- $35 for one admission to a blueberry jam-making workshop with Andrea Mattson
- Upon purchase, you may schedule for one of the available dates
- You must reserve your date here in advance of the event
The workshop will be held at Eco Collective, which touts the benefits of local and healthy eating.
Each event is capped at 15 purchasers.
What You'll Do
Fruit, sugar, and spice—the simplest of ingredients, but with the right amount of cooking and creativity they transform into the reason toast was invented: jam. Using fresh blueberries from Michigan, Edible Alchemy Co-Op manager Andrea Mattson walks you through the jam-making process and offers pointers on how best to preserve homemade jams for the long-term.
Hands-On Jam Lesson
Learn the history of jam before splitting into small groups to weigh, wash, and trim one pound of blueberries sourced from Michigan.
Customize Your Jam's Flavor
First, you cook the blueberries with organic cane sugar, then add in your favorite spices.
Learn How to Preserve Your Jam
Your two custom-labeled jars boil in water for about five minutes, which sterilizes and preserves the contents.
Take Home Your Own Jam
Leave the lesson with two half-pint jars of jam, as well as the recipe and instructions needed to make and preserve more jam at home.
Andrea Mattson likes to know everything she can about the food on her plate. With her finger on the pulse of Chicago’s locavore movement, Mattson cultivates relationships with new and existing local farmers, which bolsters her role as the manager of Edible Alchemy Foods Co-operative. She is also a member of the Eco Collective in Pilsen, where she hosts workshops and community events that share her passion for gardening, cooking, and medicinal herbs.