Jordanne & I gave a hands on canning workshop at a local girls high school today. Seven enthusiast girls made a batch of delicious strawberry jam which will be donated to a local food bank for the holidays.
The girls chop up the strawberries they got from the local Farmer’s Market
Using the handcranked food processor
MASH! MASH, MASH! Mashing the strawberries is fun. Everyone wanted to try.
Gathering ’round the table to work and chatter. We made a point to tell the girls that canning not only opens new food adventures but also brings about a togetherness when friends and family are involved.
Stirring the strawberry jam mixture, while I go about explaining the basics of water bath canning method
Jordanne womans the water bath pot while the girls ladle out the jam mixture into the jars
Of course the girls can’t pass up a chance their canning creation – yummmmmmmy! I grab a spoon and get in on the action.
Into the water bath the jars go
And there’s a bit extra to enjoy on some warm muffins
You gals were great students and the fun times aren’t over yet!
Jordanne & I will be back again tomorrow to finish with the canning class. This time around we’ll be making peach jam and apple sauce.
Stay tuned for more lip smackin’ canning photos.