Guides to Help You Get Your Canning On

There was a time when only grandmas and resourceful mothers did home canning. But over the past half-decade, as more people began to question the food on supermarket shelves, preserving became cool. Anyone can find a recipe and start cooking, but canning requires some special skills that only a dedicated resource guide can offer. Behold, six resources to get you started or help you top up your existing skills.

USDA COMPLETE GUIDE TO HOME CANNING
The National Center for Home Food Preservation’s comprehensive guide is a great place to start for beginners, and a handy resource for veteran canners.

WATER BATH CANNING & PRESERVING HIGH-ACID FOODS
From Ball, the company that makes those great canning jars, a free guide on how to do water-bath canning safely.

BOILING WATER BATH CANNING
By the author of Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round, Marisa McClellan’s how-to guide on canning is a classic.

A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO CANNING
Serious Eats’ guide—also by Marisa McClellan—offers a brief history on canning, as well as a technical description of why it works, with cool instructional photos.

6 SECRETS OF HOT WATER BATH CANNING YOU MAY NOT KNOW
The Kitchn interviews canning maven (who else?) Marisa McClellan for tips even canning pros could benefit from.

PUNK DOMESTICS
This is a killer site for any type of preserving, but particularly canning. Bay Area blogger Sean Timberlake curates the best canning recipes from around the Web. A handy search function lets you view various recipes for the same pickle, chutney, or preserve.

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