Preserving MI Harvest

Online via Zoom
Thursdays, July 7, - Sept. 22, 2022

Join MSU Extension Educators to learn the latest methods and research for preserving foods at home. Let us help you fill your pantry and freezer by preserving food safely at home. Join online via zoom using your laptop, tablet, smartphone, or any device with internet access. Choose to register for all the sessions by selecting the "register all" button or select the individual sessions you are interested in.

Classes are offered Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. or from 6-7 p.m. ET.

These free workshops will be taught by MSU Extension Food Safety Educators.

Classes will be available on the following dates:

  • July 7, 2022 - Using Water Bath and Atmospheric Steam Canners
    • Discover how to safely preserve high acid foods like fruits and acidified tomatoes using water bath or atmospheric steam canners.
  • July 14, 2022 - Peppers - Turn Up the Heat
    • Preserving peppers is one way to turn up the heat in foods all year long. Join us for a discussion on freezing, pickling, pressure canning, and drying peppers.
  • July 21, 2022 - Pressure Canning - Green Beans and More
    • Green beans are one of the earliest vegetables that can be preserved in a jar using a pressure canner. Join us and experience how easy the process can be to pressure can green beans and other vegetables.
  • July 28, 2022 - Freezing Produce 
    • Learn about blanching and freezing. We'll discuss what the blanching process is, what foods need to be blanched and why, what foods freeze well, and what foods do not.
  • Aug. 4, 2022 - Pickling: Cucumbers and So Much More
    • Cucumbers are on of the most popular produce items to pickle. Discover the proper steps to pickling produce like cucumbers and beyond.
  • Aug. 11, 2022 - Food Preservation Do's and Don'ts
    • Food Preservation Do's and Don'ts discusses some of the outdated preservation processes (Don'ts) as well as the Do's to keep your home preserved foods safe to enjoy.
  • Aug. 18, 2022 - Peaches and Pears, Oh My!
    • Delicious peaches and pears are in season. Explore a variety of recipe ideas to preserve these tasty fruits.
  • Aug. 25, 2022 - Too Many Tomatoes
    • What to do with your bounty of tomatoes?.... Learn the best methods for preserving them to enjoy year round.
  • Sept. 8, 2022 - Sweet and Savory Salsas
    • Salsa and dips are a staple for football game day snacking. Join us to learn the science of preserving sweet and savory salsas!
  • Sept. 15, 2022 - Dehydrating and Seed Saving
    • Explore the art of seed saving! In this class, we'll discuss dehydrating methods and ways to save seeds for snacking, seed swaps or future garden planting.
  • Sept. 22, 2022 - Sauerkraut: A Fermented Favorite
    • Sauerkraut is a popular item to prepare, but what if you don't need such a large batch? Let's look at processing and preserving smaller amounts for the family, not the neighborhood.

Registration for Preserving MI Harvest is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on September 21, 2022.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information, contact Laurie Messing at