Demo At Lafayette Community Garden

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All In A Jar is proud to be at the Lafayette Community Garden teaching the basics on water bath canning. This is a beautiful garden located at 3932 Mt. Diablo Blvd by the Lafayette reservoir. I will be making tomato jam and have bread in hand for students to taste this savory jam. The garden is asking for a small donation of $5.00. Please stop by learn,taste and have some fun.

See you in class

Valentine Special

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Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy Canning.
Wow, just when you thought you were done with the holidays, here comes another one, just one month away. Are you ready?  How about giving a gift that keeps giving, the knowledge of canning. Think of the wonderful memories you will have. Surprise your loved one with a gift certificate from All In A Jar.  We have a lot more classes this year. We will be canning low-acid food like Chicken Soup, Beef Stew, Brazilian Black Bean Soup and much more. We will be doing some fermented foods too, they’re simple and delicious.
 My gift to you: Two for one.
Gift Certificates are available on the website and can be mailed to you or a loved one.
See you in class,


Penny Porter


All In A Jar



Limit 1 per customer.


Must buy before February 14 2014.


Paid value does not expire.


To be used with regular class calendar.
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Making It Your Own

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The other day a friend delivered a box full of three different kinds of cucumbers. I asked my friend what he does with them and he told me he turns them into pickles. I was confused because there were three different kinds of cucumbers here, but none of them were the kind you use to make pickles. He enjoys making them into pickles, anyway, and he says he mixes them all together. I needed to find a creative way to transform these veggies into crispy, delicious pickles. I found an intriguing recipe for Beer – Honey Pickles. When I finished those, I still had more cucumbers and I love the idea of alcohol plus a sugar. Hmm, what else could I use? I thought, “Why not make Wild Turkey – Molasses Pickles?” I have some family members that absolutely love bourbon and would love to try these,so what did I have to lose? Once you understand the balance and science of canning, you can switch up the ingredients to make wild and unheard of combinations. As long as you have the right amount of acid and sugars (as a preservative) to keep your food safe then you can go for it!
See you in class