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Aug 30, 2011

by Beth Levison

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Classie Parker is a healer. However, she works her magic through the most unlikely of means – canning. In fact, she’s taught more than 4,000 people across the New York metropolitan region how to can their own food. She says, “I remember the times when the family got together to can. I called it the canning party. Everything you needed to know about integrity, guts, and the meaning of life was in the conversations in that kitchen, if you would just listen. My grandmother, Emma Ramsey, taught me that cooking and canning were worth more than eating and surviving. The art of slow cooking — and being together — aids in the emotional well-being of the soul. And I am at my best when I am canning and passing on the gift of canning. ”

In honor of Classie’s acts of community activism, she is being commended by Just Food, a New York City organization that has been connecting local farms to NYC communities and neighborhoods for almost 20 years,  at their LET US EAT LOCAL event in September. To get your own taste of Classie’s magic, here’s a recipe that she was generous enough to share, handed down by her grandmother.

Classie Parker’s Red Pepper Relish

7 cups of chopped sweet red peppers
2 tablespoons Kosher salt
6 cups of sugar
4 cups of vinegar (Apple Cider)

Wash and drain peppers.
Remove seeds and mid-ribs.
Chop finely and measure 7 cups.

Note: If you want red pepper jam, mix in a blender before you chop.

Mix with Kosher salt and let stand 3 to 4 hours.
In a large saucepan, add pepper mix, sugar and vinegar.
Boil until thick and pour into hot canning jars.
Seal and process in a boiling water bath for 20 minutes.

According to Classie, it’s best to let the jars sit for 30 days before opening.


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2 Featured Comments

  • kristieb

    kristieb said 10 years ago Featured

    When people are asked "what would your death row meal be?" Most answer something their mother, grandmother or other loved one used to make by hand. It is never something fancy, but something prepared from the heart. I think there is something magical in eating something hand prepared. On a cold winter day, opening a jar of tomatoes that your grandmother grew and canned in the early Fall to make a old fashioned pasta sauce for your closest friends or family. You can't tell me that you can't feel the love in that meal. Let's go back to that. Sharing our hearts through our food preparation.

  • HeirloomOrphanage

    HeirloomOrphanage said 10 years ago Featured

    Fantastic article! I particularly liked her approach to finding unused land in the urban environment and turning it into a garden oasis. No matter how small your plot of land is you can use it to grow some food or flowers. There are so many unused plots of land that could be turned into community gardens! Thank you Cassie for all that you have done.


  • VintageEyeFashion

    VintageEyeFashion said 10 years ago

    Fantastic! A friend of mine used to hold apple buttering parties in the fall. She'd cook it up in a big cast iron kettle over a fire in her yard. The very embodiment of good food & good company! :)

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 10 years ago

    Lovely article. Lovely woman.

  • violintide

    violintide said 10 years ago

    Great article! I know I could stand to eat a little better!

  • kristieb

    kristieb said 10 years ago Featured

    When people are asked "what would your death row meal be?" Most answer something their mother, grandmother or other loved one used to make by hand. It is never something fancy, but something prepared from the heart. I think there is something magical in eating something hand prepared. On a cold winter day, opening a jar of tomatoes that your grandmother grew and canned in the early Fall to make a old fashioned pasta sauce for your closest friends or family. You can't tell me that you can't feel the love in that meal. Let's go back to that. Sharing our hearts through our food preparation.

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 10 years ago

    Canning and pickling has always intrigued me. Wonderful article!

  • vKnit

    vKnit said 10 years ago

    Wonderful! Those jars look so tasty!!

  • sparrowgrey

    sparrowgrey said 10 years ago

    Great story about a great lady. Well done!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 10 years ago

    What an awesome story!!!

  • StudioZen

    StudioZen said 10 years ago

    A perfect way to keep a little bit of summer.

  • destroymodernart

    destroymodernart said 10 years ago

    I spent day after day last year making chutney and jam from my garden produce, still got some left. Unfortunatly the weather in London has been soooooo bad, this years tomato's have been a disaster and slug ate all my beans:( Apple tree's been great tho... Apple, veg sausage and stilton crumble was lovely.

  • jewelrycollectibles

    jewelrycollectibles said 10 years ago

    Good for the soul and for the community, too.

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 10 years ago

    Fantastic article ~ inspiring and thought provoking. Congratulations to Cassie on her 20 year well deserved recognition by the city. Thanks again to etsy for sharing the best in people!

  • funktionslust

    funktionslust said 10 years ago

    God bless those who can cook, and those who can grow and can their own foods. I depend on others like you! I barely can cook so I admire anyone who is blessed with these talents!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 10 years ago


  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 10 years ago

    Awesome article! And what a fabulous woman. :) I learned to put up food from the local women when I moved to TN. Even though they are gone now, I feel them with me when I'm canning.

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage said 10 years ago

    Awesome. Community matters!

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection said 10 years ago

    There is nothing in this whole wide world like home canning. I grew up on a farm in Zanesville Ohio, and we canned everything, we had homemade ketchup, applesauce, green beads, Lima beans and so much more. With 14 in our family we had to can to save money. This is a great read and Classie Parker is amazing! Monica TheIDConnection

  • Newdaycrochet

    Newdaycrochet said 10 years ago

    Great presentation, brought back memories. I like Classie grew p with a garden but I can't get a thing to grow accept houseplants. My aunt canned all the time. My first canning experience was when I was 23, pregnant, had a plum tree in the back yard of my first house and the next door neighbor had and apple tree. That's all the old women in my family needed. That was the summer I learned, enjoyed and haven't canned since. Thanks for taking me back to my roots. It's stime to get busy.

  • HeirloomOrphanage

    HeirloomOrphanage said 10 years ago Featured

    Fantastic article! I particularly liked her approach to finding unused land in the urban environment and turning it into a garden oasis. No matter how small your plot of land is you can use it to grow some food or flowers. There are so many unused plots of land that could be turned into community gardens! Thank you Cassie for all that you have done.

  • RossLab

    RossLab said 10 years ago

    What an inspiring woman! We really should enjoy life starting from small and ordinary things. Canning is always being big in my family and this video inspired me to keep up with this wonderful tradition.

  • AliceCloset

    AliceCloset said 10 years ago

    Fantastic article!! Great story and great woman :D

  • CakeDummy

    CakeDummy said 10 years ago

    I grew up in the city but I was lucky to spend my summers with my grandparents in a small South Texas ranching community. As a little girl and later as a young women - I learned so much working in the kitchen with those women. Great article - thanks for taking me back.

  • ChefJess21

    ChefJess21 said 10 years ago

    truly beautiful, and old school thinking and living really is food for the soul. we've come so far in life, only to really get no where. Cin Cin Classie, thank you!

  • minouette

    minouette said 10 years ago

    Thank you, I really enjoyed that. What an awesome thing to do.

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 10 years ago

    "Cooking and canning is sexy, baby!" Haha, Classie is one heck of a woman!

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 10 years ago

    Mmmmm mmm - that recipe looks great and all the other buys! Thanks for sharing!

  • tarikyousef

    tarikyousef said 10 years ago

    Great article, so true. In our home we make sure that everyone is home by 6pm and we always make cooking a family experience, even if only one person is actually cooking.

  • overthemeadow

    overthemeadow said 10 years ago

    Wonderful article! What a marvelous gal.... Congrats Classie !!!

  • feltonthefly

    feltonthefly said 10 years ago

    Fabulous article. Seems as though what once was a way of life has become an art few people have the knowledge or opportunity to plant, grow, harvest and sustain themselves directly from the earth. Yet, it's one of the most rewarding things we can do. Classie, you're a special lady.

  • Crumdom

    Crumdom said 10 years ago


  • mudandtwig

    mudandtwig said 10 years ago

    I love her!!

  • SkyBox

    SkyBox said 10 years ago

    Yeah! I'm in love with this article!! ♥♥♥

  • KathrynandOliviaG

    KathrynandOliviaG said 10 years ago

    Considering all the health problems with mass produced food we need to get back to knowing our food sources and buying local where we can. And what a great way to connect with friends and families. Even those we don't know! Classie is a very classy lady...forgive pun!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 10 years ago

    All hail the queen. Enjoyed this introduction to Classie.

  • SissysPlace

    SissysPlace said 10 years ago

    My heart if full country but I live in the city. I weave the country into my life in every way possible. Canning is one. Although I don't can as much as I used to, when I do I love the feeling it gives me. Very gratifying. I wish Classie lived next door.

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns said 10 years ago

    Great post. Amazing woman.

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 10 years ago

    I truly enjoyed this it makes me want a garden and start canning. This was a really great article I would love to see more of this I wish I lived near Classie. Thank you Classie and thank you ETSY for this Debra

  • creationsmadetolove

    creationsmadetolove said 10 years ago

    You're an angel with a beautiful smile. Thank you for sharing what you do best. Many blessings to you!!!!!

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 10 years ago

    that's so beautiful. love!

  • glasfaden

    glasfaden said 10 years ago

    Watching Cassie on the video is a joy. Inspiring. An amazing woman. Thank you for sharing!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 10 years ago

    Hmmm, I know that's good eating! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!

  • oldyellowhorsegifts

    oldyellowhorsegifts said 10 years ago

    Thank you for sharing ... yea Cassie !

  • Carolonq

    Carolonq said 10 years ago

    Classie is a heroine.In the midst of her "concrete desert" she finds ways to connect with people in the most delicious ways.She is an inspiration.This is a lovely film.

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 10 years ago

    So wonderful.......thanks for sharing, Cassie!

  • stockannette

    stockannette said 10 years ago

    "Land desert" - love it!

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie said 10 years ago

    Beautiful video of a gorgeous spirit. I am putting up bread and butter pickles today. I taught myself to can with the Ball Cookbook. I collect recipes. Now my husband is even into it. Very satisfying to grow your own and can your own. I love when she said "In winter there is still the taste of summer" in the pantry.

  • basculepress

    basculepress said 10 years ago

    I grew up in a rural area and my parents grew a large garden every summer. I can still remember all of those cool fall evenings I spent helping my mother 'put up' jars and jars of jellies, beans, and tomatoes. When I moved to Chicago, I sought out an urban garden and have reclaimed this beautiful art of growing my own food. Classie is truly one classy lady! I shared her video with my community garden and they loved her!

  • NutfieldWeaver

    NutfieldWeaver said 10 years ago

    A homecanned jar of peaches is a wonderful thing on a cold winter day...especially when the power is out & you're snowed in. :)

  • TheMillineryShop

    TheMillineryShop said 10 years ago

    After the hurricane stopped blowing and things calmed down a bit, there remained in my rapidly warming fridge an almost full container of milk. I located a recipe for fresh ricotta cheese that I had for years and never made, that claimed to be fast and easy. The time was ripe and the milk was not so I made ricotta cheese for the first time in my life. With eggplant I grew in my yard, I put together the best eggplant parmigiana I ever ate. In light of the homemade cheese and home grown veggies, my husband ate eggplant for the first time ever. He cleaned his entire plate.

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 10 years ago

    I love her and posted this on all my outlets. Thanks so much.

  • alottocollect

    alottocollect said 10 years ago

    Love this! So wonderful how she gives to her community, thanks for sharing.

  • ramree

    ramree said 10 years ago

    I just wanted to say that Nopalito Vintage More has some really interesting items....just bought a great was so easy to do!! And I hope to check this site out again and again......stuff you don't see anywhere.....the owner has great taste...........check it out!! Your going to love it!!!

  • siennaorlando

    siennaorlando said 10 years ago

    So satisfying, and an economical way to go organic!

  • jewelkingthai

    jewelkingthai said 10 years ago

    Thanks for your receipe, I tried it tasted better...

  • ArtistBeingHuman

    ArtistBeingHuman said 10 years ago

    :) Yay canning! DIY!

  • pogoshop

    pogoshop said 10 years ago

    What a gorgeous lady! I love her smile.

  • madefromstash

    madefromstash said 10 years ago

    Very interesting, with summer coming in the Southern Hemisphere, it's time to start planning the 2011 put up.

  • PiggieKisses

    PiggieKisses said 10 years ago


  • elleestpetite

    elleestpetite said 10 years ago

    Nothing like simple cooking and canning to bring everyone together. i love it!

  • SonseraeDesigns

    SonseraeDesigns said 10 years ago

    Very cool! I started canning in my 20s. With so many fresh fruits and veggies here in SoCal, it's nice to take advantage of trapping that freshness in a jar for others to enjoy. My favorite thing to can for gifts is fresh pesto made from basil from my garden.

  • artworksbycarol

    artworksbycarol said 10 years ago

    Lets bring our children in close & just share life( canning, cooking, gardening ,car repairs, home repairs,ect..) My daughter got in a debate with her college prof. who stated "schools are important to help children loosen up on the grips of there parents & families" Our families should be gripped tight.and a good way to do that is just sharing every day life together, no matter what you do .

  • Maeven68

    Maeven68 said 10 years ago

    A wonderful human being. Warms my heart and makes me miss my Granny all the more. Thank you Etsy for showing us all these wonderful people around. 8-)

  • sheaclay

    sheaclay said 10 years ago

    one of the main reasons why I feel blessed to make homemade pottery- homemade FOOD! Love it!

  • SweetiePieCollars

    SweetiePieCollars said 10 years ago

    I really wish you could taste stuff through the computer. :-(

  • WonderfulLifeFarm

    WonderfulLifeFarm said 10 years ago

    Love it! The canner has been SO busy here at Wonderful Life Farm this summer! Lots of work, but I love every minute of it! Fresh, local food bought now to support our local farmers, and fed to my family with love in the middle of winter! Can't get much better than that! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • lauraslastditch

    lauraslastditch said 10 years ago

    It sounds like Classie is living up to her name! She has such a cute smile, I'd love to can with her! We've canned and canned this summer. Good thing canning season doesn't coincide with the Christmas selling season, or I'd be sunk! I apologize for the shameless self-promotion, but if anyone is inspired to can, I have a water bath canner and other canning supplies for sale right here on Etsy.


    LANCERIKA said 10 years ago

    This summer I had the pleasure of picking peaches and blueberries right from the trees..baking a blueberry crumble the same evening was such a delicious great to see people embracing local are a sweet inspiration Classie!

  • FreelyExpressed

    FreelyExpressed said 10 years ago

    I wanted to know how to can for a long time so I am very glad to see her video, but I have a question, maybe somebody knows the answer: is it really nesseccary to boil the jars for 20 min.? This seems to me a long time. Aren't all the vitamins gonna be dead after boiling for 20 min.? And then they will be used for more cooking. Can the boiling time be more like 5 min.? Thank you if anybody knows about that. Irmi

  • AmberGypsySky

    AmberGypsySky said 10 years ago

    "Cooking and Canning is sexy!" I love it! Classie looks like so much fun :)

  • hamandturkey

    hamandturkey said 10 years ago

    FreelyExpressed, boiling the jars kills microorganisms in the food that could otherwise multiply and spoil the food while it's sitting on the shelf waiting to be eaten. It does ruin a little of the nutritional value of the food, but not all, and it makes it safe. Processing canning for shorter periods of time than recommended can lead to spoiled food or deadly food poisoning.

  • BunnysBakedGoods

    BunnysBakedGoods said 10 years ago

    What a wonderful post! Thank you! Let's eat real food!!!

  • SpiritedWoodland

    SpiritedWoodland said 10 years ago

    Brilliant piece! I so look forward to learning about how regular people who are inspired are inspiring the world!

  • ResaArtDesign

    ResaArtDesign said 10 years ago

    With all the preservatives and pesticides in the food offered in the common grocery store, this is a perfect time to go back to our roots and grow our own. And as you say, you can just feel and taste the love. Great article with fantastic photography.

  • LoveTheBaby

    LoveTheBaby said 10 years ago

    Thank you for the feature. I am a canner, too. After marrying a gardner, I took a canning class at the local agricultural extension office. I learned all sorts of things and came away with a stack of how-to articles. Canning is summer. It adds to the home-y-ness of our home. It enriches our lives, not to mention our tummies. Opening a jar of tomatoes in the winter takes me right back to that summer's day overflowing with tomatoes. What a treat.

  • Bramblewoodrose

    Bramblewoodrose said 10 years ago

    This is lovely, i can myself as do several others in the family, I am teaching the art to my youngest daughter. I put up only a little this year, getting back into it after not being able to have garden in awhile. I put some zuke relish up here, but had to remove it a couple days later. My husband sold all of it at work along with my salsa, and wildberry jam. I told him he was not getig the peach. Next year I shall plan to put up ALOT more, seeing how the sales where so strong. Canning is an art, and a tradition in my opinion, and as far as i am concerned makes the world a better place to be, at least while your eating something that was lovingly preserved

  • barefootgardeners

    barefootgardeners said 10 years ago

    Last year, I canned 121 quarts of tomatoes mixed with green peppers, onions and spices. I took 847 tomatoes and 264 green peppers out of my garden, last year. This year I have canned tomato juice, crushed tomatoes and my tomato/green pepper/onion mix. I have already taken out 853 tomatoes of my garden! I have not purchased a tomato or a tomato product in the grocery store for years! I am 40 years old now. I grew up watching my mom and Gram can everything from tomatoes to green beans to horseradish. I love it, and it brings my family and me great joy to open a jar in January! If only people could get back to doing for themselves and not depending on everybody else to do for them...Try it! it's not that hard! My baby sister just started canning and will do 6 pints of salsa...she's very proud!

  • BGBJewelry

    BGBJewelry said 10 years ago

    This is a wonderful story. My grandma used to can when I was little. The first time my mom tried canning blueberry jam, it turned out to be blueberry sauce. We had picked blueberries at a local farm. I haven't tried it myself. I've been wanting to start a garden in my backyard, but need one made on wheels because the ground is so hard, and I can control the shade. It's so darn hot here!

  • BackyardBrand

    BackyardBrand said 10 years ago

    Backyard-Brand® Approved!

  • PiaChristin

    PiaChristin said 10 years ago


  • herbanlifestyle

    herbanlifestyle said 10 years ago

    Thank you so much! What a beautiful, inspiring story. I love how Classie literally glows with love as she talks about her garden and the greater meaning of food in her life, and ours. How can I find out about her classes? Learning how to can is on my To Do list for 2011!

  • thisthatotherthings

    thisthatotherthings said 10 years ago

    I'm gonna give canning a try, Thanks for the information. She is an inspiration.

  • FrogBlossoms

    FrogBlossoms said 10 years ago

    In these tough times, it's heartwarming to hear such a lovely story about a selfless lady. Thanks for the recipe -- sounds scrumptious. Thank you, Classie, for sharing.

  • paulajeansgarden

    paulajeansgarden said 10 years ago

    I so agree that growing food, making meals and preserving are lovely acts of generosity that we can give to others. I think using our hearts and creating food with love is a major force for healing of ourselves, our families and our communities--local and distant. Go, Classie!

  • Etivestyle

    Etivestyle said 10 years ago

    Love canning and pickling. Pantry full of bottled fruit and veg. Lots of jams, jellies, pickles and chutneys. Glistening like edible jewels. Feel as if the autumn and winter can do their worst, but will always have a little bit of summer sunshine to see us through the cold season. Grandmother taught me that a full pantry is a pantryful of love.

  • OliveLongstocking

    OliveLongstocking said 10 years ago

    food for the soul ! X

  • tsubasafan

    tsubasafan said 10 years ago

    Growing up in Kentucky you pretty much have to learn how to make your own food, whether that be from hunting or growing your own food. I have a grandfather who still butchers his own meat and grandmothers' who can dozens upon dozens of different veggies. It's blister inducing work, but worth it in the end. I've grown up around this and it's good to see that everyone seems to be going back to more old fashioned ways, where you had to use your hands and have the knowledge to take care of yourself and your family by using the land.

  • VioletRose1930

    VioletRose1930 said 10 years ago

    I loved watching Classie, I am going to watch it over and over, because I have always wanted to "Can" and she made it sound easy and fearless, thank you Classie for your contribution to making life more beautiful! .

  • WoodsyWools

    WoodsyWools said 10 years ago

    wonderful ! thanks for sharing this !

  • RockinJ9designs

    RockinJ9designs said 10 years ago

    Growing up on a farm we canned everything. I was in charge of the raddishes ( proud of it at age 9) and looked forward to every salad. We didn't have canning parties but, instead had chicken butchering get-togethers ( no nice way to put it). 4 or 5 families would get together at somebody's house and take care of the birds. Next month or two another family would get the help, and so on and so on. When our pigs got out the whole street would be out chasing them down. If you know pigs it takes awhile because they are strong-strong-strong. These people are still out there, just harder to find. It's a special breed that pay it forward and we need to increase our numbers. God Bless

  • hcwoodcraft

    hcwoodcraft said 10 years ago

    I loved watching this video. My husband built me a nice raised garden to grow some vegetables ( gotta keep it off the ground and away from rattlers!) so I hope to can. The drought ( we're in TX ) got most of it, but we're hoping for a cool Fall. This is so great and I love she was willing to share those skills with others!!

  • sockmonster

    sockmonster said 10 years ago


  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 10 years ago

    Classie, you're my new hero! Love your heart for people and for healing. Blessings on you, Connie

  • hollimoonart

    hollimoonart said 10 years ago

    Classy you are beautiful inside and out! Along with being a a wonderful inspiration! So glad i found you~ xo

  • oldnewtreasuredtrue

    oldnewtreasuredtrue said 10 years ago

    I love her! I realize I take canning for granted living in the country. I love to can and make my pepper jelly and salsa. This is a bitter sweet time for me. I love summer but there is something so wonderful about gathering and preserving for those winter months that last too long. can't wait to plan next years garden. Thanks for sharing that great video!

  • sincerelyyourslauren

    sincerelyyourslauren said 10 years ago

    She is a gift to behold. Imagine people actually sitting down at a beautiful table and eating homemade food together.

  • PixieDust

    PixieDust said 10 years ago

    I just love summer and canning. I try to can enough from our large gardens to last us all winter. There is nothing like a chilly winter morning and opening up a jar of apple butter or jam for your toast. I've been having my daughter age 8 helping me the last couple of years with some of the canning. She enjoys to time we spend doing it and of course all the goodies we make.

  • LaCasaGialla

    LaCasaGialla said 10 years ago

    Classie Parker rocks!

  • esther2u2

    esther2u2 said 10 years ago

    What a wonderful woman, Oh how I would love to take a class from Classie. You really got me thinking, I have 1.75 acres of land around me and no food garden, just flower gardens. I could be doing so much more. Thank you Classie you are a Beautiful Spirit.

  • Livingforce

    Livingforce said 10 years ago

    Growing your own food, preserving it, cooking everything fresh from the scratch. How wonderful and healing it is in many ways. It is believed that working in your own garden heals the body and because you are getting the energy from mother Earth. I think that home cooked meal is the best. Especially when it is done with loving hands. It is not so difficult as many people think. But so delicious! Lovely article and very kind and beautiful woman.

  • SiameseTwists

    SiameseTwists said 10 years ago

    Love this! My grandmother used to can/preserve jellies.My mother is a avid gardener.I really need to take this up.

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 10 years ago


  • LaloBean

    LaloBean said 10 years ago

    "The art of slow cooking — and being together — aids in the emotional well-being of the soul." Echo's my heartfelt sentiments precisely. Thanks so much for the article! "Food made with Love tastes Better!" LaloBean

  • love2crochknit

    love2crochknit said 10 years ago

    I am from the country in Virginia, I can see the love you have teaching. Funny how you forget how others have it, we have farm land everywhere, except where housing is going in. Soon we may need to find a little spot for veggies too. Thanks for sharing,,

  • orlandoart

    orlandoart said 10 years ago

    Great article and I could not agree more. For the last 6 months our family has been canning all sorts of things. Its nice to know we always have food. And its great when you get together with family and bring a variety to share with others.

  • daisydesignsgallery

    daisydesignsgallery said 10 years ago

    I use to watch my grandpa can all kinds of food. I was too young to learn back then but I shure wish he was around today to teach me all of the great things about canning. One memory I have is sticking my fingers in his strawberry freezer jam. He saw those little finger dips and just smiled.

  • FreehandCards

    FreehandCards said 10 years ago

    Am a bit late on this, have been picking blackberries while they are in- a short season for the wild ones around here. I'm moved to write and illustrate a short book, "On Blackberries," reflecting how nature makes those black jewels hard to harvest. My mantra has been, 'hand-picked with TLC, handmade by Pat with love' for all those I am going to share my goodie jam with. Real Love.

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    luxe said 10 years ago


  • blevison Admin

    blevison said 10 years ago

    Wow. Even my mom commented on this one. Thanks, all!

  • CMariesMenagerie

    CMariesMenagerie said 9 years ago

    Love It. It takes back to spending time in my grandmother's kitchen with cupboards full of home canned goods. The peaches were the best and pickled watermelon rind. I can taste it now. Thank you Classie Parker.

  • CopperheadCreations

    CopperheadCreations said 9 years ago

    Yay for canning, and eating local!

  • andiespecialtysweets

    andiespecialtysweets said 9 years ago

    Beautifully shot. Thanks for inspiring us, Classic! And sooo true -"black gold" and "under utilized"'s amazing to see what can be done with very little soil, AND between tall buildings -so cool!

  • sweetsarahcardsandtr

    Sarah M. from sweetsarahpatisserie said 9 years ago

    She's just wonderful!

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