Learn how to preserve food for long term storage with Melissa K. Norris

154- Preserving Food From Your Garden with Melissa K. Norris

By Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

July 29, 2021

Last year Melissa K. Norris was on the show to teach us how to start a garden and get our plants to grow successfully. Now 1 year later, we should be proficient at growing food, and now it's time to learn how to preserve food to last all year long!

There are many different preservation methods that can be used with food. We will cover what those methods are, and dive deeper into a select few that are more common for people to try.

What To Expect From This Episode

  • How to keep your homestead alive in extreme temperatures
  • Common preservation methods and how to succeed in keeping the foods from spoiling
  • Canning resources and how to avoid botulism
  • Ways to get started with your own mini homestead


  • [0:00] Welcome to the Summit For Wellness Podcast
  • [3:15] Has Melissa K. Norris had any new food revolutions since the last time on the show
  • [7:15] With all the people gardening last year, it brought about a sense of community because people were sharing their extra food
  • [9:15] What did Melissa do to protect her homestead in the 110+ degree weather we had
  • [14:00] When it is that hot, the early mornings and very late evenings are the only time when you can get into the garden
  • [16:45] What are different ways to preserve food for long term
  • [23:00] Are there ways to leave potatoes in the ground and let them sprout on their own
  • [25:00] What are the correct ways to can and how do you avoid getting sick
  • [27:30] Canning needs to have a specific pH level to prevent botulism
  • [32:45] What are the signs of botulism and what should you be watching out for
  • [35:30] How do you know if the canning recipe online is safe and are there classes (like Melissa's free canning class) that helps you to avoid botulism
  • [39:45] How do you get started with fermenting food
  • [45:00] What is the weirdest thing Melissa has fermented
  • [46:30] Has Melissa played with curing meats
  • [48:15] If you want to use root cellar techniques, what temperatures does the area need to be
  • [54:15] Final thoughts from Melissa on preserving food

Resources From This Episode

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Transcript For Episode (Transcripts aren't even close to 100% Accurate)

Learn More About Melissa K. Norris

Website: MelissaKNorris.com

Social Media: Youtube , Instagram , Podcast

Melissa K. Norris teaches long term storage techniques to preserve food.

Melissa K. Norris teaches long term storage techniques to preserve food.

About the author

Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

Bryan Carroll is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Movement Therapist who helps the outdoors community to reduce injuries and improve their health so they can get back to exploring nature. His big health crisis from mold exposure taught him the importance of finding the root causes to illnesses so you can take back control of your life. He is also the host of the Summit For Wellness Podcast.

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