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UC Master Food Preserver Mission Statement
"To teach research-based practices of safe home food preservation to the residents of California."

Be Food Safe

Follow safe food practices to avoid foodborne illnesses. Be mindful of ways you can incorporate the 4 easy steps to Everyday Food Safety: Clean, Separate, Cook, Cool. When preserving food, follow USDA guidelines and where applicable, scientifically tested recipes.

Prepare in advance for emergencies. Save this Poison Control Center information some place you can find quickly, if needed.

For potential botulism in food, contact the American Association of Poison Control Centers:
1-800-222-1222 //www.aapcc.org/

Knowledge is power. Learn in advance about Emergencies and Food Safety, like how to reduce your risk of food poisoning or what to do before, during and after a power outage (whether caused by an accident or disaster, or scheduled by your utility company) to keep your food safe.

Preserve What's in Season
Read Why We Preserve Food, then click on an image to read about the pictured item or check out other food preservation resources
MFP Helpline

Ever wonder what questions other Food Preservers ask?

Click for answers to some commonly asked questions.... including 

who can perform the necessary annual accuracy test of a dial gauge pressure canner and what Presto offers to convert a Presto dial gauge pressure canner into a weighted gauge pressure canner (which does not require an annual testing).

Have another question? Ask here.

Master Food Preservers of Orange County Present:
Sourdough and Cheesemaking


Thursday, October 13,2022 from 2:00-4:00 pm
Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 9:30-11:30 am

(2 identical classes)

South Coast Research & Extension Center
7601 Irvine Blvd, Irvine CA 92618
Website: http://ucanr.edu/sites/screc/

Cost: $30

Registration is closed - both sessions are full. 

In the event that there are future cancellations, we are establishing a 'first come, first served' wait list.  If you wish to be considered, please send your name, email and phone number to our Helpline at uccemfp@ucdavis.edu.  Put 'Wait List' in the subject line.  

Bread and Cheese: two kitchen staples that can be made at home. Who knew that bacteria and wild yeasts can help make great bread? Or that by making milk curdle, you can get a great cheese?

On Thursday, October 13, 2022 and on Saturday, October 15, 2022, UCCE Master Food Preservers of Orange County will share with you two techniques: the "care and feeding" of a sourdough starter and cheesemaking. Sourdough bread is created by fermenting flour to be used in making your own homemade bread and many other baked goods. Each participant will go home with a new sourdough starter, directions to keep the starter going, and lots of recipes for muffins, hotcakes, cookies, pizza crusts and of course, bread. We will also be making Queso Fresco, a Mexican cheese with a fresh, milky, salty-sour taste. This cheese is made by curdling hot milk with acid and the enzyme rennet to develop the cheese curds.  

There will be 2 identical workshops offered. Each class is limited to the first 24 registrants. Register and pay online by October 11, 2022 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. All ingredients and kitchen tools will be provided at the 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/.     

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. On your right, you will see chain link fence, then a block wall fence. The entrance is just at the end of the block wall – see photo.

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UC ANR South Coast Research & Extension Center
7601 Irvine Boulevard
Irvine, CA 92618

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