Classes & Events
Please check back often for local classes and events.
Curious about becoming a Master Food Preserver volunteer? Check it out here.
Home Food Preservation Course (with no volunteer component)
Interested in learning more about preserving food at home? Want to expand your culinary skills? Do you live in a county without a UC Master Food Preserver Program?
The UC Master Food Preserver Program is excited to announce that plans are underway to offer an online series of courses covering the following topics. This educational series does not have a volunteer component to it (unlike the program described here).
- Food safety in the kitchen
- Freezing foods with maximum quality retention
- Dehydrating fruits, vegetables and meats and making powders
- Canning the pantry staples: tomatoes, applesauce, and fresh fruit
- Making jams, jellies and other fruit spreads by canning and freezing
- Using the fridge and a canner to pickle fruits, vegetables and eggs to add a burst of flavor to meals
- Canning your own condiments and savory sauces
- Stocking your pantry with main meal ingredients: meats, broth, soups and vegetables
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(this demo has taken place already)
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 707-565-3026
We covered methods for preserving tomatoes such as freezing, drying and canning. There was a demo on making salsa and crushed tomatoes in a boiling-water canner and participants took home a jar of yummy preserved salsa.
Resources for "Totally Tomatoes" demo:
- Crushed Tomatoes Recipe - https://ucanr.edu/sites/camasterfoodpreservers/files/334012.pdf
- Preparing and Canning Salsa - https://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_salsa/chile_salsa.html
- USDA Guide to Canning Tomatoes - https://nchfp.uga.edu/publications/usda/GUIDE03_HomeCan_rev0715.pdf
- Dried Tomatoes - https://ucanr.edu/sites/camasterfoodpreservers/files/334013.pdf
- Frozen Tomatoes - https://ucanr.edu/sites/camasterfoodpreservers/files/334018.pdf
- Core Canning Techniques
Resources for the Pickling Demo and Tour of Sonoma Clean Power's Advanced Energy Center
(this demo has taken place already)
1). "Pickled Bread and Butter Zucchini" - https://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_06/bread_butter_zucchini.html
2). "Zucchini Pickles" - https://ucanr.edu/sites/camasterfoodpreservers/files/335054.pdf.
3). "Quick Refrigerator Pickles" - https://foodsafety.ces.ncsu.edu/2020/04/how-to-make-quick-refrigerator-pickles/
4). "How Do I...Pickle?" Pickling Resources from the National Center for Home Food Preservation" - https://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can6b_pickle.html#gsc.tab=0
Gravenstein Apple Fair 2023 - All Things Apple_Gravenstein Apple Fair 2023
"Veggie Happenings" is a monthly webinar that features UC Master Gardeners of Sonoma County educating the public on seasonally appropriate sustainable food gardening practices. Also included in the webinar are the UC Master Food Preservers of Sonoma County who do a monthly demonstration on how to make the most of your seasonal fruits and vegetables. These monthly webinars are currently on hold. See below for information and resources from past webinars:
June 2022: Healthy Fruit Leather
UC Master Gardeners of Sonoma County Food Gardening Specialists talk about how to incorporate peppers into your summer garden, as well as managing drought and pests in your garden. UC Master Food Preservers of Sonoma County show us how to create beautiful, delicious and healthy fruit leather by drying the abundant fruit in season now.
May 2022: Strawberry Freezer Jam
UC Master Gardeners of Sonoma Counry discussed interplanting your vegetable garden with an emphasis on the traditional “3 Sisters” - corn, squash, and beans. They shared ideas for trellising and talked about some Good Bugs that you want in your garden. UC Master Food Preservers of Sonoma County demonstrated making Strawberry Freezer Jam, just in time to capture that bounty crop. Check out the strawberry freezer jam recipe and other strawberry preserving ideas: Veggie Happening_Strawberry Jam .
April 2022: Making & Preserving Cool Season Pesto
March 2022: Quick Refrigerator Pickles
February 2022: Fruit Based Dressings
January 2022: Preserving Citrus
For more information about preserving citrus, check here and Resources related to January 2022 Veggie Happenings .
November 2021: Fruit Shrubs & Switchels
October 2021: Pumpkin Butter
August 2021: Processing Tomatoes