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Food Preservation and Food Safety

Program Contact: Paisley Gallagher, Food Access Program Coordinator / Kitsap Harvest
(360) 228-7302 •


Food storage, food safety, and food preservation

Food storage, food safety, and food preservation

Due to increased demand Master Food Preserver (MFP) volunteers from Benton-Franklin counties are reaching out statewide to support consumers with food handling in the home. Anyone with questions related to consumer food storage, food safety or food preservation can contact the Master Food Preservers for advice by email at or phone at 509-735-3551.

Information is available on how to store, prepare or process foods that meet both quality and safety guidelines:


At home food preservation can be a rewarding experience, but proper steps must be followed in order to ensure safety.  It can be tempting to try that old recipe passed down through the generations, but we don’t recommend it!  Many of those old recipes are no longer safe by today’s standards. It’s not worth taking the chance of making your family and friends sick!

You can trust that all of the resources listed on these pages are chock full with current research-based information, and every recipe has been lab tested to ensure it’s safety for your family.

Extension Publications

Fruits & Vegetables

Meat, Seafood, Poultry and Eggs

Spanish Publications

 Extension Fact Sheets

 Other Research-Based Resources


Some WSU Extension web sites provide links to external sites for the convenience of users. These external sites are not managed by the WSU Extension. Furthermore, WSU Extension does not review, control or take responsibility for the content of these sites, nor do these sites implicitly or explicitly represent official positions and policies of WSU Extension.

Preserve the Taste of Summer

Preserve the Taste of Summer is a comprehensive food preservation program that includes eight lessons. It is a great opportunity for anyone age 18 years or older who is interested in learning how to safely preserve foods.

Preserve the harvestWashington State University Extension is announcing a new 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 wants to update their knowledge and skills. The lessons provide the most current USDA approved food preservation recommendations. Some counties may offer local workshops or hands-on lessons for those people who complete the online lessons.



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. Your local WSU Extension office may also offer opportunities to view these lessons in a group setting.


To register for the online series, visit



Lesson 1: Intro to Food Preservation

Lesson 2: Canning Basics

Lesson 3: Canning Acid Foods

Lesson 4: Canning Low Acid Foods

Lesson 5: Pickled & Fermented Foods

Lesson 6: Making & Preserving Fruit Spreads

Lesson 7: Frozen & Refrigerated Foods

Lesson 8: Drying Foods

Lesson Series Cost: $25