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Building A Canning Library

When I teach canning classes, one of the things I encourage students to do is to get a good, basic canning book.  The internet can be a wonderful place, however; building a canning library that is full of trustworthy and current resources is invaluable.  I happen to love real books and well when I’m in the middle of canning cherries and can’t remember exactly how long to process pints versus quarts, it’s so much easier to pull out a book than try to search for a trustworthy and accurate source on-line.

Building A Canning Library - Homespun Seasonal Living

Here are some my favorite books for building a canning library of your own:

  • The Complete Book of Home Preserving by Judi Kingry – This is a great resource because it contains not only a multitude of recipes but a ton of information about the science of canning as well as basic times and methods for canning fruits, vegetables, and meats.
  • Putting Food By – It’s a classic for a reason and covers more than just canning but includes all methods of food preservation.
  • Stocking Up – Another classic again with canning, root cellaring, dehydrating and more.
  • Preserving Summer’s Bounty – This handy book covers freezing, canning, and dehydrating.  It also includes lots of handy charts chock full of information you’ll be glad you have at your fingertips.  Lots of recipes not just for preserving food but also for how to use up that preserved too.

For those times when you’re looking for something new or wanting a trusted online source, these are my favorite:

I’ve been known to print articles from online and tear out magazine articles and store them in my canning library in a 3-ring binder.

What favorite resources are in your canning library? 

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Catherine Huang

Wednesday 19th of August 2015

I completely agree with the recommendations for Stocking Up and Putting Food By (both of which I need to repurchase because five years ago as an empty-nester I erroneously thought my canning days were over and I could get by with the Ball Blue Book and the Bernardin Canning Guide; now as matriarch of a family of seven I'm back into canning!). But Preserving Summer's Bounty puzzles me - your link goes to Putting Food By, and a search on Amazon shows TWO books by that name, one by Rodale and one by Marilyn Kluger. Both get nearly 5 star average reviews - which one are you recommending?

Homespun Seasonal Living

Thursday 20th of August 2015

I was recommending the one by the Rodale folks. Oy, thanks for catching my error!

Carla in Idaho

Monday 20th of October 2014

I use those first 4 books listed constantly during canning season, esp. what I refer to as the Big Yellow Book :) but here are 3 more that I go to occasionally for recipes: The Busy Person's Guide to Preserving Food by Janet Chadwick Keeping the Harvest by Nancy Chioffi & Gretchen Mead Complete Guide to Home Canning, by the USDA from the Kootenai County/Univ of Extension Service

Christine @ Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Thursday 13th of March 2014

I'm feeling really awesome right now -- I already have two of those books! :) Plus the Ball book -- which I agree with Teresa, is great, but can easily scare the bananas out of you if you're new to canning! I'll have to look up the others! Thanks! :)

Malissa Kelly

Thursday 13th of March 2014

Thanks for the great links. The web-based ones went on my Pinterest board :)

Summers Acres

Wednesday 12th of February 2014

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