Giving a home made gift that is appreciated for Christmas to friends, family and colleagues need not be expensive, nor too difficult or time-consuming. Using some basic preserving techniques, we make jars of tasty preserves for you to give away (or take home and enjoy for yourself!).
These techniques can be used on many fruit and vegies so that you learn to make your own preserves, with no artificial additives and nasty numbers. No preserving background is assumed as we go through how to prevent food spoilage using the different preserving methods. We discuss which jars and lids to use and the safe storage of the preserves.
The workshop is fully hands-on, where you ar.e involved in the processes from start to finish. The preserves made will be mainly with seasonal fruit and vegies and will include a savoury onion jam, cranberry chutney, some bottled dried fruits in brandied syrup and a delicious spicy pickle. Morning tea will include goodies made with homemade Christmas fruit mince and featuring tastings of some preserves.
All the preserves made on the day get taken home by everyone, as well as detailed recipes and a Preserving booklet, authored by Maria of My Green Garden. We will decorate the jars with labels and tags and you will be given a variety of different materials to make them really authentic.
The workshop starts at 10am and finishes at 1.30pm.
Bookings are considered final once payment is made. If you need to cancel, at least 7 days notice is required in order for a refund, less a 10% administration fee. For any cancellations made within 7 days of the workshop date, you will forfeit your fee unless the place can be filled from a waiting list (you willl be refunded less the 10% admin fee). If you would like to transfer to another workshop, it must be done with at least 7 days notice before the start of the workshop.
- Select and re-use suitable jars and how to sterilise them
- How to use different preserving techniques to make some special preserves as gifts
- How to pretty up jars of preserves to make them suitable to give away
- Recipes all of the preserves made
- Morning tea with some home made goodies
- Jars of the preserves made on the day: Dessert Figs in Earl Grey and Brandy syrup; Spicy Eggplant Pickle; Cranberry Chutney; Savoury Onion Marmalade
- Tastings of preserves made and others done by demonstration: Seasonal Fruits in Brandy
- The opportunity to dress up the preserves to make them suitable for giving as gifts with tags
- Sturdy bag or small box in which to take home hot preserves
Comfortable clothing and closed toe shoes - prize for cutest apron!
Suitable for teenagers and older. Kitchen skills needed.
Have you done any form of preserving before?
Vendor since 2016
Getting back to basics is what My Green Garden is about.
This is done by providing an experienced resource for presentations, demonstrations and workshops on many aspects of sustainable gardening practices, especially in the area of growing and preserving food.
With many years working in the nursery industry, backed up with education training and experience, Maria from My Green Garden knows how to cater and adjust content for the various levels of expertise present in different groups.
Making it practical, achievable and fun is what we're about and having most classes and workshops run from a home setting in leafy Donvale, shows that you don't need specialist equipment to get great results. We focus on using tools and ingredients that most kitchens or gardens would already have. Above all, it is about giving participants the know-how and the confidence to do it themselves!
As seen in: CLASSES ON SUSTAINABLE LIVING IN MELBOURNE
BOOKING CONDITIONS Bookings are considered final once payment is made. If you need to cancel, at least 7 days notice is required in order for a refund, less a 10% administration fee. For any cancellations made within 7 days of the workshop date, you will forfeit your fee unless the place can be filled from a waiting list (you willl be refunded less the 10% admin fee). If you would like to transfer to another workshop, it must be done with at least 7 days notice before the start of the workshop. In certain circumstances, a credit towards another workshop may be given, less a 25% administration fee.