Food Preservation

Food Preservation

Canning jarsOhio State University Extension Family and Consumer Sciences' home food preservation workshops focus on teaching the basics of canning, freezing, and other methods of food preservation. Hands-on classes are offered across the state and typically address:

  • Basic food safety principles
  • Water bath canner and pressure canner methods
  • Principles involved in canning tomatoes, pickling and making jams and jellies
  • Methods for freezing fruits and vegetables
  • Reliable, research-backed resources from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, OSU Extension, and others

Gardeners and other lovers of fresh produce are often interested in extending the season's bounty by learning more about home-preserving fruits and vegetables. In OSU Extension’s home food preservation workshops, the science behind home food preservation is emphasized so that everyone who cans or freezes fresh fruits and vegetables understands why certain procedures must be followed precisely to ensure a high-quality, safe product that they and their family can enjoy.

Can Tomatoes in a Water Bath Canner

Water Bath Canning Of Salsa

Water Bath Canning of Sweet Pickles

Freezing Green Beans

Preserving Food Using a Pressure Canner

Home Food Preservation classes are offered across Ohio. If you cannot find a class close to you, contact your county extension office for more information. You can find your Ohio county extension office here Locate Your County Office

County FCS Educator Email Phone
Clark Kathy Green 513-785-6653
Clermont Margaret Jenkins 513-732-7070 x14
Delaware Barb Brahm 740-833-2030
Fairfield Shannon Carter 740-653-5419
Fayette Pat Brinkman 740-335-1150
Greene Melanie Hart 937-372-9971 x116
Hancock Peggy Meents 419-422-3851
Holmes Kate Shumaker 330-674-3015
Licking Shari Gallup 740-670-5315
Lucas Patrice Powers-Barker 419-213-2022
Mahoning Beth Stefura 330-533-5538
Medina Joanna Rini Fifner 330-725-4911
Morrow Candace Heer 419-947-1070
Montgomery Pat Holmes 937-224-9654
Ottawa Katie LaPlant 419-898-3631
Pickaway Michelle Treber 740-474-7534
Ross Lisa Barlage 740-702-3200
Sandusky Katie LaPlant 419-334-6340
Scioto Treva Williams 740-354-7879
Tuscarawas Chris Kendle 330-339-2337
Wayne Melinda Hill 330-264-8722

Food Preservation

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