Berry sweet low sugar preserving

$50.00

17th August – Saturday – 1:00pm to 4:00pm – $50.00 per person

Join us for an afternoon of learning how to preserve sweet locally grown strawberries (and blueberries, raspberries, etc.), with the focus on low/no-sugar preserving methods being demonstrated. From dehydrating, jams, jellies, conserves and curds.

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Join us for an afternoon of learning how to preserve sweet locally grown strawberries (and blueberries, raspberries, etc.), with the focus on low/no-sugar preserving methods being demonstrated. From dehydrating, jams, jellies, conserves and curds.

COURSE CONTENT:
• Introduction
• Introduction to food preserving
• Storing fresh berries
• Refrigeration & freezing berries
• Dehydrating berries
• Types of preserves
• What is jam, jelly, conserves, curds and butters
• Marmalade, jam & jelly
• Methods: traditional, low-sugar and no-sugar preserving methods
• Sugar and other natural sweeteners
• Types of sugar
• The role of sugar in preserves
• Types of artificial sweeteners
• Using artificial sweeteners in preserves
• Gelling agents
• Pectin – traditional and no/low-sugar pectin
• Homemade pectin
• Using gelatin in jams and jellies
• Spoilage microorganisms in preserved food
• The water bath (bottling) process
• Preventing mould in preserved food
• Low-sugar preserves
• No-sugar preserves
• Ingredients
• Equipment
• Jars & lids
• How to make low-sugar berry jam step-by-step (demonstration)
• Testing jam has set (demonstration)
• How to make low-sugar jelly spreads
• How to reduce sugar in other preserves
• Long term pantry storage for preserves
• Water bath canning/vacuum sealing (demonstration)
• Labels
• Storing low-sugar preserves
• Berry chia jam recipes (demonstration)
• Berry butters
• Serving ideas
• Gifting preserves
• Questions and feedback
• Course notes included with class recipes
• Jars and bottling supplies (non-food items) will also be available to buy at the course

Megan Radaich is a lecturer from www.foodpreserving.org, a Western Australian community resource for home food preservation and green living. Megan’s community classes are lecture-style, with step-by-step demonstrations and open discussion of techniques.