UCCE Master Food Preservers of Orange County
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UCCE Master Food Preservers of Orange County


Tanaka Farms - CSA Handout

We hope you enjoyed our CSA demonstration at Tanaka Farms on Saturday, November 11th.  Recipes for contents of your CSA box include:

CSA box

  • Dried persimmon slices
  • Dehydrated carrot chips
  • How to freeze spinach
  • Carrot top pesto
  • Pickled vidalia onions
  • Pickled zucchini
  • Garlic roasted cherry tomatoes
  • Red and greed cabbage sauerkraut
  • Spiced plum jam
  • Beet marmalde
  • White grape and ginger jelly

For the complete handout:  Handout Tanaka Nov 2017

What is a Steam Canner?

Steam canning, or atmospheric steam canning, can be a safe method for home

steam canner
preservation of most high acid food (i.e., food with pH of 4.6 or below).  The steam canner was initially developed in the 1920s as an alternative to the boiling water canner; however, it was not approved for home canning until 2015.  Steam canning is a more environmentally friendly process than boiling water canning for the following reasons: (1) the steam canner uses much less water than a boiling water canner and (2) the steam canner reaches the required temperature for processing more quickly and thus uses less energy than the boiling water canner.  Read more…

Directions to South Coast REC

Directions to South Coast Research and Extension Center
7601 Irvine Blvd, Irvine CA

The city of Irvine has removed the left turn pocket in front of the property so if you are coming from the west you must drive to the light at Modjeska and make a U-turn. When you are approaching the property you will see chain link fence and then a block wall fence. The entrance is just at the end of the block wall – see attached photo.

Please note that this is a recent change and using directions on a mobile device will not alert you to these changes.



From the Helpline

Ever wonder what questions other Food Preservers ask?  Here are answers to commonly asked questions....

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