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.
Learn more about freezing and canning fruits
Canning & Freezing Vegetables
Information on preserving vegetables using canning and freezing methods.
Learn more about canning and freezing vegetables
Information on methods to dehydrate foods.
Jams & Jellies
Information on making a variety of jams and jellies.
Learn more about making jams and jellies
Information on pickling fruits and vegetables.
Learn more about pickling foods
Meat, Poultry, Fish Preparation
Meat, poultry and fish require special care for preserving.
Learn more about preserving meat
Smoking Meat & Poultry
Information on smoking meat and poultry.
Learn more about smoking meat and poultry
We've got all the research-based answers to your most common canning questions.