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.


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Build a Solar Food Dehydrator By Eben Fodor

Preserve your harvest with free energy from the sun.

Drying Herbs: Easier Than You Think By Tabitha Alterman

You'll never buy dried herbs again after you try one or more of these six methods for drying herbs at home.

Reap the Garden and Market Bounty: How to Dry Food By Barbara Pleasant

Dry the harvest to stock up on homegrown snacks and convenience foods for year-round eating.


Home Canning Guide: Learn How to Can Your Own Food By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors

Home canning is easier and more satisfying than you think. Once you learn how to can, you'll be able to put up summer flavor for many seasons to come.

Home Canning: Putting Food By the Old-Fashioned Way By Tabitha Alterman

Canned Foods In Jars

We looked to our readers to find out why home canning is experiencing a modern revival. Their answer: Canning produces flavorful, high-quality food that saves money, builds self-reliance and creates lifelong memories.

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?

Root Cellars

Food Storage: 20 Crops that Keep and How to Store Them By Barbara Pleasant

Root Cellars Root Clamp

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

Frozen Vegetables in Freezer Bags

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.

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Nils Peterson
12/4/2013 8:40:29 PM
You are missing a section on this page for fermented foods as a preservation method. Sauerkraut, kimchee, fermented pickles of other sorts

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