D and I recently began a Whole30. It is an elimination diet, focused around eating whole foods. This means no sugars, carbs, dairy and importantly alcohol. The diet really makes you focus on whole, healthy eating. I’ve really enjoyed this refocus on the food I’m putting in my body. A couple weeks ago, I was invited by fellow blogger Bee (from The Spicy Bee) to join a canning class. I know very little about canning, but I thought given my new interest into food- this would be a great learning experience.


This canning & preserving class is run by expert and local artisan Sarah Marshall. You may know her from her AMAZING company Marshall’s Haute Sauce. She is incredibly knowledgeable about the art of canning and reducing food waste. I know very little about canning and preserving foods, but the class was enlightening. Additionally, it’s shocking to see the versatility and variety of things you can preserve through canning. The class is a one-stop-shop for beginners and advanced canners. You will be given all the tools to learn how to can while having snacks and drinks. It’s perfect for a group, couples, or solo ( like me!)

AirBnB Experiences

Take this and other classes through AirBnB’s new “Experiences.” You can find them on the AirBnB site, under the location you search. There are some amazing options locally here in Portland. Take a look at all the experiences listed. Start with Sarah’s canning class, especially, to stay dry in this constant spring rain.

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If you are looking to sign up for Sarah’s class, click here! If you can’t take the class, but want to learn more about canning, pick up a copy of Sarah’s cookbook Preservation Pantry. It not only has beautiful images but loads of information about preserving food and techniques.

Explore: Canning Class with Sarah Marshall


  1. This looks like a cool class for me and Hubby to take. We have been tinkering with being minimalist and this seems totally in line with that. Great pics too!

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Shannon, You’d love this class! Sarah (the teacher) had SO many ideas about preserving food, reducing food waste. We made this carrot “slaw” you see in the photos and then she showed us how to make a pesto with the carrot tops! SO cool.

  2. This is super interesting to read! I recognise how much waste of plastic there is when I shop at the grocery. Maybe canning is the solution that could work also for me!

    • Rachel says:

      I totally agree! I had never really thought about it until I took the class. You should check out her cookbook- its linked at the bottom of the post. It has SO much info on reducing food waste, canning, preserving etc.

  3. jen says:

    Wow! I did not realize you could take classes with Airbnb! We like to can tomatoes to use over winter for Chili. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Jocelyn says:

    That’s so fascinating! I had no idea you could take classes through AirBnB. Definitely something I’ll have to keep my eye on!

  5. Kerri Wigle says:

    I have always wanted to learn how to do this! So cool!

  6. Sarah’s class was so much fun and packed with so much great information. I picked up a copy of her book too and have been diving into it! Can’t wait for more spring produce to can and preserve. I also loved the fact that she is all about zero waste, making that delicious pesto from the carrot tops too!

    • Rachel says:

      I know- I was SO contemplating the getting the book. It was SO beautiful. I am eager to try the canning process on my own and see how it all turns out. So nice catching up with you 🙂

  7. Alice says:

    I find canning to be so intimidating because of the fear factor something will go wrong. One of the reasons I don’t can is because I’m terrified of not doing it correctly and having food go bad.

    • Rachel says:

      Alice- I agree, it is a bit scary, but if you have the right information there are several “check points” to which you can tell if you did things correctly or not. Helped a ton!

  8. Kelsey says:

    These photos are so aesthetically pleasing! Sounds like a great experience.

  9. Leah says:

    What a fun class! I would love to do this, and it looked like you had a great time! What great information to have, and the zero waste is perfection!

    • Rachel says:

      Hey Leah- I know- it was SO interesting to me. I really hadn’t ever explored the idea of canning and preserving, but not I’m SO intrigued.

  10. I’ll have to check out the “new experiences” thing! It’s so fun (and it feels good!) to do something you wouldn’t usually consider doing.


  11. I was sad to miss that but loved looking at everyone’s InstaStories! Your photos are gorgeous and the class looks like it was so much fun. I’ll have to check out the Airbnb experiences!

    • Rachel says:

      There are some really unique ones in Portland- I totally went home and checked it out after the class. Hope to run into you soon- its been too long 🙂

  12. Danielle says:

    Canning has always been so intimidating to me, but I’d love to learn! This class looks awesome. I’ll definitely have to check out the Portland “experiences” through AirBnB!

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