Food and Health

Food Preservation

There is nothing like the taste of fresh-from-the-garden vegetables and fruits. Want to enjoy that taste all year long? Let WVU Extension’s Food and Nutrition experts guide you through various food preservation methods.

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Canning

Canning, the process of placing foods in jars or cans and heating properly to a specified temperature, is a way to preserve many different foods. The high heat destroys microorganisms and inactivates enzymes to preserve the safety and quality of the food. Learn more about the canning process...


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Freezing

Freezing has many advantages. It requires less time than drying or canning, and it retains foods’ natural color, flavor, and nutritive value. Amounts can be adapted to suit individual or family needs. Learn more about the freezing process...


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Drying

Drying foods – one of the oldest preservation methods – is safe, simple, and inexpensive. Dried fruits retain nutritional quality. They are especially popular now when people are wanting more antioxidants in their diet. Learn more about drying fruits and vegetables...