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How to Preserve Foods Safely at Home

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Brining and Fermentation



When canning home-preserved foods: 

  • Use scientifically-tested, up-to-date recipes such as those shown in this resource guide,  Home Food Preservation Recipes and Information
  • Follow directions carefully and do not change the measurements of fruit, vegetables, or acid. 
  • Adjust processing time for altitude.
  • Date home-preserved foods and store them no more than 12 months between 50-70 degrees Fahrenheit.  Avoid direct sunlight. 

A steam canner can be used in place of a boiling-water canner when you follow Guidelines for Safe Canning of Acid Foods in a Steam Canner.

Safe Methods of Canning Vegetables