Food Preservation

Food preservation involves preventing the growth of bacteria, fungi (such as yeasts), or other micro-organisms (although some methods work by introducing benign bacteria or fungi to the food), as well as slowing the oxidation of fats that cause rancidity. Food preservation may also include processes that inhibit visual deterioration, such as the enzymatic browning reaction in apples after they are cut during food preparation.

Many processes designed to preserve food will involve a number of food preservation methods. Preserving fruit by turning it into jam, for example, involves boiling (to red
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Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning
Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving
Canning for a New Generation: Bold, Fresh Flavors for the Modern Pantry
The Complete Book of Small-Batch Preserving: Over 300 Delicious Recipes to Use Year-Round
Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods
Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits  Vegetables
Put 'em Up!: A Comprehensive Home Preserving Guide for the Creative Cook, from Drying and Freezing to Canning and Pickling
Putting Food By
Well-Preserved: Recipes and Techniques for Putting Up Small Batches of Seasonal Foods
Ball Blue Book of Preserving
The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest: 150 Recipes for Freezing, Canning, Drying and Pickling Fruits and Vegetables
Independence Days: A Guide to Sustainable Food Storage & Preservation
The Preservation Kitchen: The Craft of Making and Cooking with Pickles, Preserves, and Aigre-doux
The New Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency by John SeymourDuct Tape 911 by James   HubbardThe Ultimate Situational Survival Guide by Robert   RichardsonOff Grid and Free by Ron MelchioreSeasons at the Farm by Shaye Elliott
Best Prepper-Homesteading Books
18 books — 9 voters
The Art of Fermentation by Sandor Ellix KatzFood in Jars by Marisa McClellanCharcuterie by Michael RuhlmanPreserves by Pam CorbinPreserving by the Pint by Marisa McClellan
Essential Preserving Books
20 books — 6 voters

Cradle to Cradle by William McDonoughSilent Spring by Rachel CarsonThe Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael PollanThe Urban Homestead by Kelly CoyneThe Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Being "Green"
368 books — 262 voters
Elderberries by Alicia BayerAcorn Foraging by Alicia BayerStalking the Wild Asparagus by Euell GibbonsPreserves by Pam CorbinBooze for Free by Andy  Hamilton
Best Foraging Books
10 books — 6 voters


Many aspects of the human condition are beautiful and many others are vile. Betrayal and personal agony represent a maddening part of being human. A person can maintain personal dignity by exercising restraint, remaining true to their conscience, and preserving under difficult conditions.
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Mackenzie Finklea
Something that is decisively worth preserving to a community must be an essential part of a collective history, identity, or narrative.
Mackenzie Finklea, Beyond the Halls: An Insider's Guide to Loving Museums

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