Whether you have a garden abundance or support your local farmers market, there are a number of food preservation methods that will allow you to store food to last through the winter. There’s nothing better than pulling a jar of fresh applesauce out of the panty in the middle of a cold winter. It’s like summer in a jar. And tomato sauce from the garden? So much better than the store bought stuff.

But canning isn’t the only way to preserve food for long-term storage. In addition to water bath and pressure canning, dehydrating fruits and vegetables, fermentation, and freezing are other methods to try. Start with the food preservation method that seems most doable to you. Soon you’ll have a pantry full of produce to enjoy in the off-season.

Home Canning Recipes for Beginners

If you’re a novice at food preservation, these easy canning recipes are a good place to start. They all use a simple water bath method.

Persimmon Jam Recipe for Canning

Fall flavors are in full force with this delicious persimmon jam. It’s a lower sugar option than many jams, and a safe canning recipe.

Easy Homemade Strawberry Jam Recipe

Preserve the flavor of summertime berries in a jar! This homemade strawberry jam recipe is easy for beginners, sweetened with honey, and delicious!