I'll be hosting the first ever canning class, chez English, on August 13th. In recognition of national Can It Forward Day (cosponsored by the fine folks at Canning Across America and Jarden), we'll fire up the water bath, talk about botulism (and how to avoid getting it), get sweaty, and make some a fine batch of preserves.
The class will run from 11-2. We'll break for lunch while our jars cool, drink lemonade, eat a homemade meal, and chat about all things canned, or whatever you'd like to discuss, dissect, divulge, etc.
The class cost is $30, which includes instruction, printed materials, and a jar of preserves for you to take home, as well as lunch. Because my kitchen isn't stadium-sized, I'll have to cap the number of attendees at 10.
If you're interested, please leave a comment with your contact information and I'll be in touch. In your reply, please let me know if you're a vegetarian or if a meat option works, as well as any other dietary sensitivities you might have.
Please be advised that we live in a home with both cats and dogs, so if you have allergies to pet dander, you might want to take that into consideration (although we keep brand name antihistamines on hand, because we do try to be good hosts ;^) ). Lastly, the jury is still out on whether I'll be making us pickles or jam. If you've a preference, please indicate accordingly in your reply.
I hope to see some of you out here! Oh, and know that classes for home dairy-making, backyard chicken-keeping, and beginning bread-making are all in the works. As my home is not an air-conditioned one, though, I figured we'd wait to do those in September and October.