You Can't Can? Then Take Nicki P. Wood's 'Canning With a Pressure Cooker' Class



If you can't can, you soon can, thanks to Bites' own Nicki Pendleton Wood and her Canning With a Pressure Cooker class this weekend at the Nashville Farmers' Market. The veteran journalist and brilliant cook (who goes by "Nicki Wood" or "Nicki P. Wood" here on Bites) will teach the class from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. this Sunday, May 27, at the Grow Local Kitchen in the Market House. Spaces are limited and reservations are required for the $25 class. You can find out more and sign up at the event website.

I don't know about y'all, but I was brought up to fear the pressure cooker. Before the days of reliable pressure relief valves, my mother would clear the kitchen when the top began to dance on our cooker. When I shared this fear with Nicki a few years ago, she was kind enough to come to my house and show me how easy the new modern devices are to use, and she even made me a really nice 15-minute risotto.

Now she wants to share some of that knowledge with you, plus she'll be teaching about canning procedures as well.

Here's the syllabus:

Canning with a Pressure Cooker, with Nicki Pendleton Wood

• Selecting a pressure cooker size, type and brand

• Cooker design features

• Basics of using a pressure cooker

• Water bath vs. pressure canning

• The big 3 of pressure canning: vegetables, meat, and commercial items

• Two easy and useful canning projects (apple butter, gumbo base)

• Help and inspiration

I guarantee you'll walk away from the class informed, inspired and entertained. I still wouldn't sit in the front row, though ...

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