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Berry Jam + Jelly Canning Workshop at Raleigh City Farm on May 11th!

Want to preserve the taste of delicious spring berries to enjoy all year long?

Learn to make jelly and jam from spring berries and then preserve them using the simple water bath canning method! Take home a jar of berry jam you help make!

Join Piedmont Picnic Project at Raleigh City Farm for this two-hour hands-on preserving workshop — great for beginners looking for an introduction to preserving or those familiar with canning looking to learn to make a new preserve!

We’ll learn everything you need to know about turning spring berries into glossy, chunky jams or glowing jellies – the jewels of the pantry! You’ll get a thorough overview of the water-bath canning method – a way you can seal and keep jars of preserves on the shelf without needing special kitchen equipment. Enjoy samples of each of the products we learn about and take home your very own berry jam you help make in class. As we taste and try our hand at preserving on this farm in the city, we’ll also learn more about the history and traditions around preserving food in our local Raleigh community.

Skills you’ll learn:

  • How to make berry jams and jellies, including selecting fruit and other ingredients, choosing recipes, and processing your fruit.
  • The water bath canning method of preserving jars of jelly and jam to make them shelf stable without needing special kitchen eqipment – including selecting jars and other tools, the science of canning, and preserving safety.

What you’ll take away:

  • New knowledge and hands-on skills to preserve your own jams and jellies at home.
  • Recipes and instruction sheets to get you started on your preserving journey.
  • Lots of berry jam and jelly samples from class will go with you in your belly!
  • Your very own jar of berry jam you help make in class.

This workshop is the third in a monthly series of Piedmont Picnic workshops at Raleigh City Farm this spring designed to each teach an important skill for producing and preserving your own food!

About the instructors:

We believe you’ll enjoy your food more if you know the story behind it! Here’s how we’ll each help you do that.

Elizabeth Weichel has a background in public history and specializes in local history. She’ll help us to remember the ways that everything old is new again – growing, preserving, and fermenting your own food might be trendy now, but it’s nothing new! Learn how it all fits into the larger story of our local history.

Amanda Matson has carved out her own little urban homestead right here in Raleigh – growing, foraging, preserving, and fermenting her own food all on a small lot in the city — working toward total fruit and veggie independence and a nearly all-local table. She’ll teach you all of the hands-on skills you need to have your own little taste of homestead life – whether it’s adding home-preserved goodies to your table or farming your entire yard!

Note: This workshop takes place outdoors at the beautiful Raleigh City Farm – a working farm right in downtown Raleigh! Please dress comfortably for the weather.

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