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Home Food Preservation

There is nothing quite like tasting of fruits of your labor. Do you want to enjoy that taste all year long? Let WVU Extension’s Food and Nutrition experts guide you through various food preservation methods.

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Preserve your food along with the flavor and nutrients. WVU Extension Service has long been recognized as a credible source for science-based recommendations.

Home Food Preservation Guide

Canning canning

Canning, the process of placing foods in jars or cans and heating properly to a specified temperature, is a way to preserve many different foods. The high heat destroys microorganisms and inactivates enzymes to preserve the safety and quality of the food.

The Canning Process

Freezing freezing

Freezing has many advantages. It requires less time than drying or canning, and it retains foods’ natural color, flavor, and nutritive value. Amounts can be adapted to suit individual or family needs.

The Freezing Process

Drying drying

Drying foods – one of the oldest preservation methods – is safe, simple, and inexpensive. Dried fruits retain nutritional quality. They are especially popular now when people are wanting more antioxidants in their diet.

The Drying Process

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