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Can-Do Kitchen

Beginner Canning Classes at the Can-Do Kitchen

  • Saturday July 12th, 3:00-7:00pm [this class was cancelled due to low enrollment...is everyone at the beach?!]
  • Saturday July 26th, 3:00-7:00pm
  • Classes take place at 511 Harrison, Kalamazoo

    These classes are for you whether you’ve never canned a thing in your life or have dabbled but want to boost your confidence. We’ll learn about the history of canning and about all the different foods you can preserve. You’ll have a chance to ask all of your burning questions about canning and will walk away feeling less afraid of using your pressure canner! These are hands-on classes preparing and canning beans and jam, using both the water bath and pressure canners.Enjoy some snacks during the class and take home two fully canned, ready-to-eat jars (one of beans, one of jam).

    Cost is $40 per person (Two scholarships per class are available. Please email lucy@fairfoodmatters.org for more information.)

    Please register by sending a check to 511 Harrison, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 49007 or use PayPal below. Please call (269)492-0261 with questions.

    Canning Class at the Can-Do Kitchen

    Advanced, Two-Day Canning Class (Food Preservation) at Tillers International

    Saturday and Sunday, August 2nd and 3rd, 9:00am-5:00pm both days

    Class takes place at 10515 East OP Ave, Scotts

    This thorough, intensive 2-day class is for those who have some canning experience and want to deepen their understanding and drastically increase their comfort level with canning. It is hands-on and covers all the basics, including equipment, safety, methods, choosing produce, microbiology, reasons for canning, and recipes. We will discuss water bath and pressure canning and when to use each method. We will can 6 or 7 products including jams, pickles, pressure canned vegetables, and pressure canned meat products. Students will take home a jar of each product.

    Cost is $190 + $25 materials fee.

    Please register at Tillers' website or call (269) 626-0223.

    Business Workshop: Friendly, Fun Financials

    This workshop has come and gone...for now! Everyone learned a lot and we thank John Schmitt of the Small Business Development Center and Chris Dilley of the People's Food Co-op for their informative and tactile presentations. Thanks to all who attended and contributed to a good learning environment for all.

    Business Workshop: Branding, Logos and Labels

    Sadly, the workshop has passed. It was great and we thank Mazawi Design Group, Damn Handsome Grooming, Lush Gourmet Foods, and CJP Consulting for their informative presentations. Thanks to all who attended and contributed to a good learning environment for all.

    Bizarre Bazaar on August 2nd Supports Can-Do Kitchen

    Our friends and artists from the Bizarre Bazaar are having their summer sale Saturday, August 2nd from 11:00 – 4:00 at Bell’s Brewery, in the Beer Garden. This is a really fun, unique, and…well, bizarre sale where you’ll find useful and whimsical handmade goods of all kinds. There may even be a sprinkling of local food vendors! Stop by to enjoy the beer garden, pick up some fun local art, and relax in the Beer Garden. To top it all off, Bell’s and the Bizarre Bazaar artists are generously donating the artist table fees and site rental to the Can-Do Kitchen. Thank you so much everyone!

    For artists only: If you have already applied using this form and have been approved by the Bizarre Bazaar committee to be at the sale, you may pay for your booth here:

    3rd Annual Kitchen Gadget Garage Sale

    Thank you to all who donated kitchen stuff, to Beer & Skittles, Retro, Kalamazoo Kitty, Victorian Bakery, Sarkozy Bakery and The Cheese Lady for hosting collection bins, to those who shopped the sale, to Red Tail Ring and Fernando Ospina & Mike Hoag for the music, Food Dance and People's Food Co-op for gift cards, and to our volunteers, Melody Daacon, Krystal Gast, Maura Alexander, and Carolyn Ruske. The kitchen gadget garage sale was a huge success!

Programs and Partnerships:
  • Can-Do Kitchen
    A commercial kitchen and business incubation for small food businesses.
  • Douglass Farmers' Market
    Greet friends and neighbors at this market on the north side of town featuring local producers.
  • Growing Matters Garden
    Kids get their hands dirty and learn a lot with our educational gardening project.
  • Southwest Michigan Community Harvest Fest
    Celebrate local food, local farming, and sustainable living with great speakers, music and more.
  • Common Ground
    A network of individuals and organizations working to support community gardens throughout Kalamazoo County.
  • Good Food Kalamazoo
    A collaboration working to engage and empower our community to provide itself with food that is healthy, green, fair, and affordable.