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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Make-Ahead Freezer Meals to the Rescue - Articles Articles
Preparing and freezing family meals in advance will save you time on busy days. This will help you get a hot meal on the dinner table with less stress. More
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
Harvesting and Preserving Herbs and Spices for Use in Cooking - Articles Articles

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
Let's Preserve: Meat and Poultry - Articles Articles

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
Let's Preserve: Snap Beans - Articles Articles

Let's Preserve: Snap Beans

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

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

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
Let's Preserve: Peppers - Articles Articles

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
Let's Preserve: Peaches, Apricots, Nectarines - Articles Articles
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
Let's Preserve: Pears - Articles Articles

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
Let's Preserve: Tomatoes - Articles Articles

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
Let's Preserve: Sweet Corn - Articles Articles

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
Let's Preserve: Strawberries - Articles Articles

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
Let's Preserve: Jelly, Jam, Spreads - Articles Articles
Learn the procedures and find recipes for canning jellies, jams, and spreads. More