At a planning meeting this morning, I found out that we have sponsors for high school students for the upcoming Master Food Preserver “June in January” jam/jelly/preserve class on Saturday. If you would like to attend and you are in high school, or you have a high school student who is interested in learning about food preservation, the chances are that the student can get in for free! Most of the local public high schools in Eugene and Springfield were contacted, and teachers should have the information about taking the class and how to get the sponsorship. The sponsorship assists not only the students, it provides us with funds to cover materials for the class, so if you think you might qualify, please give us a call and let us assist you!
- Date: Saturday, January 24, 2009
- Time: 9 – 2 p.m.
- Cost: $25, or free for high school students with prior arrangement with sponsor (please call us)
- Location: OSU Extension Building, 950 W. 13th, Eugene
The class is very appropriate for beginners, and it will cover fruit spread-making basics, including:
- regular pectin jams and jellies
- low- or no-sugar jams
- pectin-free preserves
- freezer jam
- fruit spreads with Clear-gel
We’ll be featuring locally picked and gathered raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, and gooseberries. You’ll learn how to use a water-bath canner, what supplies should be purchased for canning and where to find them cheap, other cost-planning tips, and some local sources for fruit. All materials are provided.
All members of the public are welcome to sign up for the class. It will be several hours of hands-on instruction, plus a jar of jam to take home and a delicious lunch. I’d come JUST for the lunch alone after hearing the menu. ;)
To sign up for the class, please leave a message on the Master Food Preservers hotline at 541-682-4246 or stop by the Extension building in Eugene. You may download a registration form for this class and future classes by clicking this link.
We’d love to see you there!