Home food preservation is a way to preserve the freshness of homegrown or locally purchased foods. Methods include canning, freezing and drying. Whether you have excess produce from your garden, or you simply want to preserve your own jam, SDSU Extension provides established and trusted research-based food preservation information.
If you enjoy preserving food, volunteering and helping your community, SDSU Extension's Master Food Preserver volunteer program may be for you!
Pick it! Try it! Like it! Preserve it! materials are filled with tips for selecting, preparing, and preserving a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.
Food preservation is a way to enjoy fresh-grown fruits, meats and vegetables all year! Many every day foods we eat are preserved by canning, pickling, freezing or drying.
Preserve It Fresh, Preserve It Safe
As part of a multi-state collaborative effort, the North Central Food Safety Extension Network brings you the Preserve It Fresh, Preserve It Safe Newsletter. The newsletter is a bimonthly feature in the SDSU Extension’s Food and Families Newsletter that shares research-tested tips, recipes and food safety updates for anyone interested in learning more about home food preservation. Use the navigation below and subscribe to our “Food and Families” newsletter to receive the latest edition.
The Hazard Analysis Training Workshop (HACCP) will be held Nov.17-18 at the SDSU West River Ag Center in Rapid City to teach food safety plan writing at both the state and federal level.
Fresh herbs add amazing flavor to recipes during the summertime! Their great flavors can be carried over to cooler seasons through the preservation of the plants and leaves, and the two best ways to extend the life (and flavor) of herbs is through freezing or dehydrating.
Botulism is a serious, rare illness that is caused by a toxin produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. Botulism is a concern when it comes to canning and fermenting foods, as the anaerobic conditions can cause the Clostridium botulinum spores to create a harmful toxin.