Canning Ideas and Resources for the Homemaker

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New to Canning? Find helpful tips for beginners, free printables, cute labels, & recipes below!


I used to be afraid of canning! I thought I would mess things up and ruin our food, that I would blow up my kitchen etc… Well, I got brave about 3 years ago and started to can fruits and vegetables from my garden and you pick farms, started making tomato sauce and salsa, jams, jellies and apple butters. The more I did it, the less afraid I was, and the more addicted to canning I got!

I would like to encourage you to start small. Water bath canning is what I started with, and I still haven’t ventured to the pressure cooker yet, but one day I will!

Canning is not just something your Grandma used to do. It is a great skill to learn and to pass on to this next generation. You never know when it will come in handy to pull food off of the shelves that you made and stored yourself! It’s also an inexpensive way to give personalized gift and to bless others.

To help out the beginners, I have created a link up list of canning resources, tips and ideas. I have also included some fun printables for your jars, some basic recipes as well as links to books that I used to teach myself how to can in the beginning. Enjoy and have fun in the kitchen!

Tips for Beginners:
Check with your local extension office! Most of them have a Cannery that you can use to can with a group, as well as inexpensive classes that can teach you how to can! Some of them even offer field trips!

Beginners Guide to Canning Food
Water Bath Canning for Beginners
How to Can Food Year Round for Beginners
Photo Tutorial of Water Bath Canning
Preservation 101
Preparing for Preservation Price and Pound Breakdown

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FREE Printables and Cute Labels:
Quick Preservation Guide Printable
Spread the Love Canning Label
Jam Labels
Canning Party Printables
Cute Made By and Date Jar Labels
Tons of different Labels for Fruit and Jams
Jam Labels and Printable Gift Tags
Strawberry Jam Recipe and More Cute Jar Labels

Basic Recipes:
Homemade Dill Pickles How to ~ WITH a video
Easy No Peel Canned Applesauce
No Cook Freezer Jam
Apple Butter in the Crockpot
Apple Pie Filling

Here are some of the most basic supplies to help you get started as well as a few of my favorites:


Ball Dissolvable Labels These are WONDERFUL!

Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving

Canning for a New Generation

Presto 7 Function Canning Kit

Written by Sarah

Sarah

Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate!) She is a an eclectic,Charlotte Mason style homeschooler and has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!

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