Friday, July 16, 2010

How to Host a Canning Party

It's no secret that I'm a big fan of home preservation. I recently simmered some lemons into marmalade, have turned plums and apricots into jam, and set up jars of whole pears and plums (well, semi-whole with pears, but still). I've spent a lot of solo time with my canner, but really it's so much better when you get together to can with friends. It's like anything else, I suppose.

And, like anything else, there can be something of a learning curve. I recently authored an article on the lovely blog Culinate, giving some handy tips for hosting a canning party. It's something of an update on thoughts I'd been marinating on since last year's canning parties, all refined and distilled into an easy list. You can check it out here. Happy preserving!


  1. you got reblogged on the kitchn! yay deena!

  2. What a GREAT idea! We just got in yesterday evening, loaded down with wild raspberries here in Alaska. We had a dry summer but now, it's raining and they are busting out everywhere. Headed to Seldovia next weekend for the annual jaunt to get monster-sized wild blueberries. So, a liquor 'canning' party would be a great way to start harvest, and wind up with luscious drinks for the holidays and as gifts. THANK YOU! Hmmm... now who has the largest kitchen? :-D