Tribune Staff Writer
The Salvation Amy really put the “community” into their Community Kitchen program in July.
Jam making was the topic of the week, and 10 women from around the community came together to share and to learn how to make jam. Of these women only two had ever made jam before.
“The idea is to teach people how easy it is to make,” said Salvation Army Captain Claudine Kadonaga.
In some sections of the kitchen women of all ages patiently waited for their fruit mixture to boil, in other sections people chopped fruit, elsewhere it was time to add sugar.
Overtop the normal noises that come from making jam could be heard conversation and laughter.
“Community Kitchen is people coming together and teaching each other,” said Kadonaga, who for future preserving sessions hopes to bring in seniors to teach younger generations.
Participants were asked to bring their own sugar and jars to the jam making session, but all of the fruit (in this case, strawberry, rhubarb and blueberry) was provided by the Salvation Army.
Jam making was the first of many sessions in preserving that the Salvation Army hopes to provide as part of the Community Kitchen program, which also includes lessons in Cooking Out of the Box and special interest classes.
Those who want to participate are encouraged to stop by the Salvation Army to register and find out what is being made this week and what they need to bring.
Other preserving classes will teach participants to make pickles, fruit leather, and beef jerky among other foods.