Tomato Canning Class at Green Door Gourmet

By Sawyer Wilson / Photography By Sawyer Wilson | August 18, 2017
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One of the best parts of summer in Nashville is the abundance of produce growing in local farms and backyards. From squash to peaches to tomatoes, there is enough variety to keep your menu interesting all season long. It is always a little sad to see the summer produce season come to an end, because it feels like access to these particular high-quality local fruits and vegetables will become much more limited.

 

Photo 1: Chef Richard Jones of Green Door Gourmet in the middle of his tomto canning class.
Photo 2: Eight to ten people attend the class creating a comfortable and intimate atmosphere.

Exploring canning as a solution to this problem never seemed like an option until recently. Green Door Gourmet not only serves as a place to get fresh produce when it is in season, but they also offer tomato canning classes. BYOT (bring your own tomatoes) if you want, or you can use canning tomatoes at Green Door Gourmet.

The class covers the basics of what you need to know to can your own tomatoes at home so you can keep eating your favorite vegetables year round. Chef Richard Jones teaches the class in the charming Cumberland Cottage at the Green Door Gourmet farm. The atmosphere is comfortable and intimate with eight to ten people in attendance. If you have ever been curious about whether canning is right for you or what it takes to store your fruits and vegetables safely, you should try this class.

Photo 1: The class takes a hands-on approach during which guests put what they learn immediately into action.
Photo 2: Wash tomatoes and dip in boiling water for 30-60 seconds or until you see the skins split.

Whether you are brand new to canning or have been doing it for years, there is something for you to learn by attending. Jones goes over topics like the science behind canning, what tools work best, and tips that he has learned from years of experience. Not only that, but guests take a hands-on approach and take part in the process by immediately putting what they learn into action in a fun and interactive environment. After the class is over, guests take home a variety of safe and tested recipes to try on their own along with a jar of what they prepared.

For more information, be sure to visit Green Door Gourmet’s website.

Article from Edible Nashville at http://ediblenashville.ediblecommunities.com/things-do/tomato-canning-class-green-door-gourmet
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