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Food Preservation and Safety Publications & Resources

4-H Home Food Preservation Series: Boiling Water Canning Project Manual > PDF
For ages 8-18, the boiling water canning project manual covers the basics of healthy eating and food safety and specific instructions for canning fruits, tomatoes, tomato salsa, pickles, and jams and . . . . . more details

4-H Home Food Preservation Series: Drying Project Manual > PDF
For ages 8-18, the drying project manual covers the basics of healthy eating and food safety and specific instructions for drying fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Thirteen hands-on activities engage you . . . . . more details

4-H Home Food Preservation Series: Freezing Project Manual > PDF
For ages 8-18, the freezing project manual covers the basics of healthy eating and food safety and specific instructions for freezing fruits; juices; vegetables; meat, fish, and poultry; and convenien . . . . . more details

4-H Home Food Preservation Series: Pressure Canning Project Manual > PDF
For ages 14-18, the pressure canning project manual covers the basics of healthy eating and food safety and specific instructions for canning vegetables, dry beans, meats, poultry, fish, and prepared . . . . . more details

An Introduction to Third-Party Auditing in a Food-Manufacturing Facility > HTML
If you sell a food product regionally, larger distribution contacts will undoubtedly require that your manufacturing business undergo a third-party audit. This publication tells you the basics of the . . . . . more details

Big Game from Hunt to Home > PDF

For your next hunting trip, the information in this publication will make sure the meat you bring home will be high quality. Meat from big game animals (deer, antelope, elk, mo . . . . . more details


Canning Fruits > PDF

This publication explains how to ensure both safety and quality when canning fresh fruits. Details covered include selecting and preparing equipment; preparing apples, apricots . . . . . more details


Canning Meat, Poultry, and Game > PDF
This guide walks you through the essential steps to ensure tasty yet safe results. You will find information every beginner needs, including recipes and an easy-to-read table for determining process t . . . . . more details
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Canning Seafood > PDF

Learn how to can salmon, tuna, clams, crab, oysters, shrimp and other fish and how to be sure your canned seafood is safe to eat. Author and revised by Carolyn A. Ra . . . . . more details


Canning Smoked Fish at Home > PDF
This bulletin gives instructions for lightly smoking fish in preparation for canning and for the canning process itself. Fully smoked fish, in contrast, is too dry and strongly flavored after canning. . . . . . more details

Canning Timer and Checklist Application > HTML
Select from over 50 popular foods used in home canning—including vegetables, fruits, meats, jams, jellies, pickles, and seafood—to generate a checklist and timer for processing. This app l . . . . . more details

Canning Tomatoes and Tomato Products > PDF

Covers how to select equipment, prepare equipment and tomatoes, pack jars, add acid and salt, close jars, cool, test for a seal, store, and check jars for spoilage. Outlines st . . . . . more details


Canning Vegetables > PDF

Canning is a great way to preserve your garden vegetables. When canned properly, vegetables will retain their nutrients and flavor. Canned improperly, they can kill, sicken, or . . . . . more details


Consejos para Emprendedores: Regulaciones para la Venta Alimentos Caseros en Idaho > HTML
Este documento informativo de dos páginas es parte de la serie Consejos para Emprendedores. Este boletín brinda información sobre cómo establecer un negocio de alimentos caseros en Idaho (pro . . . . . más detalles

Developing a Pathogen Environmental Monitoring Program for a Food Manufacturing Facility > HTML
Regardless of its expense, food manufacturers should install a pathogen environmental program as part of their facility’s commitment to food safety. No one-size-fits-all regimen exists, however. This . . . . . more details

Drying Fruits and Vegetables > PDF

Written primarily for drying in an electric dehydrator, this guide applies as well to oven drying. Sections cover selecting, preparing, and pretreating foods for drying as well . . . . . more details


Elaboración de conservas de tomates y productos de tomates > PDF
Se deben usar métodos seguros para el envase de tomates o productos de tomate. Como resultado de nuevos hallazgos de investigación y cambios en las variedades de tomates, las recomendaciones para su c . . . . . más detalles

Elaboración Segura del Queso Fresco > PDF
Instrucciones—preparación segura a hacer el queso fresco. Autora: Lizann Powers-Hammond 6 páginas . . . . . más detalles

Ensuring Training Effectiveness—Evaluating Good Manufacturing Training > HTML
Food-manufacturing facilities spend a tremendous amount of time developing and delivering training. If employee competencies don’t improve, however, it’s important to know why. Learn the basics about . . . . . more details

Freezing Convenience Foods > PDF

Learn all about freezing foods that you have prepared at home, including cakes; pies; meat, fish, poultry, and pasta dishes; soups, meals in a bag; and vegetable dishes. Find o . . . . . more details


Freezing Fruits and Vegetables > PDF

This publication describes how to freeze fruits, vegetables, and juices, and how to refreeze frozen foods. Includes freezing fruit without sugar, with ascorbic acid, in syrup . . . . . more details


Fresh Cheese Made Safely > PDF
Queso fresco, a fresh, crumbly, white cheese, can be made at home! Step-by-step process for making this cheese safely included. Author: Lizann Powers-Hammond 6 pages . . . . . more details

Fruit Pie Fillings for Home Canning > PDF
Learn how to make home-canned peaches, berries, cherries, and apples for use in pies, sauces, or other desserts in this four-color publication. Along with guidelines for what thickeners to use and boi . . . . . more details

Growing Food Safely in Idaho School Gardens > HTML
This guide is created for teachers, parents, volunteers, school administrators, food-service professionals, and everyone else engaged in youth gardening projects in Idaho. It is meant to serve as a gu . . . . . more details

Guardado de frutas en conserva > PDF
Esta publicación explica aómo garantizar tanto la seguridad como la calidad de las frutas frescas guardadas en conserva. Los detalles cubiertos incluyen la selección y la preparación del equipo; la pr . . . . . más detalles

Guardado de vegetales en conserva > PDF
Guardar en conserva puede ser una estupenda forma de obtener el beneficio total de los vegetales de su jardin. Cuando se preparan correctamente, los alimentos retienen sus nutrients y sabor. Si se hac . . . . . más detalles

Guide to Using and Caring for Your Electric Programmable Pressure Cooker > HTML
An electric programmable pressure cooker (EPPC) helps you to serve meals in a matter of minutes. Learn how to operate and take care of these versatile, one-pot wonders in this wide-ranging PNW publica . . . . . more details

H20 to Go—Staying Hydrated Safely! > HTML
Because drinking water is a requirement for human survival, it is important to know the basic facts so you can maintain your general health. Along with telling you how much water to drink each day, th . . . . . more details

Home Freezing of Seafood > PDF
Learn how to prepare and freeze fish so that it tastes almost as fresh and delicately flavored as the day it was caught. Revised by Barbara Rasco and originally prepared by Kenneth S. Hilde . . . . . more details
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Making Garlic- and Herb-Infused Oils at Home > HTML
You can safely store your infused oils at room temperature when you follow the procedures in this publication. Authors: Barbara Abo, Josh BeVan, Surine Greenway, Beverly Healy, Sandra M. M . . . . . more details

Making Jerky at Home Safely > PDF

Jerky is a nutritious, nonperishable, and lightweight protein source, but making it requires a lot of care. If done incorrectly, you can poison yourself or others. This publica . . . . . more details


Options for Storing Potatoes at Home > HTML
Recommendations for consumers on how to store large quantities of potatoes at home. Authors: Lynn Woodell, Nora Olson and Jim Wilson 4 pages . . . . . more details

Pickling Fish and Other Aquatic Foods for Home Use > PDF

Outlines the basic steps in pickling fish and gives a basic recipe suitable for pickling most fish with high oil contents.
Authors: Barbara Rasco and Kenneth S. Hi . . . . . more details


Pickling Vegetables > PDF

Describes the equipment and ingredients needed for pickling, and how to pack jars, process vegetables, and store the pickled results. Includes 17 recipes, processing times for . . . . . more details


Recetas de Salsa para Guardar en Conserva > PDF
Esta famosa publicación ha sido actualizada con 5 nuevas recetas de salsa fijciles y sabrosas con suficientes variaciones aprobadas como para complacer hasta a los mijs esigentes preparadores de salsa . . . . . más detalles

Salsa Recipes for Canning > PDF

Salsa is one of the most popular condiments, so much so that many consumers make it at home. But do you know how to prepare this savory, spicy treat for canning? Indeed, mainta . . . . . more details


Sanitizer Basics for the Food Industry > PDF
Cleaning and sanitation are critical to maintaining quality and safety in your food industry operation. This PNW helps food industry operations make cleaning and sanitizing programs part of their cult . . . . . more details

Shelf Life of Food: An Overview > HTML
Food safety is critical, yet surprisingly regulatory bodies do not require shelf-life testing for most products (infant formula being an exception). This bulletin provides all the basics that conscien . . . . . more details

Simplify Dinnertime: A Guide to Make-Ahead Freezer Meals for Electric Pressure–Cooking > HTML
Do you scramble to put something together for dinner after work? Worry no more. With a freezer meal plan in hand and your electric pressure cooker at the ready, you can prepare meals way ahead of time . . . . . more details

Smoking Fish at Home-Safely > PDF

Smoked fish is a healthy, protein-rich food, but it usually contains a lot of sodium. Although salting is a vital technique that wards off foodborne illness, meat treats like t . . . . . more details


Storing Food for Safety and Quality > PDF
Proper home food storage ensures the retention of safe and high-quality food. It allows you to save money, decreases unnecessary food waste, helps to maintain health, and can save your life during eme . . . . . more details

There Are Dangers Lurking in Your Flour > PDF
Many don’t realize that raw flour can transmit foodborne illnesses. This PNW publication outlines the risks of flour-based crafts and the steps you can take to keep people safe. Authors: St . . . . . more details

Tips for Entrepreneurs: Idaho Regulations for Selling Cottage Foods > PDF
Part of the Tips for Entrepreneurs series, this 2-page fact sheet provides information about establishing a business in cottage foods (edible products made in a person’s home or other location that ar . . . . . more details

Using and Caring for Your Pressure Canner > PDF

Pressure canning is the only safe way to preserve meat, poultry, seafood, and vegetables in cans. This booklet describes the different canner types available, the safety featur . . . . . more details


You Can Prevent Foodborne Illness > PDF

What is a foodborne illness? What causes it? How can your reduce your risk of getting one? Learn about all this and more, including various types of foodborne illnesses, the pr . . . . . more details



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E. J. Iddings Agricultural Science Laboratory, Room 10
606 S Rayburn St

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Phone: 208-885-7982

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