Home Food Preservation

Webinars and Training (Time Sensitive)

Home Food Preservation Virtual Program

Virginia Cooperative Extension FST-HFT-01 – Home Food Preservation (Virtual Program). This short self-paced course will provide participants with the basic knowledge of safe home food preservation methods. Registration deadline is November 1, 2022.

More info and register: http://tinyurl.com/VCE-HomeFoodPreservation

For questions, please contact Dr. Renee Boyer

Online Training

These basic videos are provided by University of Minnesota Extension and cover all the basics.  https://extension.umn.edu/preserving-and-preparing/food-preservation-videos 

Preserve@Home is a six-week online class from University of Idaho Extension for individuals who want to can and preserve foods for their families


Preserve It & Serve It: A Children’s Guide to Canning, Freezing, Drying, Pickling and Preparing Snacks With Preserved Foods is a 47-page book that teaches the basics of preserving with boiling water canning, freezing, refrigerating, quick pickling and drying. Step-by-step methods are illustrated and several child-friendly recipes are provided for using each of the preserved foods. Available from University of Georgia Extension.


USDA Department of Agriculture, Complete Guide to Home Canning, 2015 revision

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, So Easy to Preserve, Sixth Edition

Judging Home Preserved Foods from the National Center for Home Food Preservation, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service

Publications from the National Center for Home Food Preservation

Publications from universities

Other Resources

Canning Timer & Checklist App from Oregon Extension Service

Webinars from Penn State University on freezing, drying and canning

Need to check consumers’ dial gauge canners for accuracy? Information on ordering the Presto Test Unit #81288 here