A class of happy fermenters

Fermentation class A class of happy fermenters

Classes with Karen

- Sign up for upcoming classes by emailing kpalcho@gmail.com. Specify which class you want and include your name, phone, address, and email. You will get a return email soon with confirmation and details about the class.
- Pay by cash, check, credit card, or paypal at the time of class. Please schedule carefully so that you don’t have to cancel. I put a lot of time into preparing for each class and cancellations hurt!
- Please arrive 10-15 minutes before class. Classes are held at my home in Fleetwood, PA unless otherwise noted. Address will be sent with confirmation email.

- Arrange private, custom individual or group classes by contacting me via phone or email. Classes can be held at your place or mine. You can select the items you want to make. Many classes can be adapted for children with adult helpers.
- All classes include handouts and recipes so you can continue making products after the class at home.
- Contact Karen by email at kpalcho@gmail.com or by phone 610-389-8316.
- If you would like to join my email list to receive news about upcoming classes, please send an email with your contact information.

Classes 2020

Herbal Balms, Salves and Therapeutic Body Oils $65
Wednesday 2/26/20 from 10 am-1 pm.
Saturday 2/29/20 from 1-4 pm.

Explore ancient and contemporary methods of using plant-based raw materials to make an eclectic variety of useful herbal products. We use certified organic ingredients as much as possible. If you have questions about ingredients or allergies, please contact me. It is often possible to customize product ingredients.

Herbal Balms and Salves are made by thickening and enriching plant oils with medicinal herbs, essential oils, beeswax, honey and other ingredients such as cocoa butter. Each student will make two kinds of salve choosing from a selection such as Healing Vapo Balm (for congestion of chest and sinus, lip balm), Repair Balm (for joints, muscles, minor trauma), and Soothing Calendula Rose and Honey Salve (a gentle, healing all-purpose salve for sensitive skin, burns, rash, cuts and scrapes.)

Therapeutic Herbal Body Oils are made by infusing plant oils (such as olive, coconut, or sunflower oil) with healing botanicals such as Calendula, Rose, Lavender Arnica, Rosemary, St. John’s Wort and Comfrey. They are more concentrated than salves. They are used for skin care, massage, bath oil, and general first aid. Each student will make one infused oil in class and will learn how to make many more customized blends at home.


Making Herbal Lotions and Potions. $65
Thursday 1/23/20 from 6-9pm.
Wednesday 1/29/20 from 10am-1pm.

Explore ancient and contemporary methods of using natural plant-based raw materials to make an eclectic variety of useful herbal products. We will make a very light facial lotion, a heavier all purpose skin cream, an all purpose herbal skin and hair tonic know as Queen of Hungary's Water, and two customized aromatherapy sprays. You will leave class with 5 finished products. If you have questions about ingredients or allergies, please contact me. It is often possible to adjust ingredients.


Classes 2019:

Fermented Condiments. $50. Wednesday December 18 from 6-9 pm
Fermented condiments offer a new world of nutrition and flavor to year-round cooking. We will make my famous Worcestershire Sauce, hot sauce, and fermented garlic. We will also make Fire Cider- The legendary folk remedy made from vinegar, garlic, turmeric, cayenne, horseradish and spices. It is a tasty, zesty vinaigrette and helpful reliever of cold and flu symptoms. Please note that there is a Vegan option for the Worcestershire Sauce which traditionally includes anchovies. Please note this when you register.
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Fermented Foods: Miso, Tamari and Fermented Nut Butter: $50. Saturday, November 2 from 9 am-12 pm.
Learn to make Miso, a traditional, savory Japanese condiment made by fermenting soybeans or yellow peas with salt and culture. The resulting thick paste is used for flavoring soups, sauces and more. Learn to make Fermented Nut Butter from pureed nuts, seeds and culture. Vegans consider this tasty, rich, nutritious product as a cheese alternative. You will go home with a pound of fermenting Miso and Nut Butter. The class includes demonstrations of making Nut or Seed Milk, and Tamari a soy sauce like product. Students will bring some supplies.

Fall Vegetable Fermentation: $50. Monday, September 23 from 5-8 pm.
Learn about the culture and practice of making safely fermented vegetables. Make your own delicious, nutritious, probiotic sauerkraut, kimchi, beets, carrots, apples, garlic, lemons and more. You will go home with at least 4 quarts of fermenting veggies. Veggies will be provided. You bring jars. Details will follow in an email.

Fall Vegetable Fermentation. $50. Friday October 4 from 10-1.
Learn about the culture and practice of making safely fermented vegetables. Make your own delicious, nutritious, probiotic sauerkraut, kimchi, onions, beets, carrots, apples, garlic, lemons and more. You will go home with at least 4 quarts of fermenting veggies. Veggies will be provided. You bring jars. Details will follow in an email.

Hard Cider Making: Begins 10/14/19 at Goggleworks Center for the Arts, Reading PA. $220.
Turning fresh apple cider into delicious fermented hard cider is the easiest and most enjoyable of fermentation processes. We obtain our juice from regional orchards in late October then meet to learn about all aspects of cider making. Each student completes the course with approximately 2.5 gallons of bottled cider, customized to personal taste. Intermediate students with prior experience will gain increased knowledge about all aspects of cider making through instruction and independent study. Begins October 14, 2019. Meets approximately every other Monday for 6 weeks at The Goggleworks Center for the Arts in Reading, PA. Register now at Goggleworks.org Look for the section called Handmade Home.

The following classes are available for private and group scheduling, at your place or mine. Contact me by emailing kpalcho@gmail.com.

Botanical Lotions and Potions Menu
Explore ancient and contemporary methods of using plant-based raw materials to make an eclectic variety of useful herbal products. All products can be personally customized to suit your own needs. We use organic ingredients as much as possible.

Class A: Sampler Set. $65, 3 hours
- Luscious Lotion: An all-purpose, non-greasy lotion that is perfect for anyone, anywhere, anytime. You can make it unscented or can choose from a variety of essential oils.
- Queen of Hungary’s Water: An ancient vinegar-based formula created by the Roma of eastern Europe. It is an all-purpose astringent skin, hair, and body toner that cleanses deeply and balances pH.
- Aromatherapy Sprays: Use for fragrance, attitude adjustment, and aromatherapy on face, body, and indoors for body and facial mist, aftershave, air and linen freshener, deodorant, insect repellent and many more uses. You will create 3 different sprays.

Class B: Herbal Salves, Balms and Infused Oils. $65, 3 hours
Using beeswax, plant oils and nut butters, we will make 5 different products including Herbal Vapo Balm (for congestion of chest and sinus, lip balm), Arnica Balm (antiseptic for bruises, cuts, burns and minor trauma), and Capsaicin Joint Balm (for joint and muscular pain.) We will also make herbal infused body oils such as Soothing Calendula Rose Oil, Stimulating Rosemary Oil, Healing Arnica Oil. These can be used alone or can later be turned into salve at home.

Fermentation Classes Menu

Summer Vegetable Fermentation. $50, 3 hours.
Learn about the culture and practice of making safely fermented vegetables. Make your own delicious, nutritious, probiotic pickles, tomatoes, green beans, onions, beets, carrots and more. You will go home with at least 4 quarts of fermenting veggies.

Fall Vegetable Fermentation. $50, 3 hours
Learn about the culture and practice of making safely fermented vegetables. Make your own delicious, nutritious, probiotic sauerkraut, kimchi, onions, beets, carrots, apples and more. You will go home with at least 4 quarts of fermenting veggies.

Fermented Condiments. $50, 3 hours
Fermented condiments offer a new world of nutrition and flavor to year-round cooking. We will make a selection of 3-4 of the following choices: my famous Worcestershire Sauce, tomato and pepper salsas, hot sauce, fermented garlic, fermented lemons, or turmeric-ginger sauce depending on availability. We can also make Fire Cider- The legendary folk remedy made from vinegar, garlic, turmeric, cayenne, horseradish and spices. It is a tasty, zesty vinaigrette and helpful reliever of cold and flu symptoms.

Miso, Tamari, and Fermented Nut Butter. $50. 3 Hours.
Learn to make Miso, a traditional Japanese condiment made by fermenting soybeans with salt and koji culture. The result is a thick paste used for sauces, soups, spreads, and for pickling vegetables or meats. Use the miso to make Tamari- a kind of soy sauce. Also, learn to make fermented nut butter from pureed nuts and seeds, and lactic acid bacteria culture. Vegans consider this tasty, rich, nutritious product as a cheese alternative.