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Merrymeeting Community & Adult Education


Fundamentals of Home Canning


with Allison Carroll Duffy

Calendar Next session starts Jun 4, 2024 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Have you ever wanted to try canning, but were unsure how to get started? Or perhaps you are concerned about food safety, and wondering how to ensure that your canned food is both delicious and safe. Well, this is the class for you! Join Allison Carroll Duffy, Master Food Preserver and cookbook author, for this hands-on workshop covering all that you need to know to get started canning your own food. Well cover the basics of safe home canning, including proper procedures, techniques, and use of tools and equipment. Then we’ll learn hands-on--working together as a group and going step-by-step--to make and can a big batch of jam. We’ll use the boiling water bath method, which is the same method you’ll use for making many other canned goods you might want to make at home, including pickles, salsas, chutneys, and fruit. While this class will focus primarily on the boiling water bath method of canning, pressure canning will also be discussed. At the end of the class, there will be plenty of jam to taste, and each participant will go home with a jar of jam to enjoy…as well as all the know-how you need to start canning confidently at home!

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Make Your Own Kimchi


with Maine Tasting Center

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 8, 2024 at 11 am, runs for 1 week

Join Ger Tysk of Belfast-based Red Kettle Kimchi for an afternoon of kimchi making! Learn the basics of traditional Korean kimchi fermentation as Ger guides you to make a batch of your own napa cabbage kimchi to take home. You'll also explore other kinds of kimchi and fermented East Asian foods and get ideas for pairing everyday foods with your finished kimchi. All materials and recipes will be provided.

Maine Blueberries: They’re Wild!


with Maine Tasting Center

Calendar Next available session starts Aug 3, 2024 at 3 pm, runs for 1 week

Discover the difference between the original Maine wild blueberry and hybridized “grocery store” blueberries through a guided tasting experience showcasing a variety of blueberry products made by Mainers. The iconic wild blueberry's 10,000-year history as the original superfood of Maine is an age-old story packed with flavor - we'll leave you in good taste as you see for yourself what sets the Maine wild blueberry apart from the rest! In this class, attendees will learn about Maine's wild blueberry industry while sampling a wide variety of wild blueberry products made by Maine producers.

Entertaining with Maine Ingredients: Bountiful Boards


with Maine Tasting Center

Calendar Next available session starts Aug 8, 2024 at 5 pm, runs for 1 week

A beautifully arranged charcuterie and cheese board is a sure way to impress, whether you're entertaining at home or contributing to a pot luck. The best way to improve upon this classic appetizer is to fill your board with locally-sourced cheeses, meats and accouterments. In this class, students will be introduced to a wide variety of Maine producers; sample their products and learn how to incorporate them into your next charcuterie board. Attendees will also explore the fundamentals of arranging a beautiful charcuterie board - from cutting techniques for meats and cheeses to selecting and arranging eye-catching garnishes. This class will offer plenty of opportunity to taste products and practice various cutting and arranging techniques. All materials and product lists/recipes will be provided.

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