Having an inspiring, clear resource for canning as a beginner is of paramount importance. Easy to follow and successful recipes with clear photographs and directions make the process of canning fruitful, fun, and entirely satisfying. While I certainly hope that you’ll find this blog to be your go-to resource for a beginning canner, I could never hope to be the be-all and end-all in that department; there’s room for many cookbooks on your proverbial shelf. This post shares the books I and others I know have found to be invaluable in hopes you can add them to your wish list too.
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If the idea of canning is completely new to you, and you are not even ready to commit to a tangible cookbook yet, and aren’t even sure if you can can, I wrote a little ebook just for you. Canning 101 is meant for a brand new beginner. When I got started I felt overwhelmed and uncertain about what I needed, if I could even do it all, what all the boiling was about, and if I would make myself sick in the process. With lots of nervous practice over several seasons, pouring over several now sticky-paged texts (listed below!) while stirring (and scorching!), I got pretty darn good and totally comfortable canning. That awful feeling of uncertainty made a big impact on me and when I started helping friends and now my Dear Readers learn how to can, I decided to write down everything a person needed to know just to get started into an ebook. This ebook has 30 easy to read pages and includes 4 beginner friendly recipes, an equipment checklist, my Acid & Canning Guide, and explains the whole process of water bath canning so you can begin with confidence. Grab it here!
If you are a beginner and don’t want a giant, shelf hogging resource, the 200 page, 500 recipe Ball Blue Book (no, it isn’t blue) Guide to Preserving is an excellent choice. It has a very clear introductory chapter (all good canning books do) and many recipes that are beyond boring. Think Sweet Cherry- Loganberry Jam and Mango Relish. Um, yes please.