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"Canning Queen" teaches the art of canning at Lexington Co-op

Since COVID her classes are done virtually
Posted at 8:29 AM, Aug 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-07 08:08:20-04

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW-TV) — She may look like a mere mortal but Kathy Manley is actually the "Queen of Canning". She says "Nobody has ever called me that before, well maybe my family."

Not just an avid home canner, Kathy has been sharing her talent for the "almost lost art" at the Lexington Cooperative for more than a decade. She says "It started as a whim and eleven years later here we are."

Canning was all the rage a few generations ago. During World War II it was consider patriotic to put up fruits and vegetables.

Kathy says she is the only one in her family who has taken up the art but adds "my sisters are all happy that I do because I'm generous and I share."

Her next canning class coming up August 20th will feature peaches. Kathy says "Our rule here is we don't eat peaches until the snow flies and we don't eat pickles until Thanksgiving."

Canning can be fun and easy but Kathy recommends using "proven recipes" saying "canning is like baking, it's a scientific process."

You can sign-up for a virtual class with Kathy Manley and find some "tried and true" canning recipes at the Lexington Co-op website.