With all that annual activity you would think I could remember more than the basics of canning, but I didn't. When I saw that Central Market was offering a class on basic canning techniques I signed up, and took my two youngest daughters.
Over the years of living near a wonderful cooking school I have learned a lot. I'm delighted that my daughters are interested in cooking and want to expand their skill set whenever possible.
The class allowed participants to prepare 4 types of preserves: pickled watermelon rinds, peach chutney, strawberry-lemon preserves, and blueberry jam. We took turns mixing and cooking the ingredients, then each of us ladled a portion into jars to preserve and take home.
I'm so enthused about this that I purchased a set of tools and a couple of books. We intend to do some items that we will not only use, but offer as holiday gifts. Stay tuned for our first experiments at home!
My daughters, Natalie (L) and Claire
ladle watermelon rind pickles into jars
finished items (left to right): pickled watermelon rinds,
peach chutney, strawberry-lemon preserves,