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Family and Consumer Sciences

Ohio State University Extension


Home Food Preservation



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


Gardeners and other lovers of fresh produce are often interested in extending the season's bounty by learning more about preserving fruits and vegetables at home.  Ohio State University Extension Family and Consumer Sciences teach the basics of home canning and preservation through demonstrations and workshops.  We emphasize the science behind preservation so than 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.


Home Food Preservation educational offerings typically address:

  • Basic food safety principles.
  • Proper home canning equipment including how to use a water bath canner and a pressure canner.
  • Canning fruits and vegetables.
  • Freezing fruits and vegetables.
  • Drying fruits and vegetables.

Accessing reliable research-based resources from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, OSU Extension, and others.

Home Food Preservation classes are offered across the state of Ohio.  If you cannot find a class close to you, contact your county extension office for more information.  You can find your 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 X 14
Delaware Barb Brahm (740) 833-2030
Fairfield Shannon Carter (740) 653-5419
Fayette Pat Brinkman (740) 335-1150
Greene Melanie Hart (937) 372-9971 X 112
Hancock Shawn Ochs (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
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

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