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Tomato Preserving Workshop

February 16 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Learn to preserve tomatoes using a range of preserving techniques to make the most of the harvest season.

Food preserving at home is easy once you understand the fundamental principles of preserving.

This class is not about teaching you a specific recipe. The aim is to teach the principles that underpin the process of preserving. This allows you to make the very most of the resources available to you. Recipes confine you to using specific ingredients in specific quantities.

By learning the fundamentals: how time, temperature and pH play pivotal roles in food preservation, you will be able to forage and harvest to your hearts content!

What you will learn:

  • When to harvest, what to buy and how to make the most of the tomatoes available to you.
  • How to bottle whole tomatoes, crushed tomatoes and tomato purée.
  • How to completely dry tomatoes using the sun or a dehydrator
  • Learn to semi dry tomatoes and preserve them in oil, herbs and vinegar.

What to bring

  • Two 700g empty passata bottles typically found in supermarkets.
  • Apron
  • Tea towel
  • Vegetarian package free lunch to share.


Mara will provide homemade flat breads and two vegetarian fillings for a shared lunch. Please bring your own home made vegetarian filling to share. Keep it simple.

A minimum deposit of 25% must be paid before 22nd January to secure a place in this workshop!

When: Sunday, 16th February
Time: 11.00am – 3.00pm
Where: Blampied, address provided on booking.
Cost: $15 (full) or $10 (Concession or Early Bird Discount. EBD available until 9th January)

Tutor: Mara

Mara has been a permaculture and gastronomy educator for over 20 years.

She has delivered sustainability programs for Melbourne local governments such as the Sustainable Homes Program and community organisations such as CERES Environment park.

Mara has facilitated many harvest festivals and cooking workshops with a focus on: homemade pasta, preserving, sourdough bread baking, fermenting and yogurt making.

Mara is a passionate teacher who loves sharing her skills and knowledge with others.


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February 16
11:00 am - 3:00 pm