As summer wanes, the Master Food Preservers are still in full volunteer mode, providing the community with free safe home food preservation classes. Join the Master Food Preservers on Saturday, Sept. 21 and Tuesday, Sept. 24, for a free jerky class. The MFPs will share recipes and techniques for making jerky.
As we approach the first day of autumn, we continue our series of measuring produce. The Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving offers a “Produce Purchase Guide” that helps home cooks and food preservers solve measurement puzzles.
Here are some comparable amounts for fall produce. Fruit with pits are assumed pitted and sliced. Vegetables that are normally peeled are assumed peeled, sliced or chopped.
Apples: 3 medium = 1 pound = 3 cups
Figs, fresh: 9 medium = 1 pound = 2 ½ cups
Figs, dried: 40 medium = 1 pound = 3 cups
Grapes: 1 pound = 2 ½-3 cups
Kiwi: 2 medium = 1 cup sliced
Pears: 3 medium = 1 pound = 2 ¼ cups
Persimmons: 1 medium = 1 cup
Pomegranates: 1 medium = ½ to ¾ cup arils = ½ cup juice
Tangerines: 2 medium = 1 cup fruit
Broccoli: 1 medium bunch = 1 pound = 2 cups
Cabbage: 1 small to medium head = 1 pound = 4-6 cups shredded
Carrots: 5-6 medium = 1 pound = 3 cups sliced
Carrots: 5-6 medium = 1 pound = 2 ½ cups shredded
Cauliflower: 1 small head = 1 pound = 1 ½ cups
Celery: 1 stalk diced = ½ cup
Celery: 1 bunch = 2 pounds = 3 cups diced
Pumpkin: 1 pound = 4 cups cubed
Squash, winter: 1 pound = 3 ¼ cups
Sweet Potatoes: 2 large or 3 medium = 1 pound = 1 ½ cup mashed
Sweet Potatoes: 2 large or 3 medium = 1 pound = 2 cups cubed
Sweet Potatoes: 2 large or 3 medium = 1 pound = 2 ¼ cup sliced
Download the guide at freshpreserving.com/guides/ProducePurchaseGuide.pdf . To know what’s in season in California visit california-grown.com/PDFs/Whats-In-Season.pdf.
This year’s annual series of free UCCE El Dorado County Master Food Preservers classes are from 10 a.m. to noon in the El Dorado County Fairground’s boardroom, 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 ceeldorado.ucdavis.edu/Master_Food_Preservers/. Sign up to receive the Master Food Preservers e-newsletter at ucanr.org/mfpenews/. Find Master Food Preservers on Facebook.