The National Center for Home Food PreservationWith rising food costs, concerns with what additives are in their foods, many folks have gotten back to gardening and preserving their own foods. The first thing anyone should do before they begin to home can foods, educating yourself to ensure the foods you will be serving and eating are canned safely.
The National Center for Home Food Preservation offers a FREE online home study course! The course is broken down into modules and they allow you 6 months to complete the study course. I highly recommend the course.
The course has "pre-module" testing so they can evaluate your knowledge before you take the course and a test at the end of each module. At the end of the study course, you can give an online evaluation of the course and as long as you passed and completed all of the modules, they will send you a certificate of completion.
To apply for the course, click here.
In addition to the online course, their website offers you plenty of recipes, fact sheets, food safety, links, and other valuable information on canning, drying and freezing food. It is truly a good resource for folks putting up food. Click here to visit their website.
The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offers a very popular book, "So Easy To Prepare" which is a 375 page book with over 185 tested recipes, step-by-step instructions and in-depth information for both new and experienced food preservers. The book has a new chapter on recommended procedures for home-canned salsa and 35 new, tested recipes. This book is a Must Have resource! To order the 5th edition of the book, "So Easy To Prepare" by the University of Georgia, click here.