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. 


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.

**Preserving Fabulous Fruit Class**

Wednesday, July 5    6:00-8:30pm

Gehlar Wellness Kitchen, Building D, Salem Hosital (939 Oak St SE, Salem OR)

$15 per person --- Register by contacting Tonya Johnson (503-588-5301)

There’s nothing like home canned fruit!   Learn the basics of canning fruits in this hands-on class. Find out how to prepare the fruit, liquids to use in the jar, basic equipment needed and safe methods for processing and storing this summer’s fruit bounty.

 

**Canning Tuna Class**

Sunday, July 23   12:00-4:00pm

Polk County Extension Office, 289 E Ellendale Ave, Ste 301, Dallas OR

$30 per person --- Register by contacting Tonya Johnson (503-588-5301)

During the class, participants will experience pressure canning tuna, and will learn techniques for filleting tuna, packing jars, and especially how to ensure safety.  Participants will prepare a jar of tuna to can and take home.

 

**Pressure Canning Vegetables Class**

Monday, July 31   6:00-8:30pm

Gehlar Wellness Kitchen, Building D, Salem Hosital (939 Oak St SE, Salem OR)

$15 per person --- Register by contacting Tonya Johnson (503-588-5301)

During class, participants will experience pressure canning vegetables, and will learn techniques to follow to ensure safety.  Participants will prepare a jar of vegetables to can and take home.

 

 


 

Food Preservation Classes offered in Partnership with other Organizations:


Monmouth Public Library

  • Drying Fruits and Veggies
    Thursday June 29 at 6:30pm
    Monmouth Public Library, Conference Room.  168 Ecols St S, Monmouth OR
    Info session only; NOT hands-on
    FREE

EZ Orchards --- registration required by contacting EZ Orchards:  503-393-1506

  • Jams, Jellies, and Pie Fillings
    Saturday, July 8 at 9:30am
    EZ Orchards lawn (behind the shortcake stand), 5504 Hazelgreen Rd NE, Salem
    $15 per person 

  • Basics of Pickling
    Saturday, July 22 at 9:30am
    EZ Orchards lawn (behind the shortcake stand), 5504 Hazelgreen Rd NE, Salem
    $15 per person

 

 


 

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