Friday, August 26, 2011

LA County master food preservers at Fair Sept. 3-Oct. 2

Want to know what to do with that bumper crop of tomatoes or summer squash? Ask a master food preserver! Pickling, dehydrating, freezing, canning, curing and fermenting can be safe and easy. Get the most from your harvest or farmers market purchases.

The University of California Cooperative Extension is pleased to announce the Los Angeles County master food preservers will be performing demonstrations and answering home food preservation questions at the Los Angeles County Fair (Sept. 3 to Oct. 2). There will also be a special kids program explaining how food is preserved and helping to identify typical preserved foods in their pantry, such as raisins and ice cream. Demonstrations will be held throughout the day on Thursdays to Sundays at the fairgrounds Farmhouse Kitchen. Due to health department regulations, samples will not be distributed.

The LA County Master Food Preserver Program is designed for individuals who have a strong interest in home food preservation and would like to pass this knowledge onto the public. County residents who would like to become master food preservers attend an extensive USDA-approved training program. Once trained, master food preservers perform volunteer work and participate in continuing education every year. Graduates of the program have a strong commitment to reach limited-resource communities. The activities include answering email inquiries, providing farmers market and community garden demonstrations, and participating in the annual LA County Fair.

For more information on the LA County master food preserver demonstrations at the LA County Fair, please send an e-mail to

For more information on the program, please contact Brenda Roche at (323) 260-3299, or visit

About UC Cooperative Extension

As part of the University of California, Cooperative Extension was established in 1914 to connect local communities to their state’s land grant university. An office in each county in California responds to the changing needs of its local populations, designing and carrying out research-based programs in the areas of food, health, agriculture and the environment. For more information on UC Cooperative Extension programs, please visit .

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