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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. Read 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.

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preserve it - a childrens guide to canning, freezing, drying, pickling, and preparing snacks with preserved foods

Preserve It & Serve It: A Children's Guide to Canning, Freezing, Drying, Pickling and Preparing Snacks with preserved Foods.

This 47-page book teaches the basics of preserving with boiling water canning, freezing, refrigerating, quick pickling and drying. Step-by-step methods are illustrated and several child-friendly recipes are provided for using each of the preserved foods. Activities are intended to be carried out with adult supervision and help. Preserved foods include canned applesauce, canned strawberry jam, refrigerator or canned pickles, frozen berries, and dried fruit, tomato slices and applesauce rolled leather. Available for sale at the UGA Extension Publication Store.

Seasonal Hot Topics

Once the first spring berries start ripening you might be looking for recipes to make those sweet flavors last the whole year. Freezing berries using the tray pack method allows you preserve them with no added sugar and the most flexibility for future goodies.

Get a head start for canning and check the condition of your canners now, before you need to use them. If you’re in the market for a new pressure canner, then view this quick clip on Selecting Pressure Canners.

Make a commitment to being more organized about your frozen food inventory this year. And remember quality is kept best with a freezer at 0 degrees F. or lower.

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

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.

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

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