Pickling Classes in Chicago
Our bestselling Heirloom 2.0 class!
The class will be taught by Lee, the owner of The Scrumptious Pantry, and will discuss what to look for in produce, the basic steps in the canning/pickling process, how to ensure food safety, plus some of Lee's favorite heirloom recipes.
This intro is not a hands-on canning class, but a lecture with a step-by-step demonstration.
We will be touching on all the basics of canning, but we will be focusing a little more about pickling and demo that process, because the acidified foods are the more difficult ones - and the ones that post the highest risk if you do not do it right.
- choosing equipment (jars, hot water bath vs. pressure canner)
- to processes of jams, sauces, pickles
- how to choose your produce
- nutritional benefits of canned product - and what do you do with it once you have it stored in your pantry
- ingredient choices (which vinegars when your pickling for example - there will be snack and recipes, too!)
- good resources (books, online)
The canning class was fun and informative!
Great class. I'm not quite ready yet to can my own food, but I'm certainly inspired to go to the library and get some more information to start putting things up myself.
Wonderful and very informative class! We learned how to can (in jars, for those worried about chemical exposure) on the cheap (i.e., using kitchen tools you already own). The teacher even greeted us with delicious appetizers. Convenient to the Logan Square El and a beautiful store.
Extremely useful, even for someone who's had prior canning experience. Lots of tips, techniques and tricks to learn. It was almost overwhelming, in a good way. :) I would definitely recommend this class for people just getting into - or having just started - their canning hobby.
Nothing makes Lee more happy than a bubbling pot of water with jars dancing in it. She has been canning for over 20 years, learning from her grandmother: jams for breakfast, savory fruit preserves as cheese condiments or succulent tomato sauces. Lee has made her passion her job, as the owner of the Scrumptious Pantry, she is preserving the regional goodness in jars and bottles and making it available to eaters nationwide.