the Pittsburgh
Canning Exchange

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The Pittsburgh Canning Exchange is a resource for learning to can, planning your canning season, sharing recipes, connecting with local agriculture, and connecting and trading with other local canners.

Read all about how to get involved and sign up for our e-newsletter below! To get in touch, email us at hello@canningexchange.org, and connect with us on Facebook!

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Your friends at the Pittsburgh Canning Exchange


Rhubarb Social

8 PM on June 14, 2014 at Marty's Market

Mark your calendars for the evening of June 14th, 2014, when the Pittsburgh Canning Exchange will be celebrating the beginning of the growing season with our friend Marissa McClellan, author of the wonderful Food in Jars blog and cookbook and the forthcoming Preserving by the Pint: Quick Seasonal Canning for Small Spaces.

We'll have seasonal preserved goods from local restaurants, live music, drinks, and demonstrations — and we'll present our schedule of Canning Parties for 2014 growing season. Tickets will go on sale soon — so watch this space! And stay tuned as we announce additional canning-related programming for the weekend of the 14th!

Questions? Interested in featuring your locally-made food or drink at the Rhubarb Social? Email us at hello@canningexchange.org.

2014 Canning Parties

We'll be announcing our full line-up of Canning Parties for Summer and Fall 2014 very shortly. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter or follow us on Facebook to be the first to hear the news!


PAST EVENTS

CLICK HERE to read about the events we've held so far.

CANNING SWAP + preservation celebration, 11/3/13
Pittsburgh Public Market, The Strip District

Slow Food Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Canning Exchange are joining forces on November 3rd to celebrate home food preservation at the new Pittsburgh Public Market! Reserve your place today to trade your home-canned food with other home food preservers in the Canning Exchange’s Canning Swap; submit a jar of your homemade pickles to Slow Food Pittsburgh’s Pickle Contest; or sample the pickles in competition and a spread of delicious snacks from The Crested Duck Charcuterie. (Kevin from The Crested Duck and Jamilka Borges from Bar Marco will be on hand to help judge the Pickle Contest!) And of course you can stop by on November 3rd to peruse the canning-related items for sale or watch hear James Beard award-nominated chef Trevett Hooper speak about the role of preserved foods in his exceptional menus.


Community Canning Party: Applesauce! 10/27/13
Greenfield, Pittsburgh

For our second Community Canning Party, we'll be making applesauce with our friend Danielle Marvit in Greenfield. While the applesauce is cooking, Danielle will also demonstrate a technique to make apple butter in the oven. If you're a first-time canner, come out to learn how to prepare and process applesauce. If you're an experienced canner, use our space instead of messing up your own kitchen! Five dollars reserves your spot at the Canning Party and a pice of pie baked lovingly for the canning party by the Pittsburgh Pie Guy.


Home Canning Party #3: Apples to Apples!
10/13/2013, Monroeville

Join Amy Baer at her home as she makes applesauce and apple butter. Amy is one of the most prodigious canners we know. She'll be demonstrating her Victorio food strainer and will have some of last year's jars on hand so you can sample the finished product. Help Amy make pickles and you'll leave the Canning Party ready to make them in your own home kitchen! Your $5 ticket holds your place in Amy's kitchen, and you will be reimbursed for the ticket fee with a $5 gift card to Marty's Market that Amy will hand out on September 21st.


Home Canning Party #2: Pack a Pint of Pickled Peppers!
9/21/13, O'Hara Township

Want to spice things up? Sara Kriedler will demonstrate how to make pickled peppers, as she has detailed on her awesome blog Cook. Can. CSA. Help Sara make pickles and you'll leave the Canning Party ready to make them in your own home kitchen! Your $5 ticket holds your place in Sara's kitchen, and you will be reimbursed for the ticket fee with a $5 gift card to Marty's Market that Sara will hand out on September 21st.


Community Canning Party: Salsa
9/8/13, Friendship, Pittsburgh

The community canning party is an opportunity to get together, roll up your sleeves, and turn a whole heap of locally-grown produce into jars of deliciousness. We will have tomatoes, peppers, onions, and jars on-hand to make a big batch of water bath-canned salsa. Five dollars reserves you a spot in the kitchen and gets you a piece of pie made from local, seasonal produce and baked lovingly for the canning party by the Pittsburgh Pie Guy. You can help us process our batch of salsa, work on your own canning project, or somewhere in between.


Home Canning Party #1: Pickles, Two Ways!
8/25/13, Greenfield, Pittsburgh

In a pickle about pickles? Danielle Marvit will demonstrate how to make cucumber refrigerator pickles and spicy dilly bean pickles in the water bath canner. She will also discuss the advantages of both water bath and refrigerator pickling. Help Danielle make pickles and you'll leave the Canning Party ready to make them in your own home kitchen! Your $5 ticket holds your place in Danielle's kitchen, and you will be reimbursed for the ticket fee with a $5 gift card to Marty's Market that Danielle will hand out on August 25th.


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Who We Are

The Pittsburgh Canning Exchange was founded in 2013 by four friends who are passionate about local food and connecting people. We all have day jobs and work on the Canning Exchange in our spare time.

Sara Blumenstein

Sara is a designer. She manages a local non-profit and grew up making applesauce and apple cider with apples from her family's small orchard in Michigan. More about Sara here.

Chelsea Burket

Chelsea directs community engagement for a local economic development consulting firm. She learned how to preserve food from her mom and grandma in Altoona. More about Chelsea here.

Rob Burrows

Rob is a web developer. He works at a local start-up, which is located in a co-working space in Lawrenceville. He particularly likes making and eating dilly beans. More about Rob here.

Gabe Tilove

Gabe coordinates adult education for Phipps Conservatory. He is an avid gardener and, with Chelsea, enjoys home preserving food, especially pears. More about Gabe here.

This project is supported in part
with a Seed Award from The Sprout Fund.

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