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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."

Preserve What's in Season
Click on an image below to read about the pictured seasonally fresh fruit or vegetable. Check out food preservation resources to find additional information about preserving these and other foods safely at home. Read Why We Preserve Food
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.

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:
Get Ready to Barbecue!

bbq suace


2 identical classes:

Tuesday, June 18, 2024 3:00-5:00 pm 
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 6:00-8:00 pm 

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

Cost: $30

Registration is open!

Tired of barbecue sauces whose first ingredient is either high fructose corn syrup or water?  Join the UC Master Food Preservers of Orange County on June 18, 2024 to explore how to make and preserve a zesty BBQ sauce that is made with tomato puree and your own blend of spices.  We will also make a Pineapple Papaya Chili Salsa that compliments both meat and fish fresh from the grill!  Each participant will make and take 2 products:  Barbecue Sauce and Pineapple Papaya Chili Salsa.

If you want to learn to hone your canning skills, hang out with your friends and learn something new, or join a group of fun Master Food Preservers, then this class is for you!

There will be 2 identical workshops offered. Each class is limited to the first 24 registrants. Register and pay online by June 16, 2024 and bring a printed or digital copy of your confirmation proof-of-payment email to class. 

Closed-toe shoes are required.  If you have long hair, please tie it back for this class. Please bring an apron from home. If you cannot bring an apron, please select the $5 cleaning fee for a loaner apron. All ingredients and kitchen tools will be provided at the class.

Cancellation Policy: No refunds two weeks prior to workshop, as materials will have been purchased.

Questions? Contact us at: uccemfp@ucdavis.edu

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

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

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.

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.

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

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