MIMIC THIS! When you get invited to events 3000 miles away (or 20 of them just across town), use COPY & PASTE with the really interesting events to seed your own community's plans for similar events. Why start from scratch.... Beg, borrow and mimic! More....
I'd like to learn more about this. I have a book and have done some jelly, but I'm still intimidated. . . The CSA we belong to supplies lots of fresh veggies each week - better to preserve than to let it go bad!
Joe - Study your book! I'm terrified of poisoning myself or someone else, so I have tried to stick to pickles so far. Next year, I'll graduate to something more challenging. I also put away lots of things by freezing: blueberries, summer squash and peaches this year.
What prompted my idea for this group was my experience with freezing peaches. A few weeks ago, I blanched, peeled, sliced and gave an ascorbic acid/water bath to the peaches. Then I had to freeze them on sheets because they were too damp to put into my vacuum bags and seal - the vacuum seal didn't take because so much liquid was pulled out of the bag. It was kind of tedious process.
So, this morning, I blanched and peeled the peaches, then cut them in half before tossing them into the ascorbic acid (slows darkening) bath. I drained the halves on paper towels, blotted them dry, THEN sliced and bagged them. This process was much quicker with no need for a prefreezing step and no liquid preventing the vacuum sealer from doing its job.
I never bother with ascorbic acid when I freeze peaches. They look fine. I slice them and then freeze them on cookie sheets and once frozen, pack them into vacuum sealer bags. They look nice and yellow in the bags.
I've only done a couple, but I like it. Unfortunately, I don't have a good place to store the harder aged cheeses. If you have done much of this, I'd like to discuss it with you! A class would be great!
I could also do pickling, waterbath canning, lactofermenting, dehydrating, winemaking/liquor (Jennifer?) with a little help from Laurel and Jennifer. Are you there Laurel? We could do a basic overview. I have done it and so have Laurel and Jennifer (?) Poisoning is an issue and needs to be absolutely understood but having said that it is still pretty easy after you get the dangers.