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Preserving Basics: Making Preserves for Christmas (Melbourne)



Description

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.

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.

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Class Schedule

What you will learn
  • 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
What you will get
  • 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

What to bring
  • Apron
  • Sturdy bag or small box in which to take home hot preserves
What to wear

Comfortable clothing and closed toe shoes

Appropriate for

Suitable for teenagers and older


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My Green Garden

Vendor sincce 2016

My Green Garden

My Green Garden provides a local and experienced resource for talks, demonstrations and workshops on many aspects of sustainable gardening practices, especially in the area of growing food.

Presentations are to both children and adults, through schools, libraries, Probus and other community groups, neighbourhood houses, garden clubs, shopping centres, council-funded information sessions and holiday programs.  Maria of My Green Garden is also a regular presenter for Bulleen Art & Garden and for the not-for-profit organisation Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA).

My Green Garden also runs classes and workshops from Maria's home and garden in Donvale, in suburban Melbourne.

As seen in:  CLASSES ON SUSTAINABLE LIVING IN MELBOURNE

https://blog.weteachme.com/articles/54-classes-on-sustainable-living-in-melbourne

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Cancelation & Refund Policy

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.

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Susan

04 December 2016 • Preserving Basics: Making Preserves for Christmas...

Please see my post on the Facebook page, it says it all. Anyone thinking of doing a preserves class should book in soon for a fun an informative time.

Fiona

03 December 2016 • Preserving Basics: Making Preserves for Christmas...

This class was fantastic! I can highly recommend it as it was so much fun and very informative all the way through! Maria is an engaging presenter and answered every question we had and more. It was great to see examples of her decorated preserves and to get some awesome tips for decorating our own to give away as gifts (if we can bear to part from them!). We learnt how to make four different preserves: spicy eggplant pickle, cranberry chutney, savoury onion jam, and dessert figs infused with early grey. Maria even managed to find time to demonstrate how to preserve cherries in brandy. After we got to taste-test all of the preserves plus a couple of extras, in addition to going home with a jar of each preserve made on the day, plus an extra recipe for fruit mince and pastry to try making our own homemade fruit mince pies -- honestly, I feel that this class is excellent value!

Kaity

27 November 2016 • Preserving Basics: Making Preserves for Christmas...

The experience was good and informative. I would like to do it on my own when I the time of course. I would recommend it to my friends. Maria was very much active all the time and making sure we understood every step of the way. maria would not mind repeating again if needed. That was one enjoyable day which ended in Berry picking, which reminded me of Sound Of Music when Captain Vontrap asks his children as to where they were and they said "we were Berry picking":)

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