Food Preservation and Safety

OSU Extension delivers the latest research on preparing food safely and preserving the flavor of your bountiful garden.

Sign up for OSU Extension's canning classes (see schedule below), find publications to help you with your home food preservation projects or learn how to store food safely.  We also test pressure gauges to ensure safety.  This FREE service is available at our OSU Extension Office Monday through Friday 8am-5pm. 



Cooking classes

Master Food Preserver volunteers sometimes offer cooking classes. Here are some upcoming classes:

*Basic Cooking with Nutrition.   First Thursdays, October through June, 6:30-8pm

Calvary Lutheran Church, 198 E Fern Ridge Road, Stayton OR

Call for info:   503-373-3763


*Magic of Macarons.  Monday, November 13, 6:00-8:00pm

Gehlar Wellness Kitchen, 1st Floor Building D, Salem Hospital (939 Oak St SE, Salem)

Learn tips and tools for making beautiful, tasty macarons --- just in time for the holidays.

$15 per person.   Registration required by calling 503-588-5301 or email


General Food Preservation classes

OSU Extension Service and the Master Food Preservers offer a wide range of hands-on food preservation classes.  Registration is Required.  Classes are generally held June - September.  

A 2018 schedule will soon be developed


Master Food Preserver Program

OSU Extension Service Master Food Preservers are trained volunteers that promote safe food preservation techniques in the community.   You may meet OSU Extension Service Master Food Preserver volunteers at OSU Extension Service Food Preservation classes, Farmers Markets, and Community Events. 

Master Food Preservers receive 48-hours of training in up-to-date safe food preservation techniques, complete a certification test, and then volunteer at least 40 hours in the community promoting and sharing safe food preservation.  

Training Offered Spring of each year.   Applications are available January-March.

Here more about the Master Food Preserver program on the KMUZ "Waste Matters on the Air" radio show.


OSU Extension Service Master Food Preservers
Farmers Market Booth Schedule

Salem Saturday Market

  • June 10
  • July 15
  • August 12
  • September 16

Dallas Bounty Market

  • 2nd and 4th Thursdays, June thru September







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