San Mateo/San Francisco Counties
University of California
San Mateo/San Francisco Counties

Upcoming Preserving Classes

We're jammin' now!!

Join the MFP volunteers and learn how to safely preserve food at home in one or more of these public classes:

Blue Ribbon Preserving

  Join the volunteers for a fun, hands-on class dedicated to helping you win a blue ribbon in the Preserved Foods category at the 2017 San Mateo County Fair.  In this class we will discuss the general rules for entries in the preserved foods category, food safety, and the basics of acceptable entries.  Then you'll be the judges as we examine and evaluate a variety of preserved foods.  By the end of this class you will be ready to preserve the bounty of the summer harvest and win a ribbon at the County Fair too!

Thursday, April 13  6:30 - 8:30 pm at the San Mateo County Event Center.  To R.S.V.P. click here:  Blue Ribbon Preserving Class


All About Jam!  

May 9, 2017 4:30 - 6 pm.  Bayshore Public Library, 460 Martin Street, Daly City.  To register contact the library at (650) 991-8074.

May 12, 2017. 4:30 - 6 pm.  John Daly Public Library, 134 Hillside Blvd., Daly City.  To register contact the library at (650) 991-8073

May 20, 2017  2 - 3:30 pm.  Westlake Public Library, 275 Southgate Avenue, Daly City.  To register contact the library at (650) 991-8023.  

May 24, 2017.  4:30 pm.    Serramonte Public Library, 40 Wembley Drive, Daly City  To register contact the library at (650) 991-8023


Come to the San Mateo County Fair this summer and look for the MFP volunteers!  We will be offering 3 FREE preserving classes:

June 12, 3 - 4 pm.  Refrigerator Pickles

June 13, 3 - 4 pm. Fermenting and Yogurt

June 15, 3 -4 pm. Freezer Jams.


Did you know you can enter your homemade preserved foods in the fair? Take a look at the fair entry book and enter your best jam,jelly, or pickle.  New categories this year include fermented foods, vinegar, and sausage!!  

Download the entry book here:  - preserved foods begin on page 30.

Want to brush up on your preserving skills, learn the safest methods, and increase your chances of winning a blue ribbon?  Join the volunteers for "How to Win a Blue Ribbon" on April 13 - see above for details and link to register.  


Want to try it yourself?   Take one of our Community Canning Classes at Elkus Ranch. In addition to our library talks, our volunteers are offering several hands on classes at Elkus Ranch Environmental Education Center in Half Moon Bay that will include time in the kitchen under the direct tutelage of our volunteers.  They will assist with every step to insure you are learning all the processes and procedures so you can successfully preserve at home.  Participants will take home samples of each recipe prepared that day.  All morning classes are tentatively scheduled from 9 am – 12pm.  Afternoon classes typically run from 1 pm - 3 pm.  Registration and pricing information will be available for each class as it approaches. Save the date!!

Saturday, August 26:  Smoking (morning session) and Condiments (afternoon session) 

Sunday, September 10: Pickling (morning session)

Sunday, September 17: Tomatoes (all day)

Saturday, November 4: Prepare your Holiday Bar: Salts, Sugars and Garnishes (morning session) and shrubs/syrups (afternoon session) 

Saturday, November 18:  Holiday Gifts: Chutneys and Pepper Jellies (morning session) and Dehydrating (afternoon session) 




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