Canning and Preserving – which recipes are safe?


This is one of my favorite times of year.  I love canning tomatoes, peaches and green beans. I am fairly new at canning, and it was pretty intimidating for me at first – I wasnt sure which recipes were  safe. I had been warned about using recipes that I found online, or ones that had been handed down, because there wasnt a guarantee that they would still be safe since standards are always changing. Acidity levels of fruits and vegetables change over time, so your Grandma’s recipe may not be acidic enough to be safe today.

There are a few sites that I have listed below that I use for my recipes. They are ‘official’ canning and preserving sites, and I trust them most, as they have been updated year to year.

Bernardin: This is a Canadian site, which they just revamped this year. They list their products, as well as many recipes, organized by category and searchable. Many of the recipes are designed to take advantage of their own products, but you can still find the typical go-to’s such as pickles, most fruits and vegetables and chutneys. I like that you can search by difficulty level, method and sugar content.

Ball Canning: This is a USA site, and it has many of the same features as the above site, but there is a wider variety of interesting recipes. They also have recent and older reviews you can check before you decide to make it (the reviews and questions from the old Bernardin site didn’t carry over into their new site unfortunately). I have made a few from this site and have been very happy with the results.

NCHFP (National Center for Home Food Processing and Preservation): This site was developed at the University of Georgia, with funding from Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, United States Department of Agriculture (CSREES-USDA).  It is funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA (NIFA-USDA). I really like this site for a few reasons; first, it is full of really great information on how to can food. They go over safety, supplies, and it is great for someone who needs a refresher, or is canning for the first time. Secondly, they aren’t selling you canning supplies, so all the information on this site is your basic ‘how do I can XYZ’.

You should be armed with some great inspiration after visiting these sites – do you have a favorite place to go for your recipes? If so, feel free to leave a comment below. Happy canning!


14 thoughts on “Canning and Preserving – which recipes are safe?

  1. I am definitely going to check out the Ball Canning website. I’ve seen it a lot of places before. I’m planning on doing some canning tomorrow and this will help a lot!

  2. These are some awesome tips and resources! I’ve never canned before, but I know my boyfriend’s mom is really into it, I’ll have to share these sites with her.

  3. Thank you for the helpful resources! My great-Aunt always canned her tomatoes, and I have such fond memories of enjoying them as a child, yet I have always been a little wary of trying it on my own. This was so helpful!

    1. Hi Jennifer – the farmers market is great for fresh fruits and veggies – I am always a little sad when they are done for the year!

    1. Thanks Kati – we are planning to do two bushels of tomatoes this week. I dont know what I was thinking as it seems like a monumental task now! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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