Teaching classes is my favorite part of what I do with My Kitchen Clatter. I offer various baking classes and pressure cooking classes. If you see something that interests you, please contact me to schedule a class in your home. Occasionally, I teach a class open to the public. Public classes are announce in my monthly newsletter, so please be sure to sign up for my newsletter.
Check out the class descriptions below and contact me with any questions! I often have fun hostess gifts and other incentives as a thank you to anyone who hosts a class with me. I also love to customize the classes to my students, so if you have a specific request, please let me know.
For anyone who is curious, I have a certified the Food Safety Manager with the state of Illinois. This mainly allows me to work in kitchens that are certified with local health departments, but it may also give you the confidence that I follow general health guidelines in the kitchen – no matter where I am.
I offer baking classes for all skill levels – whether you are new to baking or have been making yeast bread for years. In my baking classes, we use freshly milled whole grain flours and I focus on teaching you how to easily and successfully use these flours. I know that we are all busy and it can be a challenge to get healthy food on the table. Food has to taste good, be healthy, and be easy to prepare. I teach you methods that I’ve found to work for my family that save time while avoiding the high sugar, processed foods from the grocery store.
Classes are $20 a person. Class size is limited to 6-10 people. Contact me to schedule a class in your home.
The bread & baking classes I offer include:
- Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread & Cinnamon Rolls
- No-Knead Bread Class
- Flour Power Class
Click here for more detailed class description.
My pressure cooker is probably my most used kitchen equipment and I love teaching people how pressure cook. It saves time, energy and your food is nutritious. Modern pressure cookers have lots of amazing features – new electric cookers have risotto, rice, and even yogurt settings. I teach my classes with both electric and stovetop cookers, so you can decide which fits best into your lifestyle. Click here for more detailed class description.
Have you been wanting to try to make pickles or jams, but don’t know where to start? This is the class for you. I have been canning for over 20 years – starting with blueberry-lime jam as a summer 4-H project when I was a kid in Muscatine County, Iowa. In recent years, I have been canning enough tomatoes, applesauce, and pickles to last our family throughout the non-growing season. Canning can also be done in small batches for items that you don’t need in mass quantity, such as a special jam, chutney, or sauce. These jars make special gifts as a way to share your skill and love. I love to share my knowledge with you and give you the confidence to start canning your own produce. I teach proper canning techniques to minimize risk of spoilage. I’ll also share some of my tricks for acquiring quality produce.
Fermenting your own food can be surprisingly easy and convenient. Not to mention that is remarkably easy and one of the best ways to include pro-biotics into your diet. The probiotics and good bacteria in these foods help to improve gut health, strengthen immune systems, assist with bowel regularity and weigh loss, lower cholesterol, and increase nutrient absorption. I teach using methods that will take the intimidation out of fermenting your own foods. In these classes, I will teach how to make classic sauerkraut, and I also share recipes and ideas for fermenting real pickles, kimchi, lemon sauerkraut, and so much more.
Private & Special Classes
Do you have specific questions or a skill that you want to learn? Schedule a private class with me in your kitchen.
I also love to do special classes for small groups such as scouts, home school groups, or kids’ birthday parties. One idea is make your own pizzas, but I am open to being creative and working with your group. I provide all of the supplies, all you have to provide is the people.
Contact me for scheduling and pricing on private and special classes.