Preserve At Home


Preserve @ Home, an On-line Food Preservation Class

Will your New Year’s Resolutions include updating your food preservation skills? Do you want to learn how to safely can, dry or freeze your garden’s bounty? Oregon State University Extension Service invites you to enroll in Preserve @ Home, a national award winning, on-line food preservation course to teach individuals how to safely preserve a variety of food products.  Participants learn how to produce high quality, preserved foods and some of the science behind food preservation and food safety. Individuals with full-time jobs or who live in remote areas may be very interested in this course because the weekly lessons are self-paced and there is one hands-on lab on a Saturday at the end of the series in several regions of Oregon.

The registration deadline is Tuesday, January 16, 2018. The first class of the 6-week course opens on-line on Thursday, January 18, 2018. Each lesson includes online text (that can be downloaded and printed), an on-line forum to facilitate participant discussion, and a real-time, weekly chat to interact with classmates and instructors. The weekly on-line chat session for the first lesson will be on Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 1:00 to 1:45 PM. Topics to be covered include: Foodborne Illness – Causes and Prevention, Spoilage and Canning Basics, Canning High Acid Foods, Canning Specialty High Acid Foods – Pickles, Salsa, Jams, Jellies, etc., Canning Low Acid Foods, Freezing and Drying. Supplemental materials include publications on planting produce varieties for food preservation, and root cellaring.

Glenda Hyde, Preserve @ Home co-instructor will provide a hands-on lab experience for Central Oregon participants at the OSU Extension office in Redmond. Students will practice pressure-canning, water-bath canning, and dehydrating. Participants will also begin a fermentation. The optional hands-on lab will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Cost of the course is $55 plus the cost of required supplemental materials. Many of the supplemental materials are available free, on-line. Class size is limited. This course is offered cooperatively with the University of Idaho Extension Service, Oregon State University Extension Service and eXtension, a national resource for on-line courses offered by Extension professionals. Preserve @ Home won the 1st Place Award for Food Safety Education at the 2016 National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Annual Session.

Register online by January 16, 2018 at .

Brochure 2018

Preserve @ Home Syllabus 2018

The schedule for Preserve @ Home will be updated at the end of November each year.


Contact us for more information:

Glenda Hyde
Associate Professor (Practice)

Email: Glenda Hyde

Oregon State University Extension/Deschutes County
3893 SW Airport Way
Redmond, Oregon 97756-8697
Telephone: 541-548-6088
Fax: 541-548-8919