Food preservation doesn't have to be a mystery.

Enjoy garden-fresh foods all year long by preserving at home. Canning methods have changed over the years to improve the safety of the foods we store. The art of food preservation is not as difficult as you might first believe. We'll take you through the journey, from the equipment you'll need to the step-by-step process. 

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It begins with the right equipment.

Having a safe canning experience begins with choosing the right equipment. If you've been given older equipment from a friend or relative, be sure to take it to your local Extension office for testing. It's important that the gauge is working so food is heated to the correct temperature.

Freezing locks in vitamins and nutrients

Freezing is a quick and convenient way to make your fruits and vegetables last well past harvest. When you freeze food correctly, it pauses the aging process and locks in the nutritional value, preserving the fresh-food goodness for a long time. Freezing also helps reduce food waste. If you bought too much, don't toss it away; instead take a few minutes to freeze and save for later.

Keep your family safe with proper canning methods.

Many families tried vegetable gardening for the first time in 2020. Don't waste the produce. Canning is a great way to preserve food to enjoy throughout the year. Canning methods have changed. Keep your family safe by learning proper canning methods in an easy-to-understand way.