A Can-Do Attitude

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Published: July 8, 2012 @ 8:53 AM EDT
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For anyone wondering what to do with all their amazing Jersey Fresh produce they picked up at the Farmers Market, learn how easy canning can be at Roselle Park Veterans Memorial Library during a “Canning Conversation” workshop on Monday, July 9th at 6:30 p.m. Join Roselle Park resident & farm girl Jenny Lichtenwalner as she talks about canning & other home food preservation methods in which participants can learn more about the canning process and what supplies are needed in order to preserve food at home. Canning is a method of preserving food in which the food contents are processed and sealed in an airtight container and can provide a typical shelf life ranging from one to five years.

Jenny, who grew up on a farm in Bergen County, with nary a frozen vegetable in sight, stated about the program, “You’ll learn about New Jersey’s seasonal crops and how they can be easily- and safely- preserved at home. With just a few supplies, you’ll be on your way to enjoying the bounty of summer all year long!”

When she was seven months pregnant with her son, Jenny’s father gave her 100 pounds of tomatoes. She figured it was a great time to stand over a pot of boiling water, and she taught herself how to can. Now she has a basement full of jars and her son, Charlie, is addicted to her homemade pickles.

“Some people think canning is too much work,” Jenny stated, “I can provide a full canning demonstration, from recipe preparation through the actual boiling water preservation.”

Jenny even can hold a personalized class at your home where you can learn how to can in your own kitchen. Anyone interested in more information  on canning, recipes, crafting, as well as other upcoming events, can visit Jenny’s web site at www.charliethyme.com  (link).

A short video of Jenny canning, which was featured in the Star-Ledger, can be viewed below: