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General Information

Recommendations to preserve food at home are based on science. This process is not the place to be creative and make up your own recipes. Doing this can lead to foodborne illness. While the practice of preserving food has existed for thousands of years, the methods have evolved to keep up with today's food safety issues. 

The Science Behind Home Canning


Preventing Botulism in Home Canning


What's Your Elevation?Home Canning for Today

Old Food Preservation Practices No Longer Recommended

What is Botulism?

Botulism is a life-threatening disease caused by the ingestion of a potent neurotoxin produced during growth of the C. botulinum bacteria. This neurotoxin is among the most toxic substances known; even microscopic amounts can cause illness or death.


Canned Jalapeno Peppers with Botulism