Preserving and Canning Recipes for Garden Produce

These home canning recipes are a great way for preserving all that great garden produce.

| Fall 2015

  • Kitchen Pantry full of Canned Produce
    Storage shelves lined with canned goods from the garden show the fruits of your labor.
    Photo by Fotolia/Zigzagmtart
  • Water Bath Canning Equipment
    Jars, lids and rings, and a canner or large pot are all that are needed to preserve food with the water bath canning method.
    Photo by Fotolia/sjhuls

  • Kitchen Pantry full of Canned Produce
  • Water Bath Canning Equipment

Once upon a time, pantry shelves lined with an abundance of stately jars filled with freshly preserved fruits and vegetables were a source of pride for homemakers, because their handiwork in the kitchen could be counted on to sustain the family through the winter.

Today’s supermarkets offer thousands of convenient products, making home food preservation a choice rather than the necessity it once was. However, the pleasure of preserving foods is appealing to a growing numbers of families who want high-quality food at a reasonable cost.

Family matriarchs are once again teaching the next generation of women and men how to preserve food without chemicals and preservatives.

Before Starting

Before you get started preserving your bounty, there are a few things you need to know and remember.

First and foremost, use fresh fruits and vegetables at their peak. It only makes sense that the fresher the ingredients when you preserve them, the better flavor they will have when you crack open the jar months later.

Secondly, make sure to read through the recipe before you begin – and plan to follow the recipe exactly. Ingredients work best in specific quantities, so measure carefully. In addition, resist the temptation to add extra ingredients or make substitutions, and don’t double the recipe. If you want to preserve more, do it in multiple batches.

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