Thursday, August 20, 2009

Jam It, Pickle It or Cure It - Can-volution is Here

Hard to miss all the buzz about Can-volution - classes and events are springing up and taking root like a prize crop of zucchinis across the country and of course, right here in Seattle.

Inspired by Yes, We Can, a community home canning project in the Bay Area, Seattle food writer Kim O'Donnel asked on Twitter: What if Seattle got in on the canning act? Better still, what if we led the charge and set a date for a city-wide can-a-thon and encourage other cities around the country to follow suit for simultaneous coast-to-coast canning 'stravaganzas?

And so a Can-volution was born, with people organizing nationwide to preserve the season's bounty in a "Can-a-rama" kick-off event on August 29 and 30 with how to classes, demos and home canning parties from sea to shining sea - or in this case from Massachusetts to California and of course, the great state of Washington.

There's a complete list of canning events for August, September and October at Canning Across America - the brains behind Canvolution; below is a quick list for August. The site is also a terrific resource and guide to the joys of self-preservation, at least when it comes to food, which is much easier than you think. If I can make my own pickles, so can you.

Wednesday, August 26, 4 PM
Canning Demonstration @ Columbia City Farmers Market with Amy Pennington

Thursday, August 27, 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM
Queen Anne Farmers Market Canning Demonstration

Saturday, August 29, 10 AM
Canning Demonstration @ University District Farmers Market with Chef Renee Erickson of Boat Street Cafe

Preserving Peaches 3 Ways, 10 AM - 12:30 PM
Wiley Community Center, $30.00 (work/trades are available)

Canning in the Valley, 5 PM - 8:30 PM
Rainier Community Center, $25.00

Sunday, August 30, 2 PM - 3:30 PM
Canning Basics with Marisa McClellan: Fruit Jam
Starry Nights Catering & Events, $25.0

Introduction to Canning, 11 AM, 12:30 PM and 2:30 PM
Goods for the Planet, $10

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