The following is a list of online resources for home canning learning and questions which are run by “non-professionals”: that is, people not in the employ of a university or a canning supply company.
They have been selected for inclusion on this list because as a general principle they do try to follow the safe guidelines put out by the USDA and the National Center for Home Food Preservation.
Some of these people will have been certified as Master Food Preservers. Some of these will work with Master Food Preserver sites listed under “Extension web sites”, others have struck out on their own in areas where the Master Food Preserver programme is not available to them.
NOTE: It is very easy to nit-pick and say that one person cheated in a canning recipe and used canned tomatoes, for instance. But such a “transgression” isn’t necessarily a mortal sin, and in the grand scheme of things we are working on the principle of harm-reduction here: people are going to be trawling the web for more resources beyond USDA, Ball and Bernardin, whether the ultra-extreme Canning Police like it or not, so it’s best to steer them to community sources who make a strong effort to adhere to and promote safe canning advice.
Master Food Preserver Web Sites
See also: Master Food Preserver Help Groups
Websites / Blogs
Cooking and Canning. (Diane Baker)
Emerie Brine Emerie is the former lead home food preserving instructor at Bernardin. On his website, he works with Bernardin lab-tested recipes.
Foodpreserving.org http://www.foodpreserving.org (Australia. Megan Radaich. She does her best to respect USDA safety recommendations while working with the equipment available in Australia)
Simply Canning. http://www.simplycanning.com (run by Sharon Peterson. See also her Youtube channel below.)
2LeeLou Preserves: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGzdkUir_gCeQc_3evKReig
Ann Crum’s Mini Homestead News: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1UcU-y6rW_ZmmvLkEbqBSw
Simply Canning: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBUEY_mUPfC11hGRMOVbYzQ
Facebook pages and groups
Canning For Beginners – Safely, By The Book https://www.facebook.com/groups/220271992759555/
The ‘Original’ Safe Canning Recipes https://www.facebook.com/groups/SmartandSafeCanningRecipes/
List last updated December 2023