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Best Home Canning Books and Blogs
The Best Home Canning Books and Blogs
The best home canning books and blogs are the ones that inspire you to take part in this process, provide great recipes, and focus on food safety. Canning has increasingly become a modern hobby - while many people no longer need to preserve their bounties, it is a fun way to create beautiful homemade foods. Canning books and blogs are following this trend and producing interesting and modern new recipes.
This page features some of the top books and websites featuring canning techniques and recipes. Many of them also feature other home preserving techniques if you want to learn about more than just canning.
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Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving
Ball is one of the leaders in home canning books.
This book really does a thorough job explaining home canning and preserving. Plus, it has 400 recipes. If you buy just one book on canning, this is the one I recommend. Blogs can do a good job at adding recipes to your collection until you decide you want to check out more cookbooks.
Blogs and Websites for Beginners
One thing that many people worry about when they begin to can and preserve food is safety. Making sure that you properly prepare the food is crucial to help avoid food-borne illnesses. Canning is one area where it isn't a good idea to experiment with recipes - the amount of acid and length of time that the food is processed is key in preventing bacterial growth. Visit these links to learn more about the techniques involved in home canning and preserving.
- The National Center for Home Food Preservation has tons of information for the new home canner. Check the publications and seasonal tips!
- The USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning, 2009 revision, can be found on the NCHFP website. This is a good guide to technique for a variety of commonly canned foods.
- The Minnesota Department of Health has a great list of resources on home canning. Check out the handy fact sheet for a condendsed list of important information.
It is important to take the time to learn how to can and preserve properly if you are interested. And always keep in mind one basic rule: When in doubt, throw it out. Food-borne illnesses are nothing to mess around with!
Great Canning Books
New to canning? Take a look at some of these options for jars, pots, and supplies. Luckily, it doesn't take much to begin canning beyond jars and a big pot, and you an add extra accessories as you need them.
Food in Jars
A Blog for Canning and Preserving Recipes
One of my favorite blogs for creative canning recipes and ideas is Food in Jars. I love this blog because of its dedication to small batch canning and preserving recipes. Not everyone who enjoys home canning has the need for dozens of jars of jam. Sometimes, just a few half-pint jars is all you need!
Search the Recipe Index to get plenty of wonderful ideas of what you can do with that extra produce.
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Food in Jars Cookbooks
As you've just read, one of my favorite canning blogs is Food in Jars (plus, every time my brain sees the URL I read it as "Food Ninjas," which makes it that much cooler). Marisa now has a cookbook out so you can bring her canning ideas straight into your kitchen.
I love this book because it focuses on preserving in small batches. Her "Urban Preservation" series on the blog is my favorite because we don't have much space to store our bounty, plus there are only two of us to eat it. Small batches are the perfect solution and now I have an entire recipe book of them!
More of the Best Home Canning Blogs & Websites
There are tons of other great blogs and websites that focus on canning and preservation. These are great resources to find new recipes or learn more about canning. They each have a unique spin, so check them all out and see what's perfect for you!
- Canning Across America
Canning Across America is put together by a group of cooks, gardeners, and other food lovers. Because it is a collaborative blog, there are lots of great points of view and recipes. This blog is packed with recipes and resources for anyone who is int
- Hungry Tigress
Hungry Tigress is divided into two sections - Hungry Tigress in a Jam and Hungry Tigress in a Pickle. Both have delicious recipes for home preservation. It's not updated as often as I might like, but the recipes that are there are all great!
- Well Preserved
Well Preserved doesn't just focus on the art of home canning, but it covers many different types of preservation techniques. There are lots of great "what to do with ... " articles that will help you figure out how to use the extra produce that you h
- Punk Domestics
You can can, preserve, and make charcuterie and salumi, or cheese, or any other manner of domestic arts our forebears once held so dear. Punk Domestics is all about unprocessed and delicious foods that you can learn to make at home. They have great i
Canning Books on eBay
Sometimes I like to expand my library through eBay. Keep an eye out and you may be able to find a great deal or a cookbook that's just perfect. There are plenty of home canning and preserving books available.
Have you ever given home canning a try? Do you have a favorite canning book? Share your thoughts here!