Food Preservation

It is so easy to preserve food and enjoy the bounty of summer gardens and our local Cabarrus County Farmer’s Markets. Cooperative Extension is the research based source of correct food preservation information and offers hands on workshops to teach people how to preserve food.

Canning, freezing and drying are the three main methods of preserving food. The method you choose to use will depend on whether safe guidelines for that method are available for the particular food you have and which method suits your needs.

When canning it is critical to can low acid foods such as vegetables and meats is a pressure canner at 240˚ (10 pounds pressure). Acid foods such as fruits and tomatoes can be processed or “canned” in a boiling water bath.

During the spring and summer months please plan to have your dial gauge pressure canner tested before canning season begins. Schedule an appointment by calling the Extension Office at 704-920-3322.

A variety of food preservation classes are offered by Cooperative Extension, Cabarrus County Center during the late spring and summer. Hands on classes are offered in: Basics of Home Canning, Tomatoes and Salsa, and Freezing and Drying. Classes are announced on Cabarrus County Channel 22, and local newspapers and Extension email newsletters.

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