Arkansas Food Preservation Resources
Arkansas has a long history of food preservation and the art and science of saving food is making a comeback.
The USDA guide can be viewed on the National Center for Home Food Preservation website. For more research based food preservation recipes the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offers for sale So Easy to Preserve.
For those interested in a hands-on experience we have county educators in Family and Consumer Sciences who conduct Food Preservation trainings for minimal cost in various locations throughout the state. Contact your local extension office for dates and details.
The training provides science-based information based on the USDA's recommendations.
Dial Pressure Gauge Testing is Free
County Extension FCS educators are also available to test consumers dial gauge pressure canners to determine accuracy of the gauge. Dial gauges should be tested annually to assure that the pressure indicated on the dial is accurate. Pressure gauge testing is only done by appointment and only certain pressure cookers can be tested. Call your local county extension office to get an appointment and to check if your canner is a type we test. There is no charge for this service.
Canning & Freezing Fruits
Information on preserving fruits using canning and freezing methods.
Canning & Freezing Vegetables
Information on preserving vegetables using canning and freezing methods.
Information on methods to dehydrate foods.
Jams & Jellies
Information on making a variety of jams and jellies.
Information on pickling fruits and vegetables.
Smoking Meat & Poultry
Information on smoking meat and poultry.
Canning is serious business, and it requires close attention to details. We've got all the research-based answers to your most common canning questions.
- Frequently Asked Questions for Canning/Freezing-Video
- Information On Pressure Canners
- Example Fair Book Script
- Food Preservation Entry Labels
- Food Preservation Entry Label Instructions
- Headspace for Fair Judging
- Quick Guide for Judging Preserved Foods
- Fair Manual Update Preserved Foods