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Strawberry, Honey and Ginger Preserves

This recipe for Strawberry, Honey and Ginger Preserves is a great way to spice up your usual strawberry canning each summer. It’s sweet but not too sweet, with subtly warm undertones from the ginger. It’s great over ice cream, yoghurt, cheesecake or sponge cake. It also pairs well with dry-curd cottage cheese and mascarpone. 125 ml…

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Tomato juice in 1.5 litre (quart) jars

The Ball / Bernardin Complete book has a tested recipe for canning tomato juice in large 1.5 litre / quart jars. This recipe is designed for jars with two-piece lid systems. We used the 1.5 litre / quart Mason-style jars from Le Parfait, in their “Familia Wiss” line of jars. The jars are solid, high-quality glass…

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Canning potatoes

Canning potatoes is a great way to store a glut of potatoes, to ensure they don’t go bad. In exchange, you get jars of delicious-tasting potatoes that are ready to use in an instant for quick meals. They are a great staple to provide to relatives such as aging parents and friends to make sure…

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Pico de gallo

This is a delicious, easy-to-make, low-cal salsa that you can have ready to use as a dip at a moment’s notice. Served with tortilla chips, it’s incredibly morish. Just 8 calories per 4 tablespoons. The recipe Jar size choices: Either quarter-litre (1/2 US pint / 250 ml / 8 oz) OR half-litre (1 US pint…

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Canning Rhubarb

Rhubarb home canning recipes Here is our growing collection of rhubarb recipes for home canning.   A general word about rhubarb Rhubarb is one of those ingredients that is like prized gold to home canners. Rhubarb used to grow in abundance like a weed in people’s backyards and at the sides of houses and paths,…

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Ploughman’s Pickle

A homemade version of Branston Pickle (aka “sweet pickle”), this pickle has all the flavour and crunch without the frightening amounts of sodium in the commercial versions. This is a sweet brown relish with small chunks of vegetables in it. When an English person talks about having a cheese and pickle sandwich, this is the…

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Green Tomato Canning Recipes

Green tomatoes are tomatoes that are picked before they ripen (usually to red.) They are very tart tasting, because they are more acidic than ripe tomatoes. Tomatoes increase in sweetness and drop in acidity as they ripen more. For a home canner, green tomatoes are gold, because while so many delicious and prized canning recipes call…

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Four Bean Salad

And here you thought you can’t can salad! This bean salad is a time-honoured crowd pleaser. When you serve it, drain, then toss with a tablespoon of oil. Easily doubled and tripled. This really is great to have on hand as a salad to take to parties, etc, at the last minute. The recipe Jar…

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Carrot and Fennel Soup

This is a delicious, creamy-tasting carrot soup. The fennel taste does not come through strongly at all here, so if you and a “liquorice taste” aren’t usually best friends, don’t let that stop you from trying this recipe. Try serving with a dollop of fat-free Greek yoghurt or fat-free sour cream on top, with a…

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Roasting tomatoes for canning

Some home canning recipes for tomato-based products have started calling for the tomatoes to be roasted as part of the prep. The process works best with large, paste-type tomatoes such as Roma, San Marzano, and Amish Paste, etc, but it can also be done with other tomatoes. The roasting both concentrates the juices and caramelizes the…

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Cherry Peach Jam

The tastes of cherry and peach combine in this jam to give it a subtle, rich, complex taste. It’s really very, very good, as you can imagine. Still, a tablespoon of brandy swirled into each jar just before placing the lid on for canning wouldn’t go amiss, either…. You might need to freeze the cherries for…

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