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COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

Food Preservation

Program Contact: Lisa DeWall, Food Safety & Preservation Information Assistant
(360) 427-9670 ext. 680 •

ComfortFoods-01-LoriDunnWelcome to WSU Mason 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. For a complete list of resources go to WSU Publications. These resources will give 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.

Additional Resources





Dial Gauge Testing For Pressure Canners By Appointment Only – Call 360-427-9670 Ext. 680

Location: WSU Maso
County Extension
303 N 4th Street,
Shelton, WA 98584
(360) 427-9670 Ext. 680
$3 per gauge

Dial gauges for pressure canners should be checked annually for safety, new gauges should also be checked before use.

Gauges that are off by more than two pounds need to be replaced.

Bring your lid and gauge or gauge, you do not need to bring your entire canner.

Preserve The Taste Of Summer

Washington State University is announcing a new food preservation program Preserve the Taste of Summercalled 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 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. Click Preserve The Taste Of Summer Brochure for more information.

Lesson Cost is $25.00

To register for the online series, visit