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Center for Preserving Food

Pickling Guide

Guides to Canning, Pickling, Freezing, Drying, Fermenting, & More

Welcome to our Beginner Guides to Home Food Preservation! To make it simpler for you, we’ve ordered our guides from easiest to hardest! 

Find step-by-step guides on freezing vegetables, making quick refrigerator pickles and fruit jams, drying herbs and produce, water-bath canning, canning jams and jellies, pressure canning, fermenting, and preserving.

NOTE: These guides were updated and fact-checked by Christina Ferroli, PhD, RDNFAND to adhere to the latest and highest safety and quality measures to deliver on the trust and reputation of The Old Farmer’s Almanac

Introduction to Preserving

Things to Consider Before Preserving Your Harvest

Pickling, Freezing, and Storing Tips for Your Harvest

Freezing, Pickling, Drying, and Making Jam


How to Freeze Zucchini

Frozen food storage chart plus handy tips

Freezing Brussels Sprouts Properly

Freezing peppers for year-round use!

A Guide to Blanching and Freezing Fresh Produce

Storing garden herbs for cooking

Freezing Spinach, Swiss Chard, and Beet Greens

Making Quick Pickles

Making Quick Jams: Refrigerator or Freezer Jam

Small batch jam with two ingredients | For fridge or freezer


Homemade Infused Vinegars Make for the Perfect Holiday Gift!

Make Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic for Health

Water-Bath Canning

Learn All About Canning and Preserving Your Own Food

Introduction to Water-Bath Canning at Home

How to Make Homemade Applesauce

How to Can Tomatoes

Canning Whole Peeled Tomatoes (Crushed Tomatoes)

Can Tomato Sauce the Easy Way With a Boiling Water Bath!

How to Can Pickles

A Guide to Quick Pickling and Water-Bath Pickling

How to Can Jam and Jelly

A Beginner's Guide to Making and Canning Homemade Jelly

Make Quick Fridge Jam or Canned Jam

Pressure Canning

An Introduction to Pressure Canning at Home


Drying Tomatoes in the Oven or the Sun

How to Make Herbal Tea at Home

Salting and Brining


Homemade Sauerkraut Recipe & Tips

An Easy Fermented Kimchi Recipe

Learn to make this tangy, fermented drink with our simple recipe!

How to make homemade whey

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