Learn how to preserve the seasonal abundance of fruits and vegies safely, using a variety of techniques. These techniques can be used on most fruit and vegies so that you learn to make your own delicious preserves, with no artificial additives and nasty numbers. No preserving background is assumed as we go through the science of how to prevent food spoilage using the preserving methods of bottling, jam-making, pickling and making relishes or chutneys using beautiful seasonal produce. Dehydrating is also demonstrated. We cover the jars and lids to use, safe storage and use. The workshop is fully hands-on, where you are involved from the processes from start to finish. 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. THE WORKSHOP RUNS FROM 10am to 1.15pm
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.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER Coming from an Italian background, Maria has grown up with preserves made ritually throughout the year. For generations past, this was one way of ensuring food throughout the leaner months. Nowadays, with mass-produced food available all year round the necessity has gone out of it but we continue to observe the practices of making preserves for flavour, for better control of the ingredients in our food and also because when we plant, we need to do something with a bumper harvest. This is Maria's story, which, combined with her science background, means that you will understand why preserving works as well as getting to enjoy the delicious preserves that you can say you made.
Great learning morning on relish, canning fruit, pickle and strawberry jam . It was well planned and communicated with ease. Maria's knowledge was vast and was only too happy to answer questions etc. Lovely environment and great to do some tasting with coffee and Cake with others with similar interests.
A fun morning filled with lots of learning and some yummy treats. Very practical information on sterilising jars (without fancy machines) and making jams, pickles, chutneys and preserves. I now have the confidence (and knowledge) to do it myself! Thanks Maria!
This class with Maria exceeded my expectations. The small size of the group was perfect to allow great group interaction both with the learning and practical aspects of the various tasks. Maria's teaching, science, chemistry and horticultural background were key aspects of the class that shone through from my perspective. Along with this, she enthused the group with her warmth, generosity and passionate belief in traditional, sustainable food preparation and preserving practices which allowed me to have the knowledge and confidence to get stuck into my own end of summer preserving spree at home!