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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More 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 2013
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 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/
2013 Hands-On Classes:
|Meats—Come on Deer, Let’s Eat|
|Saturday, December 7||9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.||UW-Extension Office||Registration required, call (920)832-4763, $5 per person|
2013-2014 Lunch & Learn, UW-Extension Office, 12 noon to 1 p.m.
|December 10||Keep Food Safety in Mind at Holidays – Whether you are hosting a party or sharing food-gifts with family and friends, there are some important food safety guidelines to keep in mind.|
|February 11||Chocolate! – What better time to focus on chocolate and other sweets than Valentine’s Day! How is chocolate made and why is it now said to be a ‘healthy food?’|
|March 4||Springtime is Food Safety Time – Spring holidays are a time for family and friends, but don’t forget food safety. Join us for a look at all that is new in food safety.|
|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!|
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
“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. Growing Your Life (pdf)- Updated May 30, 2013.
|Any Questions? Feel free to contact:|
Family Living Educator
3365 W. Brewster St.
Appleton, WI 54914