Homesteading Mamas

Pickling for Cocktails with East Van Jam

  • Thursday, April 23, 2015
  • 6:00pm 9:00pm

Pickle Asparagus for your Cocktails

Start the 2015 harvest season off right with a workshop on pickling Asparagus, and learn spice combinations that are best suited for pickles used in cocktails.

This precious and regal vegetable makes a perfect pickled accompaniment to a Caesar or Bloody Mary – the long and slender spear goes well in most glassware.

Join Natalie from East Van Jam / Homesteading Mamas as she takes you through the basics of canning, while you also get to produce your own jar of these venerable pickles to take home. Recipe card for the best ever Caesar is included!

Thursday April 23rd 6-9pm
Studio 126 / 126 E Pender
Cost: $40
Registration: email to book your spot!

All supplies included; bring an apron if you please.
Follow Natalie on Instagram: @eastvanjam


Pickled Carrots to your Preference – Monday Feb 23rd 6-9pm

Monday night’s workshop held at the beautiful shop Studio 126 in Chinatown is an opportunity to play with pickling recipes while maintaining a safe and shelf stable outcome.

We will cover all the basics of why canning works and what keeps us safe while enjoying the freedom of playing around with flavour combinations for carrot pickles.
Date: Monday Feb 23rd
Time: 6-9pm
Price: $35
There are a few spots left – to join, please call 778 839-0975.


Last Canning workshop of 2014!

Canning is the perfect thing to do when it’s cold and rainy out… except fresh, local produce is harder to find! Join us in this pre-holiday canning workshop as we shake out the winter doldrums and work through a seasonally-approriate recipe (spicy cranberry jelly) that will please your holiday guests and get you looking forward to preserving next summer’s produce.

Full instruction on canning techniques, safety, and recipe design through the vehicle of this winter jelly provided. Through this recipe, the door to a world of canning and gift-canning opens before you!

$35 covers materials, instruction, and gets you some delicious jam to take home.

To register go to:

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More Media!!


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CTV Morning Live with Keri Adams!

I was honoured with the opportunity to join Keri Adams on her show CTV Morning Live Tuesday Oct 7th.  It was a blast!

For more in-depth canning instruction (all the reasons why we do it the way we do it…), please get in touch.  Private parties are my most favourite way to share my love of preserving the harvest – all year long!

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East Van Jam 2014!


East Van Jam is back!  I am pleased to announce that 2014 sales are about to begin.

Join us at the fun and exciting food party that is Hawkers Market Saturday September 27th 4-11pm.  We’ll be serving up three biscuit options with a selection of jams to try before you buy – each biscuit and jam will be for $5-6 until supplies last!

for more info or to buy tickets go to:

We will also be there (at the same venue) the next day for Made From Scratch – a family friendly market-style event.


Stay tuned for more info, to check-out the new line-up of flavours  or to sign-up for web updates on the East Van Jam website, go to

Keep on jammin’!!!



Homesteading Mamas Workshop Series at Hastings Community Centre

Come join me at the Hastings Community Centre for a fall series of workshops including intro to canning, preserving tomatoes, making pickles and no knead bread!

All workshops are at the low, low price of $15 !

Thursday September 18th 6:30-9:30pm – Intro to Water Bath Canning

Thursday September 25th 6:30-9:30pm – Tomatoes Three Ways

Thursday October 9th  6:30-9:30pm – Intermediate Canning -PICKLES

Thursday October 16th 6:30-9:30pm – Intermediate Canning – Apples 3 ways

Tuesday November 18th 7-9pm – No Knead Bread

To review in more detail or to register, please follow this link:

Hope to see you there!


Home Canning – Tomatoes

When: August 23, 2014 from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
Description: Explore the world of putting up food in jars! Natalie of Homesteading Mamas returns with this hands-on introduction to hot water bath canning, a technique suitable for low-risk foods like the tomatoes we’ll prepare in this workshop. You’ll learn tips for selecting and preparing ingredients, packing jars, tools and techniques for safely completing projects at home. Put up tomatoes in their peak of ripeness to enjoy all winter. In so doing, you’ll gain transferrable skills to make delicious jams, jellies, and pickles with fresh produce. No experience is necessary. All materials and supplies are included and you will leave with inspiration and a jar of tomatoes preserved during the workshop. $35 registration here

Canning Basics @ Homesteader’s Emporium

Want to get started putting-up food in jars?

Join us at the Homesteader’s Emporium for a canning basics class Thursday July 17th 6:30-9pm.

Using local fruit, we’ll make up some jam that each participant can take home and brag about!

Click below link for more info and to register.

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Homesteading Mamas: On-Demand

As East Van Jam takes shape with the second season upon us, the Homesteading Mamas workshops – while not altogether gone – are less available. We are happy to plan for on-demand canning parities in your home and are available for consultation and community-organized workshops. Please contact Natalie at to inquire.

AND…thank-you for your continued support!


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