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 green.1405@osu.edu 513-785-6653
Clermont Margaret Jenkins jenkins.188@osu.edu 513-732-7070 x14
Delaware Barb Brahm brahm.1@osu.edu 740-833-2030
Fairfield Shannon Carter carter.413@osu.edu 740-653-5419
Fayette Pat Brinkman brinkman.93@osu.edu 740-335-1150
Franklin Jenny Lobb lobb.3@osu.edu 614-866-6900 x230
Greene Melanie Hart hart.382@osu.edu 937-372-9971 x116
Hancock Peggy Meents meents.1@osu.edu 419-422-3851
Holmes Kate Shumaker shumaker.68@osu.edu 330-674-3015
Licking Shari Gallup gallup.1@osu.edu 740-670-5315
Lucas Patrice Powers-Barker powers-barker.1@osu.edu 419-213-2022
Mahoning Beth Stefura stefura.2@osu.edu 330-533-5538
Medina Joanna Rini Fifner fifner.2@osu.edu 330-725-4911
Morrow Candace Heer heer.7@osu.edu 419-947-1070
Montgomery Pat Holmes holmes.86@osu.edu 937-224-9654
Ottawa Katie LaPlant laplant.8@osu.edu 419-898-3631
Pickaway Michelle Treber treber.1@osu.edu 740-474-7534
Ross Lisa Barlage barlage.7@osu.edu 740-702-3200
Sandusky Katie LaPlant laplant.8@osu.edu 419-334-6340
Scioto Treva Williams williams.973@osu.edu 740-354-7879
Tuscarawas Chris Kendle kendle.4@osu.edu 330-339-2337
Wayne Melinda Hill hill.14@osu.edu 330-264-8722

Food Preservation

Fairfield County Classes, 2017 Home Food Preservation Classes flier [PDF PDF document]

Date Time Class Location County Contact
June 20 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Canning Fruits & Tomatoes Fairfield Co. Ag. Ctr. Fairfield Kelly Scott
June 22 10:00 am - 11:30 am Canning Fruits & Tomatoes Fairfield Co. Ag. Ctr. Fairfield Kelly Scott
July 18 10:00 am - 11:30 am Canning Vegetables, Meats, and Combination Foods Fairfield Co. Ag. Ctr. Fairfield Kelly Scott
July 20 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Canning Vegetables, Meats, and Combination Foods Fairfield Co. Ag. Ctr. Fairfield Kelly Scott
July 25 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Canning Fruits & Tomatoes Fairfield Co. Ag. Ctr. Fairfield Kelly Scott
August 22 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Drying Fruits & Vegetables Pickerington Library Fairfield Kelly Scott
August 24 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Drying Fruits & Vegetables Pickerington Library Fairfield Kelly Scott
           

Franklin County Classes

Date Time Class Location County Contact
May 22, 2018 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Food Preservation 101 Groveport Town Hall Franklin Jenny Lobb
June 26, 2018 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Canning Basics Groveport Town Hall Franklin Jenny Lobb
July 31, 2018 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Freezing and Drying Fruits and Vegetables Groveport Town Hall Franklin Jenny Lobb
August 23, 2018 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Canning Basics OSUE Franklin County Office Franklin Jenny Lobb
August 25, 2018 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Preservation Herbs Groveport Town Hall Franklin Jenny Lobb
August 30, 2018 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Canning Pickles OSUE Franlkin County Office Franklin Jenny Lobb
September 11, 2018 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Making Flavored Vinegars Groveport Town Hall Franklin Jenny Lobb
September 13, 2018 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Canning Salsa OSUE Franklin County Office Franklin Jenny Lobb
September 20, 2018 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Freezing and Drying Fruits and Vegetables OSUE Franklin County Office Franklin Jenny Lobb
           

Licking County Classes

Morrow County Classes