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Food Safety and Preservation

We provide answers, information and educational programming on preserving foods at high altitude and safely preparing foods to avoid spoilage and illness.


Kitchen to Commercial – A food business development seminar

Monday, November 12, 2018 : 9 am – 5 pm

CSU Extension is hosting a one-day training designed to improve business development skills for food entrepreneurs. Aspiring and early stage food businesses along with support organizations are encouraged to attend. ***Registration open to anyone in the state! Find out more information and register today!

Upcoming Events and Workshops – Pre-register by clicking the link for each workshop

Food Safety Training for Colorado Cottage Food Producers
September 21st, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm in Centennial
Cost: $40

Food Safety Training for Colorado Cottage Food Producers
October 19th, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm in Centennial
Cost: $40

Fall 2018 Food Preservation Training: Sauerkraut 
September 26th, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm in Golden
October 4th, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm in Centennial
Cost: $30

Fall 2018 Food Preservation Training: Pepper Jelly 
October 17th, 10:00 am – 11:30 pm in Golden
November 15th, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm in Centennial
Cost: $15

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Find resources for Colorado Food Preservation.



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We provide research-based information for consumers and industry food service professionals.


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Cottage Food 

In 2012, the Colorado Legislature enacted Senate Bill 12-048 allowing individuals to produce, sell and store certain types of “cottage food” products in an unlicensed home kitchen.

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Click here to find tips for adjusting ingredients and baking temperatures to prepare recipes at high-altitude.


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Contact these toll-free hotline numbers with questions on poison control, canning, baked goods and preparing meat, seafood and poultry.



Attend a Workshop
Learn the art and science of food preservation at our Food Preservation Workshops.

Ask a Question
If you have questions about food preservation, preparation or storage, please contact Family and Consumer Science Agent Sheila Gains at 303-730-1920 or

Request a Presentation
Schedule a one-hour food preservation or preparation presentation for your meeting or event.