Food Preservation & Safety


Food Preservation

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.  It’s also a good idea to review the Using and Caring for a Pressure Canner publication by UW-Extension.

The Winnebago County UW-Extension offers pressure canner testing free of charge.  Please bring your lid to our office between the hours of 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.  When staffing allows, we can usually conduct the test while you wait.

UW Extension Food Preservation Publications

The following publications are available for FREE download using the links below, or printed copies can be obtained for a fee at the Learning Store or by visiting the Winnebago County UW-Extension office at 625 E. County Rd. Y, Suite 600, Oshkosh.

Canning Fruits Safely
Canning Meat, Wild Game, Poultry, & Fish Safely
Canning Salsa Safely
Canning Vegetables Safely
Homemade Pickles & Relishes
Freezing Fruits & Vegetables
Making Jams, Jellies, & Fruit Preserves
Safe Preserving – NOW Jams & Jellies in PINT Jars
Safe Preserving – Time-Saving Tips
Safe Preserving – Apples, the Best of the Fall Harvest
Using Clear Jel (a useful fact-sheet by Washington State University)

Access the complete  list of publications in our overview Food Preservation Safety and Storage brochure here.

Need food preservation supplies, equipment, or parts?  Download this Food Preservation-Equipment & Supplies list compiled by Dr. Barbara Ingham, Food Science Professor at the University of Wisconsin Madison.  

Want to know what other publications are available?  Check out this link: Preserving Wisconsin’s Harvest

 Home Food Preservation Fact Sheets

Guidelines for Using an Atmospheric Steam Canner for Home Food Preservation
5 Tips for a Successful Home Canning Season
Review the Basics For a Safe Food Preservation Season

Fruits: Save Summer’s Goodness by Canning Fruits at Home
Vegetables: The Delicious Taste of Summer in Home-Canned Vegetables
Jams & Jellies: The Full Sweetness of Summer Shines in Homemade Jams and Jellies
Salsa: Spice up Family Meals with Home-Canned Salsa
Vegetables & Meat: Turn the Heat Up to Properly Can Vegetables and Meat
Pickles: Crispy and Delicious Homemade Pickles
Tomatoes: Preserving Tomatoes: Tart and Tasty!

Preserve Summer Time’s Best Flavors by Freezing Fresh Fruit
Preserving Food: Freezing Animal Products  

Snacks Your Family Will Love From Home-Dried Fruits, Vegetables, and Meat

Food Safety

food-safetySafe & Healthy: Preserving Food at Home Blog

“Safe and Healthy: Preserving Food at Home” ( is a new website that covers topics ranging from safe canning of tomatoes and other garden produce to how to respond to a food recall.  The information, prepared by UW-Extension Food Scientist, Barbara Ingham, features new posts and tips almost daily.

Food Safety Links

FIGHT BAC! Partnership for Food Safety Education
USDA Food Safety Information

Related Links of Interest

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
My Plate
Recipes: Meals for You
UW-Extension Publications: The Learning Store
Government Website:
USDA’s Searchable Nutrient Database: USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory
Pinterest Page for Safe Canning & Freezing: UNL Canning and Freezing
Nutrition, Physical Activity, & Obesity Information: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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