Adventures: Portland Preservation Society April Meeting

April 11, 2013 · 6 comments

loot from the Portland Preservation Society meeting // Wayward Spark The April meeting of the Portland Preservation Society was SO good! It’s such a fun thing to be part of. I made quarts of pickled beets with honey (not pictured here) to share, and in the end, I brought home pickled red onions, curry pickled cauliflower, romesco, lemon throat coat/hot toddy mix, and parsley-olive oil salsa verde.

Portland Preservation Society loot // Wayward Spark

The Portland Preservation Society is a loose collective of friends, acquaintances, Instagramers, etc. that meets monthly for a (mostly canned) food swap. PPS is open to anyone who can adhere to good food safety practices. The group is led by Brooke Weeber and mostly organized through a Facebook group. Every month, there are new folks, so if you’re nervous about showing up without knowing anyone, don’t be. I went to my first meeting of the group in December, and I had a great time even though I was in a room of almost total strangers.

food poster from Little Canoe

A couple folks brought prizes for the people with the most popular food items. I contributed a chunk of comb honey that Aaron won with his beet-pickled quail eggs, but my beets took second place, so I got to bring home one of Brooke’s rad food posters (available for sale here). Brooke is an illustrator who sells crazy cool prints and cards in her Etsy shop, Little Canoe. I love both the message and the illustration of this print. Now I just have to find some wall space in my house to hang it.

crepes with romesco and salsa verde // Wayward SparkThis morning I made crepes and had them with romesco and salsa verde. It was the best dang breakfast I’ve had in a while. Later I spooned some of the lemon-ginger concoction into a mug with hot water and a shake of cayenne, and it was wonderfully peppy. I will eat well this week for sure.

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Cedar April 11, 2013 at 10:21 pm

Oh, such beautiful canned goods! That stack of books looks equally tempting, I’m off to look up a couple of those titles. Have a great weekend!

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Sabrina April 11, 2013 at 10:34 pm

my new favorite canning book is “Food in Jars”. You might like it too!

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Camille April 11, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Yep. I own it. Somehow it just didn’t make it into the stack.

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Katie H. April 12, 2013 at 8:50 am

Congrats on your beets!

The lemon ginger jar sounds fantastic. Is it like a hot toddy concentrate? I don’t suppose you all swap recipes in addition to end products. I’d really love something like that, not that it’s too tricky to make a mug at a time, but it’d be a fantastic cool-season gift.

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Camille April 18, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Honestly, I’m not much of a hot toddy drinker. The lemon jar is full of thin sliced lemons, thin slices of ginger, and a sugary syrup. I’ve been adding spoonfuls to hot water with or without a dash of cayenne.

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Eileen April 12, 2013 at 10:33 am

That sounds like an amazing group! I’m jealous, especially of those beautiful lemons. And I love the print as well! Yay!

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