The Lost Art of Food Preserving

By on Friday, November 11th, 2011

There is a growing movement of people interested in the art of preserving and on Sunday, December 4, 50 guests can see how the pros do it. “Gifts for the Holidays,” an afternoon of demonstrations, tastings and lectures on food preservation, is taking place at the Homegirl Cafe in Los Angeles. Chef Ernest Miller of Hollywood Farmer’s Kitchen and founder of the Los Angeles County Master Preserver program, will conduct the afternoon’s activities. The $45 fee goes to scholarships for the LA program.

Food preserving is fun! Expect to see more events like this in the near future.

Master Food Preserver is an intensive 12-week program through the University of California/Cooperative Extension that trains people in the science of preparing food for long-term storage, a skill most people have lost in recent years. Sarah Spitz, outgoing publicity director for KCRW and a Master Preserver candidate for next fall, says that there are 5 applicants for every single space in the intensive 12-week course. “As re-skilling grows in importance to all of us in an increasingly uncertain world, we will be the people who will teach these skills, especially to low income communities,” Spitz says.

For more information and to reserve a spot at Gifts for the Holidays, click here.

Written by Erika Kotite

Erika Kotite is an editor, writer and owner of Toque.

6 Comments

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  2. MFPLA says:

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  4. MFPLA says:

    THANKS @Toquemag for shout out to Master Food Preservers. Dec. 4 "Gifts for the Holidays" workshop. http://t.co/DdfHxuYd Pls. join us!

  5. Sarah Spitz says:

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  6. THANKS @Toquemag for shout out to Master Food Preservers. Dec. 4 "Gifts for the Holidays" workshop. http://t.co/DdfHxuYd Pls. join us!

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