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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Freezing Vegetables
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Freezing Vegetables

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

Freezing is a quick, convenient, and easy method of preserving foods in the home. More
Drying Fruits and Vegetables
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Drying Fruits and Vegetables

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

Dried foods are tasty, nutritious, lightweight, and easy to store and use. More
Drying Herbs
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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
Cherries
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Cherries

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

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
Canning Pumpkin Butter and Mashed or Pureed Squashes - Articles Articles
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
Preserving Blueberries
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Preserving Blueberries

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

Select berries that are plump, firm, have a light-blue to blue-black color, and are of ideal maturity for eating fresh. Refrigerate for 1 to 2 days to improve flavor, then preserve them. More
Basics of Home Canning
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Basics of Home Canning

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

Canning can be a fun and economical way to make fresh foods available year-round. Don’t take chances with canning recipes handed down over the years. More
Avoid Open Kettle or Oven Canning
Avoid Open Kettle or Oven Canning - Articles Articles
Have you ever heard that some methods of canning are not recommended, but don't understand why? More
Preserving Apples
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Preserving Apples

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

For freezing, select apple varieties that are crisp and firm and not mealy textured. For canning, use apple varieties that are crisp and firm and will retain their shape and texture. More