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.

The Wonderful World of Apples
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September 21st
10 am - 2 pm
$25.00 Click here to register

Fall weather brings the best fresh apples in bushels. In this class we will learn how to make apple pie filling and spiced apple rings. Whether you are buying apples by visiting the nearby orchard, the grocery store or market, or even picking apples from your own backyard this hands-on class will send you home with 2 tasty ways of preserving apples this season!

Registration begins at 9:30 am, class begins promptly at 10 am. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring an apron. If you have long hair, please bring something to pull it back with.

Classes are held at the Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center, 2101 E. Earhart Ave., Stockton, CA 95206 in the Calaveras Room. If you need assistance or accommodations, please contact the UCCE Master Food Preservers of San Joaquin County at 209-953-6100.

Gifts From the Holiday Kitchen

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Saturday, October 19th, 10 am - 4 pm
$50.00 Click here to register

When it comes to gifts, nothing beats homemade. This is our annual holiday gift workshop. We moved it to October so you will have more time to make your own batches before the gift giving season starts. Each participant will make and take four different recipes: Lemon Curd, Cranberry Rum Sauce, Marinated Peppers and new this year, Mozzarella Cheese. We will also have some materials for decorating the containers as well as examples of gift baskets created with your homemade items and store bought items.

Get an early start on some homemade preserved foods for family and friends.
This event is limited to 40 attendees. Register today to reserve your seat! 

Registration begins at 9:30 am, class begins promptly at 10 am. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring an apron. If you have long hair, please bring something to pull it back with.

Classes are held at the Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center, 2101 E. Earhart Ave., Stockton, CA 95206 in the Calaveras Room. 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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Gifts for the Holiday Season 10/19/2019
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