Tips for Presenting

Tips for Presenting Home Goods

Canned Fruits and Vegetables

Tightly sealed containers
Clean, neat, properly labeled
Proper headspace
Neatness, uniformity
Liquid to cover product without excess
Clear liquid, no cloudiness or particles
Free from gas bubbles
Product - no defects

Pickles and Relishes

Tightly sealed containers
Clean, neat, properly labeled
Uniform color and size
Clear liquid, no cloud on top
Fruits should be plump, firm and crisp

Preserved Foods

Tightly sealed containers
Clearly labeled
Right thickness

Jams, Jellies, Preserves & Marmalades

Glass container
Sealed lids, no paraffin seals
Clearly labeled
No crystals
Uniform consistency

Pies, Pastries

Crust, flaky and tender
Flavor well blended
Moist but well cooked
Filling should hold shape
Meringue - light, evenly browned
No shrinking, no weeping


Fruit cake, not sticky or gummy
Not dry or crumbly
Appearance - crust color
Frosting - glossy, not granular

Cookies and Bars

Uniform, not too thick
Size not over 3 inches
Color and texture

Breads, Rolls, Biscuits

Shape - proper dome
Smooth color
Texture - No streaks
Uniform size
Crust - thickness, quality


No crystals
Well blended
Appearance color