CORVALLIS, Ore. (KTVZ) – As the conservation season begins, the Oregon State University Extension Service’s Food Safety and Conservation hotline begins receiving calls on Monday, July 12th.

The toll-free hotline, 800-354-7319, runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, October 8th. When the telephone line is closed, callers can leave a message. The hotline is staffed by certified Master Food Preservation volunteers in Lane and Douglas counties, but is available nationwide.

Most often, hotline callers ask about storing salsa, tomatoes and tuna. OSU Extension offers publications for each: Canned Salsa Recipes, Canned Seafood, Canned Tomatoes and Tomato Products and Safe Canning Foods: Pressure Cans, Pressure Cookers and Electric Pressure Cookers.

Launched in 1980 in Lane County, the Conservation Nutrition Master program has grown to include more than 300 Conservation Nutrition Masters who must complete an eight-week course to certify and begin voluntary hotline shifts.

Extension’s Ask a Expert, an online question-and-answer service, is another way to get information. Post a question and an expert will get back to you within 48 hours. They can provide information on everything related to food storage, from safety concerns to recipes.

There is also a free app – Canning Timer & Checklist – that provides reminders of essential steps in the conservation process.

Furthermore, many Extension offices offer free pressure call meter testing. The hotline volunteers can give you specific information about your county.

More information can be found on the OSU Extension food storage pages on Facebook and Instagram.

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