Throwing a canning party has always sounded like a fun way to gather a bunch of friends, celebrate the season's harvest, and make some delicious preserves to enjoy all year long. But then we get overwhelmed by the logistics ... How could we accommodate all those jars in the pot (and bodies around the stove)? Would the party just turn into a big, sticky mess? Thanks to Culinate's recent article on hosting a canning party, we're starting to feel more confident about giving it a go. Author Deena Prichep's tips for making the event run smoothly include things like staggering guest arrivals, doing all the math ahead of time, labeling everything so you don't get confused in the midst of all those people and cups of sugar, and keeping an "on-deck" pot on a low burner so you don't have to wait between batches.
We love the idea of sharing the labor, getting tips and recipes from more experienced canners, and giving friends who are new to canning a fun, non-intimidating opportunity to learn. Have you ever thrown a canning party, or is it something you might do this summer? Share your tips and ideas with us!
Emily Ho is a writer, recipe developer, and educator. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches classes on food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. Emily is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and the international Food Swap Network.
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