Courses and resources for your home or  business to help ensure food is prepared, stored, and served safely.

 

 home canning

Home Food Preservation Resources

Food preservation has spanned generations and millennia as a way to safely enjoy quality seasonal food throughout the year.  

Proper canning preserves food from spoilage and destroys microorganisms that could cause foodborne illness for you, a family member, or others consuming these foods. To ensure SAFE food preservation, MSU Extension recommends ONLY using up-to-date, research-tested recipes exactly when home canning or preserving foods. Save non-research approved or family recipes for eating immediately or freezing.

“When in doubt”, to test your pressure canner yearly, to find a food preservation class (available in some counties), or for other food preservation questions contact your local MSU Extension county office!

Resources and publications provided here have been developed or reviewed for research-based information by MSU Extension Food & Nutrition Specialists and Agents.

  If you have questions please contact your local MSU Extension county office.  

MSU Extension has created many MontGuides detailing safe processes for preserving foods. 

Each MSU Extension Montguide may be viewed online, as a downloadable pdf, or may be ordered, free of charge, from MSU Extension Publications with details found at each link below. These publications may also be available in-person at your local MSU Extension county office in some locations! 

View and/or Download Available Food and Nutrition Montguides

 

 


 

 food safety

Food Safety

You can help prevent foodborne illness in your home, business and community.

MSU Extension, in cooperation with other certified instructors and agencies, is pleased to offer in-person food safety trainings and resources in accordance with state of Montana guidance. Additionally, see information below regarding three Montana approved online food safety trainings.

Learn 2 Serve Food Safety Manager Training & Certification Exam- Montana

Cost: $ 125 -includes online training and exam voucher.
Approximately 10 hours

To register: https://www.learn2serve.com/montana-food-safety-certification
or call 888-395-6920

Prometric’s Certified Professional Food Manager (CPFM) Program

Cost: $ 175 –includes online training and exam voucher.
Approximately 15 hours in English and Spanish

To register: https://prometric.com/test-takers/search/foodsafety
or call 888-793-5136

ServSafe Managers Certification

Cost: $ 125 for online training + $ 36 for exam voucher (Exam still needs to be in person).
Approximately 8 hours

To register: https://www.servsafe.com/access/SS/Catalog/ProductDetail/SSMCT7X

To find an Exam Proctor: https://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/FCSS/RetailFood/foodmanagertrainings/TestProctors

Check out listing for upcoming classes through MSU Extension or partner agencies in your area. Contact your local Sanitarian in your county Environmental Health office to determine if there are other course options not listed. 

 

March 25, 2020 8 am - 6 pm Servsafe Manager Class
Cost: $130/person

Big Horn County Extension
317 N. Custer, Hardin, MT

Please RSVP 2 weeks prior to class by calling 406-665-9770

March 27, 2020

ServSafe Managers Class

Cost: $100/person

Custer County Courthouse
Miles City, MT

Please contact Tara Andrews,
MSU Extension, Custer County
406-874-3370
tara.andrews@montana.edu

April 17, 2020

8 am or 5 pm Servsafe Food Handler Class 
Cost: Free 

Hill County Courthouse
315 4th Street, Havre, MT

Contact Jasmin Carbajal for more information
406-265-5481 (ext 2335)
jasmine.carbajal@montana.edu

April 21, 2020 8:30 am - 6 pm Servsafe Manager Class
Cost: $100 with breakfast and lunch included 

Valley County Courthouse Community Room
Glascow, MT

Contact Roubie Younkin for more information
406-228-6241 kry@montana.edu

April 27, 2020 4 hour Servsafe Food Handlers Class
Cost: $15

Custer County Courthouse
Miles City, MT

Please contact Tara Andrews,
MSU Extension, Custer County
406-874-3370
tara.andrews@montana.edu

May 18, 2020 8 hour Servsafe Manager Class
Cost: $110

Central Feed, Lewistown, MT

Contact Denise Seilstad for more information
406-535-3919 denise.seilstad@montana.edu

June 9, 2020 8 am - 1 pm Servsafe Food Handler Class
Cost: $12/person

Big Horn County Extension
317 N. Custer, Hardin, MT

Please RSVP 1 week before class by calling 406-665-9770

August 12, 2020

NRFSP Food Manager class/exam 

TImes and costs TBD

Registration deadline is June 17, 2020, test fees non-refundable after July 1, 2020.  

Conrad, MT

August 12, 2020

8 am - 1 pm Servsafe Food Handler
Class
Cost: $12/person

Big Horn County Extension
317 N. Custer, Hardin, MT

Please RSVP 1 week before class by calling 406-665-9770

Upon Request

8-hour Servsafe Manager
or
4-hour Food handler

Richland County
Stephanie Ler at 406-433-2207 or Carrie Krug at 406-433-1206 carrie.krug@montana.edu

Upon Request

8-hr Servsafe Food Manager
or
4-hr Servesafe Food handler

Mike Callaghan
406-208-0078

mike@callaghan-ent.com

 

servsafe

ServSafe is a nationally recognized food safety training program for the food service industry personnel. Created and managed by the National Restaurant Association, it combines critical information, exclusive tools, and real-world resources to transform knowledge into action. ServSafe has evolved to meet the most urgent food safety training challenges in the food service industry and offers the highest standard of food safety training and certification.

 

Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services provides guidance and FAQ’s around the registration and appropriate sale of homemade or home-canned foods. Contact your local Sanitarian in your county Environmental Health office for specific cottage food guidance in your county. For assistance with cottage food label development (available in some counties) or answering food preparation questions your local MSU Extension agent.

MT DPHHS Cottage Food Resources