Where To get Supplies

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Students ask me all the time where to get supplies.
Many student have shared with me where they get supplies.
This blog is a long time coming. So here goes.
Bed Bath & Beyond has  jars. I would have never thought of this store for canning supplies. The prices on jars aren’t bad and then you add a coupon, good savings.They have wonderful tools for canning. Like cherry pitter, knifes, pots and hand blenders are some of them. They are at 15 Crescent Dr. Pleasant Hill.

Win Co Food at 2400 N. Park Blvd.in Pittsburg. They have a lot of canning supplies. I found a new jar size here.It is bigger than a pint but, smaller than a quart. It is wonderful for canning pickled carrots and pickled asparagus because of the shape of the jar is tall and thin.They have big bottles of Real Lemon Juice. They have things in bulk like sugar, chili peppers, and spices.

Smart and Final at 2100 Contra Costa Blvd. in Pleasant Hill, has canning supplies too. You can get jars and lids at a good price. They have big bottles of vinegar, great for pickling and making mustard. They have the dry mustard powder, pickling salt and spices.They have a lot of tools here, like cutting boards, big bowls, measure spoons, measure cups and aprons. This is a good place to pick up cleaning supplies as well.

Home Depot on-line or Amazon is a good place to get a pressure canner. I have a Presto with a dial gauge. You can order a Water Bath Kit with all the tools you will need too.

Some Ace Hardware are a good place to pick up jars. If you buy ten case at a time ask for 10% off. This is a good place to pick up a water bath canner and they have pickling salt too. Go to the Ace Hardware in Alamo on 3211 Danville Blvd. This hardware store has the most canning supplies I have ever seen in one place. Bring All In A Jar’s business card and get a discount on any kitchen supple.

When I’m shopping at the grocery store I always check the canning supplies. Some times they have Sure-Jel pectin and lids on sale.

Lets talk about produce.

I love Walnut Creek Produce at 2257 Olympic Blvd in Walnut Creek.
Close to my home, great produce and great prices. When I need a lot of one thing I ask for a box and save more money. They have an other place called Concord Produce at 2511 Monument Blvd in Concord. This place has lower prices than Walnut Creek. So if I’m out that why I shop there. When I need some ethnic produce I shop in Concord. They have a Moraga Produce (as well.) The prices are the highest here.

When I have time I go to Berkeley Bowl at 920 Heinz Ave. in Berkeley. It is a wonderful place. I tell people go on a field trip to Berkeley Bowl, plan on being there for two hours and seeing things that you have never seen before. Produce and spices from around the world. They have a great bulk area. I get raw sugar, mustard seeds, spices, flour and tea.
When I don’t have time to drive to Berkeley I go to Sprout Farmers Market at 1530 Geary Road in Walnut Creek. They have bulk here too. I get raw sugar. They have some nice produce. I have found vanilla bean here at a good price and some white wine vinegar too.

Happy Shopping & Happy Canning.

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Jar & Grill Classes

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All In A Jar is lucky to have Barbecue Pit Master, Mike Strauss back teaching here at the school. We have three Jar & Grill class line up for you. We have some amazing recipes for these 4 1/2 to 5 hour classes. Chef Penny will be doing two canning recipes for each class. Chef Mike will teach you “Grilling 101”, with everything from how to start the barbecue without lighter fluid, to how to use your Weber as a smoker. Chef Mike will be demonstrating different woods, competition techniques, and so much more. Each class has two meats, vegetables, salad and dessert. Yes, we will be sitting down for a full meal at the end of each class. Since we do not have time for 12 hour smoked meats, Mike will bring some yummy treats to try though the day. Come hurry and ready to learn a lot and have some fun.  Sign up for classes ASAP. They will book up fast.

Jar and Grill Series: May. 18 at 11:00am
 Chef Penny brings you Roasted Green Chili Salsa and Grilled & Pickled Peppers. Chef Mike will be demonstrating how to grill Flank Steak and juicy grilled Chicken. Chef Mike will be helping us will the roasting of the vegetables we will be canning. At the end of class you will sit down for a wonderful meal which you have helped to prepare and a fabulous dessert made with decadent preserves from the “All In A Jar” pantry. Your meal will include two meats, grilled vegetables, a salad, and for dessert Whole Peaches in sparkling wine with vanilla bean over vanilla ice cream. Guests will also enjoy Iced Tea, Hot Tea, Coffee and Ice Water. If you would like something else to drink please feel free to bring it.
Jar and Grill Series: June 1 at 11:00am
All In A Jar continues our two-in-one class series with something sweet and something savory. Chef Penny will feature a Zucchini & Roasted Corn Salsa and Blueberry Rhubarb Jam. Chef Mike will transform the Blueberry Rhubarb Jam into glaze and slather it on chicken. He will help us with the roasting of the corn for our salsa. Chef Mike will show us how to plank smoke fish, so it doesn’t fall in the fire. LOL. At the end of class you will sit down for a wonderful meal which you have helped to prepare and a fabulous dessert made with decadent preserves from the All In A Jar pantry. Your meal will include two meats, grilled vegetables, a salad, and dessert Apple Pie. Guests will also enjoy Iced Tea, Hot Tea, Coffee and Ice Water. If you would like something else to drink, please feel free to bring it.

Jar and Grill Series: June 22 at 11:00am
All In A Jar continues our two-in-one class series with a nod to Summer crops. Chef Penny will be canning Roasted Peach Butter, that Mike will be using with grilled pork. We will be canning a new mustard recipe that  Chef Mike will  transform into a salad dressing and a marinades for chicken. At the end of class you will sit down for a wonderful meal which you have helped to prepare and a fabulous dessert made with decadent preserves from the All In A Jar pantry. Your meal will include two meats, grilled vegetables, a salad, and dessert Grilled Peach with Blueberry Curd. Guests will also enjoy Iced Tea, Hot Tea, Coffee and Ice Water. If you would like something else to drink please feel free to bring it.

Please go to the class calendar and sign yourself up for these great classes they will go fast. You will have two classes, canning class, barbecue class and a sit down meal with dessert.  The cost is only $125.00 each student.  You can mail check to 3339 Carlyle Terrace Lafayette Ca. 94549. Payment is to be in full to secure a seat in class. Please email us ASAP to let us know you are coming to class.
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Back By Popular Demand

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Back by Popular Demand, All In A Jar will be having Jar & Grill classes with Pit Master Mike Strauss. He will show us how to use a Weber from lighting it without chemicals  to how to slice the meat to be juicy and tender. These classes are two classes in one. We will be canning and barbecuing. Mike will teach us how to cook two different cuts of meat, vegetables and how to use the Weber to smoke. At the end of class, we will be sitting down for a full meal. These classes are about 4 1/2 hours. The cost is $125.00 each student. Classes are held on Sundays May 18, June 1, June 22 at 11:00am. Please check class calendar for descriptions in a few days. If you know you want to join us please email soon, these classes are going to fill up fast.

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