Our last jamming session was such a success at the school just down the road from us that we were asked back (thanks Lauren) to teach another group of gals.

Strawberries are in season here in California for this class we whipped up a batch of scrumptious strawberry jam.

Putting back in touch with our roots.  Knowing where our food comes from and how it’s prepared is important for us city folk.  Before the canning session the teacher had them go down to the local farmers market and before we started, we talked a little bit about the history and science of canning.

Mashing the fruit

Smiles and laughter while putting the lids on.  Canning puts people in a happy mood!

Enjoying the leftovers on toasted bagels. Finger licking good!

View more fun canning photos here

The jars of jam that we put up will be donated by the girls to a local food pantry/bank.  We had a blast and we’ll be back next month with another group of girls.

Celebrate the harvest at home.  Like to start canning?   You can stock up on supplies at online store to get you started “putting up!”

Canning Kit

Food Preservation Helpers

Homestead Blessings Art of Canning DVD

and helpful books


  1. Laura says:

    I love making jam! How wonderful that you are sharing this skill with younger girls. I wish I’d been taught to can as a teen.

  2. Wendy says:

    Strawberry jam? Yum! We’re still two and a half months way from strawberry season, and it’s really hard to wait :).

  3. Margy says:

    When I taught I loved to include food tasting and cooking in my classes of kindergarten through second grade students. They loved it and it was a good way to integrate reading, writing, math and science. I made some strawberry jam this week myself. Our market in Powell River had some California strawberries on sale. Ours won’t be in for late June and July. – Margy

  4. ashley says:

    Our local food pantry doesn’t take home canned foods or home baked goods. 🙁

  5. Gillian says:

    Tie your hair back girls!

  6. frugalspringfield says:

    Preserving food is truly a lost art. How many families would be in trouble real fast if something happened to disrupt our food supply? The latest economic figures for March indicate that food prices – particularly vegetable prices – are going up because of the colder than normal weather this year and the freeze in Florida. The only way to not be held hostage to rising prices is to grow and preserve your own food. Plus, the food just tastes better when you grow it yourself!

  7. adam mclane says:

    Love this idea. Thanks for getting involved in your local schools!

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