Sunday, August 26, 2012

Canning Workshop

One of the optional projects that graduating La Meza Verde familes chose was food preservation. So, last Friday Sylvia came down from San Francisco with her husband, Bill, and brought all the things that we needed.
Laura, Sylvia, Debbie, Patty

Laura, Dora, Sylvia

Sylvia, Dora and the stuff.

Sylvia, teaching as usual.
We had the workshop at my house. Because it's so close and  there's a stove it fit the criteria. Altogether there were 10 of us if you count the boys. That's the most people that I've had in my house in a long time.
I spent 3 days giving my dingy kitchen a much needed cleaning!!I had been nervous but by Friday AM it felt so good to have everything decluttered and clean. Luis pitched in and cleaned and painted(?) the bathroom and washed the outsides of the windows, even though it was his birthday.      
By the end we had made pickeled jalepenos with carrots and veggies, strawberry and blackberry jam. It was so much fun to cook with other people! Sylvia was awesome! I was inspired!         
Since then I've made a birthday cake with the strawberry jam in the middle, canned a jar of green beans, made zucchini parmesean and I might make biscuits tonight to go under the blackberry jam!

Malin, Debbie, Sylvia
My idea of canning involved bushels of fruit or veggies, steam, sweat and so much time. It never occured to me to just put up 1 or 2 jars at a time. What a concept. Thanks Ladies.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Debbie, I just came across your blog while looking up La Mesa Verde images. I saw your photo and clicked on it and saw this. It is impressive. I'm sorry I missed out on preservation. I wished I lived in the area just so I could learn/help more! The program has been a great inspiration to me as well. You are also an inspiration! Keep up the blog. You do such a good job. Would you mind if I started one too?