Sunday, Jan. 10th, 2pm, at Pilar’s Cafe, 2261 W. Liberty, Ann Arbor (map).

RSVP at by noon on Saturday!


The tamale-making workshop has been postponed. I was out on family business for essentially all of December and couldn’t nail down details before our presenter left for the holidays.

I’ll try to reschedule, but I’m not sure when that might happen.

cabbageOld-fashioned, homemade sauerkraut is nothing like the salty, sharp kind you get at the store. Instead, it’s tangy, crunchy, and full of healthy probiotics (like in yogurt). It’s also really easy to make!

Bring one head of green cabbage, the fresher the better. You’ll also need to bring a wooden spoon and about 1 gallon’s worth of containers. If you don’t have the traditional pickling crock, you can use any of the following:

  • The ceramic liner of a crockpot you don’t plan on using for a couple months and a 1-gallon freezer bag
  • A clean, food-grade plastic pail and its lid, or a freezer bag
  • Two half-gallon mason jars  and plastic lids <–these are actually my favorite kraut pickling jars
  • Four quart-sized mason jars and plastic lids (or just bring one or two and make less kraut for this first trial run)

Sunday, November 8th
Pittsfield Grange
3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI

Cost is $5; free for members of the Grange. RSVP here!

grange logoIf you’ve been enjoying Preserving Traditions events, you might consider joining the Grange! The Grange is full of folks who are interested in old-fashioned food and friendship…it’s part of the reason Preserving Traditions has been such a great fit.

As a member of the Grange, you’ll attend all Preserving Traditions events for free and get first chance to sign up for our most popular (and space-limited) events, like canning work days and farm visits. As a member of the Grange, you’ll have be able to participate in monthly potlucks and hear interesting presenters. There’s also a discount on the Grange’s family dances, and membership in the national Grange organization, as well, giving you a voice in local, state, and national Grange business. (And yes, there is actually a secret handshake!)

Annual membership is $40 (or $70 for the whole family), but we’re running a “special” this year: if you sign up before December, we’ll extend your membership through December 2010. You can download an application and mail it to our membership director, Joan Hellmann (info is on the application).

appleTurnoverIt’s the apple time of year…come learn to make luscious apple turnovers with Preserving Traditions! JJ Jacobson, chef, blogger, and curator of all things culinary at the Bentley Historical Library, will show us how to make the pastry and the apple filling for these tasty pocket pies.

Bring two apples of a tart, crisp, baking variety (cortlands, empires, or spys are good bets right now). We’ll provide the rest of the ingredients, and you’ll take home (or scarf down…) two turnovers.

October 11th
Pittsfield Grange

$5 donation suggested; free for Grange members.

pantry staplesI’m doing my first workshop on stocking a pantry to live out of! This workshop aims to appeal to a variety of folks: those who want to save money, those who want quick meal prep, and those who think the economy is going to collapse but aren’t quite ready to join a peak oil group or move to a commune. Here’s the announcement:

Oct 10: Stocking your Pantry

Join us at 10 AM on Saturday Oct 10 at St. Paul’s Church Elementary School (495 Earhart Rd., Ann Arbor) when Emily Springfield, a member and organizer of Ann Arbor’s Preserving Traditions club (, will present a workshop on Pantry Staples. Having easily-stored staples on hand will make meal preps easy, and Emily will even share some simple recipes to which you need only add vegetables or meat. In addition, Emily will share tips on basics to have on hand in case of emergency (think blizzard or tight funds), items you could buy in bulk or on sale to stockpile.

Cost is only $5 and includes the workshop and munchies. We promise to let you go by noon. Please RSVP to Ruth Zielke 994 3718 ( Bring your friends. Ask that nice woman who sits in front of you every Sunday if she will join you. There will be time for sharing tips and stories, too. It will be great to be together. There is no home game, so you won’t even have to worry about traffic! Treat yourself to great fellowship!

tomato CanningThis will be an introductory canning workshop, perfect for folks who’ve never canned before or who are looking for a refresher. We’ll discuss different canning methods, food safety, and equipment, then jump right in and can some fresh tomatoes.

Bring 2 dry quarts of tomatoes and either one quart or two pint-sized canning jars with lids and rings. (The rings can be used, so long as they aren’t rusty, but the lid must be brand-new.) You might also bring an extra jar or two, just in case we have extra tomatoes.

RSVP here!

Pittsfield Grange
3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Ann Arbor
Sept. 13th, 2-5 pm
Suggested donation $5; free for members of the Grange.

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