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OKT to host the first in a series of canning workshops this Saturday

June 27, 2012

The Grand Rapids food justice group Our Kitchen Table will be hosting the first of four canning workshops at the Sherman St. Church, located in the Southeast part of Grand Rapids.

Canning is a great way to preserve your own food, eat fresh and healthy food all year round, without all of the negative environmental consequences of eating food out of season. IN keeping with the spirit of seasonal eating, these workshops are centered around seasonal foods in Michigan, beginning with strawberries, then pickles, tomatoes and ending with applesauce.

According to the OKT blog:

The Saturday skill-shares will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. so you can shop at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market and the stop by to learn how to preserve the produce you just purchased. OKT especially hopes that learning how to preserve produce will add even more value for folks making purchases with Double Up Food Bucks. Also, if you learn how to preserve fresh produce, you don’t have to worry about it spoiling before you have a chance to eat it.

Here are the details for this Saturday’s canning workshop, followed by the information for the other three.

  • 2-4 p.m. Saturday June 30 Strawberry Jam and Drying Fresh Herbs, Sherman St. Church kitchen, 1000 Sherman St. SE
  • 2-4 p.m. Saturday July 28 Pickles and Freezing Fresh Herbs, Madison Square CRC, 1441 Madison SE
  • 2-4 p.m. Saturday August 25 Canning Tomatoes and Oven Roasting Tomatoes with Herbs for the Freezer, Madison Square CRC, 1441 Madison SE
  • 2-4 p.m. Saturday September 29 Canning Applesauce and Herbal Teas, Madison Square CRC, 1441 Madison SE

For more information contact OKT at 616-570-0218 or online at

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