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Canning

Several jars of canned jellies lined up on a pantry shelf.

Canning is a method used for the preservation of a variety of foods, including vegetables, fruits, and meats. Pressure canning or water bath canning is used to preserve food based on the acidity level of the selected food. When proper canning practices are followed, the quality of fresh foods can be extended to safely consume many months beyond their usual expiration and decline in quality.

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A dial pressure canner gauge

Testing Dial Pressure Canner Gauges

For accuracy before use, it is recommended that dial gauges get tested each year. Gauges that read high cause under-processing and may result in unsafe food.

Jar of blackberry jam on countertop.

Blackberry Jam

Try this research-tested recipe for blackberry jam courtesy of the National Center for Home Food Preservation.

Several jars of meat being prepared for home canning.

Canned Meat

Try this research-tested recipe for canned meats, including: beef, lamb, pork, sausage, veal, venison and bear. Recipe courtesy of the National Center for Home Food Preservation.

Choice vegetable salsa.

Choice Salsa

Try this research-tested recipe for canned choice salsa courtesy of the National Center for Home Food Preservation.

Strawberries, rhubarb, and five jars of strawberry-rhubarb jam on a picnic table.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Jelly

Try this research-tested recipe for strawberry-rhubarb jelly courtesy of the National Center for Home Food Preservation.

Five jars of reduced-sugar grape jam on a counter.

Reduced-Sugar Grape Jelly

Try this research-tested recipe for reduced-sugar grape jelly courtesy of the National Center for Home Food Preservation.

Six jars of reduced-sugar apple jelly on a counter.

Reduced-Sugar Apple Jelly

Try this research-tested recipe for reduced-sugar apple jelly courtesy of the National Center for Home Food Preservation.

A dish of mixed-berry jam.

Mixed Fruit Jelly

Try this research-tested recipe for mixed fruit jelly courtesy of the National Center for Home Food Preservation.

A jar of grape jelly and serving dish on a countertop.

Grape Jam

Try this research-tested recipe for grape jam courtesy of the National Center for Home Food Preservation.

Two jars of freezer jam on a countertop with fresh strawberries.

Freezer Berry Jam

Try this research-tested recipe for freezer berry jam courtesy of the National Center for Home Food Preservation.