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A Guide to Drying Foods

Fact sheet about drying foods

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Preserving Pumpkin

Pumpkins are a staple for the fall season. They can often be seen used to decorate homes or for carving jack-o'-lanterns, but they’re great to eat or can for later too!

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Canning Meats and Poultry

Canning is a great method to preserve and extend shelf life for many types of foods, including meat products. Using safe preparation and storage practices allows for anyone to store nutritious, high-quality protein.

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Canning Fish

Canning is a great method to preserve and extend shelf life for many types of foods, including fish and seafood products. Using safe preparation and storage practices allows for anyone to store nutritious, high-quality protein.

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COVID-19 and Home Water Use

There have been questions regarding spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 through drinking water.

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Feed & Water Testing Laboratories

A partial listing of available feed testing laboratories.

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Steam Canning

Steam canning is a quick and simple method of preserving produce using steam. While steam canning was previously not an evidence-based practice, recent research indicates steam canning may be a safe home food preservation method for canning naturally acidified foods.

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Round Bale Storage Conservation

Fact sheet discussing conservation of round bale storage.

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Ask Our Food and Family Experts

If you have a question related to food or families, our team of experts is ready to help.

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South Dakota 4-H Missed Deadline Agreement

Form for missed deadlines for State 4-H Events