Food Preservation

canned foods

Is your garden producing more fruits or vegetables than you can use? Check out our canning, freezing, and drying resources for preserving food safely at home.

canning equipment


Canning can be a safe and economical way to preserve quality food at home. Home preserved foods can help provide a variety of nutritious meals all year long.

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frozen berries


Freezing foods is easy, quick and convenient. Freezing temperatures stop the growth of microorganisms while slowing down the chemical reactions that break food down and reduce quality.

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dehydrated apples


Drying is one of the oldest methods for preserving foods. Dried foods need little space for storage. Some dried foods, such as fruit leathers, are eaten as is; others must be rehydrated for use.

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home canned pickles


Pickles and relishes are very popular condiments. They are easy to make; however, it is very important to following the steps correctly to ensure a safe product.

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crabapple jelly

Jams and Jellies

Jams, jellies, and preserves are foods with many textures, flavors, and colors. They consist of fruits preserved mostly by means of sugar and thickened or jellied to some extent.

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map of Nebraska

Pressure Canner Testing Locations

It is important that dial gauge pressure canners be checked for accuracy each year before use. Find out what counties in Nebraska have the equipment to test your dial gauge pressure canner.

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canning peaches


Check out our videos on a variety of home food preservation topics! These videos were produced with a partnership between Little Priest Tribal College Extension and Nebraska Extension.

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grape jelly, jars, grapes

Lesson Plans

This teaching series provides experiential learning step-by-step lesson plans for teachers/other educators to teach hands-on safe canning practices.

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variety of home canned vegetables

Virtual Learning Series

Join us live or watch the recorded sessions on a variety of food preservation topics.

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home canned carrots


Check out the So You Want to Preserve newsletter. Find the latest information and tips to learn how to preserve food safely.

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