Backyard Skills: Food Preservation

September 6, 2014 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm America/Los Angeles Timezone
Center for Living Peace
4139 Campus Drive
University Center, Irvine, CA 92612
The Ecology Center

Preserve the summer harvest and treat your taste buds! Learn the basics of home food preservation.

Join us to learn recipes, procedures, safety tips, and techniques behind preserving, canning, and fermenting various foods. Understand the most popular food preservation method – transforming fruit into jam.

Participants can taste various preserved foods such as Fig Balsamic Preserves, Pickled Onions, Orange Pickled Fennel, Soy Pickled Fennel, Zucchini Jam and more. Take something of their own creation to share with friends and family! Learn how to ferment foods and enrich your diet, and the planet, in a healthy way.

Fermentation and preservation allow you to store food without spoiling or sacrificing quality, taste, or nutritional value. In fact, with many fermented foods, texture, taste, and nutritional value are all enhanced. It’s healthy for us, but how is fermenting and preserving food healthy for our environment? The answer is less energy consumption by decreasing cooking time, fuel, and waste by preserving the harvest instead of dumping it in the trash. Incorporate fermenting and preservation into your arsenal of kitchen skills – your gut will thank you.