Publications

OSU Extension Catalog has a number of publications that provide comprehensive information related to food safety and food preservation (see below). In addition, we have included publications that are used by our Master Food Preservers for quick reference on a variety of topics, including:

Featured Resource on Food Preservation & Canning

Canning Timer & Checklist App

This app provides abbreviated checklists and a timer to guide users in canning vegetables, fruits, meats and fish. Intended for people with previous canning experience, the app provides reminders of essential steps in the canning process. Download the free Canning Timer and Checklist app: Get the...

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Fruits and Vegetables

  • Canning Vegetables: Canning can be a great way to get full benefit from your garden vegetables. When prepared properly, foods will retain their nutrients and flavor. Done improperly, they can kill, cause serious illness,...
  • Guardado de vegetales en conserva: Guardar en conserva puede ser una estupenda forma de obtener el beneficio total de los vegetales de su jardín. Cuando se preparan correctamente, los alimentos retienen sus nutrientes y sabor. Si se...
  • Canning Fruits: This publication explains how to ensure both safety and quality when canning fresh fruits. Details covered include selecting and preparing equipment; preparing apples, apricots, berries, cherries,...
  • Guardado de frutas en conserva: Esta publicación explica cómo garantizar tanto la seguridad como la calidad de las frutas frescas guardadas en conserva. Los detalles cubiertos incluyen la selección y la preparación del equipo; la...
  • Canning Tomatoes and Tomato Products: Covers how to select equipment, prepare equipment and tomatoes, pack jars, add acid and salt, close jars, cool, test for a seal, store, and check jars for spoilage. Outlines steps for processing in...
  • Elaboración de conservas de tomates y productos de tomates: Se deben usar métodos seguros para el envase de tomates o productos de tomate. Como resultado de nuevos hallazgos de investigación y cambios en las variedades de tomates, las recomendaciones para su...
  • Salsa Recipes for Canning: This popular publication has been updated with 5 new scrumptious-yet-simple salsa recipes and enough approved variations to please even the pickiest salsa makers. We've added detail on key ingredients...
  • Recetas para el Envasado de Salsas: Esta famosa publicación ha sido actualizada con 5 nuevas recetas de salsa fáciles y sabrosas con suficientes variaciones aprobadas como para complacer hasta a los más exigentes preparadores de salsa....

Meat, Poultry, Game and Seafood

  • Canning Seafood: This publication provides research-tested processing recommendations for various types of seafood. It gives step-by-step instructions for canning tuna, all other fish, whole and minced clams, crab,...
  • Canning Smoked Fish at Home: This bulletin gives instructions for lightly smoking fish in preparation for canning and for the canning process itself. Fully smoked fish, in contrast, is too dry and strongly flavored after canning....
  • Canning Meat, Poultry, and Game: Canning meats is made more simple using this easy-to-follow guide! Wonderful and tasty recipes within.

Pickling

  • Pickling Fish and Other Aquatic Foods for Home Use: Preserving seafood with vinegar or citrus juices is one of the easiest food preservation methods known, but can yield a dangerous product if not properly prepared. Fish with high oil content (Chinook...
  • Pickling Vegetables: Describes the equipment and ingredients needed for pickling, and how to pack jars, process vegetables, and store the pickled results. Includes 17 recipes, processing times for various altitudes, and a...

Jams, Jellies, Preserves

General Canning

Freezing

  • Freezing Fruits and Vegetables: This publication describes how to freeze fruits, vegetables, and juices, and how to refreeze frozen foods. Includes freezing fruit without sugar, with ascorbic acid, in syrup, and packed in sugar; and...
  • Home Freezing of Seafood: Explains how stiffening (rigor mortis) and oxidation of unsaturated oils and pigments in freshly caught fish impact frozen fish quality. Describes how to clean and prepare fish (dressed, pan-dressed,...
  • Freezing Convenience Foods That You've Prepared at Home: How to prepare home-cooked foods for freezing, preserve food quality in frozen storage, and retain quality during thawing and reheating. Covers baked products and doughs, main dishes and meals, eggs,...

Drying

  • Drying Fruits and Vegetables: Written primarily for drying in an electric dehydrator, this guide applies as well to oven drying. Sections cover selecting, preparing, and pretreating foods for drying as well as storing and using...

Smoking and Curing

  • Making Jerky at Home Safely: Traditional jerky preparation methods, in which raw meat is dried at about 140 to 155 degrees Fahrenheit won't kill pathogens present in the meat. Learn the steps in making tasty meat jerky at home,...
  • Smoking Fish at Home Safely: This guide succinctly explains how to prepare and preserve any type of fish to use as part of a delicious, safe, and healthy meal. Specific temperatures, quantities, and timings are provided for...

Preserving Fruits (specific)

Preserving Vegetables (specific)

Other Food Preservation/Food Safety Publications