Red Shed Nursery, Lees Stables, Coldstream TD124LF

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Food Preservation

There are two dates for this course in 2020 at time of writing:

Monday 20th July to Tuesday 21st July 2020

At Garden Cottage Coldstream 9am-4pm


Saturday 26 July-Sunday 27 July 2020 9am-4pm

in Aberdeen with Caspar Lampkin (to be confirmed)

Here in the northern part of Great Britain, where the growing season is short and crops mature to give periods of feast and famine, food preservation is a vital part of the growing cycle.

Preserving food in time of plenty prevents food going to waste when it cannot all be eaten and  ensures that the abundance produced at peak crop lasts through the times when crops can’t grow.

The Food Preservation Course was pioneered at Garden Cottage using (as much as possible) food from the garden here.  Since then the course has been taught in other locations which have adequate facilities.  It looks at the need for and value of food preservation and also looks into the practical aspects;

Health and Hygiene

General Safety

Hand Washing

Food Separation

Safe Use of Heat

Safe use of Sharp Objects

Tools and Equipment


Drying Herbs

Drying Fruit

Drying Vegetables


Jellies, Jams and Curds








We run courses throughout the year and can be adapted to the interests and needs of participants.
In summer we tend to focus on preservation of soft fruits, making delicious ice-cream in the process.
At other times of the year we might spend more time on top fruit and veggies.

When this course is run from Garden Cottage and, since the garden is just 1/5 acre (.08 of a hectare)  and our home, there is no accommodation on site. However Coldstream is a beautiful town set in the wonderful Scottish Borders and, as such, boasts a fine array of hotels, guest houses and campsites.

Here are some useful links to places to stay;

Directions for travelling to Garden Cottage are here