Canning and preserving can stretch your grocery budget

By Peter Kent

Woman canningCanning and preserving can extend summer’s bounty of fruits and vegetables and save on grocery bills. It may be an old-time skill, but it takes up-to-date information to safely preserve fresh foods at home.

A new Clemson Extension program – Carolina Canning – offers canning and preserving workshops across the state, as well as up-to-date information on a new website, Facebook page and Twitter account. The program is made possible by a grant from the S.C. Department of Agriculture.

“For years, canning was something grandmothers did and now home food preservation has become very popular with younger generations,” said Susan Barefoot, Extension program team leader for food safety and nutrition.

“You can stretch your food dollars by canning or freezing local vegetables and fruits from S.C. Certified growers and sellers, as well as from your own garden,” she said.


For more information: Susan Barefoot, 864-656-3140,, or Kimberly Baker, 864-232-4431,