UCCE Master Food Preservers of San Joaquin County
University of California
UCCE Master Food Preservers of San Joaquin County

UCCE Master Food Preservers of San Joaquin County

"To teach research-based practices of safe home food preservation to the residents of California."

Who We Are

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The Master Food Preserver (MFP) program is a public service community outreach providing up-to-date information on food safety and preservation. 

Find out more about us or more about becoming a Master Food Preserver, click here.

October Workshop - Olives!

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When: Saturday October 20, 2018
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Cost
: $15
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How do you like your Olives! Do you have an olive tree and all it does is make a mess because you don't know what to do with the little fruit? Are you interested in planting an olive tree and having your own supply of olives for friends and family. Come to this DEMONSTRATION and learn the ways to process and prepare olives for consumption. It's a demonstration you won't want to miss!

Check in begins at 9:30 am. Class begins at 10 am sharp.

Classes are held at the Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center, 2101 E. Earhart Ave., Stockton, CA 95206 in the Calaveras Room.

Space is limited!

If you need assistance or accommodations, please contact the UCCE Master Food Preservers of San Joaquin County at 209-953-6100.

Gifts from the Kitchen
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When: Saturday November 17, 2018
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Cost $50
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When it comes to gifts, nothing beats homemade. Be prepared for this holiday season by attending Gifts from the Kitchen. You will learn how to make FOUR simple preservation items as well as techniques to make your gift look special. This is a longer workshop and also a larger workshop. Come prepared to have fun, meet some new preserver friends and take home four samples of items you can easily make at home.

Check in begins at 9:30 am. Class begins at 10 am sharp.

Classes are held at the Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center, 2101 E. Earhart Ave., Stockton, CA 95206 in the Calaveras Room.

Space is limited!

If you need assistance or accommodations, please contact the UCCE Master Food Preservers of San Joaquin County at 209-953-6100.

Why Preserve Food?

Food spoilage is the process of food becoming unsafe or unacceptable for human consumption. Spoilage is normally caused by the growth of microorganisms in foods. Other losses in quality are caused by natural activities in fresh food tissues, for example, the excessive softening in overripe fruit caused by fruit enzymes. Spoilage and quality losses are partially or completely controlled in properly preserved foods.  Food preservation is the maintenance of safe and nutritious food for an extended period of time. Examples of preserved foods include properly packaged refrigerated, frozen, canned, and dried products.

Objectives of food preservation:

• The primary objective of food preservation is to prevent food spoilage until it can be consumed. Gardens often produce too much food at one time—more than can be eaten before spoilage sets in.

• Preserving food also offers the opportunity to have a wide variety of foods year-round.

• It’s economic. The motivation for preserving fresh foods, whether from the garden, farm, or market, often includes saving money as well as satisfying personal preferences. There are many variables, however, that affect the cost of home-preserved foods. The true costs include total supplies, equipment, fresh food, human energy, and fuel energy to process and store food.

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