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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 are so delighted by the positive response we've received so far. For those of you planning programs this spring or summer, a slightly revised version of the curriculum package will be released early in April, including new legal-sized "posters" to print out and use as a checklist in the kitchen. An announcement will be posted here on the NCHFP homepage as soon as they are available.

learn home food preservation

We offer a free, self-paced, online course for those wanting to learn more about home canning and preservation. This course is offered in the University of Georgia eLC system. Register for the Self-Study.

Topics covered in the course:

  • Introduction to Food Preservation
  • General Canning
  • Canning Acid Foods
  • Canning Low-Acid Foods

food preservation tips Seasonal Hot Topics

If you've already put your canning up for the season, then try drying. Follow these tips for drying herbs indoors, or use these methods and times for Drying Fruits and Vegetables.

Winter’s most wonderful berries are here -- Cranberries! Wondering what to do with them all? Try canning one of these varieties of Cranberry Sauces (sieved, crushed, or whole berries). Or, spice things up with this Spicy Cranberry Salsa or Cranberry Orange Chutney.

This chilly season is a great time to take care of your freezer and fill it with homemade prepared foods, like stews and casseroles.

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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