Adult workshop for ages 16 and up
Class fee is $85 and includes all supplies for canning and fat rendering
This class is all about meat preservation — canning meat and stock, and turning raw animal fat in to a stable and long-lasting form. At-home canning in mason jars is very economical and allows us to store high-quality food long-term in a stable and convenient form that does not depend on electricity. During this class we will process and can meat from a local farm as well as turn raw, pastured pork fat into lard. This process is called “rendering,” which means cooking out everything but pure, liquid oil so that it can be kept long term at room temperature. Lard has had a bad reputation in our culture that is beginning to evolve in the mainstream. Once again people are coming to recognize lard as wonderfully flavorful and nutritious. Using it also better enables us to eat minimally processed food that is grown and readily available locally — and it is very inexpensive! One could cook all year with high quality lard for the cost of about $50. Add to that the value of knowing where your food comes from, processing it yourself, and putting money into the local economy.
Bernard Cook will be teaching the course.
*** Consider Signing up for all three classes for $225 (that’s $74/class and a lifetimes worth of information!) ***
**** a little about our instructor Bernard Cook
Bernard’s goal in life is to be a peasant farmer-hunter-gatherer. For better or for worse, this has been his singular focus for the better part of the last decade. Foraging wild plants for food and medicine, forest management, gardening, permaculture, animal husbandry, woodscraft, primitive skills, food preservation… These rich and infinitely nuanced topics are his passion. He has had the opportunity to work and study on a variety of different farms, including the Tillers International organization in Michigan, and learn extensively from farmer-hunter-gatherers from Southeast Asia and Africa. The education is tremendous and luckily, never-ending.