If you like marmalade or preserves you are going to be in for a treat. I've signed up for a class from June Taylor, the founder of June Taylor Jams, a crazy upscale handmade organic jam company located here in Berkeley. June seeks out heirloom and forgotten fruits from small family farms and somehow manages to turn them into delicious marmalades and preserves without the use of commercial pectin and with a minimal amount of sugar. Then she turns right around and sells them for $14 a pop. Work it girl! * Evaluation and selection of fruit.
Here's what June Taylor has in store for me the Sunday after next:
This one day, hands-on class will concentrate on the principles and processes of marmalade making and the experiential nature of preserving fruit.
* Evaluation and selection of fruit.
* Making natural pectin from the fruit.
* Cooking and jarring of the marmalade.
* The class will include a tasting and evaluation of a variety of winter citrus for marmalade making, as well as a comparative tasting of commercially and locally made marmalades.
I am planning to bring my camera and to take copious notes so that I can share whatever sweet, jammy knowledge I gain with you all. So stay tuned!