Why Can

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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.

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Lacto-Fermented

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This Lacto-Fermented Cabbage is what Sauerkraut is. So don’t be fool by unhealthy supermarket pickles versions of homemade fermented foods. These modern foods are the product of high heat and pressure which destroys nutrients and do not in any way enhance health. The exception to this rule are the various fermented foods in the refrigerator section in health food stores. The drawback is that these gourmet items are rather expensive compared to the pennies per ounce it cost to make at home. Having fermented foods in your life helps with your digestion. You are making your probiotic. Come and join us on March 12th Wednesday at 6:00pm to make this wonderful fermented food. We will be making  Meyer Lemon Jelly too, it wonderful in crepes, vinaigrette and in a cocktails.  A yummy snack will be served from All In A Jar’s pantry . You will go home with a jar of each recipe we make and the recipes and the ” How To Start” will be emailed to you. Trying to be green.  Much more to come about Fermented Foods. So check the class calendar, we will be adding more fermented class .

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Happy New Years

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It is hard to believe this year has come and gone. I have a lot of wonderful memories of 2013. Some of my favorites are being in the kitchen with my students, having fun canning. I’m blessed you all wanted to learn the art of preserving food with All In A Jar. Thank You. With the New Year here, it is full of hope and promise for a better year. Let this New Years bring you and your family health, happiness, wisdom and great food.

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