Canning for newbies

with The Scrumptious Pantry

Pickling Classes in Chicago


Class Info

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)



Course Reviews (6)
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    Lindsey F.

    Left almost 3 years ago

    The canning class was fun and informative!

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    Kelly F.

    Left almost 3 years ago

    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.

    {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Emily F.","created_at":"about 3 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003ECanning for newbies\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"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.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Theodore H.","created_at":"about 3 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003ECanning for newbies\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"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. ","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"","reviewer_name":"Kelsey W.","created_at":"over 3 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003ECanning for newbies\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Lee is a great teacher! Passionate and knowledgeable, at the same time able to share her skills with others. We learned so much, the handout was helpful! Bring a pen, you'll want to take notes. And we ended class with group conversation, questions, and appetizers Lee prepared. It was great!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Suzelle T.","created_at":"over 3 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003ECanning for newbies\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Informative and interesting, this class was a great intro to canning. It covered the basics and got me excited to try my first sauces soon!","teacher_response":null}

    Other Teacher Reviews (4)
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      Charlotte W.

      Left over 3 years ago

      It was a great class. Informative and helpful. Todd answered individual questions at the end, and offered advice. Just finding the place ( The Scrumptious Pantry (The Sumptuous Pantry) was fantastic. One of Chicago's hidden treasures.

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      Caroline J.

      Left over 3 years ago

      Great class, learned a lot of actually useful ways to properly prepare and create my own city garden and I feel i can start asap. Very amenable presenter and teacher, and delicious treats after the course to a reasonably hungry after-work crowd :)

      {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Justin M.","created_at":"over 3 years","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/prepare-your-edible-garden-with-the-scrumptious-pantry'\u003E Prepare your edible garden! \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"I thought the class was great. We covered a lot of basics and there was plenty of time for questions!","teacher_response":null}

      Lee Greene
      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.

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