Freezing, Canning, Dehydrating and Root Cellaring

A collection of resources for preserving your food

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Freezing:
University of Minnesota Extension has a good prep guide for freezing foods: http://www1.extension.umn.edu/food/food-safety/preserving/vegetables-herbs/how-to-prepare-vegetables-for-freezing/
http://www1.extension.umn.edu/food/food-safety/preserving/freezing/the-science-of-freezing-foods/
The University of Minnesota Extension's narrated slide show on freezing fruit https://umconnect.umn.edu/p78878019/
The University of Minnesota Extension's narrated slide show on freezing vegetables https://umconnect.umn.edu/p22502382/

Canning:
University of Minnesota Extension has a comprehensive collection of resource on canning: http://www1.extension.umn.edu/food/food-safety/preserving/canning/
Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving is a great all around reference to canning and preserving: http://www.amazon.com/Ball-Blue-Book-Guide-Preserving/dp/0972753702

Dehydrating:
University of Minnesota Extension has a comprehensive collection of resource on dehydrating: http://www1.extension.umn.edu/food/food-safety/preserving/drying/
How to build your own solar dehydrator http://www.manytracks.com/Homesteading/SolarFoodDryer.htm
http://www.instructables.com/id/Humid-Climate-Solar-Dehydrator/

Root cellaring:
Mother Earth News provides a comprehensive look at the many types and ways of root cellaring: http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/root-cellaring-zm0z85zsie.aspx?PageId=1#axzz2bUU6cFHw
Many books exist on the topic. Check your local library for books on the topic, or Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage for Fruits and Vegetables is a book highly recommended: http://www.amazon.com/Root-Cellaring-Natural-Storage-Vegetables/dp/0882667033
This article explains some of the basics and how easy setting up a root cellar can be: http://www.maryjanesfarm.org/About/farmlife/home/root-cellars.asp
These resources show how to make a root cellar from reused materials or materials that you might have around. Not all are suitable for Minnesota winters, though. http://inhabitat.com/diy-building-a-root-cellar-from-recycled-materials/
http://www.thefoodguys.com/rootcellar1.htm
http://lifehacker.com/5936047/turn-a-dead-chest-freezer-into-a-miniature-root-cellar

http://thereliantself.blogspot.com/2009/10/pseudo-root-cellar.html

Classes on food preservation:
The following resources have had classes (depends on the time of year) on food preservation including canning, freezing and dehydrating in the Twin Cities Metro area. Check out the following websites for possible classes on preserving food in your area:
Mississippi Market Co-op http://msmarket.coop/events/
Local Food Resource Hubs http://www.gardeningmatters.org/events/calendar
A few classes are offered from the University of Minnesota Extension (see under “For home and community”): http://www1.extension.umn.edu/food/food-safety/courses/

Other resources:
General information on food preservation from the University of Minnesota Extension: http://www1.extension.umn.edu/food/food-safety/preserving/general/
Article from local resource Do It Green Minnesota: http://www.doitgreen.org/green-living/home-food-preservation