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Food Preservation

Lewis and Clark County Extension provides a number of resources to safely and economically preserve food at home. We also offer tools that can be rented for canning at home such as a pressure cooker. Pressure cooker gauges can be tested at the Extension Office for free. It is recommended to test pressure cooker gauges once a year. 

Please see links below for more information on water bath and pressure canning, freezing, drying, and storing foods. A number of useful MSU Montguides can be downloaded for free here.

The National Center for Home Food Preservation provides excellent research-based recommendations for most methods of home food preservation.

The University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Parts for Pressure Cookers - If new parts are no longer made, the canner is no longer considered safe, and we recommend the pressure canner be taken out of commission. 

Storing Fruits and Vegetables from Washington State University. This excellent guide provides tips for storing fruits and vegetables in and around the house for optimum shelf life.

Food Preservation Tips and Resources from USDA