Free canning recipes? The only thing better than an amazing canning recipe is a FREE canning recipe. I’ve gathered 75 free canning recipes so you can build your food storage pantry up with delicious goodies. Canning is an incredible way to preserve food. For homesteaders, growing our own food is essential. Canning gives us the ability to save our foods when we have an abundant harvest for off-season. Learning how to accomplish the task of canning can be intimidating, but here are some delicious and reliable recipes to try at home!
I’ve included free canning recipes for meats, vegetables, fruits, jams, jellies, sauces and condiments. There is surely a recipe or two, if not more, that you’re going to want to use again and again. There are plenty of these free canning recipes that will be great for beginner canner as well as veterans.
Be sure to check out my article on Canning Mistakes you want to avoid. But don’t let fear keep you from canning; it is an amazing vintage skill to keep in our modern world.
75 Free Canning Recipes for Beginners and Experienced Canners
Free Canning Recipes – Meats
Canning meat can make any beginning canner nervous; it can make veteran canners jumpy. But canning meat, with the right precautions can be a great way to build your pantry for a fraction of the cost. Remember NEVER water bath can meats, you need a good pressure canner. Other things to consider: trim off any excess fat, gristle or bruised areas on the meat. When canning meats you can either preserve it in a broth, or you can pack it up raw which will provide its own juice. See The National Center for Home Preservation’s tip on canning meats.
Free Canning Recipes – Vegetables
We all know that vegetables are packed with vitamins and nutrients and should play a role in family meals daily. Similar to canning meat, there are safety precautions to canning vegetables. Some can be canned with the water bath method, depending on the acidity but most will require pressure canning. You might even want to consider pickling your vegetables as another fabulous option.
Free Canning Recipes – Fruits
Most beginning canners start with fruits. Because of the acid in most recipes you can use a water bath canner, which often feels less intimidating that your pressure canner.
Free Canning Recipes – Jams and Jellies
One of the most popular canning techniques is creating jams and jellies. Everybody loves using these tasty spreads on sandwiches, crackers, veggies and more! Here are some unique and delicious recipes to try!
Free Canning Recipes – Sauces and Condiments
So far, we have learned how to create different recipes for solid foods. But did you know that you can also preserve sauces and condiments? Almost any of your favorites can be re-created and preserved for your own pantry with canning. From ketchup, to spaghetti sauce, these recipes are sure to be a staple in your canning recipe collection! Make sure to read the directions and safety tips regarding canning sauces and condiments.
I hope these free canning recipes help you find a few items that you’d like to make for your food storage pantry. Canning is a great way to preserve food and produce new and satisfying recipes in the comfort of your own home. With the right equipment and safety precautions you can trust that the food you produce will be safe and delicious!
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Water Bath Canner or consider Ball’s Electric Water Bath Canner
Pressure Canner (if you are going to purchase a pressure canner you can actually use it to water bath can as well and save money and space)
Mason Jars – I like both Ball and Kerr
Lids – refill packs are great, never ever can with used lids! BUT some lids are made to be re-used, like Tattler.
Storage – racks, for your pantry