Home Canning and Food Preservation

Update November 5, 2012 — The next Master Food Preserver Program will meet every Saturday in Feb – Mar 2013 from 9a-3:30 p.  The program will be help at the Northcoast Co-op Community Kitchen in Eureka.  The cost is $150.  Deadline to apply is January 8, 2013 — and there is a mandatory orientation meeting in the evening once selections are made.  You can contact Deborah Giraud at the University of California Cooperative Extension at (707) 445-7351 for more information.

I come from a long line of canners — I can’t see fruit dropping from a tree without wanting to go up to the door to ask the owner if I can pick it.  I can more than anyone could possibly use when there is produce available — sometimes I can, sometimes I freeze, I just can’t stand to see people throw away good food. Join us for research based information on food preservation and become a volunteer to help others learn as well.

jars of cherries

Cherries from So Hum

Produce canned

Cherries, tuna, chili dillies, jam and more cherries

Drakes Glen Creations Chocolate

A trip to Drakes Glen at the Arcata Food Works Suite 115 revealed a world of molten chocolate and the delicious chocolate smell wafted from the door as we entered.  Sandy Nakashima greeted us and when we commented on the smell she revealed the sad truth…she can seldom smell chocolate anymore.  Check out their website: www.chocolatedragon.com  Our interview with Sandy — 

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72% Dark chocolate Bars

Sandy and Jennifer -- Jennifer eating chocolate

Did you grow up watching "I Love Lucy" and want to work in a candy factory? This may be as close as I get...heaven for a day!

Sandy stirs chocolate

Molten deliciousness...like in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory...only I guess it doesn't travel in rivers through the factory...darn!

Henry’s Olives

Bucket of olives and peppers

Bucket of Red Hot Olive Deliciousness

Henry Robertson cures olives and you can find him at the Saturday Farmers Market in the center of the plaza — you can find his olives at other places if you just can’t wait.  They are sold at the North Coast Co-op; Wildberries; Eureka Natural Foods and are also available in many local restaurants where they are featured on the menus.  We visited Henry on October 30th and found him at work preparing some extra spicy olives.  www.henrysolives.com

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Basket of lovely olives in various stages of ripeness

Basket of lovely olives in various stages of ripeness

Jennifer and Henry and hot peppers

Jennifer and Henry and hot peppers

Olives, up close and beautiful

Olives, up close and beautiful -- don't they look like grapes?

Slicing into an olive

Slicing into an olive to determine if it is fully cured

Another slice of olive

Another slice of olive

Last slice of olive to look inside

Last slice of olive to look inside -- a sampling of olives are taken from each vat to check the curing process