- Author: Tami Reece
- Editor: Noni Todd
All Things Citrus
By Tami Reece UCCE Master Food Preserver
What can I do with all my extra lemons from my garden? Ann B. Nipomo
San Luis Obispo County gardeners are very lucky because with a little frost protection we can grow citrus throughout the winter season well into summer, depending on the varieties. And the best way to extend the citrus season even further is to preserve your harvest. Preservation methods can include pickling, freezing, dehydrating, or canning. On Saturday March 25, 2017, the UCCE Master Food Preservers will have an “All Things Citrus” preserving workshop to show you how. A variety of citrus subjects will be discussed but one of the more unique recipes that will demonstrated is salt preserved lemons. It is a process of salting lemons and preserving in their own juices for up to 30 days. This is a very easy process that results in creating a unique flavorful pickled taste with a wonderful silken texture. They are great in salads, salsa, dips, chicken, lamb, and pasta dishes. You will also be shown how to make lemon curd, a decadent creamy delight that can be used in pies, desserts, pancakes, and even oatmeal but it never seems to last until the next morning at my house! Finally safe methods to store, preserve, and enjoy oranges will be discussed, as well as marmalades.
The workshop will be held in the auditorium adjacent to the parking lot at 2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00. There will be a $5.00 charge to cover class supplies and you must register at http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=19887 as space is limited.
If you have any questions regarding the class or general preserving questions regarding water bath canning, pressure canning, freezing, or dehydrating, you can call our UCCE Master Food Preserver Helpline at (805) 781-1429 and leave a message or email the UCCE Master Food Preservers at firstname.lastname@example.org. A UCCE Master Food Preserver is available every Wednesday from 1:00 to 3:00 to assist you with your questions.
To view seasonal preserving recipes, food safety information, articles on food preservation, or other classes available in 2017 from the UCCE Master Food Preservers visit http://cesanluisobispo.ucanr.edu/YouthFamilyCommunities/Master_Food_Preserver_Program/