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Summary and Comparison of Home Food Preservation Methods:

Canning (bottling), freezing, drying, pickling, jam/jelly making and fermenting

Below are general descriptions of common, safe home food preservation methods.  Click on the links to see tested recipes and directions using these methods. Also see this page for a glossary of terms used in home preserving.

Approved Safe Home Preservation Methods

(Source: So Easy To Preserve, 4th edition, Cooperative Extension Service, The University of Georgia)


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Are you following the latest canning recommendations?

Canning guidelines were revised in 1989 following extensive research. Canning instructions printed before 1989 may be unsafe. Here are some of the newer recommendations you should be using (these are incorporated into all of the recipes on pickyourown.org - we use only the most up-to-date directions and recommendations from the USDA, Ball and major university food science labs: