October 15, 2011

Canning Workshop

My Saturday morning was spent meeting new city folks and teaching the basics of canning. We set to work preparing onions, peppers, tomatoes, and chiles for a big batch of salsa. Even the elevator in the building smelled like spicy goodness, and I was so grateful to Lynn for hosting us in her beautiful apartment! Everyone got to take home five jars made from Windflower vegetables after going step by step through the process of creating a shelf-stable salsa. We tasted and chatted about the Farm, most of the crew was to answer questions and join the fun.

I learned a little bit about the process of composting in the city and someone was kind enough to take the bag of veggie stuff off to be composted. Big difference from the countryside where I'd never have to think about what to do with a pile of tomato skins and pepper seeds. Thank you to both the old and new faces who came out to join the workshop. We are considering a more frequent canning schedule where I will come down from Windflower and hold a group canning session for a small fee. Everything would be provided and each member would go home with several jars of the product we make. It'd be everything from pickles, chutney and salsa to jams, canned fruits for baking with and mustards.

Can't wait to see more of you next year! Feel free to post any questions you may have about canning or if you'd like a recipe.

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