Food Safety & Preservation

Pickling, food preservationLunch & Learn Series

We will be hosting a series of FREE Food Preservation “Lunch & Learn” seminars at noon on Mondays from July 25th thru August 29th.

Watch for the Links below to go live for a free downloadable pdf after each seminar.

July 25th ~ Making Jams, Jellies & Fruit Preserves

August 1st ~ Pickles & Relishes

August 8th ~ Tomatoes Tart & Tasty

August 15th ~ Canning Fruits & Vegetable Safely

August 22nd ~ Canning Salsa Safely;  August 29th ~ Drying Foods at Home

Free Pressure Canner Testing

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.

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 No question is too strange!

Fresh for all seasonsFresh for All Seasons

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.

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.

Cooking, fresh vegetablesPublications with recipes

Publications that do not include specific recipes

Other Helpful Resources