There is something about coming together as women to do work that will not only feed your family but will also feed your soul. When I learned that Anna Cash from Green Ogden was teaching a canning workshop I knew that I needed to attend one.
Just knowing about it filled my mind with all the memories I had of my own mother and grandmother in their kitchen with buckets filled with apricots getting ready to can them for the winter. It was always our job to sort through them to decide which ones to eat right then, which ones to slice up to can later or which ones were destined to be jam.
I choose to attend Anna’s Apricot workshop specifically because of the fond memories I had of my own childhood. I wanted to feel close again to my relatives and this felt like it would do just that.
As I drove up to Anna’s house I was in awe at just how cozy this farmstead was. It was filled with amazing art and delicious smells that made me feel right at home.
Anna was warm and friendly and chatted with me as we waited for the other women to arrive. She talked to me about her love of all things natural and why she wanted to teach women the art of canning again.
She believed in the value of passing on such a traditional task but making sure that she added a little twist of her own on to it. She wanted to make sure that we were not only educated on the why it was it important but also the how and made it just so easy.
When the other women arrived we jumped right into learning the proper steps and debunking the myths of canning. She let us know that we didn't need to can burrells of apricots like our mothers did that we could in fact do a little at a time. (which phew, that made me feel better.)
After she educated us and gave us the recipe to take home we got started. We sorted the apricots and ate a few. Chatted and laughed as we threw them into the pot. She brought out dried cherries and canned pickles and let us taste her canned grape juice. She even let us try out some apricot leather and even showed us how to make our own.
As the apricots cooked on the stove we had the opportunity to visit her amazing backyard. We played with her chickens and her adorable dog, took a small hike down to the river and picked cherries off her tree.
As the evening carried on we did not have one dull moment of silence. We reminisced about how our mothers did this exact thing and why it was so important to come together as women. We laughed and got a little deep and become close with women we barely knew.
Then before we knew it, the apricots were ready to get turned into jam and we loaded up the jars and ended the evening with our very own canned apricot jam.
What I learned from this night was not only the value in learning a skill that will be passed on hopefully to my own children but the value of coming together as women. I love that Anna has taken it upon herself to bring back such a traditional task and turned into a wonderful way to spend the evening.
I highly recommend that you take the time to come and learn from Anna. You truly will be blessed by her knowledge and her amazing home and yard. The bonus to this all will not only be the jam or other canned good that you get to take home but also you’ll get to experience her love.
And that my friends is worth an evening away from whatever it is that you do.
You can find all the information to Anna Cash’s class in the links below.
Her next Canning class: Dill Pickles
Audrey Christensen the guest writer is an artist, teacher, speaker and writer who has built a world-wide audience of customers, students and fans. You can find Audrey Christensen anywhere social @heybefab or heybefab.com