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Preserving Workshop

November 28 - November 29


For people interested in the art and science of preserving food – bottling, drying, salting, pickling and storing surplus produce from the garden and having “food for all seasons”.

About the workshop

Before fridges that guzzle up your power bills and harm the ozone layer, drying, salting and live storage were the ways to preserve produce.  The fridge dependency has meant many have lost the skills of preserving and storing food to enable us to use today’s surplus against tomorrow’s shortages and ensure you have food throughout all the seasons.

This workshop will help you transform your harvest into tasty jams, pickles, bottles of fruit, dried produce, and vinegar and accompaniments that will get you right through the year across the seasons and those “hungry gaps” when there’s not much in the garden. It will enable you to have an impressive display of food at your fingertips, keep a well-stocked pantry to be proud of, use surplus harvests, prevent waste or even develop an income from your produce.

This will be a fun packed hands on weekend all about food – thinking, preparing, tasting and eating lots of it. Your home and hopefully your garden will never be empty again. Your pantry will be full and your shelves will be lined with a bountiful array of colorful preserves from the garden preserving these traditional skills and showing your skills in the kitchen.

About the Trainer

Kathleen Gannon

Kathleen trained as a chef at the Bennelong Restaurant and has worked for many years in catering. She now works as a teacher and enjoys passing on cooking and gardening skills to the younger generation. Kathleen was awarded a NSW Premier’s Environment Scholarship and has won a sustainable garden award for her own garden. She has sold many of her preserves at market stalls and has also won prizes at local shows for her preserves and honey. Kathleen enjoys transforming her home grown organic produce into food that can be enjoyed year long. Her larder is stocked with preserves that include green tomato sauce, dried figs, preserved lemons, pickled olives, passionfruit cordial, pumpkin soup and native raspberry jam all grown in her garden. Kathleen will share her recipes and tips with you in this practical workshop.

Workshop Program

This 2-day (weekend) workshop will cover the techniques and skills for preserving and fermenting. It is a very hands on-practical workshop where you will be:

  • Bottling a range of fruit & vegetables – the Fowlers’ Vacola method and the colourful art of storing fruit
  • Storing of fruits and vegetables.
  • Preparation of fruits and vegetables such as blanching and other methods.
  • Jellying and Jam making
  • Sauces and accompaniments – for example using surplus tomatoes from the garden
  • Herbs and vinegars
  • Salt curing and Pickling
  • Drying and dehydration – Using dehydrators and by harvesting natural energy from the sun to preserve tasty easy and convenient to use food.
  • Making Kasundi curry paste and chutney
  • Making a range of fermented products such as Kombucha, Kim Chee, and Sauerkraut

Fermenting kits will also be available for purchase.

You will learn how to turn your windfall, foraged and homegrown produce into palatable delights that are well timed for Xmas gifts. Course members will taste a large range of preserved and bottled products and will be provided with recipes and learn of many useful hacks.

All course participants will get to take home a sample of each product prepared as well as workshop notes, information and recipes.


November 28
November 29
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Bandusia Country Retreat
1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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(02) 4568 2036


Own chopping board and favorite chopping knife. All other materials will be provided and included in the workshop fee.
Home samples and produce worth over $20; workshop notes and recipes and lunch, morning and afternoon teas.