UCCE Master Food Preservers of Orange County
University of California
UCCE Master Food Preservers of Orange County


Public Workshop: Pickling Your Veggies



Tuesday, April 9, 2019


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://screc.ucanr.edu/





Everyday vegetables can be transformed into pickles using a combination of salt and acid, which halts spoilage, staves off bacteria and imparts big flavors and a crisp texture. Pickling is one of the most cost-effective ways to preserve food.  On Tuesday, April 9, 2019, UCCE Master Food Preservers will introduce you to pickling with tasty recipes for Refrigerator Dill Pickles and Pickled Beets.  The preservation methods of refrigeration and steam canning will be used in making these recipes. 

You will leave with a jar of each pickled product we make and a handout with all of the information you need to safely make these recipes at home. Use what you make in a side dish, in a salad, on a sandwich, or just eat right out of the jar for a healthy snack!

There will be 2 identical workshops offered.  Each class is limited to the first 24 registrants. Register and pay online by April 8, 2019 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.

Questions, contact us at: uccemfp@ucdavis.edu

Directions to the location are shown on the home page of the website: https://ucanr.edu/sites/MFPOC/

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

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Ever wonder what questions other Food Preservers ask?  Here are answers to commonly asked questions....

Preserving the Season: Oranges


Citrus season is in full swing!  Here in Southern California we are treated to a great variety of citrus – from Grapefruit to Tangerines and everything in between.  One of the most popular citrus fruits is the orange.   Whether it be a ‘Cara Cara’ or a ‘Washington Navel’, there is a way to preserve your bountiful crop. 

What is an Orange? The sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) is a member of the citrus family, along with mandarins (tangerines), lemons, limes, grapefruit and kumquats.  In 1493, Columbus brought orange and lemon seeds to North America.  Today, North America accounts for about 50% of the world’s citrus production.  Southern California and Florida are the major producers of oranges, both as fresh and frozen fruit. 

Nutrition – Oranges and other citrus fruits are important sources of Vitamin C and folate.  Oranges also provide significant amounts of antioxidants such as beta-carotene and flavonoid compounds.

Selecting Oranges at the Grocery Store – Choose oranges that are firm and heavy for their size, with fine textured skin and no soft spots.  Oranges should be free of cuts and bruises.

Read more: Oranges

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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.


If you can't find the answer on the site, don’t despair!  We also have the capacity to assist you through our helpline.  Just contact us by email and we will respond to your inquiry.

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