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Tastier and Cheaper by Preserving
by Gloria Fitzpatrick
UC Master Food Preserver of El Dorado County

Have you been to the grocery store lately and seen the drastic price increases and smaller packages? Food is now a higher priced necessity than ever before. Now is the time to take charge of your grocery bills. Recognizing that your freezer is one of the best assets you have in the kitchen will help you to get the most from it.


The UC Master Food Preservers of El Dorado County can help you learn the basics of freezing food, drying food, and canning food (with both boiling water canners and pressure canners). Learning safe and effective preservation methods can help you stretch your food dollar and minimize food waste.


Spring is prime time to preserve fruits and vegetables. Using them in various forms and storing them in the freezer are great money and time savers. Stocking up on fruits and vegetables when on sale can further stretch your hard-earned dollar!

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