Food Preservation

Information on home food safety, including canning and freezing sauerkraut, pickles, meat, poultry, vegetables, fruits, beans, fruit pie fillings, jellies, jams and spreads. Tips on harvesting and preserving herbs and spices and home cheesemaking.

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Preserving Sweet Corn Successfully - Articles Articles
Nothing says summer like sweet corn! Enjoy corn year round by canning, freezing or drying this summertime vegetable. More
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Best Practices for Canning and Freezing - Articles Articles
Test your knowledge about home food preservation by taking our quiz. More
Stacy Reed, Pennsylvania State University
Why is Liquid Lost During Canning? - Articles Articles
A frequently asked food preservation question is what causes liquid to be lost from the jar during processing? More
Jon Cofer, Penn State University
Selecting a Canning or Processing Method - Articles Articles
The most important choice for a safe product is to choose the processing method that will destroy all harmful bacteria and prevent their growth during storage. More
Thermocouple for testing temperature inside jar: National Center for Home Food Preservation
Use Tested Recipes to Preserve Foods - Articles Articles
All reliable recommendations for canning include process directions that have been determined or based upon laboratory testing. More
Martha Zepp, Penn State University
Pressure Canner Dial Gauge Testing - Articles Articles
Testing gauges on dial gauge pressure canners should be a routine step in preparing for each new canning season. More
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Preserving Peas - Articles Articles

Preserving Peas

Martha Zepp

With careful processing, peas can be preserved to be enjoyed throughout the year. More
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Freezing Strawberries - Articles Articles

Freezing Strawberries

Martha Zepp

Freezing is by far the most popular method of preserving strawberries. More
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Follow Good Food Safety Practices When Preserving Food - Banish Bacteria - Articles Articles
Important practices for controlling bacteria in the kitchen also apply to food preservation. More
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Understanding the Process of Freezing - Articles Articles
To preserve high quality frozen foods it is important to understand the freezing process. More
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Preserving Rhubarb - Articles Articles

Preserving Rhubarb

Martha Zepp

Learn how to properly preserve the interesting vegetable - Rhubarb! More
Jon Cofer, Penn State University
Prepare for the Canning Season - Articles Articles
It's time to plan ahead for home canning this summer. Start by checking your equipment and supplies. Proper equipment in good condition is required for safe, high quality home canned food. More
Selecting Canners for Home Food Preservation
Selecting Canners for Home Food Preservation - Videos Videos

Selecting Canners for Home Food Preservation

Stacy Reed, MS, Martha Zepp, Andy Hirneisen, MA

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Food Safety - Home Food Preservation tips on choosing equipment More
Let's Preserve: Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes
Let's Preserve: Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes - Articles Articles

Let's Preserve: Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes

Martha Zepp, Andy Hirneisen, MA, Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

For canning potatoes, select the “waxy” or “boiling” kinds. Most red-skin potatoes are suitable, and many white or gold round new potatoes with thin skins work well, too. More
Let's Preserve: Root Vegetables - Beets, Carrots, Turnips, and Rutabagas
Let's Preserve: Root Vegetables - Beets, Carrots, Turnips, and Rutabagas - Articles Articles

Let's Preserve: Root Vegetables - Beets, Carrots, Turnips, and Rutabagas

Martha Zepp, Andy Hirneisen, MA, Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

Root vegetables must be processed in a pressure canner. They cannot be safely canned in a boiling water bath or atmospheric steam canner. More
Let's Preserve: Soup
Let's Preserve: Soup - Articles Articles

Let's Preserve: Soup

Martha Zepp, Andy Hirneisen, MA, Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

The convenience of prepared soup makes cooking and meal planning easier. Freezing and canning preservation methods are explained. More
Making Low or No Sugar Jam and Jelly
Making Low or No Sugar Jam and Jelly - Videos Videos

Making Low or No Sugar Jam and Jelly

Martha Zepp

4:22

Commercial products are available that create a gel without sugar. Low and no sugar jam and jelly will have different characteristics than regular jam or jelly. More
Preventing Jam and Jelly from Not Setting
Preventing Jam and Jelly from Not Setting - Videos Videos
This video describes the possible causes of jam and jelly not gelling or setting, as well as tips to prevent this from happening. More
Preventing Crystal Formation when Making Jam and Jelly
Preventing Crystal Formation when Making Jam and Jelly - Videos Videos
Following proper procedure is critical to prevent jam or jelly from becoming grainy. This video describes causes as well as tips to prevent crystal formation. More
Pectin’s Role in Making Jam and Jelly
Pectin’s Role in Making Jam and Jelly - Videos Videos
There are different types of pectin that can be used in jam and jelly making. Understanding how pectin works, and its proper use assures a quality product. More
Making Low Sugar Jam and Jelly with Low Methoxyl Pectin
Making Low Sugar Jam and Jelly with Low Methoxyl Pectin - Videos Videos
Low methoxyl pectin, if correctly used, will create a gel in the absence of sugar and acid for those desiring jams and jelly containing less sugar. More
Key Ingredients for the Perfect Jam or Jelly
Key Ingredients for the Perfect Jam or Jelly - Videos Videos
Ripeness and type of fruit determine a fruit's pectin content, both critical ingredients to making jam and jelly with a firm, tender texture, and excellent flavor. More
Acidity Level of Fruit in Jam and Jelly Preparation
Acidity Level of Fruit in Jam and Jelly Preparation - Videos Videos
Fruits have varying levels of acidity. The higher the acid level the better the gelling process, low acid fruits require additional acid to obtain a good gel. More
Prepare and Preserve Homemade Salsa
Prepare and Preserve Homemade Salsa - Articles Articles
Salsa is one of the most popular condiments used today. Because of its popularity, many cooks want to prepare and can salsa at home. More