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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.

Home Food Preservation

Program Contact: Gina Ord, County Director
509-574-1600 •

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.  You can drop your lid off at the office Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Keep in mind it may take up to a week to be tested and returned.

Food Preservation Online Course

WSU Extension is announcing an online food preservation program called 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 online lessons can be viewed at your convenience.  They do not need to be viewed all at the same time.  To participate in the lessons, you will need a computer made in the past five years and have a stable internet connection, or you can contact the Yakima County Extension office to make an appointment to use a office computer.  Cost is $25 for all eight lessons. Visit to register.  List of courses and more information is available 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