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Indian Cuisine Workshop

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018 in Upcoming Events | Comments Off on Indian Cuisine Workshop

Indian Cuisine Workshop

Kamloops Immigrant Services and Kamloops Food Policy Council is hosting an Indian Cuisine Workshop on February 17!

This workshop is FREE and you will learn how to make an array of Indian dishes from scratch.

To register, contact Elizabeth Brown at communityconnection@kcris.ca or 778-470-6101 by February 16.

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Zero Waste 3-in-1 Workshop

Posted by on Jan 24, 2018 in Upcoming Events | Comments Off on Zero Waste 3-in-1 Workshop

Zero Waste 3-in-1 Workshop

Making your own cleaning and beauty products is a great way to start reducing your ecological footprint. Sarah Fridriksson has been making her own natural products for over ten years and will teach how to make toilet bowl cleaner, body butter and beeswax food wrap.

February 4
$18
1 – 3 PM
Hosted on the North Shore

Complete details and registration can be found on Eventbrite.

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Sharpen Up

Posted by on Jan 23, 2018 in Our Stories | Comments Off on Sharpen Up

Sharpen Up

The Kamloops Food Policy Council has been hosting a variety of educational activities related to food. Our most recent offering was a knife-sharpening workshop.

Learn how to sharpen your knives . . . it sounds simple enough – right? A few pointers on getting the angle right – some brushing up on your technique. As I discovered, there’s a bit more to it than that . . .

First of all, I found out the steel rod thing I’ve been using at home isn’t even meant for sharpening – it’s just for removing tiny burrs on the blade between sharpenings. You need a stone for real sharpening (of which there are many choices – diamond stone, water stone, oil stone, ceramic stone), any of which can be called a whetstone because they are used for sharpening, or “whetting” as it was once known. To add to the confusion, a water stone is sometimes called a wet stone, which of course, sounds just like whetstone.

Before you can start sharpening your knives, there is a lot to learn about the different kinds of stones, the various grits they come in, and how to use each one. Unless you have an extremely steady hand, you should also have knife guide which helps you maintain the correct angle while you’re sharpening. If you fail to do that, you may end up doing more harm than good! There is a lot to learn about knives, too. Some are stamped – some are forged. There are bolsters and dimples and micro-bevels – at first the new vocabulary is a bit intimidating, but as with any new skill, it’s a necessary part of the learning, and with new language comes understanding.

As the organizer, I didn’t have the chance for much hands-on practice with knives, but I have to say I learned a lot, and it feels good to know I could have a conversation about knife sharpening and actually know what I’m talking about. With my new-found knowledge and a few tools, I am also confident I could go home and do a pretty good job on some of those dull knives I’ve got around.

I hope we can offer knife sharpening workshops at regular intervals. It’s such a basic, important skill that can make our lives easier, boost our self-sufficiency, and save us money! Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, and they all went home with at least one sharp knife and all their fingers, so I’d say it was a great success.

Hats off to our facilitator, Lawrence, who is so generous with his time and energy, and eager to share his expertise!

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Network with the Young Agrarians in February!

Posted by on Jan 22, 2018 in Meetings, News, Upcoming Events | Comments Off on Network with the Young Agrarians in February!

Network with the Young Agrarians in February!

Join us for our monthly Network Meeting, where we will provide Kamloops Food Policy Council & Interior Community Services updates, feast together, share event announcements, and hear about what the Young Agrarians has been up to recently.

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