Food Preservation


Welcome to WSU Clark County Extension Food Preservation, your source for current research-based information, publications and recipes.

Food can be preserved in many different ways including freezing, canning and dehydrating which allows you to preserve the bounty from your garden, farmers market, gleaning and other sources year round.  To take advantage of this bounty however; you need to have a trusted source of publications, literature and recipes. The sources listed below will tell you the latest and best method of preservation and the proper steps, times and ratio of ingredients to ensure a high quality, safe product that has been lab tested to ensure its safety for your family.

Safe Canning Books

  • The Ball Blue Book – 1989 or newer
  • The Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving by Judi Kingry/Lauren Devine
  • The All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving
  • So Easy to Preserve – The University of Georgia

Extension Publications – (PDF)

Fruits & Vegetables

Meat, Poultry & Seafood


Food Safety Fact Sheets


Frequently Asked Questions

Have you wondered what causes liquid loss in jars of home canned fruits and vegetables?  Or when you canning are you assured that your food is safe to eat when the jar seals?  And why do I have to vent my pressure canner?  Find the answers to these questions and more on our Frequently Asked Questions page!


Learn More About Home Food PreservationPreserve_The_Taste_Of_Summer

Would you like to learn more about home food preservation?  Do you want to learn about preserving food safely?  WSU offers a wide variety of educational programs including “Preserve the Taste of Summer” online course, “You Can!” Food Preservation series and specialty classes such as How to Preserve Game & Fish, Gifts from the Kitchen and Hands-On Canning Classes to meet the needs of the general public. Our 2016 scheule for these classes will be posted soon!

Do you enjoy volunteering, helping others and want to learn more about food preservation and food safety?  The Washington State University Master Food Preserver (MFP) program is a VOLUNTEER training program which trains volunteers to assist and work with the community. Learn more about the Master Food Preserver Program .

Food Safety Articles for Consumers

View or download Food Safety Fact Sheets on various topics.


Food Preservation
Food Safety Questions?


Contact us via our
Food Preservation & Safety Helpline
Call Food Safety and Preservation Hotline @ 360-397-6060 ext.5366
ext. 5366
Monday thru Friday


New Classes
coming soon




Contact Us

Zena Edwards
Food Safety & Nutrition

1919 NE 78th St Vancouver, WA 98665-9752
360-397-6060  Ext 5700