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.
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
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 2015, 396 new and veteran Master Food Preserver / Family Food Education volunteers contributed more than 26,494 hours of time in 26 counties, including Central Oregon (Deschutes, Crook, Jefferson); Baker, Clackamas, Coos, Curry, Douglas, Harney, Hood River, Jackson / Josephine, Klamath, Lake, Lane, Linn / Benton, Lincoln, Marion, Polk, Tillamook, Union, Washington, 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 41,408 contacts were made by volunteers, faculty and Extension staff, with 3,386 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 149,930 Oregonians were reached by our faculty and volunteers through radio and television broadcasts, social media sites, and newspaper articles related to food preservation topics.
Content Contact: Jeanne Brandt