Whether canning, freezing or dehydrating — preserving foods at home is a great way to use up produce, build food storage and even launch a business. MSU Extension can help you learn how to be safe by following research-based recipes and processing methods.

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Preserving food at home may be a practice that goes back for generations, but it is critical for anyone preserving and processing foods to have the most reliable and current information available about food safety and quality. Michigan State University Extension is a trusted source for research-based information and education on proper canning methods and approved recipes.canned-lisatreiber web

MSU Extension offers a variety of food preservation programs, such as Online Home Food Preservation, a self-paced course that teaches people of all skill levels how to safely can and preserve foods, and Cottage Food Law, which helps aspiring entrepreneurs and potential consumers learn how to safely buy and sell homemade food. To learn more about our offerings, please visit our events calendar of food preservation programming.

Wondering how to properly thaw your Thanksgiving turkey? Or if the food in your fridge is safe after last night’s power outage? If you have a question about food preservation and food safety, MSU Extension’s food safety experts can help. Call our Food Safety Hotline at 1-877-643-9882.


After participating in MSU Extension's food preservation programming . . .


of adults understood the importance of following up-to-date, research-tested recipes.


of youth recognize that refrigerating and freezing food prevents the growth of microorganisms.


of youth participants understand that freezing and canning are ways to make food last longer.