At home food preservation can be a rewarding experience, but proper steps must be followed in order to ensure safety. It can be tempting to try that old recipe passed down through the generations, but we don’t recommend it! Many of those old recipes are no longer safe by today’s standards. It’s not worth taking the chance of making your family and friends sick!
You can trust that all of the resources listed on these pages are chock full with current research-based information, and every recipe has been lab tested to ensure it’s safety for your family.
- Using and Caring for Your Pressure Canner (PNW421)
- Storing Food for Safety & Quality (PNW612)
- Freezing Convenience Foods (PNW296)
- Making Garlic and Herb Infused Oils at Home (PNW664)
Fruits & Vegetables
- Canning Fruits (PNW199)
- Salsa Recipes for Canning (PNW395)
- Canning Tomatoes and Tomato Products (PNW300)
- Canning Vegetables (PNW172)
- Freezing Fruits and Vegetables (PNW214)
- Pickling Vegetables (PNW355)
- Drying Fruits and Vegetables (PNW397)
Meat, Seafood, Poultry and Eggs
- Big Game From Hunt to Home (PNW517)
- Canning Meat, Poultry and Game (PNW361)
- Canning Seafood (PNW194)
- Canning Smoked Fish at Home (PNW450)
- Curing and Smoking Poultry Meat (EB1660)
- Freezing Meat, Fish and Poultry at Home (EB1195)
- Smoking Fish at Home Safely (PNW238)
- Making Jerky at Home Safely (PNW632)
- Pickling Eggs (EB1104)
- Recetas de salsa para guarder en conserva (PNW395S)
- Guardado de vegetales en conserva (PNW172S)
- Elaboracion de conservas de tomates y productos de tomates (PNW300S)
- Guardado de frutas en conserva (PNW199S)
Extension Fact Sheets
- Canning in Electric Pressure Cookers (Hot Topics)
- Canning on Smooth Top Stoves (Hot Topics)
- Common Canning Errors
- Canning Tomatoes Safely
- Sizzling Salsa
- Pickling Asparagus
- Preserving Okra
- Gifts from the Heart
- Understanding Processing Times for Home Canned Foods (Hot Topics)
Other Research-Based Resources
- So Easy to Preserve
- National Center for Home Food Preservation
- USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning
- Fundamentals of Consumer Food Safety and Preservation: Master Handbook (EC002)
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Tips for Success
- Use research-based, laboratory tested, up-to-date recipes from the resources on this page.
- Follow directions carefully, including the appropriate use of water bath canners and pressure canners.
- Date and store home-canned foods no more than 12 months between 50-70 degrees F. Avoid direct sunlight.
What will you preserve?