Home Food Preservation: Pitt County Fair Edition

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If you are interested in entering your canned items into the Pitt County Fair, complete and submit the 2023 Exhibition Form.

Food Preservation is a wonderful way to preserve food and get others in your household in the kitchen to share time and create memories. Just make sure you follow a tested recipe. I highly recommend visiting nchfp.uga.edu for recipes and resources on home food preservation. Proper canning methods and equipment for each fruit, vegetable, or meat product you preserve is the key to keeping yourself and your family safe.

If this is your first time canning, read the USDA’s Complete Guide to Home Canning. This guide explains everything you need to know about canning and food preservation from making jams and jellies to pickling cucumbers to canning meats and poultry. This guide is a trusted, go-to resource for safely making high-quality canned products.

If you’re interested in learning more about canning and would like some hands-on experience, please get in touch with Taneisha Armstrong at 252-902-1714 or taneisha_armstrong@ncsu.edu. Check back soon for Fall canning schedule!

The following pages provide evidence-based training and materials for safely preserving foods at home. In addition, these pages also link to trusted resources and recipes for home food preservation.

  •   General Canning provides an overview of how to preserve foods safely with boiling water or pressure canning, including training materials
    • Boiling Water Canning provides fact sheets, recipes, and details on how to safely can high acid foods
    • Pressure Canning provides fact sheets, recipes, and details on how to safely can low acid foods, as well as testing a pressure canner
  • Fermentation and Pickling  provides fact sheets, recipes, and training materials on how to safely ferment and pickle foods.
  • Dehydration provides fact sheets, recipes, and training materials on how to safely dry fruits, vegetables, and meats
  • Food Storage provides fact sheets on how to safely store foods

If you have a pressure canner with a dial gauge, you may bring in your canner with the lid to test your gauge and gasket. This is FREE of charge. You can call Taneisha Armstrong to schedule a time for your canner to be tested. Your canner will be tested the same day and takes less than 10 minutes.