- Author: Chris M. Webb
Proper handling, storage and preservation of produce enables gardeners to further increase their food security and reduce the risk of food borne illness.
The correct handling and storage of produce can significantly extend the shelf life of these products. The UC Davis Postharvest Technology Research & Information Center has a wide range of resources designed to improve food safety in the home and garden, and also for commercial producers.
In times past food preservation was common practice, and as with gardening there is currently renewed interest in these activities. There are many ways to preserve excess food including: can, freeze, dry, cure & smoke, ferment, and pickle. Food preservation can be a time intensive activity. In the past, and the present, people often gather to preserve food together. Working together allows people to pool resources and knowledge while distributing the workload. Check online community forums for food preservation groups near you.
Home food preservation resources can be found at the National Institute of Home Food Preservation.