Basic Workshop for residents of Great Park Neighborhoods
375 Magnet Road
Irvine, CA 92618
Please wear closed-toe shoes and clothing suitable for gardening in the outdoors. We recommend you bring a garden hat, sunscreen and a reusable water bottle/canteen.
We will be taking pictures and possibly video to use on our website, social and other educational media, and by registering for this workshop you agree to our photo/video release policy.
Southern California’s mid summer provides some of the easiest crops to pickle fast. Some of these crops won’t be available in the garden again for an entire year, and some are at peak quality and nutritional value. This is the best time to preserve the summer harvest and quick pickle is the easiest way to do it.
Quick pickling isn’t as time consuming or involved as other pickling processes, which often rely on more complex anaerobic fermentation techniques. It’s also a technique older than agriculture itself. When you preserve at home, you control and choose what goes into every jar. You can ensure your preserved foods are organic, locally sourced, fair trade, and community based – whatever is important to you and your family. It’s also a great way to bypass the waste, pollution, and potential health dangers associated with industrially produced food products. When you pickle at home, you’re reducing waste and eating better.
Join us for a two-hour quick pickling workshop. Learn how to turn mid-summer abundance into delicious pickled produce with all the materials you need, recipes, instructions, and step by step techniques.
Each participant will make and take home their own jar of quick pickled produce!
Lucian Toma has a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Development, an internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certification, and leads the Public Programs and Eco-Design Services for The Ecology Center. He has been part of annual food preservation parties with his family in Romania for 18 years, and now preserves food from his home gardens every year.