Do You Have a Favorite Place to Learn About Food Preservation?

| 9/8/2010 3:59:03 PM

With an interest in personal food security on the rise around the country, more and more opportunities are cropping up to learn food preservation skills. In New York City, for example you can learn about cheese making from Murray's Cheese, hog butchering from Jeffrey's Meat Market and fermenting foods from the Natural Gourmet Institute. In Connecticut, check out the King Arthur Flour Baking Education Center. Michigan? Check out Preserving Traditions for canning classes. 

Do you have similar great resources in your area? If so, why not share them with each other in the comments section below!

12/1/2013 4:30:50 PM

Dehydrating food for preservation makes a lot of sense. It's easy, doesn't require a lot of expensive equipment, and takes up far less space and energy than either freezing or canning. Protecting the dried foods from insects is a little more problematical, but is still possible even in a low-tech environment.

Brigitta Modglin Adkins
9/23/2010 10:47:02 AM

Ball Blue of Canning is one of my preserving "bibles". And they have a website: I also use "Preserving the Fruits of the Earth" which I think is out of print but can often be found online (Ebay,, etc). Beyond books, I use my cooperative extension service resources. Other website links that I often refer to are: (yes, they started as a pick-your-own directory but there is a ton of info about harvesting, canning, preserving, etc). has good info about when to pick/the "before you preserve" aspects

Lisa Hoven
9/17/2010 2:39:41 AM

The Ball Blue Book is a great resource for canning and preserving. It thin, has tons of simple and delicious recipes...and even step by step pictures on canning peaches and tomatoes. And really good recipe for zucchini pickles. A definate MUST for anyone wanting to start with canning

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