About Us

The Master Food Preserver (MFP) program is a public service community outreach providing up-to-date information on food safety and preservation.  A Master Food Preserver is a volunteer who is formally educated in food preservation/food safety and is certified by a university cooperative extension. Volunteers are qualified to teach food preservation/food safety in addition to disseminating that information via lectures, talks and other county events.

The University of California Cooperative Extension of Orange County trained its first Master Food Preservers in 2011.  Since then more MFPs have been trained and have begun reaching out to the community.  It is anticipated that MFP training will be offered once a year in order to have the ability to increase the opportunities to interact with and provide valuable research based information to our county.  

What do MFP Volunteers do?

  • Answer food preservation questions from the public by email, web form, and phone.
  • Staff information booths and present food preservation demonstrations at the Orange County Fair and other local public events.
  • Develop and provide publications, educational materials, and web resources on all aspects of food preservation, including food safety, canning, freezing, drying, pickling, and preparing jams and jellies.
  • Provide classes and workshops on home food preservation.

Need assistance or more information?

For information about scheduling a Master Food Preserver for your public Orange County event or if you want more information about becoming a Master Food Preserver, please contact our Helpline via email.

If you have a question about food safety or food preservation methods, click the “Got a Question?” link on the banner at the top of the page.