DIY Food Preservation

Recently, many of us have had the opportunity to explore new skills in the kitchen. I’ve been baking bread and cakes, experimenting with new seasonings in stir fry, and following the culinary adventures, opens a new window of our library staff! And now as summer ends, I’m anticipating preserving, so I can still enjoy the delicious bounty of summer fruits and vegetables as the weather gets colder. 

That’s why I’m so excited we're hosting a series of presentations, opens a new window by the UC Master Food Preservers, opens a new window to hone your food preservation skills, no matter your experience. 

Learn the Secrets Behind Jams and Jellies

Our first UC Master Food Preservers presentation is Jams and Jellies, opens a new window on Thursday, Aug. 13 from 4:00 -5:00 PM. Join us for an engaging presentation featuring sugar, pectin, and your favorite fruits and vegetables. We'll cover safe preserving practices, tested recipes, troubleshooting issues, and tips on making fruit and vegetable spreads that capture happiness in a jar. Register here, opens a new window for this online event.

Upcoming Preservation Events

We're excited to host more events in this series with presentations on preserving tomatoes, pickling and fermenting, and holiday food gifts. For more information and registration links to each event, bookmark this page or visit our events page, opens a new window.

  • Thursday, Sept. 10 at 4:00 PM - Preserving Tomatoes and More 
  • Thursday, Oct. 8 at 4:00 PM - Pickling and Fermenting 
  • Thursday, Nov. 12 at 4:00 PM - Holiday Food Gifts 

Look at These Books for More Jam and Jelly Inspiration!

A Beginner's Guide to Preserving Food

Grow your Own Ingredients

The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook

Foolproof Preserving