canning jars and canning tools
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and canning through our workshops and other resources!


The season for orange marmalade!


Check out our MFP recipe for winter preservation.

Food Preservation

Whether you're preserving your own harvest or you've purchased locally grown fruits or vegetables, canning, freezing and drying can be effective ways to serve foods that taste harvest-fresh at a later date. To ensure that the products you serve are safe, it is important to follow tested guidelines for safely preserving foods by these methods. Cooperative Extension offers both information and hands-on, small group training in a variety of home food preservation topics.

The National Center for Home Food Preservation has some excellent resources available to all home food preservation enthusiasts! 

Have a specific Food Preservation question? Email our Master Food Preservation Volunteer Educator, Michele Conners, at

From Michele's Kitchen...

I love the convenience of using items I preserved earlier in the year.Bread & Butter pickles, Sweet Pickle Relish and Horseradish that keeps in the refrigerator.These were ingredients in Deviled Eggs that I forgot to take a photo of before they were all eaten. Sorry about that.


Scrape or peel the root and grind fine, using a food processor. To each cup of ground root, add 1/3 cup vinegar, 1/3 cup water and 1/3 cup of sugar. Mix thoroughly.Put into jars with tight fitting lid.Sealed tight, it can keep for several months in the refrigerator. 



National Center for Home Food Preservation Website at
Site includes science-based information on home food preservation, publications and links to other Extension sites. 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.

So Easy to Preserve, University of Georgia, Cooperative Extension, 6th Edition (July 2014).
This edition contains the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture recommendations for safe food preservation, along with step by step instructions and in-depth information for both the new and experienced food preserver. For more information and to order, visit:

2020 Resource List from Cornell Cooperative Extension

Complete Guide to Home Canning, USDA, revised 2009.
Available online at:
To order a hard copy, see

Canning Equipment: CCE of Saratoga County has compiled helpful fact sheets on Using a Steam Canner, Using Boiling Water Canners, and Using Pressure Canners.

Penn State University Food Preservation Data Base.
This site at links to approved recipes, food preservation questions and answers, kitchen unit conversions, and food safety.
See also: which addresses food safety issues; includes links to commercial companies selling preservation supplies & equipment.

Cost of Preserving and Storing Food, Colorado State University, 2008 updated 2014, includes a downloadable 4-page PDF on this topic.

The Cornell Food Venture Center (CFVC) provides comprehensive assistance to beginning and established food entrepreneurs to help enhance food safety, satisfy regulatory compliance and promote economic development. The CFVC provides access to educational materials, industry resources, workshops and direct assistance for product and process validation for safety and stability, as well as guidance in local, state and federal regulations for food manufacturers.

Last updated April 12, 2024