Canning & Cooking Class Schedule

Preserve Food and Eat Local All Year Round

Do you wish you could buy local produce all year long?  The Chickens want you to know how to preserve the food you buy from our local farmers! Support our local economy, save money and know what’s in your food!

Sign up for Chickens on the Mailing list to keep up with the schedule!

Note: If you would like to sign up for a class, but don’t want to use Paypal, please send a check to P.O. Box 3117, Colorado Springs, CO 80934.  Please send me a quick note if you do so and I’ll add you to the roster.

Homesteading Parties

Is it a class or a party?

Save lots of money over regular classes by splitting the cost with friends or throw a class party! These classes usually cost $30 – $35 a person, but with a Homesteading Party the cost is reduced by  50% or more. Invite your friends and learn a skill that saves you money and contributes to the health of your family.

You pick one of the following classes:

  • Water Bath Canning
  • Vegetable Fermentation
  • Make your own Yogurt & Goat Cheese
  • Make your own Cleaning Supplies

We arrange a date and I take it from there. The class can be in your home or I can arrange to have it at a local business. I make the arrangements, bring the supplies and teach you a new skill. All you have to do is issue the invitations and come to the party!

A $25 supply charge will be added to the prices below for hands-on classes. Contact me if you are interested in a demonstration-only class.

 Call Bonnie at 719-679-3117, send us a question or purchase below.

Vegetable Fermentation or Make your own Cleaning Supplies
Learn to make pickles out of just about anything in your kitchen or to make cleaning supplies out of common, nontoxic household staples in this hands-on class. Everyone goes home with a ferment or cleaning supplies that you made.
You choose the date and I do the rest.
Certificate is good for a class of up to ten people and expires on Dec. 31, 2016.
Water Bath Canning
Learn to can your own fruits & pickles in this hands-on class. We'll can the item of your choice and everyone goes home with a jar.
You choose the date and I do the rest.
Certificate is good for a class of up to eight people and expires on Dec. 31, 2016.
Make your own Yogurt & Cheese
Learn to make yogurt and soft cheese at home! Save money and ensure the quality of your dairy products by making them yourself. We'll make yogurt and goat cheese in this hands-on class and everyone will go home with some.
You choose the date and I do the rest.
Certificate is good for a class of up to ten people and expires on Dec. 31, 2016.

Note: I bring everything for the class, but I can’t compete with your cooking! You and your guests are welcome to bring food and beverages to enjoy during the class, depending on the location. Some locations, like Seeds Community Cafe and Colorado Coffee Merchants, offer wonderful catering services that your guests will love!

Click here to see all the Homesteading classes we offer!

What are people saying about Chickens in the Kitchen Homesteading Classes?

Make Your Own Yogurt

“Loved it!  You did a great job and clearly know your stuff.  I liked learning a new way to make yogurt – think I’ll try it this way next time at home.”

“I enjoyed this class – I can’t wait to try the different methods of yogurt making on my own to see what works & tastes the best! I’m now interested in taking other food preservation & food prep courses from you, so good work!”

“Everything was laid out very well . . . not confusing. I would tell others about your classes!”

“Moved at a great pace. Good interaction, everyone got to be hands on.”

Water Bath Canning

“Very informative. I learn more from doing than from listening. Thank you.”

“Class was very fun & informative. Good to see how it’s done. Better than reading the book.”

“I learned a lot and yes, I believe I could do this on my own now that I’ve seen the process.”

Preserving Fall Fruits

“Fun class—thank you both and thanks to Megan for the apples and CSA info!”

“I will be back!”

“Thanks—love learning more on eating healthier—for self and family. Loved learning about and will certainly check into Grant Farms.”

Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies

Another fun class—thanks! My husband will thank you after I go home & clean, clean, clean! :-)”

“Very fun night with the girls! It was fun meeting new people, being crafty and learning something new.”

“I loved the class and so many great ideas for even more types of cleaning for our small farm/dairy operation.”

“It was a great opportunity to make all the cleaning products I’ve been WANTING to make, but never have the time or all the ingredients! Bonnie makes it so simple!”

“I really enjoyed the camaraderie of the class. I love that we got to make products together and get to take them home!”

Pickling and Canning Beans

Preserving Fall Fruits Class

Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies


Canning & Cooking Class Schedule — 21 Comments

  1. Hello,

    I’m interested in coming to your pickling class on Aug. 13 at Ranch Foods. Is there anything I need to do to sign up?


    • Hannah, that’s a great question! I forgot to mention Ranch Foods Direct is handling the sign up process for the classes at their facility. Please call them at 719-473-2306 to sign up. The cost is $15 and includes a $10 gift certificate for their products.

      I look forward to meeting you there!

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  3. I would like to sign up for your water bath canning class on Tuesday, September 20 but would like to know the time and the place. Thank you!

    • Hi Barb. Thanks for your interest! The class is at the Gotta Love It Kitchen (2521 W. Colorado Ave, near Pizza Rustica). It starts at 5:30 PM and will go for two hours. The cost is $15. That’s $10 off the usual price for canning classes and the last one filled up pretty fast, so please email me at or call me at 727-580-3415 to sign up.

  4. Bonnie, Thanks for the great class on hot-water bath canning (is that an oxy-moron?), I really injoyed it. The “hot”- “water” part. Anyway, I just thought that maybe you should try a potato peeler next time. Don’t have any idea if that will work. However, you wouldn’t have to blanch the peaches then.

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  9. I have an heirloom canner, maybe 25 years old or so. It belonged to my Father, who just passed away on March 26th. I would love to learn to can using his canner. I know that no one can be familiar with the thousands of canners out there but if I brought my Father’s canner to class, could anyone give me some general pointers concerning its use?

    • Hungry Chicken Homestead has never offered one, but check out Easter Egg Acres or Venetucci Farm. They both offer chicken processing classes. The Colorado Springs Urban Homesteading meetup might list a rabbit processing class.

  10. Our son is interested in bee keeping. Do you sell items,such as bee hives? He wants it for Christmas and he lives on the west side of town. He is also interested in urban farming.

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