Ever wonder what to do with all your garden produce or perhaps you bought too many items at the Farmers Market? Don't worry, University of Illinois Extension will guide you in how to safely preserve and store your fresh fruits and vegetables.

Check out these University of Illinois Extension videos.

Use the links to explore food preservation topics or register for one of our classes.

Currently, there are three types of classes you can take to learn more about preserving your fresh fruits and vegetables.

Yes, You CAN, Preserving Safely

Want to learn what it takes to preserve food safely or perhaps you need a quick refresher? This in-person class is for you. This class will cover the basic equipment needed for canning, drying, and freezing your fresh produce and the latest information on ensuring a safe product. Educators will also offer time to test your pressure canning equipment.

Contact your local Extension office for the schedule or check our events calendar.

Preserve the Taste of Summer

We are excited to announce our new online course for Food Preservation. This 8 module course covers:

  1. Food safety
  2. Canning basics
  3. Canning acid foods
  4. Pressure canning low-acid foods
  5. Preparation and canning of pickled and fermented foods
  6. Making and preserving fruit spreads
  7. Freezing food, storage of frozen and refrigerated foods
  8. Drying foods

The course is all online and the self-paced modules are easy to complete whenever it is convenient for you.

Course fee: $30

This course is brought to you in partnership with Iowa State University. Upon registering for the course, you will be directed to the site.

Click here to sign up.

Hands on Food Preservation Courses

Back by popular demand, the Nutrition and Wellness Educators will be offering hands on workshops in canning salsa, pickles, and jams and jellies.

To participate in a hands on workshop, you must have completed the Preserve the Taste of Summer course.

Contact your local educator or visit your county website for the schedule.