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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.

Upcoming Workshops:


Cold Storage & Cellaring 
Saturday, October 18th, 1:00-4:00pm
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 (Full & Partial Scholarships available!)

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Fruit Dehydration & Fruit Leathers
10-25-2014, 3-6pm
NE Portland, Vernon neighborhood 

In this introductory class, we will learn how to preserve the harvest by dehydrating fruit using an oven or dehydrator, and also how to make our own fruit leathers, a healthier alternative to store-bought fruit snacks. We will fill the trays of our dehydrators in class, and as the process takes longer than we have, and the finished product will be available to pick up at the office the following week. Dehydrated fruit is easy to use in cooking and baking and makes a wonderful holiday gift.

Class fee: $25 (Full and partial scholarships available!) 

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Water Bath Canning for Beginners
11-08-2014, 1-3pm
NE Portland, Vernon neighborhood 
 

This is a class about basic canning skills. You will learn the difference between water bath canning and pressure canning and when each is appropriate, about the different equipment involved in each process, and about how to safely water bath can fruits, jams and jellies from your garden or the market. You will learn about food safety, common food pathogens and how to avoid them, and go home with some delicious recipes to try with your family. 
Class fee: $25 (Full and partial scholarships available!)

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Plentiful Persimmons
Saturday, November 15,  10:00am-1pm 
NE Portland, Vernon neighborhood 

A delightfully unique workshop focused on the local and bountiful persimmon. This workshop will teach you how to preserve this fall fruit and make it's rich taste last year round. This is a great class for beginningers since it will review a variety of preservation techniques including canning, jamming, and drying. However, it is also a great class for experienced preservers because it will refresh your memory on various preservation techniques and teach you the specifities of persimmons. Join us in the special topics class and preserve the taste!

Class fee: $25 (Full and partial scholarships available!)  

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If you have questions about our Food Preservation Workshop series, please contact Elizabeth: 
preserve@portlandfruit.org , 503-284-6106.