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Home Food Preservation in South Carolina

Home food preservation is a popular means for preserving seasonal produce or specialty foods for longer periods of time. If not done properly, these products could be a source of botulism, a potentially deadly foodborne illness.  In the United States an average of 110 cases of botulism are reported each year. Of these, approximately 25% are foodborne. Outbreaks of foodborne botulism involving two or more persons occur most years and usually are caused by eating contaminated home-canned foods. The best prevention is safe canning of foods. 

Educator Training Tools 

  • Program Planning Guide -- guidelines for setting up a home food preservation program
  • Slide set -- Instructional slide set for delivering a four-hour home food preservation program

Participant Handouts

Supplemental Resources for Educators