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Food Preservation and Safety

Many people enjoy growing their own fruits and vegetables, others do it out of necessity.  Home food preservation remains an important and popular cultural activity. It is critical that those who practice preserving and processing foods at home have access to the most reliable information available concerning food safety and food quality. This page contains links to information on food preservation, please read this canning fact sheet  before canning.

Tri-County Canning Centers

This page contains a link to information on canning centers. The Washington County Center is located on highway 79 South in Vernon. The Walton County Center is located at 1588 US Highway 331 South in Defuniak Springs.  The Tri-County canning centers will be open from May 1 through September 31. Those with questions or wishing to make an appointment should call either Emma Peterson at the Vernon center @ (850) 535-2937 or Bertha Hood at the Defuniak Springs center @ (850) 892-3615.


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COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

Updated 03/16/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. Please...

How to Use a Food Thermometer

You can’t tell by looking if your food is done cooking. Using a food thermometer not only ensures your food is properly cooked to reduce the risk of harmful bacteria, but it also prevents overcooking. Check out this video for more...

It’s Turkey Time: Thaw Your Turkey Safely

You have your frozen turkey. Now what? Plan ahead to be sure your bird is safe and ready to cook. Do not thaw your frozen turkey on the counter. All parts of the turkey must be kept at a safe temperature during the thawing...