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Coronavirus COVID-19

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: Kate Ryan, Food Safety Assistant
(425) 357-6024 •
canning2Home food preservation can help make fruits, vegetables and food budgets last longer. After having your canner gauge tested, visit one of the many Farms and Farmers Markets (website) in our region and start preserving local food from local farms.

Preserve the Harvest Classes

2020 classes are now open for registration. May thru August 2020, details and registration at Preserve-the-Harvest/ (website).

Online Food Preservation Course

Details and registration (website) for online course thru Iowa State.

WSU Food Preservation Resources

When canning home-preserved foods use research-based, laboratory tested, up-to-date recipes from the resources on this page and in this brochure: WSU Extension Food Preservation Resources Brochure #C1117E (pdf)

Food Preservation Resources

Food Safety Resources

Pressure Canner
Gauge Testing

Pressure Canner Dial Gauges should be tested once a year to be sure they are accurate. Weighted gauge canners do not need to be tested.

Locations for gauge testing

  • Ajax Electric – 2911 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134 (206) 622-9948
  • WSU Skagit County Extension – 11768 Westar Lane, Suite A  Burlington, WA 98233, (360) 428-4270
  • Ace Hardware – 1420 Riverside Dr, Mt Vernon, WA 98273, (360) 428-6977

Making & Canning Low and No-Sugar Berry Jam (pdf)



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