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Where you can learn how to preserve food like 18th-century Knoxvillians

From drying and salting to smoking and pickling, the all-day workshop covers it all.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Marble Springs State Historic Site in South Knoxville will take visitors back in time on Saturday during a food preservation workshop called, 'Historic Food Preservation For Modern Times.'

"A lot of times, people think history is so removed, but it really is translatable," Executive Director Kyle Dickson said. "Essentially, all we really want to do is in these kinds of workshops that we provide is we want to get people in touch with that 18th-century model."

Interpreter Jim Buckenmyer will be teaching the workshop. He's practiced the old-time cooking method for more than 30 years and said it's an important skill to have. 

"It's extremely important. Think about the meat shortage we just experienced. A lot of people were like, 'Oh well, I'll just fill my freezer.' Well, what if worse came to worst?" Buckenmyer said. 

The workshop is Saturday, July 18, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Marble Springs State Historic Site. The cost is $30, and reservations can be made online or by calling (865)-573-5508. 

Participants will learn the following: 

Survival Foods

  • Pemmican
  • Biscuits/Hard Tack
  • Parched Corn
  • Pocket Soup

Drying

  • Leather Britches
  • Herbs
  • Apples
  • Cherries

Naturally Dried

  • Beans
  • Corn
  • Peas
  • Wheat
  • Nuts

Salt Dry & Smoke

  • Meat

Lacto Fermentation

  • Pickles
  • Kraut

Root Cellar

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Winter Squash
  • Apples (High Acid)

Apple Cider Vinegar