Canning 101: Start Here


No idea how to can? This is a great place to start if you want cheap, nutritious, controlled foodstuffs. Jamie from Guildbrook Farm is a fantastic teacher.

What is canning? Why can your own food? How do you start canning and what tools do you need? This is a comprehensive learning to can video that attempts to give a basic understanding of home canning using both a water bath canner and a pressure canner. We cover several types of canning methods, what is approved and not approved by the USDA, how to read canning recipes, and common questions and problems.

*Note we are not master canners. This is simply a starting place to introduce tools, equipment, terminology, and resources so a beginner canner has a base knowledge for doing research.


Ball Water Bath Canner Set on Amazon:
All American 921 Pressure Canner on Amazon:

Alternate Canning Tools:
Ball Utensil Set on Amazon:
Tattler Reusable Regular Mouth Lids on Amazon:
Tattler Reusable Wide Mouth Lids on Amazon:

Canning Additives:
Milliard Non-GMO Citric Acid on Amazon:
Pomona’s Pectin 2-Pack on Amazon:
Non-Iodized Canning Salt on Amazon*:
*You must use non-iodized salt for canning

Canning Books:
Ball Blue Book of Food Preservation on Amazon:
Preserving with Pomona’s Pectin on Amazon:

Canning Resources and Recipes*:
National Center for Home Food Preservation:
Fresh Preserving:
Simply Canning:…
SB Canning:…
Food in Jars:
Canning Granny:
Healthy Canning:
*Beware that some sites may contain recipes that are not approved by the USDA

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