There is nothing like the taste of fresh-from-the-garden vegetables and fruits. Want
to enjoy that taste all year long? Let WVU Extension’s Food and Nutrition
experts guide you through various food preservation methods.
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.
Learn more about the canning process...
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.
Learn more about the freezing process...
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.
Learn more about drying fruits and vegetables...