Food Safety & Preservation Resources
ANR Publications on Food Safety
The following downloadable publications are available for free from the UC Agriculture and Natural Resources Catalog:
- Garlic: Safe Methods to Store, Preserve, and Enjoy
- Peppers: Safe Methods to Store, Preserve, and Enjoy
- Safe Methods of Canning Vegetables
- Cantaloupe: Safe Methods to Store, Preserve, and Enjoy
- Tomatoes: Safe Methods to Store, Preserve, and Enjoy
- Oranges: Safe Methods to Store, Preserve, and Enjoy
- Apples: Safe Methods to Store, Preserve, and Enjoy
- Strawberries: Safe Methods to Store, Preserve, and Enjoy
- Olives: Safe Methods for Home Pickling
- Nuts: Safe Methods for Consumers to Handle, Store, and Enjoy
Home Preservation and Storage - General
- Home Food Preservation publications from the University of California and other land-grant institutions
Storing Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for Better Taste
A chart and poster produced by the UC Postharvest Technology Research and Information Center, showing the proper storage of fruits, melons and vegetables.
- Safe Handling of Fruits and Vegetables
Guidelines for minimizing the risk of foodborne illness from fresh fruits and vegetables through proper handling, washing, and storage. The publication is available as a brochure in both English and Spanish.
More UC publications (in English and Spanish) on safe handling of fruits and vegetables can be found on the UC's Food Safety website.
National Center for Home Food Preservation
Food preservation resources
compiled courtesy of Sacramento Master Food Preservers
The National Center for Home Food Preservation provides current research-based recommendations for most methods of home food preservation:
- How do I can? Safe home canning methods explains how to economically and safely preserve high quality fruit, vegetables and nuts at home.
- How do I freeze foods? Most foods can be frozen, but not all foods freeze well. Proper freezing techniques offers specifics for selecting, preparing and freezing a large variety of foods to maintain quality and flavor.
- How do I dry foods? Drying or dehydrating is one of the oldest known methods for preserving foods, and dehydrating fruits, vegetables, herbs and jerky explains how to easily do this at home.
- Pickling fruits and vegetables describes how to make many types of vegetable and fruit pickles and fermented products. How do I pickle foods?
- How do I make jams and jellies? Making jams and jellies gives tips and specifics for making these thickened or jellied fruit products, as well as conserves, preserves, marmalades, butters and other types of preserved fruit.
- Seasonal tips from the National Center for Home Preservation offers suggestions for preserving foods at home during different seasons of the year.
- Publications from the National Center for Home Food Preservation include fact sheets and a variety of recipes and food preservation instructions.
- Food storage information offers guidelines from several sources for properly storing canned, dehydrated and frozen foods.