Food Preservation

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Master Food Preserver Michele Pryse teaches food preservation techniques in the Medford, Oregon area. Photo by Lynn Ketchum.
Food Preservation

OSU Extension Family and Community Health provides publications and resources to help you preserve and store food. Extension also provides classes in food preservation and safety.  Contact your local Extension office for information about classes.

For answers to your food safety questions year round contact:

USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-674-6854 
7 am – 1 pm PST, M-F
FDA Food Safety Hotline at 1-888-723-3366
7 am – 1 pm PST, M-W and F

or go to Oregon State Extension Ask an Expert

Emergency Food Storage Publications

Holiday Fact Sheets!
Turkey Basics - SP50-1000 (PDF)
Turkey Fact Sheet - SP50-880 (PDF)
Preparación del Pavo
- SP50-880S (PDF)
Preserving Cranberries - SP50-929 (PDF)
Canning Lemon Curd - SP50-922 (PDF)

General Canning

Canning Timer & Checklist App - For people with previous canning experience, this app provides reminders of essential steps in the canning process

Fruits and vegetables

Meat, poultry, game, seafood


Jams, Jellies, Preserves



Smoking and curing

Preserving Specific Foods





Master Food Preserver (MFP) and Family Food Education (FFE) Volunteers educate the public about safe food handling/preservation over the phone and at workshops and exhibits.

In 2016, 398 new and veteran Master Food Preserver / Family Food Education volunteers contributed more than 21,250 hours of time in 18 counties, including Deschutes, Crook, Jefferson, Clackamas, Coos, Curry, Douglas, Hood River, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Linn, Benton, Marion, Polk, Wasco, and Yamhill. Volunteers educated the public about safe food handling and preservation over the phone, at workshops, and at exhibits and demonstrations at sites such as farmers markets and county fairs. Over 36,367 contacts were made by volunteers, faculty and Extension staff, with 2,112 of these from callers seeking assistance from the Food Safety / Preservation Hotline. The Hotline is operated with volunteer assistance during the food preservation and holiday season. In addition, an estimated 158,000 Oregonians were reached by our faculty and volunteers through radio and television broadcasts, social media sites, and newspaper articles related to food preservation topics.

Other Food Preservation Resources

Content Contact: Jeanne Brandt

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