Preserving fruit, Vegetables and Herbs

Preserving fruit, Vegetables and Herbs

Some of the most appreciated gifts, treats and specialty foods can come from our own gardens and kitchens.

This course will give you the confidence and knowledge to make use of everything your garden has to offer.

You will learn how to make the yummiest jams, with minimal use of sugar, how to quickly preserve fruit like plums or pears, how to use the sun or an electric dehydrator to make delicious healthy snacks and, most importantly, how to make your precious creations keep.

We will only use basic recipes with 2 to 4 ingredients but with potential to ‘pep them up’.  Variations and gourmet options will be discussed.

This course is held at the peak of the harvest season so that everything students learn is relevant and can be put into practice immediately.  Most of the recipes can be used at home with only a medium sized pot, sugar, salt and vinegar plus the produce.

All learning will be hands-on and each participant will be able to take home what they created.

No extra material costs involved if students provide their own glass jars but this will be discussed during the first session.

To help keep the cost of this course down we receive Government Funding and they require proof of residency/citizenship status.  When you enrol you may be asked to provide a CERTIFIED copy of your Identity Documentation – click here for a full list of accepted IDocs.

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About your tutor

Marina is an enthusiastic home gardener and, over the past 30 years, has learned to make the bounty from her spray free garden last all year. Her emphasis is on using what she has in many different ways to keep food interesting. She contributed an article about ‘Preserving by Dehydration’ to the book ‘A fresh take on Preserves’, published in March 2013 as part of the LifestyleBlock Self Sufficiency Series. She is also known for her articles about keeping poultry.

Term 1 Monday 22 February 2021
Fee $65
Length 3 weeks/6 hours
Time 7 – 9 pm
Location Christchurch Girls' High
Tutor Marina Steinke
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