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! Email us at hello@canningexchange.org.

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Your friends at the Pittsburgh Canning Exchange


CANNING SWAP!

Eventbrite - Preservation Celebration 2013 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 will be on-hand to help judge the Pickle Contest—he knows from pickles!) And of course you can stop by on November 3rd to peruse the canning-related items for sale or watch a demonstration free of charge. We look forward to seeing you on the 3rd and celebrating the end of the growing season together!


PAST EVENTS

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 piece 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.


About Canning Parties

A goal of the Pittsburgh Canning Exchange is to connect novice and experienced home canners because we think that watching an experienced canner at work (and being able to ask questions along the way!) is a great way to learn. To that end, we offer Canning Parties, which offer newbie canners a way to learn the craft of home canning and help build the home canning community here in Pittsburgh.

Here's how the Canning Parties work: An experienced canner (with at least three seasons of experience) will let us know that they are, say, planning on canning some tomatoes on a Saturday afternoon. The Canning Exchange will coordinate the meet-up, either in a local commerical kitchen (for our Community Canning Parties) or in a canner's home kitchen (for Home Canning Parties). On the day of the Canning Party, the new canners will learn how to home can by assisting, observing, and asking questions; the experienced canner will benefit from some extra pairs of hands in the kitchen. Everyone will make some new friends. It's a win-win!

Let us know if you'd like to host a party!


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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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