Center for Preserving Food
Guides to Canning, Pickling, Freezing, Drying, Fermenting, & More
Welcome to our Beginner Guides to Home Food Preservation! To make it simpler for you, we’ve ordered our guides from easiest to hardest!
Find step-by-step guides on freezing vegetables, making quick refrigerator pickles and fruit jams, drying herbs and produce, water-bath canning, canning jams and jellies, pressure canning, fermenting, and preserving.
NOTE: These guides were updated and fact-checked by Christina Ferroli, PhD, RDN, FAND to adhere to the latest and highest safety and quality measures to deliver on the trust and reputation of The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Introduction to Preserving
Things to Consider Before Preserving Your Harvest
Pickling, Freezing, and Storing Tips for Your Harvest
Freezing, Pickling, Drying, and Making Jam
Freezing Brussels Sprouts Properly
A Guide to Blanching and Freezing Fresh Produce
Freezing peppers for year-round use!
How to Preserve Herbs by Freezing or Drying
Try Freezing Fresh Corn for Later!
Freezing Spinach, Swiss Chard, and Beet Greens
How to Freeze Zucchini
Frozen food storage chart plus handy tips
Making Quick Pickles
Easy, quick pickles with no canning needed.
Making Quick Jams: Refrigerator or Freezer Jam
Small batch jam with two ingredients | For fridge or freezer
Make Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic for Health
How to Make Herbal Vinegar
Homemade Infused Vinegars Make for the Perfect Holiday Gift!
Learn All About Canning and Preserving Your Own Food
Introduction to Water-Bath Canning at Home
How to Make Homemade Applesauce
How to Can Tomatoes
Can Tomato Sauce the Easy Way With a Boiling Water Bath!
Canning Whole Peeled Tomatoes (Crushed Tomatoes)
How to Can Pickles
A Guide to Quick Pickling and Water-Bath Pickling
How to Pickle Peppers
How to Can Jam and Jelly
A Beginner's Guide to Making and Canning Homemade Jelly
Make Quick Fridge Jam or Canned Jam
Drying Tomatoes in the Oven or the Sun
Dry It, You'll Like It!
How to Make Herbal Tea at Home
Salting and Brining
How to make homemade whey
Homemade Sauerkraut Recipe & Tips
Learn to make this tangy, fermented drink with our simple recipe!
An Easy Fermented Kimchi Recipe
Making Creme Fraiche