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


Public Workshop - Preserving the Season: Gifts from the Kitchen

UCCE Master Food Preservers Present -

Preserving the Season: Gifts from the Kitchen

Gifts from Kitchen


Thursday, November 30, 2017


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!  http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=21934

On November 30th, Master Food Preservers will offer 2 identical sessions of a class featuring great ideas for making homemade gifts from edible items. Plan to join us at the session which best suits your schedule. We will be covering the basics of boiling water/steam canning while making a festive pear mincemeat. You will learn about the basics of dehydration as we make a layered mulling spice jar with dried fruits and spices. And, we will learn how to make homemade lotion with coconut oil and wax. We will also be sharing other great gift ideas and packaging ideas to make your holiday gifts as beautiful as they are tasty!  Plan to join us at the session which best suits your schedule.

Each class is limited to the first 24 registrants. Register and pay online by November 27, 2017 and bring a printed or digital copy of your confirmation proof-of-payment email to class. Closed-toe shoes are recommended. Loaner aprons are available or bring yours from home.

Cancellation Policy: No refunds one week prior to workshop as materials will have been purchased.

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.

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

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/.     

Flyer for the event: Gifts

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

Directions to the location are displayed below. The City of Irvine has removed the left turn pocket into the facility.       

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…

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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.



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