Fearless Canning for Beginners!

Saturday, August 4, 2018

$135 per person

limited to six participants


Learn to make and preserve your own jam, pickles, salsa, applesauce, chutney and relishes in one fun, hands-on class!


Taking this class will enable you to:

  • Preserve fresh vegetables and fruit safely and deliciously

  • Provide food security for you and your family

  • Extend your food budget by ulilizing fresh local produce (that you grow yourself or purchase at farmer's markets)

  • Know exactly what is in your food - no additives, preservatives or things you can't pronounce!


Working with fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables, we’ll go from raw all the way to finished products. By the end of the 4-hour class you’ll have all the skills needed to preserve your harvest. This includes lots of practice with the hot water bath, which can be intimidating at first, but after the class will feel like second nature. Appropriate for those who are 15 or older. 


In a typical class we'll make jam, pickles, salsa and applesauce (depending upon what is in season), with an emphasis on safety, great taste., and a variety of techniques.

Class includes:


Class is limited to six participants for optimal learning opportunity, and are taught by Alline Anderson, creator of Mrs. Milkweed’s Kitchen line of jam and pickles.


NOTE: This class begins at 9:30 a.m. If you do not live in the Northeast Missouri area, we recommend booking a room at the Mercantile for Friday night. Class participants recieve a room rate discount of 20% (for the Aldo Leopold, Rachel Carson and David Brower rooms only).

Saturday, August 4, 2018

OR by special arrangement for groups of four or more.

Perfect for a girlfriends/sisters/family weekend get-together!


Click here to register.


Cancellation Policy: Full workshop fee and one-half of accommodations charge (if any) are both due at time of reservation; balance due upon check-in. Full refund (less $25 accounting fee) returned with a full 7 days notice. Less than 7 days notice for a cancellation will result in loss of deposit.



About Your instructor:

Alline Anderson and her husband Kurt Kessner moved to Dancing Rabbit in 1999, when the 280 acres had just a machine shed, a pole barn and a bunch of scrubby little trees.


Nineteen years later Alline and Kurt are still here, delighted by the growth and progress of the village. In 2010 they opened the Milkweed Mercantile Eco Inn, a strawbale, solar and wind-powered business, which serves as an unofficial DR welcome center. Beginning January 2017 the Mercantile begins operating as a worker-owned cooperative, which enables Alline and Kurt to do just the things they love the most. For Alline, this is canning and baking!


Alline grew up making and canning jam with her mother. When she moved to Dancing Rabbit she upped her skills exponentially when she learned how to can everything from green beans to okra in DR's outdoor kitchen on a wood-fired cook stove. Developing and refining recipes over the years, doing lots of research on safety methods, and moving into the Mercantile kitchen with its commercial range has enabled Alline to further deepen her knowledge base.


In 2014 she launched the Mrs. Milkweed's brand of jams, pickles and chutneys. Made in small batches from organic local ingredients, they are served in Mercantile meals and purchased by Mercantile guests to take home and enjoy.


When not working in the Mercantile, Alline volunteers for the Sierra Club, leading and cooking on trips around the world. She never met a book she didn't like, loves textile arts, and enjoys hanging out with Kurt and their dog Virgil. Email Alline.