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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Step-by-Step Process for Making Strawberry Jam
Step-by-Step Process for Making Strawberry Jam - Videos Videos
The perfect jam requires a balance of quality fruit at the peak of ripeness, sugar and pectin. The best way to make jam is to give it a try; the video takes you through the process one step at a time. More
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Troubleshooting Problems when Canning Applesauce - Articles Articles
Common problems when canning applesauce may include discoloration, siphoning, mold, and jars not sealing. Following good procedures can prevent these from occurring. More
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Preserving Late Season Fall Vegetables - Articles Articles
Fall vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, Brussels sprouts freeze well; some such as kohlrabi, turnips, and carrots can be canned, and most are excellent in mixed vegetable pickles. More
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Home Food Preservation and the Amazing Apple - Articles Articles
While fresh apples are available most of the year, preserving apples by canning, freezing or drying provides you with many ways to enjoy this delicious fruit. More
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Dried Apples - Articles Articles

Dried Apples

Martha Zepp

Apples dry especially well and make a tasty, nutritious snack that is lightweight, easy to store and use. More
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Preserving Your Tomato Harvest - Articles Articles
In late summer many gardeners enjoy a bountiful tomato harvest. This article explores the options for preserving this versatile vegetable. More
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Home Food Preservation, Done Correctly, is a Great Way to Save Harvest - News News
Penn State Extension provides online and on-site education on home food preservation techniques. More
Martha Zepp, Penn State University
Canning Terms: Packing and Processing - Articles Articles
Canning terms can be confusing. Words that meant one thing many years ago may mean something totally different in today’s canning directions. Let’s take a look at some basic canning terms and procedures. More
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Wait to Preserve Sauerkraut - Articles Articles
As cabbage begins to mature, sauerkraut containers begin to make their appearance. Wait! More
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Preserving Those Colorful Garden Peppers - Articles Articles
The colorful medley of red, green, yellow—even purple and orange—peppers may be preserved by freezing, canning, drying, pickling or making into relishes, jams and jellies. More
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Canning Potatoes - Articles Articles

Canning Potatoes

Martha Zepp

Characteristics of special concern when canning potatoes are their low acidity and starchy nature. Potatoes must be canned in a pressure canner for safety. More
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Canning Salsa - Articles Articles

Canning Salsa

Martha Zepp

Freshly cut-up tomatoes, onions, and peppers make delicious sauces to serve over meat and seafood or to eat with tortilla chips. More
Home Food Preservation: Hands-On Tomatoes and Salsa Training
Home Food Preservation: Hands-On Tomatoes and Salsa Training - Workshops Workshops
Learn about today's recommended methods for home food preservation while dispelling food preservation myths and unsafe practices of the past. More
Martha Zepp, Penn State University
Preserving Color and Preventing Browning of Foods - Articles Articles
When certain fruits and vegetables are cut, the exposure of the flesh to oxygen results in enzymatic browning. There are a number of ways to prevent this from occurring. More
Martha Zepp, Penn State University
Perfect Canned Peaches - Articles Articles

Perfect Canned Peaches

Martha Zepp

When canning peaches select a variety of peach that will maintain its shape and flavor and at its ideal stage of ripeness in order to enjoy their delicate flavor year round. More
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Fruit Relishes - Articles Articles

Fruit Relishes

Martha Zepp

Relishes are a delicious combination of chopped vegetables and/or fruits cooked in vinegar with spices added for flavor. More
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Frequently Asked Preservation Question - Articles Articles
What causes lids to buckle, warp or bulge upward? More
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Freezing Potatoes - Articles Articles

Freezing Potatoes

Martha Zepp

If freezing potatoes, the quality of the thawed product depends upon the type of potato used, its age, and your standards of taste. More
Martha Zepp, Penn State University
Acidifying Canned Products for Safety - Articles Articles
When canning food, the acidity of a food product is a critical factor that determines the safety and quality of the product. More
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Zucchini - Articles Articles
Try drying, freezing or pickling as a way to preserve extra zucchini from the garden. More
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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
Martha Zepp Penn State University
Frequently Asked Preservation Questions - Articles Articles
What causes holes in jar lids that look like pinholes? 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
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Canning in Electric Multi-Cookers - Articles Articles

Canning in Electric Multi-Cookers

Andy Hirneisen, MA

There has been no research by the USDA or a university to show that electric multi-cookers can safely process low-acid food. 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
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