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 Homemade Strawberry Jam Recipe

canning jars filled and sealed with strawberry jam

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

Canning Chicken Stock: Broth from Roasted Chicken (or Turkey)

dark brown chicken broth, in jars ready for canning

Homemade stock is simple to make. With a pressure canner, you can easily make it a ready-to-use shelf stable pantry item. Canning chicken stock or turkey stock means that you’ll be able to get meals ready in a hurry using real, homemade ingredients. Plus? It’s like free food!

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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