Food Safety & Preservation

Food Safety & Preservation Guidelines for Consumers

Food Safety

Safe Food Storage

Proper food storage helps maintain food quality by retaining flavor, color, texture and nutrients, while reducing the chance of contracting a foodborne illness. Learn about how food spoils, how to store perishable, semi-perishable and staple foods, and their expected storage life.

Safe Food Preparation and Handling at Home

Whether buying food at supermarkets or grocery stores, from farmer's markets, or raising your own food, it is important that safe handling procedures be followed. 

Foodborne Illness (Food Poisoning)

Keep family members safe and prevent foodborne illness. Learn more about the microorganisms which cause foodborne illness, symptoms and prevention.

Education

Safe food handling practices training, publications and materials for professionals and consumers.

 

Home Food Preservation

Canning

Provides you with general directions, as well as sections dedicated to just fruits, vegetables, tomatoes and tomato products; meats, poultry and seafood; pickles and fermented products; jellies, jams and preserves.

Before you begin, be sure  you have the latest information about using your canner, up-to-date canning practices, and unsafe canning practices.

Freezing

Divided into special instructions for freezing fruits, vegetables, meats and other products; meals or advanced food preparation, and also answers to basic questions such as which foods freeze well.

Drying

Information and resources are provided on dehydrators and on dehydrating vegetables, herbs, fruits and fruit leathers, and jerkies.