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Home Food Safety and Preservation

A resurgence in home gardening and food production has led to renewed public interest in hands-on home food preservation. Learning and using proper food handling and safety practices for these foods, as well as purchased foods, is essential to prevent food-borne illness.

The information provided below is to help inform you of important food safety issues and of the safest methods for food preservation, food preparation, and food handling in your home kitchen. Using safe practices will not only help you to reduce food-borne illness, they will also help to extend your food's shelf life.

* References to commercial products, trade names, or brand names is for information only, and no endorsement or approval is intended.

National Center for Home Food Preservation

The National Center for Home Food Preservation (NCHFP) is a comprehensive source for information and resources on preserving food, and is a good place to start! On their website you will find general information and detailed instruction on canning, freezing, drying, cure and smoking, fermenting, pickling, storing, and jam and jelly making.

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