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


Public Workshop: Gifts from the Kitchen

UCCE Master Food Preservers Present:

Gifts from the Kitchen 

pepper jelly


Thursday, December 8, 2016


3:00 – 5:00 PM OR

6:30 – 8:30 PM


(2 identical classes)


South Coast Research & Extension Center

7601 Irvine Blvd.

Irvine, CA 92618

Website: http://ucanr.edu/sites/screc/




Registration is open! 


On December 8, 2016 Master Food Preservers will offer 2 identical sessions of a hands-on workshop featuring great ideas for making homemade edible gifts. Plan to join us at the session which best suits your schedule.

We will be covering the basics of boiling water canning while making two delicious items: a beautiful pepper jelly and a cranberry ketchup. You will get to take home a jar of each of these products if you sign up for the workshop.  We will also be sharing other great gift ideas and packaging ideas to make your holiday gifts as beautiful as they are tasty!

Each class is limited to the first 24 registrants. Register and pay online by December 7, 2016 and bring a printed or digital copy of your confirmation proof-of-payment email to class. After completing the first part of this sign-up, you will be sent to the payment page. Please complete both sections in order to actually be added to the class list.

Closed-toe shoes are recommended. Loaner aprons are available or bring yours from home.

We will also be offering free testing of your pressure canning gauges at this class.

Cancellation Policy:  No refunds one week prior to workshop as material will already have been purchased.  Thank you!

If you have any questions, please write us at: uccemfp@ucdavis.edu or contact us through our website at: http://ucanr.edu/sites/MFPOC/Got_A_Question/.     

Location: South Coast Research & Extension Center, 7601 Irvine Blvd. Irvine, 92618

‘Temporary’ directions to the location are displayed below. The City of Irvine is working on Irvine Blvd and you may not make a left into our facility traveling south on Irvine Blvd – only a right turn.   Construction will be in effect through February 2017.  Please see ‘temporary’ directions to our site.  

Preserving the Season: Cranberries

Thanksgiving is almost here and it always brings to mind cranberries.  Probably the most common way we use cranberries is in a relish, sauce or jelly to complement our turkey dinner. But there are many more was to use and preserve cranberries that are both delicious and creative. 


About Cranberries:

The cranberry is a Native American wetland fruit which grows on trailing vines like a strawberry. The vines thrive on the special combination of soils and water properties found in wetlands. Wetlands are nature's sponges; they store and purify water and help to maintain the water table. Cranberries grow in beds layered with sand, peat and gravel. These beds are commonly known as bogs or marshes and were originally formed as a result of glacial deposits.

Cranberries are grown through the northern part of the United States. The major production areas are New Jersey, Massachusetts, Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Quebec. Other regions grow cranberries as well, to varying extent, and these include Delaware, Maine, Michigan, New York, Rhode Island, as well as the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Ontario. Cranberries are also commercially grown in Chile. These regions offer the special conditions that cranberries require, including sandy soil; abundant fresh water and a dormancy period that provides enough chill hours to produce a crop the following growing season.

Read more:

More information on the history of cranberries, how to grow them and the many ways to use them can be found at the website for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension:

Growing cranberries

Using cranberries

Health Benefits:  Cranberries are high in Vitamin C and fiber and rank among the highest in antioxidants of many fruits and vegetables.

Preserving Cranberries:

Cranberries can be preserved by freezing, canning or drying methods.  Comprehensive articles on preserving cranberries can be found at the following web sites:

National Center for Home Food Preservation: “Using and Preserving Cranberries”

Oregon State University Extension

University of Wisconsin-Extension

These sites and more found on the internet contain a myriad of recipes for cranberries as jams, chutneys, sauces, marmalades, pie fillings, etc.  In addition, Ball Canning has recipes for cranberry ketchup, and cranberry mustard!   

Cranberry ketchup

Cranberry mustard

Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

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