About Preservin’ the Past

We started this blog after attending a canning class by Marissa McClellan.  Since that class at Greensgrow (an urban farm in Philadelphia), we have been canning-crazy: calling each other, sharing pictures, trading recipes, and exchanging experiences.

For me (Jess), this blog is about preserving a way of life.  It’s about preserving these arts (canning, pickling, fermenting, & brewing) that have long been passed on from mother to daughter.  There is so much history behind canning, and I love the fact that we can so easily reach back to our roots and begin preserving the bounty of the seasons.

Preserving is also about being self-reliant.  I love that I don’t need to go to a grocery store to purchase some crappy jelly to make a sandwich or a dessert.  I love that I don’t rely on corporations for pickled vegetables of mediocre quality. And I love that I can do all of this in my own kitchen, and know exactly what is going into each and every jar (or bottle).

Finally, home preservation is an amazing way to spread the love.  The easiest way to do this is to share your canned goods as gifts throughout the year.  But even sharing the experience of canning can be extremely powerful. For instance, I know that even though my mom and I are far apart, I feel much closer to her when we share these stories and recipes.  And of course, nothing says “I love you” like a jar of home-preserved goods.

So, we encourage you to join us, as we go back to our roots, and help to revive the art of home preservation.  We’ll document our triumphs (and our failures), not only in canning, but in home fermentation and in home brewing.

And while we certainly don’t claim to be experts, we sure are having a lot of fun 🙂

Keep on preservin’

Stephanie and Jess


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