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Food Preservation Boot Camp Series


* This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, C-470 and Wadsworth *


Join us for a two-day beginner food preservation series at Chatfield Farms, taught by four of our popular cooking instructors. Learn the basics of four preservation methods: drying, canning, freezing and fermenting. You can learn how to preserve the summer’s bounty and make the food last through the winter months. All classes are held outside at Chatfield Farms' outdoor kitchen and include recipes, take home items and generous tasting samples!


Instructors: Susan Evans, Kathy Lee, Laura Bergh, & Elizabeth Buckingham

Price: $168, $153 member

*Price includes the entire four session series

Special Instructions: This class takes place outside at Chatfield Farms; please dress accordingly for weather. Water and sunscreen are advised!



Class descriptions:

Drying: Discover the delicious, ancient art of food dehydration. Turn your garden or farmers market bounty into a ready-to-use pantry full of flavorful dried veggies, fruits and herbs.

Boiling Water Bath Canning: Learn the basics for boiling water bath canning, including the needed equipment, food safety and recipes. Participants make two items to take home.

Freezing: The freezer is a very basic way to keep all those lovely edibles through the winter months when you can’t be outside picking fresh peas.

Fermentation: This tasty and informative class discusses the basics of fermentation, its health benefits and how you can safely and deliciously ferment at home.

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