Learning resources for home canning

Ball Blue Book

Ball Blue Book

The Ball Blue Book is one of the two main books in the accepted American canon of home canning (the other being the USDA Complete Guide.) About the Ball Blue Book The Ball Blue Book provides recipes and procedures for water bathed home preserves, ...
Ball's home canning books

Ball's home canning books

Ball has been issuing a home canning book since 1909, starting with the Ball Blue Book. It has been a trusted private-sector name for the latest home canning guidance ever since. It's important to note that while you may cherish older editions...
Bernardin's Home Canning Recipe Books

Bernardin's Home Canning Recipe Books

  Bernardin is the authoritative name in home canning in Canada. The company publishes (as of 2015) three home canning recipe books: Bernardin Guide to Home Preserving (latest edition 2013); Bernardin Complete Book of Home Preserving...
Canadian Living as a safe canning recipe source

Canadian Living as a safe canning recipe source

  Canadian Living is a magazine and book publishing company in Canada. Their test kitchen, The Canadian Living Test Kitchen, has for several decades now provided people with home canning recipes. Their most recent book is "The Canadian...
Canning News Bulletins

Canning News Bulletins

This is a list of electronic bulletins that you can subscribe to for home canning news. The list is a mixture of private and public sector. If you know of other mailing lists / bulletins dedicated to safe canning, please let us know so they can...
Canning: A lifetime of ongoing learning.

Canning: A lifetime of ongoing learning.

It's important to keep up with developments in the world of home canning. Length of years in home canning does not equal being a good canner by today's standards if you have not kept up with the developments. Old-time canners can be allergic...
Common mistakes the media make when talking about home canning

Common mistakes the media make when talking about home canning

At the end of every summer, or whenever there's a health incident related to home canning, someone in media with little experience in the field draws the short straw and gets assigned to do a story about home canning. The resulting stories usually...
Fresh lime juice salsas in the All New Ball Book of Canning

Fresh lime juice salsas in the All New Ball Book of Canning

Many of the salsa recipes in the All New Ball Book (2016) call for fresh lime juice. There has been some questions over whether this is safe, because for many people it represents a departure from known practice: most home canning recipes calling ...
Fun facts about home canning

Fun facts about home canning

People get so serious about home canning at times that they can forget to laugh. Thing is, just as there are cold hard facts, and just as we debate over some of them, there's also a whole raft of absurdities that are just a part of canning life! Here's...
Gerald D. Kuhn

Gerald D. Kuhn

Dr Gerald Darwin Kuhn (1931-2011)  led the team that authored the first ever USDA Complete Guide in 1988. He was a pioneer in the 1970s and 1980s in establishing the USDA's modern approach to research-based home canning. He led a team that w...
Historical Canning Guides

Historical Canning Guides

Starting Cautionary Note Do not assume the content of any of these historical canning guides reflects current scientific knowledge, policies, or practices. In fact, assume the opposite. Do not follow recipes or guidelines - they are riddled with...
Master Food Preserver Courses

Master Food Preserver Courses

Master Food Preserver is a certification that people can earn designating that they have undergone and passed training and courses in modern, up-to-date methods of food preservation. These people are advanced canners, qualified to give advice and...
National Center for Home Food Preservation

National Center for Home Food Preservation

The National Center for Home Food Preservation (NCHFP) is a publicly-funded center for research and education on home food preservation. It has at least two roles: conduct and coordinate research to further develop knowledge in the field;...
Online courses in home canning

Online courses in home canning

There are now many online opportunities to learn about safe home canning. Some are free, some have a nominal fee. To the best of our knowledge, as of 2015 all these courses are available to anyone, no matter where they reside in the world. National...
Online recipe sources for home canning

Online recipe sources for home canning

The recipe sites are listed by country. One of the great things about the Internet is that country restrictions don't apply when it comes to access to great canning resources; they are available to all, wherever you are. The recipe sites listed...
Putting Food By review

Putting Food By review

  "Putting Food By" (aka PFB) is generally considered by many old-time, safe canners to be for the most part a safe canning book.   Get the most recent edition There have been several editions of it starting in 1973. Make sure that...
Reputable sources for home canning information

Reputable sources for home canning information

  What is a reputable source for safe, quality home canning recipes and practices depends on who you ask.  That being said, here's an attempt at a list for discussion. Public Sector The two top reputable resources that most people, in ...
Resources for home canning

Resources for home canning

    Public Sector Sources for Home Canning Information USDA Complete Guide The primary resource in the public sector for home canning information is the USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning, 2015 revision . It is available in: PDF...
Resources for home canning in Canada

Resources for home canning in Canada

  Canning supplies in Canada The largest brand of home canning supplies in Canada is Bernardin, which sells jars, lids, and accessories. The second largest brand of jars in Canada is "Golden Harvest." The jars come with lids, but no replacement...
Resources for Home Preserving in Australia

Resources for Home Preserving in Australia

  Australia and New Zealand have joint official guidelines for safe food handling, but only for commercial: nothing for  homes.  (( Safe Food Australia: A Guide to the Food Safety Standards." Australia New Zealand Food Authority. 2nd Edition, J...
Resources for Home Preserving in New Zealand

Resources for Home Preserving in New Zealand

  Australia and New Zealand have joint official guidelines for safe food handling, but only for commercial: nothing for homes.  (( "Safe Food Australia: A Guide to the Food Safety Standards ." Australia New Zealand Food Authority. 2nd Edition, ...
Resources for Home Preserving in the United Kingdom

Resources for Home Preserving in the United Kingdom

In the UK, past habit has been to simply practice "bottling" as opposed to "canning." The realization of a need for a canning process of the filled jars is slowly taking hold. We have a separate page on this topic:  The old British method of ...
So Easy to Preserve

So Easy to Preserve

"So Easy to Preserve" is one of the best, if not the best, canning books out there today. If there is a bible of home canning, this is it. First published in 1984, it has been updated regularly over the years. As of 2016, the most recent edition...
The USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning

The USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning

The USDA Guide to Home Canning is considered the Bible of home canning. It's currently maintained by staff at the National Center for Home Food Preservation in Georgia. Where to get the USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning You can get a chapter...
The USDA's role in home canning

The USDA's role in home canning

  In the home canning world, the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) plays a dominant role. In fact, most home canning authorities would describe it as "the center". All reputable sources of home canning recipes and directions...
USDA Recommendations for and against

USDA Recommendations for and against

The USDA in the past has sometimes seemed very subtle in what it "approved" and "didn't approve" of. Granted, all the recipes in its "Complete Guide" are of course things it "approves of." But they don't even use those words, "approve" and "disapprove." In...
What changed in the USDA Complete Guide between 2009 and 2015?

What changed in the USDA Complete Guide between 2009 and 2015?

Here are the changes we noted in the USDA Complete Guide between 2009 and 2015. This comparison is just for curiosity purposes only, to see if we could spot any major critical changes to draw to people's attentions. We used PDF comparison software...
What's new in home canning?

What's new in home canning?

There's been a lot happening in home canning in the past few years. Here's a recap of some major events in home canning in the past few decades. Did you miss anything? Links are provided for each so you can catch up, as needed. You'll want ...

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