University of Maryland Extension

Food Preservation

Online webinars (approximately two hours long) are being offered.  For more information on current webinars, click here.

NEW to Our Grow It Eat It Preserve it (GIEIPI) Programs:

Capture the Flavor: Herbs and Spices. In this 75 minute, interactive program, learn the health benefits of cooking with herbs and spices, best practices for storing them safely, and how to flavor meals like a pro! 

Our educational programs and problem-solving assistance are available to citizens and are based on the research and experience of land grant universities such as the University of Maryland, College Park.

Grow it--Eat it—Preserve it
In Maryland, food preservation has become a hot topic with increasing numbers of consumers interested in learning up-to-date, evidence-based techniques and safe procedures for preserving foods at home. The Grow It—Eat it—Preserve it program is designed to give consumers information and hands-on experience with food preservation techniques, so that they can make informed decisions about growing, harvesting, processing, preparing, serving and storing food to maximize food safety and reduce the incidence of Maryland food borne illness.


Since the 1900’s Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS) educators have taught how to safely preserve food, whether it was canning, drying, or freezing using USDA home food preservation guidelines.

  • Jams, jellies, and butters
  • Pickled & fermented products
  • High acid foods (peaches)
  • Tomatoes
  • Low acid foods (green beans)

We teach evidence-based information on safely freezing foods at home.

Dehydration (drying)

We teach evidence-based information on safely freezing foods at home.

For more information about home gardening, visit The University of Maryland’s, Home & Garden Information Center webpage by clicking here.  

Your local FCS educator is:

Beverly A. Jackey MS, RDN

Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences
University of Maryland Extension
Cecil, Kent and Queen Anne's County Offices
200 Chesapeake Blvd.
Elkton, Maryland 21921
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