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Mason jars: They’re not just for faux-rustic wedding tablescapes anymore! Canning, once considered the purview of Depression-era housewives, has surged amid economic woes and a rising interest in local produce. Daniel Gasteiger, the featured speaker at the Silver Spring Garden Club’s March meeting, has written a nice little book on the subject with a title that’s both cringeworthy and charming: Yes, You Can! And Freeze and Dry It, Too. Though it’s possible to overdo canning—Portlandia has predictably knocked hipster pickling, and I can attest that if you tote pickled okra to one too many parties you will be nicknamed “the pickle girl”—it’s a valuable means of food preservation that results in healthier, cheaper, and better-tasting meals. Tonight’s presentation will examine the cultural context of food-saving and walk through several ways to keep those $4 farmers market tomatoes lasting well into fall.
Gasteiger speaks at 8 p.m. at the Brookside Gardens Visitors Center, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. montgomeryparks.org. (301) 962-1400.