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Food Preservation Education

Colville Reservation Extension Food Preservation Programs:

  • Safe Methods for Storing Foods
  • Refrigeration
  • Freezing Fruits, Vegetables & Meats
  • Dehydrating
  • Boiling Water Canning and Pressure Canning
  • Pressure Canner Gauge Testing

Home food preservation remains an important and popular cultural activity. It is critical that people who practice processing and preserving foods at home have access to the research-based information concerning quality and safety of food.  Types of food preservation include: refrigeration, freezing, dehydrating, and canning.  For the most up-to-date information on home food preservation, contact your Family & Consumer Sciences educator at the WSU Colville Reservation Extension office.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends having dial gauge pressure canners tested annually. If the dial gauge on your pressure canner isn’t working properly, you could be jeopardizing the safety of your canned product. WSU Colville Reservation Extension offers free gauge testing and inspection of your pressure canner. To schedule an appointment, call the office at 509-634-2306 or email

For More Information:

If you would like information contact Kayla Wells-Yoakum at 509-634-2306.

People looking at a food dehydrators.
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