iCan event brings flavor back to home food preservation

Marissa McClellan displays a jar of canned fruit.

Marissa McClellan displays a jar of canned fruit.

— Vegetable stands and farmer’s markets are full of delicious fresh from the field foods — a sign the summer growing season is well under way.

But when the bounty is bigger than a family’s appetite, what can be done to save your harvest from spoiling? Find your mother’s or grandmother’s old Ball canning jars and prepare yourself to be schooled during the area’s first-ever iCan event Saturday Aug. 11, which focuses on the art of home food preservation.

“In the middle of winter, I was working with some moms on a sewing project when the conversation turned to the discovery of arsenic in apple juice,” said Nancy Fasoldt of Baldwinsville, proprietor of Simply Home Arts, which is organizing the event. “These moms were aghast, horrified that even when they do their best to set a healthy table, they can’t because they don’t know what’s in the food they buy.”

So, Fasoldt said she naively asked, “Why not can your own?” Not knowing how to can, she then asked if they wanted to learn. With a resounding “yes,” iCan2012 was seeded in a sewing circle of moms “desperate to take the poison out of their children’s food,” Fasoldt said.

Hopping on board when Fasoldt approached her with the idea, Syracuse television producer and writer Nancy Roberts said her own daughter’s food concerns reminded her of when she had little ones at home.

“My daughter has a young family, and her concern for what she’s feeding them took me back to my days with young ones, and how concerned I was with what they were eating,” Roberts said. “Then, I saw a video on Wimp.com of a young girl trying to grow a potato vine from a half sweet potato — we used to do this in school — and she couldn’t!”

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