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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Let's Preserve: Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes
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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
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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
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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
Preserving Soup Safely
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Preserving Soup Safely

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

Learn about safe methods for canning or freezing soup at home. More
Canning and Freezing Questions and Answers
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The following are some commonly asked food preservation questions (with their answers) 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
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
Prepare and Preserve Homemade Salsa
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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
Let's Preserve: Drying Fruits and Vegetables
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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: Freezing Vegetables
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Freezing is a quick, convenient, and easy method of preserving foods in the home. 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
Let's Preserve: Apples
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Let's Preserve: 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
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: 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: Jelly, Jam, Spreads
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Learn the procedures and find recipes for canning jellies, jams, and spreads. 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
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: Quick Process Pickles
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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
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