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Written collaboratively by Lavonne Meyer (former SDSU Extension Food Safety Field Specialist) and Joan Hegerfeld-Baker (former SDSU Extension Food Safety Specialist).

SDSU Extension has created an online course for those wanting to learn how to preserve their own food. The course consists of two options, one for those simply wanting to learn about preserving food (Home Food Processor Track) and another for individuals wanting to become a mentor (South Dakota Home Food Processing Mentor Track).

Course Modules

There are 7 modules in the course. Educational activities consist of information sheets, videos, quizzes, and additional resources and recipes. You can go through the entire course or just find information on specific topics.

  • Module 1: General Canning Principles
  • Module 2: Canning Equipment
  • Module 3: Acid Foods
  • Module 4: Acidified Foods
  • Module 5: Low Acid Foods
  • Module 6: Freezing Foods
  • Module 7: Becoming a Food Preservation Mentor


To register, visit the link below, select the appropriate registration option, and then choose the SDSU Campanile Open Learning: Home Food Preservation Self-Study course link.

This program is supported in part by the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture through grant 12-25-B-1487. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA.

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