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NC State Extension

Home Food Preservation


If this is your first time canning, read the USDA’s Complete Guide to Home Canning. It explains everything you need to know about canning and food preservation from making jams and jellies to pickling cucumbers to canning meats and poultry. This guide is a trusted, go-to resource for making high-quality canned products safely.

Canning Overview Presentation

Canning for Home Food Preservation” (Katrina Levine, NC State University/N.C. Cooperative Extension, May 2016)

Canning Fact Sheets

General Canning

Jams, Jellies and Fruit Spreads

Pickles and Fermented Foods

Canning Recipes

Recommended Tested/Evidence-Based Recipe Sources:

Looking to start your own food preservation business? Visit our Small Businesses page for information about getting started.

Agent Training – Canning

Pressure Gauge Testing