Food Preservation & Safety

Pickling, food preservationMaster 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!

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

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.