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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Food Preservation: Setting the Record Straight on Canning Breads and Cakes
Food Preservation: Setting the Record Straight on Canning Breads and Cakes - Articles Articles
Breads and cakes canned in glass mason jars are not safe to eat. The risk for contracting a food-borne illness is high due to improper heating methods. More
Harvesting and Preserving Herbs and Spices for Use in Cooking
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Harvesting and Preserving Herbs and Spices for Use in Cooking

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Kathy Kelley, Ph.D.

Instead of relying on herbs and spices purchased from the grocery store, gardeners can grow, harvest, and preserve their own. More
Let's Preserve: Meat and Poultry
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Let's Preserve: Meat and Poultry

Catherine Nettles Cutter, Ph.D.

Meat and poultry can be preserved for longer-term storage through canning, drying, or freezing. Learn the preservation techniques that provide the opportunity to safely consume these products well beyond the time they were harvested. More
Let's Preserve: Snap Beans
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Let's Preserve: Snap Beans

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

Learn the proper techniques for canning and freezing snap beans. More
Let's Preserve: Sauerkraut
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Let's Preserve: Sauerkraut

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

Find recipes and proper techniques for turning your fresh cabbage into sauerkraut. Preservation methods include freezing or canning. More
Let's Preserve: Quick Process Pickles
Let's Preserve: Quick Process Pickles - Articles Articles
Learn detailed canning methods for pickles, and find recipes for sweet gherkins, bread and butter pickles, quick sweet pickles, relish, pickled beets, and more. More
Let's Preserve: Peppers
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Let's Preserve: Peppers

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

Preserved pepper products include regular, sweet pickled, hot pickled, marinated, and pickled pepper relish. More
Let's Preserve: Peaches, Apricots, Nectarines
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Find the best varieties of fruit to choose when canning or freezing, plus learn the proper techniques for successful preservation. More
Let's Preserve: Pears
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Let's Preserve: Pears

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

Learn the proper procedures for freezing or canning pears. Recommended varieties for preservation include Bartlett, Bosc, Anjou, and Comice. Keiffer is acceptable, and Seckel pears are suitable for pickled and spiced products. More
Tomatoes and Potatoes Infected with Late Blight – Are They Safe for Canning?
Tomatoes and Potatoes Infected with Late Blight – Are They Safe for Canning? - Articles Articles
The following advice should help home canners decide whether or not they should process tomatoes or potatoes that show visible signs of late blight infestation. More
Let's Preserve: Tomatoes
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Let's Preserve: Tomatoes

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

Learn the proper techniques and recipes for canning tomatoes. Select only disease-free, preferably vine-ripened, firm fruit for canning. More
Let's Preserve: Sweet Corn
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Let's Preserve: Sweet Corn

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

Learn the proper techniques for freezing or canning fresh corn. Most sweet corn varieties work well for preservation. More
Let's Preserve: Strawberries
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Let's Preserve: Strawberries

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

Learn the proper techniques for freezing or canning fresh strawberries. For best quality, strawberries should be preserved on the day they are harvested. More
Let's Preserve: Jelly, Jam, Spreads
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Learn the procedures and find recipes for canning jellies, jams, and spreads. More
Canning salt or pickling salt is pure salt, no additives. This type of salt is the best choice for canning, pickling, and sauerkraut.
Let's Preserve: Ingredients Used in Home Food Preservation - Articles Articles
Learn about the typical ingredients used in home food preservation recipes, such as water, salt, sugars, thickening agents, and alternatives. More
Let's Preserve: Fruit Pie Fillings
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Let's Preserve: Fruit Pie Fillings

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

The following fruit fillings are excellent and safe products. Each canned quart makes one 8- to 9-inch pie. More
Let's Preserve: Freezing Vegetables
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Freezing is a quick, convenient, and easy method of preserving foods in the home. More
Let's Preserve: Drying Fruits and Vegetables
Let's Preserve: Drying Fruits and Vegetables - Articles Articles
Learn the best practices and find recipes for drying fruits and vegetables. Dried foods are tasty, nutritious, lightweight, and easy to store and use. More
Let's Preserve: Drying Herbs
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Let's Preserve: Drying Herbs

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

The flavor of herbs comes from oils in the cell walls of plants. Leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds of herbs can all be dried. More
Let's Preserve: Cherries
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Let's Preserve: Cherries

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

Freezing and canning methods for sweet or sour cherries are explained. Select freshly harvested cherries with deep, uniform color and ideal maturity for eating fresh. Don’t delay preserving them, with or without seeds. More
Canning Pumpkin Butter and Mashed or Pureed Squashes
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Can pumpkin butter or any mashed or pureed pumpkin or winter squash be canned safety at home? More
Canners and Canning Methods that are Not Recommended
Canners and Canning Methods that are Not Recommended - Articles Articles
Solar canning, oven canning, open kettle canning, microwave processing, and dishwashing processing are not safe canning methods. More
Let's Preserve: Blueberries
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Let's Preserve: Blueberries

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

Freezing and canning methods are covered, along with preparation techniques for successful preservation. Select berries that are plump, firm, and have a light-blue to blue-black color. More
Let's Preserve: Basics of Home Canning
Let's Preserve: Basics of Home Canning - Articles Articles
Canning can be a fun and economical way to make fresh foods available year-round. Here you will learn procedures that have been scientifically tested to ensure safe and high-quality canned products and optimized for prolonged storage. More
Avoid Open Kettle or Oven Canning
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Avoid Open Kettle or Oven Canning

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

Have you ever heard that some methods of canning are not recommended, but don't understand why? More