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Preserve the Taste of Summer Online Training


Preserve the Taste of Summer

Preserve the Taste of Summer is a food preservation program that includes both online lessons and hands-on workshops providing the most current USDA-approved food preservation recommendations. It is a great opportunity for anyone age 18 years or older interested in learning safe food preservation techniques.

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Online Lessons

All participants complete two general online overview lessons:

  • Lesson 1 – Food safety
  • Lesson 2 – Canning basics

Then, participants complete additional method-specific online lessons depending on their interests and the hands-on workshop they would like to participate in:

  • Lesson 3 – Canning acid foods
  • Lesson 4 – Pressure canning low-acid foods
  • Lesson 5 – Preparation and canning of pickled and fermented foods
  • Lesson 6 – Making and preserving fruit spreads
  • Lesson 7 – Freezing food, storage of frozen and refrigerated foods
  • Lesson 8 – Drying foods
Hands-on Workshops

Participation in a hands-on workshop requires the completion of the general overview online lessons and the corresponding method specific online lesson(s). The hands-on workshops are:

  • hot water bath canning (salsa making)/freezing
  • jams and dehydrating
  • pickle making
  • pressure canning
  • Contact your local Food Safety Assistant, Julie Pirtle for more details at 360-740-1212

Food Handler Cards

Lewis County Public Health is now presenting the education and testing portion of the Washington State Food Handler’s Permit program.

Presentations are held at the following times or by appointment: Tuesday mornings at 9 am

Fee: $10 per person; cash or check, no credit or debit cards

OR take the course and test online:

You will need a debit or credit card to pay for the online course.