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Food Preservation

canned fruit photoLearn how to make your summer harvests last all year long! Our workshops offer hands-on instruction in the joys & safe practices of food preservation. Our Food Preservation workshop series runs from September through November.

Workshops are open to anyone, though pre-registration is required.

The 2014 workshop schedule will be posted soon! Browse our 2013 workshops below for a taste of what's to come!

2013 Workshops:

 An Exploration of Fruit Preservation Techniques

Wednesday September 18th, 5:30-8:30pm
NE Portland, Vernon neighborhood

This unique class will provide an overview of the many different ways you can preserve the various types of fruit commonly grown in our climate.  In this 3-hour workshop led by Carol Wong, we will explore a variety of techniques including canning, drying, freezing, cold storage and fermentation. If you're new to food preservation, or just looking for new ideas - this will be the perfect place to start, learn some basics, and get inspired!

Class Fee: $15 (Scholarships available)

Registration Deadline: September 17th, 2013

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 Canning!
Sunday September 22nd, 11am - 2pm
NE Portland, Vernon neighborhood

At this hands-on workshop you will learn how to can fruit using mostly the method of water-bath canning, although pressure canning will be discussed. You will learn several different recipies that can be used with canned fruit in particular how to make and can apple sauce. This is a beginner class so we will walk through the process together, and everyone will get to take home a jar of freshly canned apple sauce!

Class fee: $25 (Scholarships available!)

Registration Deadline: Saturday September 21st @ 4pm

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Drying Fruit & Fruit Leathers
Friday, October 18th, 7-9pm 
NE Portland, Vernon neighborhood

Drying is a great way to make fruit last throughout the seasons, while retaining nutrients that can be lost during canning. In this workshop, we will learn how to make economical dried fruit and fruit leathers for lunchboxes, backpacking and hiking, using a home dehydrator.  Drying fruit is a perfect technique for people with limited storage space and time.  Skills are transferable to drying mushrooms and other vegetables and making jerky.  Samples will be provided. This fun workshop will be an opportunity to walk through the processes, and be able to try some delicious samples!

Class fee: $25 (Scholarships available!)

Registration Deadline: October 17th

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Cold Storage & Cellaring
Wednesday October 30th, 7-9pm
NE Portland, Vernon neighborhood

By learning the basics of cold storage, variety selection, and proper fruit packing, you will be able to keep certain types of fruit fresh for months after harvesting - with no processing required!

Class fee: $25 (Scholarships available!)

Registration Deadline: October 29th.

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Pickling!
Sunday November 3rd, 11-1:30pm 
NE Portland, Vernon neighborhood 

In this hand-on workshop you will learn about the different methods of picking with both fruits and veggies. In addition this class will discuss and demonstrate the differences and techniques of refrigerator verses water bath pickling. These healthy and delicious fruit and vegetable products are rich in nutrients and probiotics, and can be easily made at home. We will walk through the process together, and everyone will get to try some samples. 

Class fee: $25 (Scholarships available!)

Registration Deadline: November 2nd

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 If you have questions about our Food Preservation Workshop series, please email harvest@portlandfruit.org , or call 503-284-6106