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


Making Quick Pickles

Making Quick Jams: Refrigerator or Freezer Jam


Water-Bath Canning

How to Can Tomatoes

How to Can Pickles

How to Can Jam and Jelly


Salting and Brining


Pressure Canning