Master Food Preservers: Gifts from the kitchen

By From page B4 | July 16, 2014

Wilbur MoniqueJoin the UCCE Master Food Preservers on Tuesday, July 22, for a free class where the MFPs will share recipes and techniques for creating holiday gifts from the kitchen.

Not all the ideas are canned foods; there are lots of different techniques and recipes that the MFPs will share. This special class will be held at the Marshall Building at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, from 10 a.m.-noon.

This recipe for a sweet spice blend can be made and gifted in a small decorative jar and attach a recipe for honey spice butter for the gift recipient. Serve this buttery spread with pancakes, biscuits or sweet potatoes; or swirl into oatmeal for a flavorful twist.


Sweet spice blend

2 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
4 teaspoons dried ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon ground cardamom

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Store in an airtight container.
Yield: 6 tablespoons


Honey-spice butter

½ cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons honey
¾ teaspoon sweet spice blend

Stir together all ingredients until mixture is smooth.
Yield: Makes about ½ cup

Source: Southern Living Magazine November 2005

This year’s annual series of free UCCE Master Food Preservers of El Dorado County classes are from 10 a.m.-noon in the El Dorado County Fairground’s Boardroom at 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville.

Master Food Preservers are also available to answer home food preservation questions. Leave a message at 530-621-5506.

For more information about the public education classes and activities go to the Master Food Preserver Website at Sign up to receive the Master Food Preservers e-newsletter at Find Master Food Preservers on Facebook.

Monique Wilber

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