ONCE you’ve had homegrown tomatoes you don’t look back, an Allans Flat mum reckons.
And what if you could grow them and store them all year?
Emma Street does just this and will be passing on all the tips for successful bottling during tomorrow’s nanna-technology workshop.
The free event at Albury’s community wood-fired oven in Hovell Tree Park is the fourth in a series of five food preservation workshops.
It will feature water-bath and microwave bottling demonstrations.
“Bottling food in the microwave is fast, cheap and easy,” workshop host Mrs Street said.
“You don’t need any special equipment. As long as you’ve got a few glass jars with metal lids you’re ready to go.”
The workshop will cover all the information needed to start bottling, from food preparation and sterilising techniques, through to avoiding food-borne diseases and checking vacuum seals.
Mrs Street said the benefits of bottling were numerous.
“It tastes so good and you know exactly what’s in it,” she said.
“Lots of people are growing their own food these days, so it takes care of excess produce and people are always looking at ways to use everything.”
The workshop, from 10am to noon, is supported by Albury Council and Seed Savers Albury-Wodonga.
Reservations are not required.
Seed Savers member Anna Sullivan has attended every session.
She has experimented with both Fowlers and microwave bottling techniques and has become a microwave convert.
“It’s quick, easy and I like re-using regular jars,” she said.
The next workshop on April 6 will cover pickling.