As of July 12, the Oregon State University Extension program has opened this year’s run of their toll-free Food Preservation and Safety hotline.
The Extension Program has recruited certified Master Food Preservers from across Lane and Douglas counties to volunteer to staff the hotline, which will be available to call between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. every weekday until October 8. The experts can be reached at 800-354-7319.
Food preservation such as cooking, canning and pickling have been of increasing interest during the pandemic. But according to Nellie Oehler, one of the founders of the Master Food Preserver program, people aren’t always doing it safely. She says she worries that unsafe tips from the internet or outdated family recipes could cause serious consequences down the line.
The food preservation hotline has been up and running in some form or other since 1990, and it has been a serious benefit to Oregon communities all the while. Of course, in the modern day they also have a helpful website.
For specific information on your particular situation or question, you can also use the program’s online Ask an Expert tool!