by Lisa Tome
Beverly Jackey is about to make farm to table last a little longer.
Jackey, the Maryland Extension Educator for Family and Consumer Sciences, is gearing up to teach classes for the Grow it, Eat it, Preserve it series, through the University of Maryland. It's been a while since these classes were offered locally.
"We haven't had these for four or five years," said Jackey.
The classes will be held in the County Administration Building, Chesapeake Boulevard in the kitchen at Elkton Senior Center. Classes are set for Thursday, August 23, Tuesday, September 11, and Tuesday, October 16. Cost for the classes is $20 for one class, $35 for two classes, or $50 for the series of classes. The fee includes the instruction, recipe, and all the equipment needed to make your own preserved food. To reserve your space call Donna Witkowski at 410-996-5280.
Jackey explained that the classes are for both those who are new to preserving food and those who have experience with it.
She said that over the years, produce has changed. The acid levels, in tomatoes for example, has changed over time.
The August class will cover jams and jellies. The topic will likely be peach preserves. "It's always seasonal," said Jackey. The jam jelly class will cover the water bath method of food preservation.
The September 11 class will cover using a food dehydrator to dry herbs - cilantro, parsley, or thyme. The October class will be the seasonal favorite, apple butter making.
These likely won't be the last classes Jackey will teach. For many years, Calvert Grange hosted food preservaion classes annually. Plans are in the works to bring that back to the grange with Jackey teaching.