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  • Preserving zucchini

    Published on July 5, 2018
    Freezing is the best option for safely preserving zucchini.

  • Getting ready for canning season

    Published on May 2, 2017
    Many consumers prefer to preserve food from local farmers markets and gardens. Now is a good time to start an inventory of your home canning equipment.

  • Preserving small game

    Published on September 19, 2014
    Keep your small game harvest at peak quality by preserving it safely.

  • Safely preserving food starts right now

    Published on April 5, 2018
    Start your planning in the spring for a safe and successful canning season.

  • Safe food in the new year

    Published on December 19, 2016
    A resolution that will impact you and your family for the new year.

  • Altering canning recipes

    Published on July 1, 2013
    It is vital to always use tested recipes when canning to make sure that you end up with a safe home canned product.

  • Canning in winter can be a blast

    Published on February 2, 2012
    After a break to recover from the hectic summer canning season, winter is a good time to begin a new project that does not require you to start with all fresh ingredients.

  • Pickled vegetables – to give or to keep!

    Published on June 19, 2013
    Many people find it enjoyable to make home canned products that they can give to friends and family or to save for later in the season. Home food preservation can be fun and enjoyable, just follow the steps to ensure safe products.

  • More than agriculture

    Published on December 29, 2016
    Michigan State University Extension has an office in almost every county in the state and provides many health-related programs.

  • Ingham County ensuring safe and secure food 2017

    Published on January 24, 2019
    MSU Extension food safety and preservation programs provided to Ingham County participants help to stimulate the local economy by encouraging locally grown and purchased foods.

  • Homemade salsa is a science, not an art

    Published on July 18, 2014
    Getting creative with homemade salsa could lead to foodborne illness – stick to research based recipes when canning.

  • Ensuring safe and secure food

    Published on June 26, 2018
    MSU Extension efforts in ensuring safe and secure food lead to a healthy population, which in turn helps keep health care costs in check and our communities.

  • The last of your garden’s tomatoes

    Published on October 19, 2017
    What can you do with those green tomatoes? Can them!

  • Troubleshooting tips for pickling

    Published on August 7, 2017
    Even if you've been pickling for years, you might have a few questions about proper methodology. This troubleshooting guide can help keep your pickling experience pleasant.

  • Lapeer County ensuring safe and secure food 2018

    Published on January 22, 2019
    MSU Extension efforts in ensuring safe and secure food lead to a healthy population, which in turn helps keep health care costs in check and our communities viable.

  • Is it safe to guess on a processing time for home canned food?

    Published on June 20, 2014
    Food preservation needs to be treated as an exact science, using research based recipes, precise measurements of ingredients, clean work environments and exact timing when it comes to processing procedures.

  • Common canning terms

    Published on August 23, 2017
    Understanding canning terms in research based food preservation books helps to make reading canning recipes easier.

  • Thinking of using your own canning recipe? Think again.

    Published on May 20, 2020
    The science behind home canning and why it’s important to only use science-based recipes.

  • Home canning equipment shortages

    Published on October 14, 2020
    Tips to get your harvest safely preserved during peak preservation season.

  • Food safety practices at home

    Published on April 26, 2017
    Food safety is not just for restaurants or hospitals. Many foodborne illnesses can occur as the result of improper handling of food in the home.