SUSTAINABLE FARMING AND FOOD SYSTEMS CAPSTONE PROJECT – JAMES
Long Term Storage Methods: The Production of Value-Added Foods
Have you ever had an occasion where you watched your mother or grandmother using long term storage methods to store food from the garden, but never learned how to do it for yourself?
Maybe you already use Long term storage methods for foods and have recipes that were childhood favorites, or were enjoyed by others, and wondered what it would take to make those recipes into a value-added food that could be sold at market?
What is Value-added you ask? Simply it is the process of taking a raw commodity and changing its form to produce a high quality end product.
Food preservation is one of the oldest sciences used by human beings the methods include: drying, smoking, fermentation, pickling, jams and jellies, canning and freezing to name the most common methods. Food preservation has been part of every culture at nearly every stage, and has lent itself to a vast number foods that we consume today. For many years now, food preservation was becoming a lost art. But do not fret, home food preservation is making a comeback!