And while I’m advertising classes, take mine! :)
If you’re like me, you now have a cupboard filled with jams, pickles, and vinegars waiting for the holiday gift-giving season. If you’re not like me, you have batches of cookies and sweet breads planned. And if you would rather not be burned by a hot jar or jelly roll pan, but still want to give delicious goodness in pretty packages… I have the class for you all!
As part of our fundraising efforts, the Lane County Extension Master Food Preservers are holding a three-day class called “Gifts from the Kitchen,” on making and packaging food gifts for the holidays. I’ll be organizing and co-teaching the class with another MFP, Jennifer Martin, who has an excellent design sense and great ideas. It will be held on October 8, 22 and 29, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., at the Extension building next to the Fairgrounds in Eugene, and it is being offered through Lane Community College. The fee for the three-part class is $95, which includes materials.
We are still in the planning stages, but we know for sure that the class will include hands-on workshops on wrapping baskets and jars, instruction on making herbal jellies and lemon curd, and drying your own soup mixes. We have scheduled the cook who makes the artisan jams at Marché Provisions (also a proud MFP!) to help out with pointers on making unusual jams. Also under consideration is how to make the perfect Made in Oregon basket, foolproof fudge, what to do with 25 pounds of almonds, Italian soda syrups, and delicious additions to tea and cocoa.
I’ve found that these types of classes attract a wide range of expertise, and I guarantee you’ll learn just as much from the other students as you will from us, so this class should be fantastic. If you’ve always wanted to give food gifts for the holidays, please join us!
Registration has just opened, and class size is limited, so don’t wait to sign up! For the registration form, click here. The official Lane Community College catalogue announcement can be found here, or just read the paragraph below:
Get a jump on the holidays by learning to make your own gifts. The class series will include unique fruit spreads, herbal and pepper jelly, home canned pie fillings, lemon curd, flavored vinegars and oils, and homemade liqueurs. Soup and drink mixes will also be included. The class will include how to decorate jars and make theme baskets for year around gift giving. Supplies included. No class on 10/15. This class is offered through a partnership with the Oregon State University Extension Service.