A Collection of Food Preservation Techniques
Growing your own food or buying local produce and “putting it by” (or “putting it up,” depending on your region) is a great way to save money, support local farmers and give your family fresher, better-tasting organic food. Every bite you take — today or months from now — supports more sustainable food production and brings you a step closer to a more self-sufficient life. Make the most of home storage by mastering the following food preservation techniques, including drying, canning, pickling, using root cellars and freezing.
Pressure Canning Basics: Fearless Food Preservation By Tabitha Alterman
Whether pressure canning or using a water bath canner, home-canned food is a gift you give
Water Bath Canning and Pressure Canning: Explained By the United States Department of Agricultureyourself. Learn how to use a pressure canner to preserve food safely and save money on groceries all
Master water bath canning and pressure canning and there'll be nothing you can't can. year long.
Food Preservation Techniques: Learn How to Pickle By Eugenia Bone
Pickling can capture the tremendous flavors of crops when they’re at their seasonal peak — which is also when they’re least expensive! — so you can relish them year-round.
Homegrown Pickled Vegetable Recipes By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors
Want to preserve the best of your garden? Try these homegrown pickled vegetable recipes, including delicious pickling recipes for cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini, carrots, green beans and mushrooms.
Making Pickles: Dill Spears, Bread and Butters, Dilly Beans Recipes By Andrea Chesman
Small-batch canning has become a popular trend. What better way to preserve summer harvests than by making pickles?
Food Storage: 20 Crops that Keep and How to Store Them By Barbara Pleasant
Garden writer Barbara Pleasant provides detailed instructions for food storage, including curing and storing onions, potatoes, leeks, cabbage, apples, squash and other produce that will last all winter.
How to Harvest, Cure and Store 20 Storage Crops By Barbara Pleasant
Use this chart to learn the best storage methods for a wide variety of vegetables and grains.
Outdoor Root Cellars By Steve Maxwell and Jennifer MacKenzie
Five easy ways to store fresh food for winter right in your garden — it’s as easy as tossing a bagful of leaves over a patch of carrots!
The Fundamentals of Root Cellaring By Mike and Nancy Bubel
Root cellaring can help you enjoy fresh produce all year long.
Enjoy Fresh, Local Food All Year By Barbara Pleasant
A guide to simple seasonal storage, such as canning, freezing, dehydrating and more.
Freezing and Cooking Your Garden Vegetables By Anne Vassal
Use the vegetables from your garden harvest, with recipes for caponata, baba ghanoush, Greek vegetables, freezer vegetable soup.
Freezing Vegetables From Your Garden By Barbara Pleasant
Round out your food preservation regimen! Use these great tips for freezing vegetables to turn your garden harvests into delicious, off-season meals.