Preserve the Harvest

Utah State University Extension Canning and Food Preservation Resources

Utah State University Canning Resources

Canning & Food Preservation

Whether you are a new or experienced home food preserver or canner, you have come to the right place. Utah State University Extension is committed to providing the most up-to-date instructions and recipes so that you can be successful when preserving food at home. Our goal is to provide home canning resources so that your experience is satisfying and leaves you with the assurance that the food you preserve at home is safe and the highest quality possible.

Please Note:

When canning and using other methods of food preservation, safely preserving the food product with scientifically tested recipes should be the top priority. No one wants to waste their time and effort preserving food that will spoil before consumption, not seal properly or create an accidental food-borne illness or toxin in the product. Also, be aware that recipes passed down through families and neighbors or found on Google searches may not be safe. 

Helpful, trusted food preservation resources include:

  • USDA’s Complete Guide to Home Canning, which provides a free ebook/PDF download. The information is based on research conducted by the National Center for Home Food Preservation in cooperation with USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. 
  • The Ball Canning Company website provides recipes, tips on canning and information about products, service and support. 
  • The Extension Canning Resources Website includes research-backed information on preserving the harvest, food preservation fact sheets and the master food preserver program.

Continuing Education

Preserve the Harvest Courses

2020 Online Lecture Series

Are you interested in preserving your garden harvest? Join USU Extension Experts online to learn all about preserving, processing, & storing seasonal produce and meats.

Canning 101

Online Course

Canning is not cooking — it is science! It is a process that needs to be followed exactly.

  • scientifically tested resources
  • boiling water bath
  • pressure canning
  • steam canning
  • shelf life
  • storage methods
  • and more!