Food Preservation Online Course

Date: July 1, 2014 - September 30, 2014
Contact: Joyce McGarry,

The goal of food preservation is to increase the shelf-life of a food while keeping it safe. In order to accomplish this, research-based preservation methods must be used. The lessons in this course will demonstrate and describe the proper techniques that should be used for various types of food. After completion of the lessons individuals will:

  • increase their knowledge and confidence in water bath and pressure canning, freezing, pickling and drying techniques
  • identify differences between acid and non-acid foods and why the processing of these foods are different

This course is self-paced which means you can go through the modules at any time that it is convenient for you. It consists of seven lessons and each lesson includes a video lecture and additional resources. Participants may take the lessons in any order or choose which topics they are interested in. However, in order to receive an online certificate of completion all of the video lectures must be viewed and the end of course reflective answers must be submitted within one year from registration.


This course costs $10. There are no additional materials needed to complete course. Participants will have one year to complete the seven segment course. Each segment is estimated to take one hour.

To take this program go to and type “Food Preservation Online” in the search box. You will be asked to create an account with

Instructions for registering and completing the Food Preservation Online training are available for download.

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