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The National Center for Home Food Preservation is your source for current research-based recommendations for most methods of home food preservation. The Center was established with funding from the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (CSREES-USDA) to address food safety concerns for those who practice and teach home food preservation and processing methods. more >>>

put it up food preservation for youth

We offer you free lesson plans for teaching youth how to preserve at home in Put it Up! We’ve updated the curriculum with new illustrations and other minor improvements, which are now available to download and print from the Put It Up! curriculum page. There you can also access the new teaching tools: legal-size “posters” with step-by-step checklists.

learn home food preservation

Our self-paced, online course for those wanting to learn more about home canning and preservation is temporarily unavailable while it is converted to another platform. This may take several months; we are sorry for the inconvenience. The same information can be learned by reading through Guides 1 through 4 of the USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning, or this section of our website: How Do I.... Can

food preservation tips Seasonal Hot Topics

Winter does not have to be a time without preserving foods.  We have several options to get you thinking about putting up foods from your kitchen this time of year.

An easy hot sauce can be made as a home canned product using store-bought diced, canned tomatoes.  When stirred in with vegetables or soups at your dinner table, it will generate some warmth from the Serrano peppers used in it.

When cooking large batches of soups or using your oven to prepare casseroles, think about preparing some ready-to-reheat extra portions and freeze them.  Visit our page on freezing prepared foods.

For those wanting a sweet to eat with warm biscuits or toast in the morning, try making orange jelly using frozen orange concentrate.  Or since apples are always in the stores, try our apple chutney for something more hearty.

Recorded Webinar Available

Now available: recording of the 'History, Science, and Current Practice in Home Food Preservation' webinar. Play recording.

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So Easy To Preserve
The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension has now published a 6th edition of its popular book, So Easy To Preserve. The book is new as of September 2014. Chapters include Preserving Food, Canning, Pickled Products, Sweet Spreads and Syrups, Freezing and Drying. Ordering information is available on the So Easy to Preserve website. so easy to preserve


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