Food Day

October 25th

Food Day

Yesterday was a national “Food Day” — a time to encourage Americans to improve their food choices and physical activity for a healthier citizenry. Of course, this is my cup of tea. The celebration in Denver was hosted at the botanical gardens with a day full of courses, lectures and other activities.

Food Day

With work, I was able to swing through one class in the evening — “Canning like your life depends on it.” Holy pickles and sauerkraut — I could not have lucked out more. Lead by local business owner Milan Doshi, the course discussed basic canning and fermentation techniques.

Food Day

For this sustainability-loving domestic dork, it was so, so cool to be a room of like-minded folk, scribbling notes. Pickles are not so hard to can. Who knew? And sauerkraut? I can do this. I’m not sure I want to do it. The instructions included both the words “scum” and “burping,” but now I could if I wanted to.

Food Day

Milan’s company — Five Points Fermentation — is leading a local culture change. He encourages people to research their family food history and to honor this with their cooking choices. Listening to him speak, with his adoring Indian mama sitting by his side, was enchanting. He talked of the shelves of pickles he’d eat as a kid visiting India — each jar made with love by his grandmothers. Each jar including some spice or vegetable was was in bounty on canning day.

It is so lovely to hear enthusiastic business owners honoring their families and their communities with their work. And of course, this means pickles for Christmas. I can’t wait to get going…


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  1. How fun! No one in my family canned. Well maybe my dad’s mom when she was younger but not in my lifetime. I haven’t tried it yet but I can see myself doing it some day πŸ™‚

  2. Pickles ARE easy! And they’re so good when you can decide what goes into the brine. Though my “wow how fancy” quotient will go down a bit since you know the secret to my pickled gifts πŸ˜‰

  3. How fun! I went to our local Food Day celebration, but we didn’t have any classes like that. I have never tried canning pickles, but I’ve heard that it’s not that tough – do you even have to process the jars, or just pour hot pickling liquid over the veggies?

  4. I love canning!! My mom always made these 9 day pickles that were so sweet and CRUNCHY. You have to change the stuff every few days for 9 days but they were delicious!!! I haven’t made them yet. I taught a friend to can jams this summer and she (a mom of 4!) has since made some on her own twice. I love that I passed that skill on to her since her family didn’t can. Can’t wait to see what you make!

  5. πŸ™‚ The burping and scum comments reminded me of the various things my grandmother used to can in giant crocks in our basement. I still have a smell memory of the pickled corn – kinda putrid, but oh so good!

    I love canning bread and butter pickles! This summer, I made refrigerator pickles several times. I love them all!

  6. I recently discovered canning. I’ve not tried pickles, just various jams, jellies and tomatoes. The Ball books have some good recipes. Isn’t it great to look at the jars lined up and think “I did that”??? I feel so semi-self sufficient. πŸ™‚

  7. Cliff made pickles this summer, and OMG. SO much better than storebought, and so freakin’ easy. Have fun!

  8. Five Points Fermentation November 15, 2011

    Hi Kelli – Thanks so much for this awesome blog post. The Five Points Fermentation Facebook Page went LIVE today! Just search for us under Facebook PAGES and give us a big ole’ “LIKE”! πŸ™‚