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Free Home Canning Recipes

Updated on September 10, 2014

Collection of Home Canning Recipes and How-Tos

Home canning is a great way to preserve quality, locally grown food for later use. You may can fruits and vegetables from your own garden, or produce you've picked up at the local farmers market. Canning food preserves it for a long time. Canned food doesn't require electricity to keep it from spoiling like frozen food does. This lens contains a collection of my favorite home canning recipes, as well as some home canning basics to ensure food safety. Hope that you enjoy the lens and have fun stocking your pantry with your own home canning.

Home Canning Basics

One of the first things you need to understand about home canning is which foods can be canned using a water bath canner and which foods require a pressure canner. This photo taken from a home canning guide prepared by Utah State University shows clearly which foods are acidic enough to be canned in water and which foods are not acidic enough. Low acid foods must be canned using a pressure canner. Foods like salsa, containing peppers, tomatoes, and a variety of other high and low acid ingredients, often have lemon juice or vinegar added to be safely canned at home in a water bath canner. If a home canning recipe calls for lemon juice, lime juice or vinegar to increase acidity, it is important that the ratios of the home canning recipe are maintained exactly.

Home Water Bath Canning Basics

Here are the basics of water bath canning at home:

* A water bath canner should be filled full enough that the water is 2 inches above the top of your canning jars.

* If you live in an area with hard water adding a few tablespoons of white vinegar to the canning water will keep hard water build up off the canning jars.

* Use a canning jar lifter to place the canning jars into the boiling water. Be careful not to tip the canning jars to prevent leaking the contents of the canning jars into the seal.

* Keep adding boiling water as the canning jars are processing to keep the water level 2 inches above top of the canning jars.

* When the canning jars have processed, or boiled, for the recommended time, which varies depending on the contents and your altitude, turn off the heat and allow the canning jars to stand in the water for 5 minutes before removing.

* Use the canning jar lifter to remove the canning jars from the water being careful not to tip them.

* Let the canning jars stand, undisturbed for 12-24 hours until they have cooled completely.

* Check that the canning jars have sealed. Press the center of the canning jar lid, if it springs up when you release it the canning jar is NOT sealed.

* Label canning jars and store in a cool, dry place out of direct light.

Jam, Butter, Preserve and Other Fruit Canning Recipes

Home Canning Recipes for Fruit and Berries

I make my jam with the least amount of sugar possible and all natural ingredients. The trick to good homemade jam and preserves is the consistency! Jam can be made from just about any berry including strawberries, gooseberries, blackberries or mulberries. Just choose a large stock pot, add fresh berries and enough sugar or honey to suit your taste. Then boil the berries down to thicken them. Added pectin, or commercial thickeners are NOT necessary. Most cookbooks direct you to cook the jam until it will ball on a spoon. This means the jam is ready to be canned when it is thick enough to remain heaping on a spoon, rather than running out of the spoon immediately after scooping. Some experimentation to find the thickness you and your family love when canning jams, butters and preserves my be required. I tend to leave mine runny enough to make great syrup when it's heated.

Apple Butter Home Canning Recipe

Apples for Pies or Toppings

Mulberry Jam Home Canning Recipe

Organic Pear Butter Home Canning Recipe

Pear Halves Canning Recipe

Have you ever wondered about the difference in various spreads? What differentiates a jam from a jelly, conserve, marmalade, etc? Find out everything you ever wanted to know about the different types of fruit spreads, "What's the Difference Between Jam and Jelly?"

Tattler Reusable Lids

Tattler Reusable Wide Mouth Canning Lids & Rubber Rings - 12/pkg
Tattler Reusable Wide Mouth Canning Lids & Rubber Rings - 12/pkg

Last year I gave these reusable lids and rings a try. They really work!

 

Tomato Canning Recipes

Tomato recipes with peppers, garlic or onions added need vinegar, lemon or lime juice added also. If you view the chart above, you can see that peppers, garlic and onions can cause the canned tomatoes to be less acidic. I make my tomato canning recipes that include these ingredients with lemon or lime juice rather than vinegar, because I prefer the flavor.

Tomatoes Home Canning Recipe

Sweet zucchini Relish Home Canning Recipe
Sweet zucchini Relish Home Canning Recipe

Canning Vegetables

More Home Canning Recipes

If you think cucumbers are the only way to make pickles, think again. Zucchini, summer's most popular squash, can be used for making pickles as well.

Zucchini Sweet Pickle Relish

Pickled beets are another common pickled vegetable. Much like cucumbers, beets are often ready in early June, so you can stock vegetables away in your pantry in the early summer.

Pickled Beets

Photos of Harvest and Canning - My favorite canning recipes in progress

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Click on any thumbnail to enlarge it. This is a salsa canning recipe.Water Bath CannerTomatoes growing in the garden.Pickle relish for canning.Stockpot for cooking relish.Sage for seasoning.Pantry stocked after making many canning recipes.Pears for pear sauce.Pear sauce for canning.
Click on any thumbnail to enlarge it. This is a salsa canning recipe.
Click on any thumbnail to enlarge it. This is a salsa canning recipe.
Water Bath Canner
Water Bath Canner
Tomatoes growing in the garden.
Tomatoes growing in the garden.
Pickle relish for canning.
Pickle relish for canning.
Stockpot for cooking relish.
Stockpot for cooking relish.
Sage for seasoning.
Sage for seasoning.
Pantry stocked after making many canning recipes.
Pantry stocked after making many canning recipes.
Pears for pear sauce.
Pears for pear sauce.
Pear sauce for canning.
Pear sauce for canning.

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      Obscure_Treasures 7 years ago

      Great Lens! So glad I found you! Might share some of your info on my Blog too!

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      BackyardGreenhouses 6 years ago

      I can every year from my garden. I enjoy it. Great info.

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      brittyJK 6 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      aliciamaggie54 6 years ago

      Informative lenses Heather;)

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      Country1969 6 years ago

      Great Lens. My wife and I started canning a few years ago. We do italian diced tomatoes for chili. I made cinnamon applesauce,apple pie applesauce,pickles,strawberries.

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      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      This lens is just inspiring me so much; I either have to start canning or fly over to your house to eat. lol

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Canning has certainly made a comeback in today's economy and home canned products are so much better than commercially prepared ones.

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      hsschulte 5 years ago

      @RecipePublishing: It is so much fun to stock a pantry isn't it?

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      hsschulte 5 years ago

      @Country1969: Cinnamon applesauce is one of my favorites! The kids love it and we eat it all year!

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      hsschulte 5 years ago

      @aliciamaggie54: Thank you Alicia

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      mellex lm 5 years ago from Australia

      Really great information in here. I'm planning on canning the excess produce from my garden. I can't wait!

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      hsschulte 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I agree. They do taste so much better and you know exactly what is in them!

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      hsschulte 5 years ago

      @mellex lm: Enjoy! I've been canning from my summer garden for several years and nothing is as pleasing as seeing a well stocked pantry when finished. =)

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      mantuamom 5 years ago

      So many great canning recipes here! One I've been looking for since being gifted a jar last year was a relish recipe made from zucchini. I was disappointed to learn that the link here for that recipe doesn't work :( Can't wait to visit again and try a few of these recipes!

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      teamlane 4 years ago

      Very apropos lens for this time of year, eh! :)

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      amandascloset0 4 years ago

      Great lens! Enjoyed all the recipes! Thanks for posting!

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      socialcx1 3 years ago

      Came across your lens and I enjoyed it as I love making jam from our fruit trees.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      I am busy this week emptying our garden and bringing in the apples from the big tree in our back yard. Spent yesterday making applesauce so the house smells like cinnamon this morning. It is a nice aroma to wake up to.

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      RussnJo 3 years ago

      Lots of great, useful information here! I am canning ham today (pressure canning) and always enjoy finding more recipes for canning. Thank you!

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      Donna Cook 3 years ago

      Terrific lens! Thanks for including the You Tube videos. I am a self taught canner and found these invaluable.

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      Sundae 2 years ago

      Love all your recipes. Thank you for sharing. Sundae ;-)

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