Master Food Preserver

Master Food Preservers answer questions about preserving foods safely

Kelly Streit (right), Extension Family and Community Health educator, answers questions at the Farmer's Market about preserving foods safely.

Photo by Lynn Ketchum

Master Food Preservers (MFPs) are trained and certified volunteers who assist OSU Extension Service in their efforts to provide up-to-date food safety and preservation information to Oregonians. After a comprehensive, hands-on training, volunteers serve as a local community resource providing food preservation information to community members. They staff information and resource booths at events and assist with food safety/preservation workshops and demonstrations.

In some areas, the program has been enhanced to include nutrition and resource management education and volunteers assist OSU Extension efforts at emergency food sites (food pantries) and in schools.

News & Announcements

The OSU Extension Service Food Safety and Preservation Hotline starting July 16 and ending on October 12, 2018 (M-F, 9am-4pm).  Call 1-800-354-7319 (toll-free)
Classes include making Mini-Pies and Cobblers, Smoking and Curing Meats, Basic Fermentation and More!!!

Upcoming Events

2018 a la Carte Food Preservation Classes

Hood River County Extension Event

Tue, Jul 10, 2018 6:00 pm - Wed, Dec 12, 2018 6:00 pm
Food Preservation classes a la Carte held in Hood River and The Dalles! A selection of eight different food preservation classes covering various topics starting Wednesday, June 6th from 6:00-9:00 pm. Classes held on various Wednesday's until December 12 at the Hood River FISH Food Bank. These same classes will also be held in The Dalles on Tuesday's from 1-4pm at the Zion Lutheran Church.

Polk County Canning Tuna Class


Sat, Jul 21, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Learn tips and strategies to safely home can tuna.
Preserving Tomatoes & Salsas

2018 Preventing Wasted Food Series - Preserving Tomatoes & Salsas

Benton County Extension Event

Mon, Jul 23, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
2018 Preventing Wasted Food Series - The OSU Master Food Preserver Program presents a four-part demonstration workshop series on preventing wasted food, in collaboration with the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition's "No Food Left Behind" project.
Assorted Dried Fruits and Vegetables

Make the most out of your Food Dehydrator

Lane County Extension Event

Tue, Jul 24, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Learn the basics of food dehydration for camping and backpacking at a fraction of commercially prepared foods.

Preserving the Valley's Vegetables - Marion County


Tue, Jul 24, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Join us in Salem to learn how to safely and confidently pressure can vegetables.

Pressure Canning Tuna

Douglas County Extension Event

Sat, Aug 4, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
In this hands-on class you will learn how to safely preserve tuna using a pressure canner. The cost of the class includes the tuna.

Preserving Tomatoes & Salsa - Marion County


Mon, Aug 13, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Learn safe methods in this Salem class for preserving tomatoes and salsa.
Fish on the Boat

Tuna Canning Workshop

Lane County Extension Event

Sat, Aug 18 (All Day)
Learn to use a pressure canner to preserve up to 24 half-pint jars (per family) of the best tuna you’ve ever tasted!

Basics of Fermentation

Lane County Extension Event

Tue, Aug 21, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Learn basic fermentation including pickles, sauerkraut, Kim Chi and kombucha.
Cherry Tomatoes

Tomatoes, Salsa, and More!

Lane County Extension Event

Sat, Sep 8, 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Learn to can, dry and freeze tomatoes, as well as making salsa, sauce and catsup.

Canning Tomatoes and Salsa

Douglas County Extension Event

Sat, Sep 15, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
In this hands-on class you will learn how to safely can tomatoes and tomato products. You will can tomatoes and salsa, which you will take home.


Smoking and Curing Meats and Making Sausage

Lane County Extension Event

Sat, Oct 6, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tips for how to safely smoke meat, cheese and vegetables. Learn to cure meats and to make sausage.

Basic Bread Baking

Lane County Extension Event

Sat, Oct 27, 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Learn to make your own homemade bread from scratch.