Grow Appalachia Goodies
In addition to Cheryl’s canning basics folder that included the USDA approved recipes, Grow Appalachia provided some swag of their own. Participants of the canning class were given a canning kit to take home with them that consisted of: 20 quart stock pot, 7 piece utensil kit, pickling salt, pectin, citric acid, vinegar, and a couple cases of canning jars of various sizes. Our students had an array of knowledge with varying degrees of canning knowledge, but all seemed to enjoy receiving the new kits to ramp up their production abilities.
Caught on Camera
Some of our canning kits have already been put to use! One of our participants who was unfortunately unable to attend the class in person, but didn’t want to miss out on the fun, and sent us photos of their finished products! Throughout the season we have received photos from our participants with subject matters of breaking ground to harvest hauls. The Upper Ohio Valley has 4 counties in it’s service zone so this is a way we can stay safely connected to our participants and their corner of the Panhandle.
This was by far my favorite class we’ve hosted so far for our participants. I’ve enjoyed getting to see everyone’s faces outside of the Zoom boxes, and celebrate our harvest by extending the time we get to enjoy the fruits of our labor. While there isn’t anything quite like a garden fresh veggie, canning is the next best way to preserve that homegrown flavor you can’t find in supermarkets. We are hoping to do another preservation class of alternative methods such as dehydrating, fermentation, cellar storage, and freezing to provide variation for our participants. I feel as if I learned a lot from Cheryl, and have the itch to get into the kitchen and get the last bits of the harvest season jarred and stored for winter.