Why Can



There are many reasons why people can. Everyone has a different reason. Here are a few reasons why I can.

Health is a big one. I feel that people are slowly killing them selves with all the processed food they are eating. People ask me all the time why I can and I tell them, I know what is in the jar and I can pronounce each ingredient. There are no harmful additives, and a lot less sugar and salt.

Eco-Friendly is an other reason. If you grow your own food you are not having trucks bring your produce to the store and pollute the air. If you can’t grow your own food buy local.  You are reducing the waste of pre-packaged foods and the mason jars are reusable.

Finance is an other reason. When produce is in season it is at it lowest price. This is the perfect time to start preserving food and stock up your pantry. Those upscale kitchen stores with the fancy jams, chutney and mustard that you drool over can be made for a lot less money. When friends and family members know you can  they will start to bring you produce so be ready have jars on hand!

Passion is an other reason I can. I love food and sharing. I have been blessed to come from a family of foodies that are Portuguese. The Portuguese people I know want to show you how much they love you by cooking you a meal, handing you produce from their yard or a jar of homemade jam. Canning is a connection to my culture, family and heritage. I have to admit I love handing someone a jar and seeing them smile. The other thing I love is hearing the “POP” sound from the jars as they seal.

Gifts, What a wonderful thing to hand to someone. In my family we decided many years ago we would give consumable gifts during the holidays. For years I gave wine, but then I realized it’s not as special since they can go buy a bottle any where. So the last few years my family and friend have received jars from me. Now they are starting to make requests. When it comes to the holidays us canners have the upper hand on gift giving with our full pantry to shop in.

Quality and taste is far better homemade that any store-bought. Find the best produce at its peak and can it. Is going to taste better than anything you can get from the store.

One last thing, I’m highly addicted to canning and my personal goal is to get you addicted too.  I love it, it makes me happy. Happy Canning!

Share with me your reasons for canning.

P.S. Check out the class calendar. I have change a few things.  Please let me know what you would like to learn.

See you in class

So Much To Share!


Hi everyone, I can’t believe summer is over and kids are back to school.
I had a wonderful summer with a few trips and a lot of experimenting in the kitchen. If you know me, you know I’m addicted to preserving food. Not only have I been making new recipes for canning, but I have also been learning more about fermenting. Which leads me to a small problem. I have too many jars! Some would say this isn’t a problem, but I know I can’t eat it all. So I would like to share with you some of the overflow. All you need to do is sign up for a class and let me know which jar you would like to receive. (See the list below) Your jar will be ready to go home with you at the end of the class you have chosen. I have added 15 jars after this photo. Check out the class calendar for new up coming recipes. Happy Canning.

List of jar to share:

Pineapple Rum Vanilla Bean Jam
Cranberry Winter Delight
Blood orange Marmalade
Cranberry Wine Jelly
Apple Cranberry Jam
Pear Ginger Jam
Mango Kaffir Lime Jam
Sparkling Wine Orange Jelly
Carrot Pineapple Orange Marmalade
Blueberry Apple Jam with Fennel Bay
Meyer Lemon Jelly
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Filling
Chinese Plum Sauce
Blueberry Berry Ginger Jam
Cranberry Blueberry Chipotle Ketchup
Cranberry Blueberry Ketchup
Pickled Beets with Raspberry
Coco Hot sauce
Grainy Beer Mustard
Cranberry Ketchup
Blueberry Dipping Sauce
Cranberry Orange Vinegar
Hard Cider Asian Pear Pickled
Cranberry Quince Chutney
Pickled Jalapeño Cactus
Pear Port Thyme
Caramelized Red Onion Relish
Can Corn
Corn Relish
Plum Dipping Sauce
Almond Pears
Papaya Mango Pineapple
Mango Vanilla Bean Rum Jam
Chicken Stock
Salsa Verde

I’m sure you can find a jar that you and your family would enjoy.

See you in class