Tips for Preserving Food

Program Contact: Vivian Smallwood, Food Safety/Preservation Information Assistant
(360) 428-4270 ext. 238 • vivian.smallwood@wsu.edu

Do you have an abundance of produce from your garden? Now is the time to preserve them for times when you can’t get them “fresh picked.” WSU Skagit County Extension Crop Sheets provide accurate research-based information on preserving food. Consider canning, freezing, pickling, or dehydrating. The information is now at your fingertips!

The documents listed to the right are in the Adobe Acrobat .pdf file format. You need the free Acrobat Reader to download and view these files.

More Food Preservation Links:

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USDA National Center
Free on-line food preservation course, plus many new recipes including Spicy Cranberry Salsa, Spicy Jicama Relish, Tomato Taco Sauce, and Mango Salsa. The salsa recipes are in Spanish as well as English.

So Easy to Preserve website — Available for purchase: 375-page food preservation recipe book with over 186 USDA tested recipes and 8-part DVD servies with how-to-preserve demonstrations using recommended food preservation techniques.

National Center for Home Food Preservation
Preservation Slideshows
Iowa State University Extension Food Preservation Answerline
Information and resources for consumers with home and family questions.

We now test Pressure Canner Dial Gauges

Dial gauges should be checked every year to insure they are reading correctly (weighted gauge canners do not have to be checked).

Testing is offered during open hours. Gauges may have to be removed from lids to be able to test. Cost is $5.00. Call 360-428-4270, ext 0 for more information.