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.

Easy Lacto-Fermented Cauliflower

fermented cauliflower in two glass jars

When cauliflower is in season, consider making pickled cauliflower using the lacto-fermentation method to preserve it. These fermented cauliflower florets are tasty and crunchy and packed with probiotics. Plus? There’s no cooking involved and it’s *easy.

Home Preservation: Canning Equipment and How to Get Started

home canning in process: empty canning jar and a canning jar full of vegetables with lids on the table

While home food preservation is not difficult, there are some things to know. Get started with an understanding of the necessary canning equipment. From canning jars and lids to water bath canners and pressure canners, here’s what you need to know to safely preserve your garden harvest at home.

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