Home food preservation can help make fruits, vegetables and and other foods last longer. After having your pressure gauge tested, visit one of the many Farmers Markets in our region and start preserving fresh food from local farms.
It is recommended that your dial gauge be tested before each canning year begins for accuracy. The dial gauge can be tested free of charge at the Yakima County Extension office. You can drop your lid off at the office Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Keep in mind it may take up to a week to be tested and returned.
Food Preservation Online Course
WSU Extension is announcing an online food preservation program called PRESERVE THE TASTE OF SUMMER. It is a series of eight-online lessons for the in-home consumer who wants to learn about food preservation and food safety. It is designed for beginning canners and also veteran canners who want to update their knowledge and skills. The online lessons can be viewed at your convenience. They do not need to be viewed all at the same time. To participate in the lessons, you will need a computer made in the past five years and have a stable internet connection, or you can contact the Yakima County Extension office to make an appointment to use a office computer. Cost is $25 for all eight lessons. Visit PreserveSummer.cahnrs.wsu.edu to register. List of courses and more information is available here.
Master Food Preserver Program
Yakima County residents have the opportunity to become Master Food Preservers at the Benton County office beginning in April 2017. Classes will be Tuesdays from 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will last 10 weeks. For more information, please contact Lizann Powers Hammond at email@example.com or 509-735-3551.
Food Preservation & Food Safety Resources
- Understanding Processing Times for Home Canned Foods
- Canning in Electric Pressure Cookers
- Canning on Smooth Top Stoves
- WSU Extension’s Consumer Food Safety Site