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River North, Downtown/Loop
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza Ste 107
At W Kinzie St
Chicago, Illinois 60654
Price includes 10% operational and administrative fee.
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 20

What you'll learn in this canning class:

If you're overrun with fruit and vegetables from the garden, the Farmer's Market or your CSA box, then it's time to take your canning and preserving skills to the next level. Our experienced chef will cover the basics such as the tools and ingredients you need to successfully and safely can and preserve at home, but then we'll dive into the science behind the process and discuss everything from acidity and pectin levels, canning vs. fermenting, and the differences between jams and jellies. It's no secret that locally grown, harvested-in-season produce is more nutritious than commercially canned products, but it tastes so much better, too! So, step into the fulfilling world of canning and preserving and enjoy the farm fresh flavors of summer for months to come. 

Each student will take home one jar of each recipe. A variety of snacks and a sit-down lunch will be provided so you can taste your way throughout the class.


  • Canned Tomatoes
  • Tomato-Meat Sauce
  • Plum Chutney
  • Corn-Tomatillo Salsa
  • Giardiniera
  • Blueberry Preserves
  • Duck Confit
  • Pickled Zucchini and Yellow Squash

Skills covered in class:

  • Understanding how to safely can fruits, vegetables and meats
  • Sterilizing
  • Pressure canning vs. stove top canning
  • Using paraffin wax to seal
  • Understanding acidity levels
  • Roasting meat for canning
  • Selecting vinegars
  • Balancing flavors
  • Pickling
  • Using pectin in relation to your product
  • Using herbs, spices and aromatic ingredients
  • Peeling tomatoes
  • Working with tomatillos
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Refund Policy
A one-week notice is required for cancellation of any class. If you do not cancel by telephone at least 1 week in advance of your scheduled class, we will charge your credit card in full for the class. Please feel free to send a friend in your place if you cannot attend and it is within one week of the class as no refunds will be available. All classes also have a non-refundable, non-transferable 10% fee for the operational and administrative costs incurred by The Chopping Block. This service fee will not be refunded and cannot be transferred in the case of any cancellation.


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Value-added: Canning Dehydrating and Jam

at Chicago Botanic Garden - North Lawndale 3555 Ogden Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60623

Take some of your favorite summer crops and learn to preserve them for the winter months. This hands-on class will cover crop seasonality, food safety, and popular food-preservation techniques. Put your knowledge to work by preserving local fruit and vegetables to take home

Saturday Oct 19th, 10:30am - 4:30pm