it's just often easier that way! But you can add guests to your rsvp when you choose "yes" as an rsvp.

      June 30, 2013

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