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UCCE Master Food Preservers of Central Sierra


We are sorry to announce that our Sauerkraut, Pickles and Relish classes (July 26 & 29) and our Tomatoes class on Aug 2 have all been canceled due to the Sand Fire. Our classes are at the El Dorado County fairgrounds which is in use as a staging area for firefighters and it was also used as an evacuation site for residents affected by the fire. We thank you for your understanding. At this time we are not sure of the fairgrounds will be available in time for our August 5 class. Stay tuned!


You have seen them at the County Fair! You may have even attended one of their Food Preserving classes. Master Food Preservers are agents of the University of California and work through the UC Cooperative Extension to educate the community on the safe practices of food preservation, including pickling, making cheeses, sausages, preserves and much more.

This website is designed to help you find information about food safety and information about your local Master Food Preservers.

  • Questions About Food Preservation?
  • Need a speaker for your organization?
  • Interested in attending a food preservation class?
  • Pressure Canner Testing - should be done annually!

Canning on Smooth Cooktops

Master Food Preservers are frequently asked about canning on smooth cooktop stoves.  It depends on the manufacturer's recommendation. Get more information from the National Center for Home Food Preservation about preserving on smooth cooktop stoves.

Home Made Jars

Have a Question for the Master Food Preservers

Call the Master Food Preserver Hotline: (530) 621-5506. If you have a food safety or preservation question, please call and leave a message. We will be happy to return your call. Or send a question through the email or fill out the online information request form.

El Dorado Master Food Preservers
email: edmfp@ucdavis.edu

Amador/Calaveras Master Food Preservers
email: acmfp@ucdavis.edu

Ask a Master Food Preserver - online information request form

Master Food Preserver Classes

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