Food Preservation

Program Contact: Anna Kestell, Food Preservation/Safety Education Coordinator
(509) 477-2195 •

Food Preservation Hotline 509-477-2195

49c124b81f307d1083e6f30232d636eaAn educator can answer your questions about food safety and food preservation.

Office hours are:
Monday – Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

During the growing and harvesting season, many foods are in abundance. Home food preservation can help make fruits & vegetables — and your food budget — last longer. Contact us before getting started to review your plan and confirm that you are using a safe, effective technique for preserving your garden or market produce.

Classes & Workshops

2017 Food Preservation and Safety public library series will begin in April. Check the dates and locations on our events calendar.

2017 Preserve It!

A series of information sessions for the in-home consumer to learn how to preserve produce and meat in a safe and healthy way.

Saturday, Aug 12: In a Pickle

Take a break from standard fare! Pickles, relishes and chutneys are a welcome addition to any table.  Learn the safe procedures for pickling fruits and vegetables, as well as ingredient selection and prep.

Saturday, Aug 19: Tomato-Sauce, Salsa, Sensational!

Discuss options for preserving plain tomatoes, tomato sauce, spaghetti sauce, and tomato juice.  The feature will be salsa!

Saturday, Aug 26: Making Sauerkraut

Fermentation—transforming food without the addition of chemicals, additives or even vinegar.  We will feature sauerkraut which has been made over the ages and requires just cabbage and salt.


Classes by Request

If there is a topic that would be of interest to you and you have five or more people in your group, please contact me.

Public Demonstrations

I am available to share canning information at libraries, festivals, and other public events. Fees for those services vary. I am currently booking dates for Fall/Winter 2017. If you are interested in booking me for an event, please drop me a note at for more information or to inquire about pricing and availability.

Canning and Preservation Publications

Pressure Gauge Testing

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Contact our Food Preservation Educator

Anna Kestell
Food Preservation/Safety
(509) 477-2195


National Center for Home Food Preservation

farmer market

Buy, use, and preserve fresh, local produce!

Farmers Markets


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