Preserved Peaches and Peach Mango Chutney

I always look forward to my preserving classes at The Depanneur but next Monday's class is really blowing my skirt up. You see I LOVE peaches and I mean LOVE. For many varied reasons.

I could start with the fact that I HATE and I mean HATE winter. Having those jars of golden peachy preserved goodness stacked on my shelves in the basement makes me feel like I have somehow managed to trap a little bit of summer inside each and every jar. And when the snow is falling or the wind is whipping or even when it is dark at 4pm, I know I can crack open a jar and magically be transported mentally back to the middle of August.

The next reason is grounded squarely in nostalgia. My mom used to preserve a lot when I was growing up. But her two, knock it out of the park items were raspberry jam and preserved peaches. So each time I open a jar of preserved peaches it is like she is right there with me. Funny how something as simple as a flavour can bring back a wash of wonderful memories.

And then there is the wonderfulness of the smoky peach chutney we are going to be stirring up. My mouth waters just thinking about it.

If this all sounds intriguing, you are just a click away from learning more about the class.

Toronto Canning and Preserving Classes

Get your calendar out and grab a pen so that you can mark down these dates. Or if you are one of the very few people with a mobile device (ha), enter these dates in your calendar.


May 27th

June 24th

July 29th

August 26th

September - date TBD

For the second year in a row, I am partnering with The Depanneur to provide the lovely residents of Toronto with several opportunities to learn how to preserve.

On the last Monday of every month starting in May and going until September, I will be teaching classes on how to make jam (including low sugar jams), pickle, preserve fruit, make salsa, etc.

The classes are very hands-on, light hearted and fun and you leave with the basic understanding of how to preserve safely in your own home and more importantly you get to take home the recipe and a jar of what gets made in the class.

Watch this space for more details as they will be coming soon.