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Master Food Preservers

Our Mission:   In the interest of public health, Outagamie County Master Food Preservers educate the residents of  Outagamie  County and promote safe food handling and preservation techniques.

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Food Preserver Training - Nesco Food DehydratorMore and more Wisconsin residents are seeking fresh, locally produced foods with the goals of eating a healthier diet and supporting the local economy. With the increased emphasis on buying local, the University of Wisconsin–Extension offers Master Food Preserver training.  This 3-day program is geared to volunteers who work with University of Wisconsin Extension to support programming in food safety and food preservation. Master Food Preserver volunteers are required to provide 20 hours of volunteer service annually to UW-Extension in their county, providing training to others and helping to respond to questions. The 3-day workshop covers the following topics (classroom instruction and hands-on exercises): general food safety, the science of food preservation, canning high-acid and low-acid foods, freezing foods, food dehydration, making pickles, and canning salsa, pie filling, and jellied fruit products. Master Food Preserver Brochure 2014

What is a Master Food Preserver?

  • A Master Food Preserver works with University of Wisconsin Extension to support programming in food safety and food preservation.Master Food Preserver class with instructor
  • Master Food Preserver volunteers are required to provide 20 hours of volunteer service annually to UW-Extension in their county, offering training to others and helping to respond to questions.
  • A volunteer agreement, signed by the participant and the sponsoring UWEX Family Living agent/educator, must accompany each application. The applicant must submit a detailed volunteer plan as part of the application.
  • Master Preservers complete 3 days of training and a final exam before they are certified master Preservers.

Interested in becoming Master Food Preserver or learning more?
Check out the links below

Food Safety and Health- http://www.foodsafety.wisc.edu/
Master Food Preserver Documents- http://www.foodsafety.wisc.edu/topicsA-Z/i-m.html#m
National Center for Home Food Preservation – http://nchfp.uga.edu/

2014 Lunch & Learn, UW-Extension Office, 12 noon to 1 p.m.

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April 8 Planning for a Successful Gardening Year – Often a bountiful harvest is linked to planting the right crops, at the right time.  Learn what varieties work well in Wisconsin and tips for a successful gardening year.  Mike Maddox, Master Gardener Program Coordinator
May 6 Tips for a Successful Year of Food Preservation – Be sure you have the right equipment and most up-to-date information prior to the start of the food preservation season. Information on steam canning should be ready for this program!

2014 Hands-On Classes (locations listed below)

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Saucy Salsa – Tomato salsa

Monday, August 18  6:00 – 7:30 p.m.    Salvation Army, $7 per person
Registration required, please call Karen at (920) 955-1232

 Relish Your Apples – Sweet apple relish

Monday, September 15  6:00 – 7:30 p.m.     UW-Extension office, $7 per person
Registration required, call (920)832-5121

Meats—Come on Deer, Let’s Eat – Preserving venison

 Saturday, December 6   9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  UW-Extension   office, $10 per person
 Registration required, call (920)832-5121
 

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Over the summer months, the UW-Extension Service offered web-based seminars outlining methods of canning and food preservation.  Shortcuts to the seminars and presentations are provided below:

 2013 UW-Extension Food Preservation Webinars

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“Growing Your Life” Series

Classes include:  Good Eats/Good Gardens, Food Preservation, Master Gardener Public Education, and Gardening Education.  Course are designed to provide good food preparation with participant teaching and gardening opportunities.  Collaborations of:   UW Extension Outagamie County, Salvation Army Fox Cities, Goodwill’s Community Garden Partnership, UW Oshkosh School of Nursing, Outagamie County Master Gardeners, Outagamie County Master Food Preservers, Outagamie County Master Composters.   TBA

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More Information

Any Questions? Feel free to contact:
Karen Dickrell
Family Living Educator
3365 W. Brewster St.
Appleton, WI  54914Karen.dickrell@outagamie.org

 

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