Intro to Jam Making Workshop with Aletha April 9th

In this 3-hour introductory class, Aletha takes you through the jam-making process from start to finish, with a special focus on Spring Strawberries. We will cook two different, low-sugar strawberry jams, including one herb-infused jam. We will examine key topics such as the role of sugar, the importance of lemon juice and how to add it, the states of cooking, how to create a set without adding commercial pectin, and how to test accurately for doneness. This class begins with pupus and a jam tasting and discussion, then proceeds to the cooking process and dinner.

Each attendee will be a part of creating two different Strawberry Jams and have the opportunity to take home two completed jars.

Date/Time: Thursday, April 9th, 2020  5:00-8pm

Location: The Monkeypod Jam Shop, 2-3687 Kamualii HWY, Next to the Lawai Post Office

Workshop Includes: Hands-on, personal instruction, all needed supplies, heavy pupus, refreshments, dinner, and two jars of class-made Strawberry Jam to take home.

Aletha Thomas, a former schoolteacher, launched Monkeypod Jam in 2010 when she was placed on furlough. Each furlough Friday, Aletha would pull out her French copper pot and make jams and jellies using ripe Kauai fruit. With each batch, she was preserving the season’s harvest while also preserving childhood memories of her grandmas, both of whom she remembers preserving the season's local bounty.

In February of 2014, Aletha enrolled in Hawaii’s Master Preserving Program. Now certified as a Master Preserver and with over twelve years of teaching experience, Aletha is eager to share the ins and outs of home preservation with others who share her interest and passion for preserving the seasons.

Please Note: Workshops are non-refundable. Please find someone to take your place if you are unable to attend.

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