Home Food Preservation Headquarters

Stretching the shelf life of food can be as low-tech and hands-off (set trays in the sun to dry) or as elaborate and large-scale (a day devoted to pressure-canning summer’s bounty) as you’d like. No matter where you fall on that spectrum or whether you have surplus fruit from an ample orchard or a profusion of basil from a petite, potted herb garden, the information you need to safely and deliciously put by fresh food awaits here in our online Home Food Preservation Headquarters.

Home Food Preservation Headquarters

This hub stocks more than 40 years of reliable, comprehensive know-how on pressure canning, water bath canning, drying, fermenting, freezing, pickling, root cellaring and more. We boil down the details on required equipment and which preservation method best suits which crops, plus furnish a packed-pantry’s worth of recipes. You’ll also find plans for building a solar dehydrator several styles of root cellars, plus everything else you need to go from harvest basket to cupboard with confidence. Dive into the world of preserving for better eating, significant money savings and greater food security. 

Pressure Canning

Pressure Canning Basics: Fearless Food Preservation
Learn how to use a pressure canner to safely preserve food, and you’ll save money on groceries all year long. (It’s not as scary as you may think.)

Learn to Can for Homegrown Flavor

Water Bath Canning and Pressure Canning: Explained

How to Home Can: Raw-Packing vs. Hot-Packing


Water Bath Canning

Learn to Can for Homegrown Flavor

Water Bath Canning and Pressure Canning: Explained

How to Home Can: Raw-Packing vs. Hot-Packing


Water Bath Canning Recipes:

Apple Pie Filling
Blueberry Spice Jam
Cherry Pie Filling
Corn Salsa
Dilly Beans
Fruit Cocktail
Fruit Purée
Ginger Peach Jam
How to Can Jam and Jelly, the USDA Way
Peaches: Halved or Sliced
Peach Pie Filling
Peach Salsa
Pears: Halved or Sliced
Pickled Beets
Pickled Sweet Apple Cider Baby Beets
Plums: Halved or Whole
Quick Strawberry Jam
Raspberry Jam
Rhubarb: Stewed
Strawberry Jelly With Rhubarb


Reap the Garden and Market Bounty: How to Dry Food

Drying Herbs: Easier Than You Think

Making Sun-Dried Tomatoes in a Solar Food Dehydrator

Save Money by Drying Fruits and Vegetables at Home

How to Preserve Food Using Sun Drying and Other Natural Methods

Dry Food in Your Gas Oven

How to Dry and Freeze Tomatoes

Choosing a Food Dehydrator

DIY Dehydrators:

Build a Solar Food Dehydrator

How to Build a Food Dehydrator

A Solar Food Dryer From Cardboard Boxes

Preserving Food Using a Homemade Dehydrator


Choose Fermented Foods for Health and Flavor
Humans have used fermentation for centuries as a means of preserving food, and fermented fare — wine, cheese and cured sausage, to name but a few — is quite literally alive with both flavor and nutrition.

Spur a Cultural Revival With Food Fermentation

How to Make Sauerkraut (Video)

Got Cabbage? Make Sauerkraut!

Make Your Own Fermented Dairy Products


Freezing Vegetables From Your Garden
Round out your food preservation regimen! Use these tips for freezing produce to turn your garden harvests into delicious off-seasons meals.

Freezing and Cooking Your Garden Vegetables

Freezing Vegetables: 2 Great Methods

How to Dry and Freeze Tomatoes

How to Freeze Eggs


Food Preservation Techniques: Learn How to Pickle
How to Make Pickles

Pickling Recipes:

Ginger Pickled Carrots
Making Pickles: Dill Spears, Bread and Butters and Dilly Beans Recipes
Watermelon Rinds

Root Cellaring

Root Cellar Plans

Build a Basement Root Cellar

Outdoor Root Cellars

Steam Canning

Is Steam Canning Safe?

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