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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.

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.

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

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.

Preserving the Season (Classes Suspended)

In pre-pandemic days, this space was reserved for and dedicated to hands-on classes, where the public joined Master Food Preservers of Orange County in "Preserving the Season" at the South Coast Research and Extension Center.

In cooperation with COVID-19 precautions issued by the state of California, all UC Master Food Preserver in-person events were suspended since March, 2020 and will remain so until University of California guidelines allow us back on site.

We are still here and available to answer questions online.
Contact us at uccemfp@ucdavis.edu
Stay safe! Stay healthy!

Excerpt from the CDC "Food and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)", Dec. 31, 2020

What you need to know:

  • The risk of getting sick with COVID-19 from eating or handling food (including frozen food and produce) and food packages is considered very low.
    Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that handling food or consuming food is associated with COVID-19.
  • Take everyday actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Continue following basic steps for food safety and eat nutritious foods to take care of your physical and mental health.

Go to the CDC web page for articles on Risks from food or packaging, Handling packaged food and produce, and more.

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