​Food Preservation

Perhaps you're new to home food preservation. Perhaps you need a refresher. Purdue Extension Educators are here to help. You may contact any of the Purdue Extension Educators who are Mastering Home Food Preservation Instructors and find helpful resources below. If preserving food at home sparks your curiosity, then check out our Food Science degree program and careers in Food Science

Mastering Home Food Preservation

If you are interested in getting more information regarding the 2021 Mastering Home Food Preservation course offered by Purdue Extension please add your email information by clicking or copying the following link into a browser:  https://purdue.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1RjfCyqgLtf14MJ

Mastering Home Food Preservation Extension Educators (listed by Indiana county)

  • Bartholomew County:  Harriet Armstrong, armstrh@purdue.edu, (812) 379-1665
  • Cass County:  Jane Horner, horner8@purdue.edu, (574) 753-7750
  • Floyd County: Janet Steffens, jsteffens@purdue.edu, (812) 948-5470
  • Harrison County:  Annette Lawler, aclawler@purdue.edu, (812) 738-4236
  • Jennings County:  Atina Rozhon, arozhon@purdue.edu, (812) 352-3033
  • Knox County:  Tonya Short, short43@purdue.edu, (812) 882-3509
  • Lake County:  Linda Curley, lcurley@purdue.edu, (219) 755-3240
  • Marshall County:  Karen Richey, krichey@purdue.edu, (574) 935-8545
  • Montgomery County:  Monica Nagele, mwilhoit@purdue.edu, (765) 364-6363
  • Noble County:   Abigail Creigh, creigh@purdue.edu, (260) 636-2111
  • Vanderburgh County:  Meagan Brother, brotherm@purdue.edu, (812) 867-4935
  • White County:  Denise Schroeder, schroedd@purdue.edu, (219) 984-5115

Home Food Preservation can be done in the home safely if several factors are followed.  One of the key factors to pressure canning is processing product at the correct pressure.  Dial gauge pressure canners need to be checked for accuracy every year.  Many of Purdue Extension’s county office offer this service.  Please see the below map to find the nearest Extension Office to have your dial gauge pressure canner tested.  Please note, not all models can be tested.

Refer to the map of Home Food Preservation Extension Educators and Gauge Testers to find the location most convenient for you.

Home Food Preservation Resources

National Center For Home Food Preservation

Download resources about Food Preservation and Storage as well as numerous other Food & Nutrition topics from the Purdue Extension Education Store. The "Let's Preserve" Series includes free Education Store publication downloads for basic home canning, freezing vegetables, drying fruits and dehydrating vegetables, and preserving meat and poultry, tomatoes, pears, cherries, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, apricots, nectarines, apples, fruit pie fillings, jelly, jam and spreads, peppers, snap beans, sweet corn, sauerkraut, drying herbs, and quick process pickles.

USDA Complete Guide To Home Canning

FoodLink is the resource for anyone who has ever stood in front of produce and wondered, "What is that?" or "What can I don with that?" Scan the FoodLink QR codes on fresh fruits and vegetables to learn more about them, including how to select, prepare, and care for them. 

North Central Region Food Safety website provides research based home food preservation information and recipes.  

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