OSU Extension Offers Food Preservation Hotline

Have questions about how best to preserve this season’s harvest? What are the rules about high-acid foods again, and which ones have got to go in the pressure cooker? How exactly does the gauge on that thing even work? There’s an app for that… kind of.

Master Food Preservers from Oregon State University Extension have made a hotline available to answer questions related to food safety, preservation, and nutrition. The hotline is open on weekdays from
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It remains available all through this year’s growing season, until Oct. 13.

As part of OSU Extension’s Family and Community Health program, Master Food Preservers are trained and certified by OSU Extension to provide research-based information on a wide range of topics. They are active in 18 counties in Oregon.

According to a recent OSU press release, staff, faculty, and volunteers answered 2,760 phone calls, 324 “Ask an Expert” questions, and responded to 1,625 office walk-in queries about food preservation last year.

So, in case preserving food in pretty mason jars turns out to be more troublesome than it looked on Pinterest, or before embarking on new and exciting home food preservation adventures, be sure to double-check recipes and processing times. Results should at least turn out better than botulism. Not all sources of information out there are created equal. Helpful advice is only a few clicks or a phone call away.

OSU Extension’s hotline can be reached toll-free at 1-800-354-7319, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to
4 p.m., or stop by online at extension.oregonstate.edu/community/food-preservation for more information.

By Matthew Hunt