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Home Canning

Learn how to can your own foods, and you'll always have something tasty to eat.
  1. Canning Basics (8)
  2. Canning Recipes (150)
  3. Your Canning Questions Answered (17)
  4. Canning Terms (46)

What You Need to Get Started Canning
Ready to give home canning a try? Here are all the supplies that you need to get started:

Frequently Asked Questions About Home Canning
Have a question about canning? Find the answer here.

Canning Jar Labels
An ever-growing collection of canning jar labels for you to print and use.

Canning Glossary
Definitions of common canning terms and tools.

Unsafe Canning Methods
A list of canning methods that have been deemed too dangerous to use.

Save Money on Canning Jars
Use these strategies to get canning jars for less.

How to Tell If a Canning Jar is Sealed
Three ways to tell if your canning jars have sealed properly.

Printable Canning Inventory List
Use this free printable to keep up with what you've canned and what you have left to use up.

Top Books on Preserving Foods
How-to books on pickling, smoking and canning foods.

Community Cannery Locations
Find a community cannery near you, and discover a great place to do all of your canning.

How to Host a Canning Swap Party
Know several people who like to can? Then, consider throwing a canning swap party. It's a fun way to fill your pantry with lots of home-canned...

Can you double canning recipes?
Doubling recipes saves time, but can it be done successfully with canning recipes?

What is pectin?
Most jam and jelly recipes call for pectin; but what is it, and what does it do?

High-Acid Foods
A definition of high-acid foods as it pertains to canning.

Is it safe to can vegetables without salt?
Want to eliminate or cut back on the amount of salt used in your home canned vegetables, but wondering if it's safe to do so? Find out.

How to Sterilize Canning Jars
Step-by-step instructions for proper sterilization of canning jars.

Is it safe to reduce the salt content in pickle recipes?
Hoping to reduce or eliminate the salt content in a pickle recipe? Find out if it's safe to do.

Can you use less vinegar in a pickle recipe?
Hoping to cut back on the amount of vinegar in a pickle recipe? Find out if it's safe to do.

Is It Safe to Reuse Grocery Store Jars for Canning?
Many people save the jars that spaghetti sauce and pickles come in for reuse in their home canning, but is it safe?

Is it safe to can fruit without sugar?
Hoping to cut back or eliminate the sugar in a canned fruit recipe? Find out if it's safe to do.

How to Reprocess Unsealed Canning Jars
Instructions for reprocess unsealed jars of home-canned foods.

What is the hot-pack method?
An explanation of the hot-pack method of canning.

What is the raw-pack method?
See rawpacking mentioned in a canning recipe, and not sure what it means? Here's the answer.

Can You Reuse Canning Lids
Is it okay to reuse last year's canning lids or do you need to start with a fresh batch? Find out.

What is the cold-pack method?
An explanation of the cold-pack method of canning.

Which foods can be water-bath canned?
Find out which foods are safe to water-bath can.

Can You Reuse Canning Jars?
Wondering if it's okay to reuse last year's canning jars? Here's the answer.

What is Headspace?
Canning recipes often mention leaving headspace, but what does that mean?

Do home-canned jars need to be stored with bands?
Some people store their home-canned foods with bands on, some with bands off. Find out if they're required.

Which foods need to be pressured canned?
Find out which foods the USDA says must be pressure canned.

How much headspace do I need to leave?
Recommended headspace amounts vary by food type. Find out how much the USDA says you need to leave.

When do you need to sterilize canning jars?
Find out when you need to sterilize canning jars – and just as important – when you don't.

Low-Acid Foods
A definition of low-acid foods as it pertains to canning.

Aspirin/Salicyclic Canning
Find out what aspirin/salicylic acid canning is and why it's no longer recommended.

Open-Kettle Canning
Find out what the open-kettle canning method is, and why you shouldn't use it.

Brine
A definition of brine as it pertains to canning.

Water Bath Canner
Find out what a water bath canner is and what it looks like.

Jelly Bag
Find out what a jelly bag is used for.

Jar Lifter
Find out what a jar lift is used for and what it looks like.

Alum
Find out what alum is used for, and why its use is no longer recommended.

Magnetic Lid Lifter
Find out what a magnetic lid lifter is used for and what it looks like.

Pickling Lime
Find out what pickling lime is used for, and why its use is no longer recommended.

Canning Rack
An explanation of what a canning rack is used for.

Jelly Strainer
An explanation of what a jelly strainer is and how it works.

Canning Funnel
Find out what a canning funnel is used for and what it looks like.

Pickling Salt
Find out what pickling salt is and what it's used for.

Pressure Canner
Find out what a pressure canner is and what it looks like.

Jar Lid Wrench
An explanation of what a jar lid wrench is used for.

Band
Find out what a band is used for in canning and what it looks like.

Bubble Remover Tool
Find out what the bubble remover tool does and what you can use in its place if you don't own one.

Fermented Pickles
An explanation of what fermented pickles are and how they're made.

Fresh-Pack Pickles
An explanation of what fresh-pack pickles are and how they're made.

Steam Canning
Find out what steam canning is and why it's no longer considered safe.

Lid
An explanation of the design and function of a canning lid, along with a picture.

Dishwasher Canning
Find out what dishwasher canning is and why it should be avoided.

Fingertip-Tight
Canning recipes often call for fingertip-tight lids, but what does that mean?

Solar Canning
Find out what solar canning is and why it should be avoided.

Paraffin Wax
An explanation of how paraffin wax used to be used in canning.

Microwave Canning
Find out what microwave canning is and why it should be avoided.

Inversion Canning
An explanation of what the inversion canning method is and why it's no longer recommended.

Relish
A definition of relish.

Mason Jar
An explanation of the purpose and characteristics of a mason jar.

Jelly
A definition of jelly.

Processing Time
Find out what processing time is and what it accomplishes.

Preserves
A definition of fruit preserves.

Oven Canning
Find out what oven canning is, and why it should be avoided.

Jam
A definition of jam.

Pickling
A definition of pickling.

Marmalade
A definition of marmalade.

Fruit Butter
An explanation of what fruit butter is and how it is made.

Fruit Conserve
An explanation of a what fruit conserve is.

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