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Our office is moving in July!

NOTE: June 30, 2022 will be the last day we will be open so we can pack and move.

Research projects and community programs scheduled outside of our physical office will continue as planned. If you need to reach us, email us ( or leave us a message on our voicemail, (360) 778-5806, so we can respond to you as soon as possible.

We will open at our new location on July 18th at: 600 Dupont Street, Bellingham, WA

Food Safety & Preservation

If you have questions about home food safety and preservation, please call our office.

Cheryl Kahle, Food Safety Information Assistant
(360) 778-5806


Food preservation courses teach how to preserve the harvest at home

EVERETT, Wash. – Juicy ripe peaches, snapping fresh green beans, sweet raspberry jam, and crunchy dill pickles – nothing tastes better than home-preserved foods. In addition, a well-stocked pantry is a big step towards ensuring your family always has plenty of healthy food available. However, safely preserving food at home requires a bit of knowledge, some time set aside, and a small investment in equipment.

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WSU Food Safety & Preservation Publications

These publications are available for sale through the Whatcom County Extension Office, (360) 778-5806 or purchase them online at:


Big Game From Hunt to Home – PNW517

Canning Fruits – PNW0199

Canning Meat, Poultry, & Game – PNW361

Canning Seafood – PNW194

Canning Tomatoes and Tomato Products – PNW300

Canning Vegetables – HS0006e.pdf

Curing and Smoking Poultry Meat – EB1660

Drying Fruits and Vegetables – PNW397

Fish Pickling for Home Use – PNW0183

Food Preservation Resources – C1117E

Freezing Fruits and Vegetables – PNW0214

Freezing Meat, Fish and Poultry at Home – EB1195

Freezing Prepared Foods – PNW296

Fresh Cheese Made Safely – PNW0539

Home Canning Smoked Fish – PNW0450

Homemade Meat, Poultry, and Game Sausages – EB1661

Now You’re Cooking – Using a Food Thermometer – MISC0513

Now You’re Cooking – Using a Food Thermometer (recipe cards) – MISC0512

Pickled Eggs – EB1104

Pickling Vegetables – PNW355

Salsa Recipes for Canning – PNW0395

Smoking Fish at Home Safely – PNW238

Storing Fruits and Vegetables at Home – EB1326

Using and Caring for Your Pressure Canner – PNW421


Spanish Publications

Envasado de Frutas – WREP0114

Envasado de Hortalizas – WREP0113

Queso Fresco Hecho Saludable – PNW0539S

Recetas Para el Envasado de Salsas – PNW0395S