Harvest Homesteaders

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

Strawberry jam!

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.


  1. Rachel says:


    I am teaching local cooking classes for preschoolers. We have not yet ventured into canning but it looks like your class for older children worked out perfectly.

  2. Ginger says:

    I think it’s wonderful that you are teaching homemaking, self-sufficiency skills to young people. They are almost lost arts.

  3. DoubleD says:

    They are obviously really engaged with the whole process – having a good time and learning valuable skills. Hopefully it will spur them to seek out more info and try things for themselves when they begin managing their own households in the future.

  4. Brenda says:

    How nice of you both to show the young girls how to can. You are setting them up with skills that can just be added on as they grow older. They seemed to have great time!

  5. Nancy says:

    This is great. I think it is so important for kids to learn where things come from (besides the grocery store) and how they are made. Your pictures are wonderful!

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