putting food by

strawberries in wooden basket
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Here is me standing on my soap box:

You might notice in a lot of older cookbooks, especially community cookbooks, recipes for canning foods.  You’ll even find recipes online or given to you by friends and neighbors.  As fun as it might be to use these types of recipes, or even use old family recipes passed down among generations, it is very important to consult current sources of information for tested food preservation recipes.  You can check with your State Extension, or I’ve included some of my favorite resources here.  Be sure to only use recipes that have been published after 1988 (1989 to present) in order to ensure safety in processing techniques, time, temperature, and acidity.

Favorite Online Resources

National Center for Home Food Preservation

Consumer Food Safety Publications-Washington State University

Oregon State University Food Preservation

Safe Home Food Preservation Methods-Penn State Extension

Canning Publications-North Dakota State University

Fresh Preserving Store (Ball Canning)

From Garden to Table-North Dakota State University

Food Preservation-Utah State University

Favorite Books

So Easy to Preserve

USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning (downloadable PDF version)

USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning (print version available for purchase)

Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving

Foolproof Preserving: A Guide to Small Batch Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Condiments, and More (This book just came out in April 2016, but I think it is a fantastic addition to my library.)

Blue Ribbon Preserves: Secrets to Award-Winning Jams, Jellies, Marmalades and More (This is one of my all time favorite books.)

Blue Ribbon Canning: Award Winning Recipes


Fruit Pie Filling

Salsa Recipes for Canning

From the Garden to the Table: Salsa!

Preserving Chile (includes a great recipe for pickled jalapeno peppers)

Peach Bourbon Jam

Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate

Apple Pie Filling

Preserving Foods: Maraschino Cherries

Feeling Adventurous

Home Canned Sweet Spreads Made with Green Chiles

Homemade Chai Concentrate (a favorite of my daughter and also perfect for gift giving!)

Gift Giving Ideas

Making Garlic- and Herb-Infused Oils at Home

Food Storage

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A Guide to Food Storage for Emergencies (PDF download)