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Food Preservation

Home food preservation is a way to preserve the freshness of homegrown food.  While more popular in years past, preserving food at home is still done today.  Without factoring in the labor costs, home food preservation can save money compared to commercially preserved foods. 

There are many ways to preserve food such as canning, freezing, drying, pickling, fermentation, curing and smoking.  Many preserved foods are for personal use, but they also make great gifts for friends and family.  Choose the preservation method that bests fits your needs and storage space.

When done properly and safely, home preserved foods are a treat. But when improper practices and unsafe food handling techniques are used, the food can cause foodborne illness. Learn more about this at:

Home Canning and Botulism - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Vegetable Garden Planting Guide - to help you plan your garden now and preserve later!

Preservation News
from K-State Research & Extension and University of Missouri Extension

Preserve Food Now, Eat it Later

Learn about each preservation method in the following categories:


Do not use any recommendations for home canning that are older than 1994. Significant changes were made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture at that time.
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Food Preservation Game

This game is designed to enhance your food preservation education.  The game is based on the popular Jeopardy game.  This powerpoint can be downloaded to your computer.  Have fun!

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