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Home Canning Books, Guides and How-to's Home Canning

Recommended Books about Canning, Jam making, Food Drying and Preserving

Whether you are canning for your first time or in your 50th year of canning; all the books and recipes you need are here, and at the best prices you will find anywhere.

Everything All can be shipped by a variety of methods, including overnight, if you have a canning emergency!

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Canning books

Canning & Preserving for Dummies

by Karen Ward.  A good basic book that convers most canning topics.

click here for more information, reviews, prices for Canning and Preserving For Dummies

Pressure Cookers for Dummies

Here's another good book, if you have a pressure cooker or pressure canner. Like most of the "Dummies" books, it breaks things down very simply.

Putting Food By

Good explanation sof the underlying principles, methods and ingredients, in addition to recipes.

The Prepper’s Canning & Preserving Bible

This is a complete Guide to Water & Pressure Canning, Dehydrating, Fermenting and Pickling Food. Easy Recipes to Survive After the Society Collapse Paperback, Edition: September 6, 2022. Gets great reviews.
"Preserving Summer's Bounty" -
Written more like a novel to read than a reference, it does make an interesting read anddoes have recipes. The Prepper’s Canning & Preserving Bible: [7 in 1] The Complete Guide to Water & Pressure Canning, Dehydrating, Fermenting and Pickling Food. Easy Recipes to Survive After the Society Collapse Paperback - September 6, 2022

Stocking Up

Third edition, again from the Rodale Press, is a revised edition.  I got my first copy of this book in 1981 and it is still a refeerence on my bookshelf.

The All New Ball Book Of Canning And Preserving:

Over 350 of the Best Canned, Jammed, Pickled, and Preserved Recipes Paperback

This is THE book on canning AND freezing! My grandmother used this book when I was a child.  It tells you in simple instructions how to can almost anything; complete with recipes for jam, jellies, pickles, sauces, canning vegetables, meats, etc.  If it can be canned, this book likely tells you how! Click on the link at left for more information and / or to buy (no obligation to buy)

 Joy of Cooking: All About Canning & Preserving


 Easy-to-follow recipes.  If you like "Joy of Cooking" you will like the canning version. 

Complete Guide to Home Canning and Preserving

by United States Dept. of Agriculture

This book is a compendium of the USDA's research and tested recipes.  It explains the scientific principles behind home canning , canning equipment, and the proper use of jars and lids. It is written by government folks, so it is pretty dry, but it is accurate. It includes recipes for fruit; tomatoes; vegetables; poultry, red meat, and seafood; fermented foods and vegetables; and jams and jellies and contains updates based on research in the last 20 years for canning safer and better quality food at home.


The Kerr Home Canning book

The Kerr book is another long time favorite!  Most people grew up with either the Ball Blue Book or the Kerr Home Canning Book on their mother's cookbook shelf! There are two versions of the book - check out both to see which is currently available. Click on the link at left to see more information and how to order it for the best price!

Keep in mind, the Kerr book hasn't been updated since 1982, so the Ball Blue book is a better choice


Blue Ribbon Preserves: Secrets to Award-Winning Jams, Jellies, Marmalades and More (Paperback)

by Linda J. Amendt

The book is very popular! 
A visitor recommended it to me.

250 Home Preserving Favorites

by Yvonne Tremblay


Pickles, Kraut and Pickling

Books about making pickles and sauerkraut at home


The Jamlady Cookbook

See at left for more information or to buy the book!

Canning Supplies

Canning Jars

Canning jars delivered to your doorstep and guaranteed! Any size you need.  Click on the links below

Canning jars: quart (32 oz) jars

Canning jars: pint (16 oz) jars

Canning jars: 8 oz jars

Quilted Canning jars: 4 oz glass jars

Home Canning Kits

This is the same 33 qt (total volume) type of  standard canner that my grandmother used to make everything from applesauce to jams and jellies to tomato and spaghetti sauce. This complete kit includes everything you need: the canner, jar rack, Jar grabber tongs, lid lifting wand, a plastic funnel, labels, bubble freer, and the bible of canning, the Ball Blue Book. You will never need anything else except more jars and lids!


If you want only the canner, without the Ball Blue Book, tongs, lid lifter, Jar funnel and other supplies, click at left for more information!

If you have a glass or ceramic stove top, then flat bottomed canners are generally recommended.  Here's a good value on at 21 Quart (total volume) one!

5-Piece Canning Accessories Kit

If you do any canning, you will need and use these inexpensive accessories. 

Good quality canning tools last a lifetime, and really make canning easier.  The most value are bundled in a kit: Jar funnel, lid lufter wand, bubble freer, jar tongs (really save you from burning your hands), etc. . These provide the home canner with the essential tools needed for safe and efficient home canning.

Anything you could need is here, at discount prices



Above is the
2020 version of
the Ball Blue Book