From berries to mushrooms to peppers, these canning recipes will get you hooked on canning for good.
If you hate throwing out excess food as much as I do, you should absolutely get into canning. If you can’t eat them, can them!
I’m telling you, once you can once, you’ll want to can forever. This skill is highly useful and surprisingly easy.
Learn the ropes, and you’ll never have to waste food ever again.
Turn your favorite berries into jams and tomatoes into salsa! This collection of canning recipes has you covered.
Preserve good food and extend their shelf life to eternity with these fool-proof canning recipes!
1. Apple Butter
This recipe calls for slow cooking apples for about 11 hours.
It’s a long process, I know, but the great thing about it is that it requires minimal effort.
The slow cooker takes care of everything! All you’ll need to do is throw the ingredients in the pot.
The result is sweet and aromatic apple butter spiced with cloves and cinnamon.
2. Apple Blackberry Jam
Apples and blackberry join forces to make one epic jam!
I know what you’re thinking: jam-making seems like such tedious work. In reality, though, it couldn’t be easier to make.
All you’ll need is some sugar, butter, and of course, the fruits, and you’re ready to go.
The best part? Your jam will be ready in no time!
Other recipes will require you to cook the apples and blackberries in separate pans, but that’s nonsense.
Stick to this recipe card and your delicious jam will be done in just 35 minutes.
3. Pickled Mushrooms
Have you ever had pickled mushrooms? If not, this recipe is a must-try.
These flavorful shrooms are a fantastic side dish to an array of dishes, from ribs to sausages to steak.
You can also use them as a sandwich filling, alongside melty cheese.
Sometimes, I’d even snack on them on their own. They’re delicious!
The brine in this recipe contains garlic, peppercorns, and onion, but you’re also free to add your choice of herbs and spices.
You can even add sugar if you want your mushrooms sweet.
The important thing is to let them soak in the marinade for at least a day so that they absorb all the flavors.
4. Peach Salsa
Peach salsa is sweet, spicy, and absolutely amazing.
With a combination of under-ripe peaches, red bell peppers, onion, jalapenos, garlic, and habanero, this salsa definitely packs some heat.
It’s a perfect topping to tacos and other Tex-Mex dishes, but you can also slather it on grilled pork or chicken.
It adds a nice flavor contrast to savory meals.
5. Lime Marmalade
You’ll often find orange marmalade in grocery stores, but lime? Nah. Solve that problem by making your own.
If citrus is your jam, make one! Lime marmalade features the bright and zesty flavor of limes.
Not only is it a fantastic bread spread, but it also makes for an awesome cake or crepe filling, a cookie glaze, or an ingredient in marinades.
The possibilities are endless!
6. Raspberry Jam
Once you’ve learned how to make raspberry jam, you’ll never buy one from the grocery ever again.
It’s delicious, easy, and a lot more affordable!
Seriously, all you’ll need are fresh raspberries and granulated sugar.
Basically, you just bring the mixture to a boil, stirring regularly, and voila.
7. Cherry Jam
Got overflowing cherries? It’s time to make jam.
This recipe yields wonderfully sweet jam with perfect consistency. It’s not too thick, but not too runny, either.
Plus, there are yummy chunks of cherry in every spoonful.
By the way, if you’re new to jam-making, let me introduce you to pectin.
You’ll see this ingredient in most jam recipes because it’s responsible for creating that nice, gelatinous texture.
8. Canned Peaches
You won’t believe how easy canned peaches are to make!
With just a big pot, sugar, peaches, and several jars, you’re one step closer to making this syrupy delight.
Not only are they much cheaper, but they’re also a lot tastier than store-bought canned peaches.
Pro-tip: stick to yellow-fleshed peaches when making this recipe.
According to the National Center for Home Food Preservation, certain varieties of white-flesh peaches may not be safe for canning. Better safe than sorry!
When apples are in season, they’re overwhelmingly abundant. What to do with those buckets of apples? Easy – homemade applesauce.
This applesauce gets an A+ for both flavor and texture. It also gets bonus points for being a breeze to make.
10. Blackberry Jam
Turn soft and succulent blackberries into jam! That way, you’ll get to enjoy the goodness of this summer berry all year long.
The great thing about blackberries is that they’re naturally high in pectin, which means there’s no need to add more.
With just a bit of sugar and a splash of lemon juice, you’re all set to make blackberry jam.
11. Dill Pickle Relish
This sweet, tangy, and crunchy relish is super versatile. You can add it to sandwiches, hot dogs, salads, and pasta as well.
Some people also like it with peanut butter. While I’m completely baffled, I’m not judging!
Sure, buying a jar of pickle relish may be easier, but making one from scratch is so much more rewarding.
12. Strawberry Jam
This recipe for strawberry jam calls for only three simple ingredients: sugar, lemon juice, and duh, strawberries.
Who would’ve thought that’s all it takes to make a spectacular strawberry jam?
You can use it as a spread or an ingredient to sauces and dressings. Or, just grab a spoon!
Personally, I love to spread it on soft bread along with cream cheese. It’s like a strawberry cheesecake in sandwich form. Yum.
13. Pickled Beets
Looking for new things to pickle? Instead of cucumbers, why not try beets? That crimson hue alone is very inviting.
Pickled beets are highly nutritious, but you may be wondering, what on earth can you do with them?
Answer: a lot!
You can add them to your salad or use them as a garnish.
You can also mix them with sliced boiled eggs to make a delicious sandwich filling.
Or, sprinkle them with some feta cheese and serve as a side dish.
14. Apple Slices
This recipe doesn’t make applesauce or apple butter. It cans apples as they are to preserve them in their natural state.
I didn’t think it was possible, but this recipe made me believe.
It really can preserve the flavor, texture, and overall freshness of apple slices!
15. Cranberry Sauce
This jellied cranberry sauce tastes 10 times better than store-bought!
Fresh cranberries, sugar, and a splash of lemon juice create such a lovely flavor combination.
16. Apple Cucumber Jelly
Apples and cucumber together in one jelly? Sounds perfect to me!
The flavors of apples and cucumber combined are splendid.
You can spread it on bread and crackers, add it to stir-fries, or turn it into a sauce or dressing. Your options are infinite!
17. Pickled Mixed Vegetables
A variety of vegetables brined in a jar – I’m loving this idea.
This recipe has a mix of cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, celery ribs, and onions.
Yes, it’s delicious, but also, look at the lovely combination of colors!
You can even add more vegetables if you like. Just throw in whatever you have in the fridge.
Pro-tip: prepare a ton of brine! This recipe yields six 1-pint jars.
18. Corn Relish
Sweet corn kernels, chopped green bell peppers, onion, tomatoes, celery ribs, and jalapenos are soaked in brine to create the most delectable and colorful relish!
The brine is flavored with sugar, salt, turmeric, celery, seed, and dry mustard to add an extra level of deliciousness.
It’s the tastiest way to extend the shelf life of your favorite summer produce.
19. Blackcurrant Jam
Just like blackberries, blackcurrants are naturally high in pectin, which means you don’t need the carbohydrate to make jam.
Sugar and blackcurrants are all you need! You can adjust the amount of sugar according to your preference.
I suggest you start with a 3:2 ratio of blackcurrant and sugar and just add more if needed.
This recipe is terrific as it is, but you can create variety by adding more ingredients.
For instance, adding a cinnamon stick and star anise will add warmth and spice to your jam.
20. Mango Jam
Mango jam is the ultimate tropical treat! I love me some mangoes. I can’t get enough of that sweet, juicy flesh.
Once it ripens, though, it spoils pretty fast. That’s why it makes perfect sense to turn this bright yellow fruit into a jam!
It’s the only way you get to enjoy its goodness all year round.
21. Hot Pepper Jelly
Unlike most of the jams and jellies on this list, this recipe creates a hot and spicy treat!
This holiday appetizer is perfect with crackers and toasted crostini.
With a combination of bell peppers and jalapenos, this jelly definitely packs a punch.
It contains sugar as well, though, so it’s not all heat.
22. Plum Jam
If you’re looking for a new way to flavor your cakes and muffins, try plum jam!
This unique delight has a distinct sweetness that goes well with dessert.
You can enjoy it with a spoon or use it to jazz up your ice cream, crepes, and cupcakes.
It’ll make any dessert taste a hundred times better.
23. Homemade Canned Spaghetti Sauce
Who needs store-bought sauce when you can make one at home?
This spaghetti sauce recipe makes use of fresh garden tomatoes, so you know it’s awesome!
The sauce is wonderfully thick and loaded with flavor.
Aside from the tomatoes, it also gets flavors from bell peppers, onions, brown sugar, oregano, basil, Worcestershire sauce, parsley leaf, and lemon juice.
A lovely combo of flavors, indeed.
24. Chow Chow Relish
Chow chow relish is a southern condiment perfect with burgers, sandwiches, hotdogs, and a great many things.
It’s the perfect way to stretch the lives of tomatoes, cucumbers, cauliflower, and all sorts of veggies you can think of.
This recipe has a combination of cabbage, green tomatoes, onions, peppers, and cayenne.
Those alone are already amazing, but wait until you hear (or read) the spices!
It has turmeric, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, mustard – the works!
25. Pickled Radishes
Pickled radishes have that delicious combination of sweet, tangy, and crunchy. It’s also a breeze to make.
Just drop sliced radishes into a jar, pour hot pickling liquid, and close the lid! Waiting is the hardest part, but it’s absolutely worth it.
26. Rhubarb Jam
Rhubarb jam is simple yet spectacular. The flavor is stunning and the consistency? Smooth like butter!
If you’re obsessed with rhubarb, what are you waiting for? Give this recipe a try!
If you find yourself making tacos, burritos, and enchiladas all the time, learning how to make your own salsa is a good idea.
Fortunately, it’s very easy. Sure, the ingredients list is quite long, but they’re all basic stuff you already probably have on hand.
This salsa recipe calls for a steam bath canner, but if you don’t have one, you can always use a pot of boiling water.
28. Crabapple Jelly
Many varieties of crabapples are too sour to eat on their own. Enter this crabapple jelly recipe!
Turning the tart apples into jelly is an awesome way to sweeten and make good use of it.
29. Beet Relish
Beetle relish is fantastic on sandwiches, burgers, and salads!
It’s sweet, slightly tangy, and wonderfully crunchy. It has that captivating red hue, to boot.
30. Mint Jelly
Oh, how I love the gamey nature of lamb chops. It’s not nearly as good without mint jelly, though!
The pairing creates the most wonderful harmony of flavors. If you’re a lamb chop fan like me, you’ll need to learn how to make mint jelly.
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