CORVALLIS, Ore. – As canning season will get underway, the Meals Preservation hotline from Oregon State College Extension Service begins taking calls July 15.
The toll-free hotline at 800-354-7319 runs till Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to four p.m., Monday by way of Friday. When the hotline is closed, callers can go away a message. The hotline is staffed by licensed Grasp Meals Preserver volunteers in Lane and Douglas counties, however is accessible statewide.
Denise Fennell is the brand new Grasp Meals Preserver coordinator in Douglas County and works with the volunteers to answer the 1000’s of callers that use the hotline every year. Over half the questions are associated to meals security.
“It is easy for folks to go down a ‘rabbit hole’ when searching for information about canning and food safety – and misinformation can be hazardous,” Fennell stated. “That’s why the hotline is so important. Our callers know we have reliable, research-based information and our volunteers can guide people to safe and successful food preservation.”
House meals preservation has continued to develop as individuals present extra curiosity in the place their meals comes from and the way it’s ready.
“We see a lot of home gardeners that are starting to can at home to ensure that their summer bounty of fruits and vegetables don’t go to waste,” she stated.
Mostly, individuals ask about preserving salsa, tomatoes and tuna. OSU Extension provides publications on every: Salsa Recipes for Canning, Canning Seafood, Canning Tomatoes and Tomato Products and Safely Canning Foods: Pressure Canners, Pressure Cookers and Electric Pressure Cookers. Search the catalog for “Food Preservation” and you will find extra publications, together with some in Spanish.
Extension’s Ask an Expert, a web-based question-and-answer service, is one other option to get info. Put up a query and an knowledgeable will get again to you inside 48 hours. They will supply details about something associated to meals preservation from security considerations to recipes.
There’s additionally an app – Canning Timer & Checklist – for extra skilled canners that gives reminders of important steps within the canning course of.
Moreover, many Extension offices supply free stress gauge testing. The hotline volunteers can give you info particular to your county.