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Family and Consumer Sciences

Ohio State University Extension


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.

To view the latest Food Preservation Office Hours webinar recordings, visit

For reliable food preservation information, visit Ohioline and search for “food preservation” in the search box.

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 information is offered across Ohio. Most of these staff will also test dial gauge pressure canners for accuracy and perform safety checks on any pressure canner. 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
Carroll Corrina Gromley 330-627-4310
Clark Kathy Tutt 513-785-6653
Clermont Margaret Jenkins 513-732-7070 x14
Coshocton Emily Marrison 740-622-2265
Darke Tina McGillvary 937-547-6491
Fairfield Shannon Carter 740-653-5419
Fayette Sarah Sowell 740-335-1150
Franklin Jenny Lobb 614-866-6900
Fulton Melissa Rupp 419-337-9210
Greene TBA 937-620-6428
Hancock Jennifer Little 567-242-7334
Hardin Jami Dellifield 419-889-9264
Holmes Kate Shumaker 330-674-3015
Licking Shari Gallup 740-670-5315
Lucas Patrice Powers-Barker 419-213-4254
Mahoning Beth Stefura 330-533-5538
Medina Erin Ruggiero 330-661-6410
Morrow Candace Heer 419-947-1070
Noble Sami Hull 740-305-3175
Perry Misty Harmon 740-743-1602
Pickaway Jessica Lowe 740-474-7534
Ross Lisa Barlage 740-702-3200
Sandusky Katie Schlagheck 419-334-6340
Scioto Treva Williams 740-354-7879
Tuscarawas TBA 330-339-2337
Union Megan Zwick 937-644-8117
Vinton Tracey Perry 740-596-5212
Warren Laura Stanton 513-695-1311
Washington Amanda Bohlen 740-350-5662
Wayne Melinda Hill 330-264-8722
Wood Sue Miklovic 419-957-2879