Food Safety & Preservation
Don’t forget to have the dial gauge on your pressure canner tested. It is recommended to have this gauge tested every year. Only the following brands can be tested: Presto, Maid of Honor, Magic Seal, and National canners.
The Portage County UW-Extension offers pressure canner testing at no charge. Please call 715-346-1316 to set up an appointment. Appointments are usually available the same day depending on staff availability. Our office is open between the hours of 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Testing usually takes between 5-10 minutes.
Portage County Master Food Preserver Program
A Master Food Preserver is a person who takes classes and is then certified by the UW-Extension. A certified Master Food Preserver must volunteer 20 hours of their time to food preservation and safety related issues in the community. Since the programs beginning in July of 2011, 5 people have become Master Food Preservers. The Master Food Preservers have also planned and implemented various programs throughout the year.
Master Food Preserver Q&A
Anyone can call 715-346-1316 and ask specific questions about food safety, or food preservation. Calls will be answered from 7:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday. Questions may also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. No question is too strange!
Fresh for All Seasons is a volunteer organization created by the Central Wisconsin Resiliency Project in conjunction with the UW-Extension. Fresh for All Season volunteers can and freeze excess produce donated by community members and community efforts like Community Giving Gardens and Plant-A-Row activities. After processing, all the finished products go to local food pantries for year-round enjoyment.
Master Food Preserver Demonstrations & Workshops
As workshops dates become available, they will be posted. For more information call 715-346-1316 or stop by the Portage County UW-Extension Office located in the County Annex Building, 1462 Strongs Avenue, Stevens Point.
UW-Extension Preservation Publications
*Most of these publications are available to view (pdf) or print for free. They can also be obtained at the Portage County UW-Extension for the cost of printing.
- Canning Fruits Safely
- Canning Meat, Wild Game, Poultry & Fish Safely
- Canning Salsa Safely
- Canning Vegetables Safely
- Freezing Fruits & Vegetables
- Homemade Pickles & Relishes
- Making Jams, Jellies & Fruit Preserves
- Tomatoes Tart & Tasty
- Wisconsin’s Wild Game: Enjoying the Harvest
- Make your own Sauerkraut
- Freezing Home Prepared Foods
- Guidelines for Making Safe Jerky at Home
- Maple Syrup Making
Publications that do not include specific recipes
- Using & Caring for a Pressure Canner
- Keeping Food Safe
- Using Clear Jel (A great way to thicken jam or jelly~the best substitute for pectin)
- Specific Equipment & Supplies for Food Preservation
- Safe Canning Methods
Other Helpful Resources
- National Center for Home Food Preservation – A great how-to website for beginners looking for research based preservation knowledge.
- Food Safety & Health – A resource created by University of Madison about food safety and preservation.
- Ball Company – A wonderful place for tested recipes and new canning innovations.
- Food Safety in Your Home – A source for education on food safety in your home.