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Aug 17

Wish You Could Save Summer in a Bottle? You Can…Can! Preservation Nation!

Posted by GeriMiller on 17 Aug 2011. Filed under  Food Preserving, How To Guides View Comments

Well, you had to figure it would happen. As soon as the resurgence in interest in learning to grow your own food began a few years back, could a growing interest in food preservation be far behind? Back when I was certified as a Master Gardener in LA County, they had discontinued their Master Food Preserver program…but now it’s back and back with a Bang! With only 18 seats to fill for this year’s program, they received over 100 applications! Never fear…there’s always next year.


Remember, it’s not all about canning. Food can be preserved by salting, pickling, drying and freezing among others. The method you choose depends on the results you want – do you want to impart a different flavor to your product or do you want to preserve, as much as possible, the state and flavor of the original crop? To cover all the bases, HGEL has brought together a collection of links to great resources on a variety of methods to get you started down the road to preserving your garden’s glory!

Great Links to Articles and Blogs

  • How it was done in the 1800s – Preserving Vegetables from Lee’s Priceless Recipes (originally published in 1895)
  • National Center for Food Preservation
  • Preserving Vegetables from University of Florida Cooperative Extension
  • All About Home Canning, Freezing and Making Jams and Jellies from
  • PreserveNation Blog with Master Food Perservers Ernest Miller and Delilah Snell
  • How to Preserve Food without Refrigeration from MotherEarth News
  • Real Food Stockpile: Preservation and Storage Techniques from blog
  • Your Canning Guide from Sunset Magazine
  • How to Build a Root Cellar from
  • Root Cellars: How to Keep it Cool from Old Farmer’s Almanac
  • Growing a Greener World: Homesteading and Preserving the Harvest
  • Sacramento Bee: Sacramento Harvest: Boom in Gardening, Canning, Enjoying!
  • How to “Martha-up” Your Jam Labels for Nearly Free in About 5 Minutes from Northwest Edible Life
  • Cultural Methods/Recipes for Preserving Food

  • Sun-Drying: A Traditional Native American Method of Preserving Food from South Dakota State Cooperative Extension
  • The Food Timeline: FAQs Mesapotamia through Shakespeare from
  • Amazing Pickled and Marinated Vegetables from Jamie Oliver/Food Network
  • Pickled Green Tomatoes from
  • Napa Cabbage Kimchi from
  • Shan Pickle Recipe from
  • Labanese Veggie Pickles from
  • Vietnamese Pickled Carrots and Daikon from
  • Indian Pickle and Chutney Recipes from
  • Japanese Pickle Recipes from
  • An Easy Recipe for Spanish Pickles from
  • Master Food Preservers (Cooperative Extension) Programs

    Not all Cooperative Extension Programs will have MFP programs. If yours doesn’t, suggest there’s enough interest to start one. If you’ve got a sign up sheet of all your friends to show them…even better! Remember – to remain certified, you’ll be required to fulfill a certain number of volunteer and continuing education hours each year. Click on the link below to find your county’s local office.
    National Database of Cooperative Extension Offices


    University of Alaska Cooperative Extension brings you…”Pickling Vegetables”

    and “Drying Vegetables”

    Everything (and I mean everything) you ever wanted to know about “Freezing Food” from Michigan State University Cooperative Extension

    “How to Can” from our friends at Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply –

    “Classie Parker Preserves the Community”

    The Canning Queen of the Desert from Etsy on Vimeo.

    5 Responses to “Wish You Could Save Summer in a Bottle? You Can…Can! Preservation Nation!”

    1. Pretty exciting for Peaceful Valley/ to be in this hit parade of videos! Thank you so much for including us in such a useful post.

      Posted by Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply on August 17th, 2011 at 11:29 pm Reply

      • Can’t get over the timing of your video! Happy I spotted it and the admiration is certainly mutual!!!! 🙂

        Posted by GeriMiller on August 18th, 2011 at 12:54 am Reply

    2. Thanks for including our Growing A Greener World episode on my backyard homestead in the list above! You have compiled a great resource list here and we are thrilled to be included!

      Posted by Theresa Loe on September 8th, 2011 at 2:06 am Reply

      • Love to spread the GaGW love! 😉 Thanks for the kind word TL!

        Posted by GeriMiller on September 8th, 2011 at 3:22 am Reply

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