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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

*Available for purchase at the Clark County Extension Office

PNW Extension Publications

Fruits & Vegetables

Meat, Poultry & Seafood


Spanish Publications

Food Safety Fact Sheets

Safe Food Preservation Sites


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!


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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 Fish & Seafood and How to Preserve Wild Game to meet the needs of the general public.

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 Preservation
Food Safety Questions?

Contact us via our
Food Preservation & Safety HelplineCall Food Safety and Preservation Hotline @ 360-397-6060 ext.5366564-397-
Monday thru Friday

Upcoming Classes



“You Can!”
Food Preservation Classes

Tuesday Evening
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
August 13 – October 1, 2019


Master Food Preserver
2019 Training Class

8:45 AM – 4:30 PM
Oct 4 – Nov 15, 2019

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Contact Us

Zena Edwards
Food Safety & Nutrition

1919 NE 78th St Vancouver, WA 98665-9752