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FREE Public Class PLUS Free Lunch: Lunch and Learn

Pass the word around--

There is a FREE Public class next week, and if you attend, not only will you learn, but you will be fed lunch also!

The class  Lunch and Learn is about pie fillings and what to do with them--sounds good to me!

Reserve your place TODAY!  The class should be great:

WHAT:  Lunch and learn: Pie Fillings and what to do with them.

Where:  County Demonstration Kitchen
              777 East Rialto Ave.
              San Bernardino, CA  92408

When:  Wednesday, September 12, 2018
             11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Reserve place here:  CALL: (909) 387-2194 
                                   OR Email:


Sign up NOW! 

--And here's a link to a greatm, easy, Pie Filling recipe I wrote about in August:  Frozen Treat, But Not Ice Cream: A Cool Reason to Can Pie Filling




Posted on Friday, September 7, 2018 at 1:05 PM
Tags: class (9), free (3), lunch (1), lunch and learn (1), master food preservers (5), pie (3), pie fillings (1)

Reminder for the Gifts From The Kitchen Class--

Did you sign up yet?



Posted on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 6:00 AM
Tags: gifts (1), holiday (3), kitchen (1), preserving (19)

Prepare Dinner--Freeze It--Have Dinner!




If you are really rambunctious try this for your future enjoyable easy eats:  freeze small batches of lasagne, leftover pork ribs (these re-heat in the oven most excellently), turkey and fixin's (remember Thanksgiving?) and casseroles--or leftovers in general. Freezing leftover red sauce for pasta is a gift from heaven when tired or sick. You can cook extra chicken when grilling so that it can be defrosted in the refrigerator and you'll have a ready source of sandwich makings or salad add-ins (or casseroles for that matter). There is also the satisfaction of having something at hand to put in the oven on a night when you don't feel like preparing stuff for dinner!

To keep your frozen food safe you must follow good freezing practices. Excellent general advice on such is to be found here:  freezing at the NCHFP

If you want to freeze prepared foods, like the lasagne I mentioned above or casseroles try the NCHFP's Freezing Casseroles, Soups and Stews. This is the ultimate in convenience food:  your good cooking in your freezer!

For a good booklet (you might want to print up) about freezing all sorts of prepared foods try Preserving Food:  Freezing Prepared Foods.  You will need a .pdf reader. The foods it covers range from biscuits to whipped cream, and it has a good list of foods that do not freeze well. This is a good and valuable reference to have around the house.

Preserving by freezing requires some organization, just like preserving by canning, but if you can jar fruits and veggies to process, you may certainly freeze other, un-jar-able items as well. As mentioned above, they can be the most convenient foods--sometimes it is nice to be able to throw something in the oven for dinner and not even need to crack open some jars to do so.


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Posted on Sunday, September 2, 2018 at 6:00 AM
Tags: convenience (1), dinner (1), freeze (2), freezing (3), prepared food (1), preservation (2), soup (3), soup (3), stew (1)

Become a Master Food Preserver

Do you want to learn more about home food preservation? Need and want to know more than just how to preserve your jam?

Are you leery of some of the canning instructions on the web? Can you volunteer to teach or help with classes to teach the public safe, effective, USDA approved home canning techniques and recipes?

Please go to this link:  San Bernardino County Master Food Preservers and then click on "Master Food Preserver Application 2019" above Uncle Sam's Picture for more information!

Posted on Friday, August 31, 2018 at 10:18 AM
Tags: classes (2), home canning (2), jam (5), jelly (4), Master Food Preserver (9), preservation (2), preserving (19)

Gifts from the Kitchen 2018!!


It is ALMOST time for our Famous "Gifts from the Kitchen Class!"  Mark it down, reserve your spot and attend!



Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 6:00 AM
Tags: class (9), gift (1), giving (1), holiday (3), preserving (19)

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