Preserving MI Harvest

Thursdays, July 8 - September 23, 2021

Online via Zoom

Are you thinking about preserving food at home this summer?  Please join MSU Extension to learn best practices for safe home food preservation and receive valuable resources to ensure the safety of your home preserved foods.  Join us using Zoom for each session or choose the topics that you are interested in. These free workshops will be taught by the MSU Extension Food Safety Team.

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

Weekly Class sessions:

  • July 8, 2021 - Preserving Berries
    • Blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are delicious when fresh. Have you thought about preserving them by freezing or canning to enjoy later?
  • July 15, 2021 - Preservation Methods-Safe or Unsafe?
    • Food preservation is a science. Join us for this session to discuss recipes and methods that may be outdated and the why and why nots.
  • July 22, 2021 - Pickling-Not Just for Cucumbers
    • While cucumbers are popular for home preserving, there are many other fruits and veggies we can pickle. Discover the proper steps to pickling produce.
  • July 29, 2021 - Water Bath & Atmospheric Steam Canning
    • Thinking of canning foods at home? Fruits, tomatoes, and jellied products can easily be canned at home using the water bath and atmospheric steam canners.
  • August 5, 2021 - Shopping and Storing MI Fresh Produce from the Farmers Market & U-Pick
    • Farmers Market and U-Pick Farms do the growing, while you learn to select and store your produce for preserving.
  • August 12, 2021 - Peaches-Can or Freeze?
    • Peaches are nature's candy. This class reviews best practices for freezing and canning peaches so you can enjoy them year round.
  • August 19, 2021 - Picked a Peck of Peppers-Now What?
    • Sweet peppers and hot peppers, what can you do with them all? They can be frozen, canned, pickled or dehydrated!
  • August 26, 2021 - Filling your Freezer
    • Blanching and freezing is an easy preservation method to stock your freezer with fruits and veggies. Learn why the blanching step is so important for freezing high quality vegetables.
  • September 9, 2021 - Too Many Tomatoes
    • Garden full of tomatoes? Discover how versatile they can be by canning, freezing and dehydrating.
  • September 16, 2021 - Salsa 101
    • We all have our favorite salsa recipe, but is it safe to preserve? Salsa 101 will share the science of what can and cannot be put into a jar of salsa that is going to be preserved at home.
  • September 23, 2021 - Drying Produce and Fruit Leathers
    • Learn how to use a variety of food dehydrators to safely dry produce and fruit leathers.

Registration for Preserving MI Harvest is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on September 22, 2021.


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 Lisa Treiber at