International Recipes and Cooking Around the World

Preserving: Method and Recipes

Stacks of home-canned goods

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In harder days, before the refrigerator, the only way to get food to last through lean times was through various methods of preservation. Drying, curing, brining, pickling, fermenting and smoking are just some of the ways our ancestors stretched the harvest and the bounty of the hunt. These methods have all survived modernization simply because they make so much food so tasty.

International Recipes for Preserving


Pikliz (Haitian spicy pickled vegetables)

(Haitian spicy pickled vegetables)


Rumtopf (German rum-soaked fruit dessert)

(German rum-soaked fruit dessert)


Gari Japanese pickled ginger

(Japanese pickled ginger)


Jars of vegetable torshi

(Iranian, Afghan pickled vegetables)


Leems (Moroccan preserved lemons)

(Moroccan preserved lemons)