Hands-On Jam-Making Class

Eco Collective

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In a Nutshell

Andrea Mattson shows you how to spice fresh strawberries and cook them into jam before canning it to take home

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Jun 14, 2014. Amount paid never expires. This deal is for the purchase of a ticket. Refundable only on day of purchase. Min. of 2 participants or experience subject to cancellation. No value after experience date & time have passed. Please provide email address at checkout, which SideTour will provide to facilitate redemption. Gratuity included. Wear comfortable close-toed shoes, an apron, and clothes that can get sticky. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • $35 for one admission to a strawberry 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; each event requires a minimum of 2 purchasers in order to take place.

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 strawberries 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 strawberries sourced from Michigan.

  • Customize Your Jam's Flavor
    First, you cook the strawberries 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.

Your Host

Andrea Mattson Andrea Mattson
Herbal Alchemist

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.

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    Eco Collective

    2042 W 21st St.

    Chicago, IL 60608

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