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Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being conducted consistent with the latest official state guidance. WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers are following protocols for vaccination, masking, distancing and hygiene. If this office is not open to the public, we are available during normal business hours via email, phone, and web conference.

Home Food Preservation

509-574-1600 or (509) 735-3551

Home food preservation can help make fruits, vegetables and and other foods last longer. After having your pressure gauge tested, visit one of the many Farmers Markets in our region and start preserving fresh food from local farms.

It is recommended that your dial gauge be tested before each canning year begins for accuracy.  The dial gauge can be tested free of charge at the Yakima County Extension office.  During COVID restrictions, please contact the office for appointment (509) 574-1576.  Keep in mind it may take up to a week to be tested and returned.

Food Preservation Online Course-Under Construction

WSU Extension is developing a program to replace the previous “Preserve the Taste of Summer” Online course. Once information is available, it will be posted here.

Food Safety Questions

If you have a question about food safety or preservation, please call our office at 509-574-1600 and leave a message on the main line. Please note that you may not get an immediate response, but you will get a call back from one of our Master Food Preserver volunteers. You can also try the Benton/Franklin Master Food Preservers number at (509) 735-3551.

Food Preservation & Food Safety Resources

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