Best Home Canning Recipes – What Foods and Fruits are Best for Canning?

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Is home canning really worth it?

If you are not familiar with the term ‘home canning’, in simple terms, it is the process of preserving foods particularly fruits, vegetables, and meats by packing them into glass jars and then heating the jars to kill the organisms that would be the cause of spoilage. Yes, it is an easy process that can save you a lot of money and time.

Another reason why home canning is worth the try is because you will know what exactly is in that can as opposed to buying commercially produced food. Since you will be the one doing the canning process, you will have the opportunity to put only natural and fresh ingredients in the can. Moreover, if you have a garden or a bunch of harvests that will just spoil over time, you might as well preserve it in jars and consume it when needed. And since you already have ingredients that can last you for more than a week, you will save yourself from going to the grocery store.

What foods are best for canning?

You may think that because canning is such an easy and convenient process, you may want to preserve whatever food you have at home. However, there are particular foods that are not recommended for canning and some foods that are best preserved through canning.

So what foods are best for canning? There are several fruits and vegetables as well as poultry that can be stored for long periods of time but here are some of the most recommended foods for canning:

  • Beans
  • Corn
  • Fruits
  • Leafy greens
  • Red meats
  • Seafood
  • Tomatoes
  • Carrots 

What fruits can be canned?

Fruits are definitely the type of foods that you can safely can. What you just need to do is chop them into bite-sized pieces that would fit in your jar and cover them with water. But if you want to be more specific, here are the kind of fruits that are most recommended and commonly used in the process of canning:

  • Berries
  • Grapes
  • Plums
  • Pears
  • Apricots
  • Guava
  • Pineapple
  • Apple

How To Make Jam

Jams, specifically fruit jams, is a quick and easy way to transform your fruits into something that can be consumed in a long period of time. All you need are just some few ingredients such as:

  • Preferred fruits
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Fresh lemon juice

Instructions:

  • Cut your fruits into bite-sized pieces and stir in together with sugar and salt in a pot. Bring to a boil while stirring until sugar is dissolved. Mash fruit with a potato masher. Add lemon juice and continue to boil while stirring frequently for about 10-12 minutes until bubbles slow and chunks of fruits start to float.
  • To see if your jam is set, remove a spoon from the freezer and get a few drops of jam onto the spoon. Run your finger through the jam, and if it leaves a distinct track, it is already well cooked.
  • Scoop the jam into clean containers and jars while leaving about ¾ inch of headroom and let it cool completely before refrigerating.

15. Make your own Delicious Mulberry Jam

Filled with Vitamin C and iron, mulberries are little powerhouses of nutrients. Harness their goodness with this simple and delicious homemade mulberry jam recipe.

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14. Dill Pickled Carrots

Quick and easy dill pickled carrots recipe with tender-crisp carrot texture, strong garlic and dill flavours, mouth-watering vinegar and optional spice. This dilled carrots canning recipe can be made in a water bath canner!

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13. Chai Tea Jelly

This Chai Tea Jelly is the warm spice of fall in spreadable form. It is absolutely divine on my vanilla biscotti. This recipe yields approximately 4 half pint or 250ml jars.

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12. Homemade Peach Jam Recipe {3 Ways}

Have you ever opened your eyes in the morning and had a thought float past your consciousness that put you on an unexpected path?

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11. Easy Refrigerator Pickles 

Make these easy refrigerator pickles in no time! This recipe is delicious and makes super crisp pickles that are full of flavor (and even a little heat if you like them that way!) and after you make them and see how easy it is, you’ll never buy store bought pickles again!

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10. Canned Tomatoes

These homemade canned tomatoes are the best way to keep your garden tomatoes fresh and ready to eat and cook with all year long!

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9. Pickled Cherry Tomatoes

These easy quick pickled cherry tomatoes are a great way to use fresh tomatoes, keep them in the refrigerator, and serve at will.

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8. World’s Best Homemade Strawberry Jam

Make homemade delicious strawberry freezer jam with only three ingredients! This recipe for homemade strawberry jam is made without pectin, and there is an optional sugar substitution!  You can choose the ingredients to make it organic. This is the yummiest homemade strawberry jam you will ever eat!

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7. How to Can Chicken Broth or Beef Broth

Looking in my pantry at canned broth, vegetables, jams, etc makes me feel so good!  I feel prepared but also linked to a time long ago that we are so far removed from today.  When I look at them, I know we have healthy food ready to eat.  That just makes me happy!  Now I would love to show you how to can chicken broth.

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6. How to Can Peaches with a Boiling Water Canner

Sometimes the thought of canning is overwhelming; scary even. It does take time but oh, it is time so well spent! I am so happy I learned how to can peaches with a boiling water canner.

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5. Canned Bloody Mary Pickles

As Summer comes to an end the garden is finally producing plentiful veggies and I like to pick one thing a year to can to preserve. This year I decided to make these Canned Bloody Mary Pickles. Making use of cucumbers, jalapenos, and green beans. These pickles and vegetables have some heat to them, so what better way to enjoy them then in a Bloody Mary Cocktail??

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4. How to Can Homemade Pizza Sauce (+ Recipe)

This Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe is full of flavor and super easy to make! It will make your homemade pizzas taste so much better than store bought.  And as a bonus, I’m sharing my tried and true instructions for how to can pizza sauce.

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3. Quick and Easy Strawberry Jam Recipe with no pectin

Who’s ready to make an easy Strawberry Jam with all those sweet delicious strawberries that are in season right now? This simple No Pectin Strawberry Jam Recipe is made with only strawberries, sugar and a bit of lemon!

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2. Low Carb Raspberry Jelly (Raspberry Jelly without Pectin)

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1. Easy Homemade Refrigerator Garlic Dill Pickles Recipe

These homemade garlic dill pickles produce an epic crunch!  Just pour boiling salted water over the cucumbers, garlic and dill and the pickles are ready for crunching the next day!

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