Preserve Local Food for Eating All Year Long

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Are you interested in incorporating more local food into your diet, even in the winter? 

If you’ve already found great sources for bulk fruits and vegetables during the growing season (usually, spring, summer and fall, depending on where you live) and are looking for ways to preserve these foods so you can eat local all year long… this is the course for you!

If you’re still looking for where to buy local fruits and vegetables, I recommend taking the Eat More Local Food course first and this one second.

Local food is an important part of my sustainability journey. I love growing it and buying it in bulk from local farmers.

As I began to dig deeper into my environmental footprint (if you haven’t already calculated yours, I recommend learning more here), I realized that I was eating very local during the summer months when, here in Michigan, it’s easy to get local food, but in the winter I rely on foods grown far away and transported long distances to my grocery store.

In 2019, I decided to spend my time canning, freezing, and dehydrating as much local food as possible. I grew up canning pickles, jams, and jellies, so I had a great foundation to build from, and with increased focus we were eating frozen corn, pesto, and homemade tomato paste; canned tomatoes and dilly beans; dehydrated strawberries, herbs, and mushrooms.

In this course, we’ll cover the major ways to preserve food, including:

  • Canning
  • Freezing
  • Dehydrating

I’ve also created lessons focused on a few major fruits and vegetables that are commonly preserved, illustrating how the various techniques can be used on the same food.

  • Tomatoes
  • Corn

In this course you will work at your own pace! Each lesson will take you less than 15 minutes and is designed to help you quickly and easily build new habits.

This online workshop will teach you how to:

  • Safely and easily use common preservation techniques
  • Choose which preservation technique is right for each vegetable or fruit
  • Cook with and eat your preserved local food all year long

Start preserving local, healthy, and delicious food today!

This online workshop includes:

  • Checklists, recipes, and other tools to help you make steady progress
  • Community message boards for questions and conversation between participants

Materials will be available after enrolling in this course.

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