Preserving and Canning

Don't let a single piece of produce go to waste when you can easily can or preserve it with our guide to canning and preserving. It's economical and allows home cooks to experiment with foods that might not be in the supermarket and know exactly where their ingredients come from. If you've never tried canning at home, review our basic, step-by-step instructions as well as tips on headspace, time, and temperature requirements to ensure food safety. We'll also help you learn about the various types of canning—boiling-water and pressure, for example—and discuss when you should can and when you should freeze. For handy reference, we offer charts with tips and instructions on both methods. We'll walk you through step-by-step how to preserve some of the most commonly used fruits and vegetables. Jams and jellies are great for preserving the delicious harvests for the coming year, and our experts explain tips and helpful information.

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Pickling Recipes and Canning Tutorials
Pickling Recipes

Love pickles? Try something new with one of our 20+ delicious pickling recipes and how-tos.


From headspace to heating, this step-by-step guide should be your starting point.

Pickling Ideas

Check out all the fun produce you can use in pickling! (Hint: Watermelon gets delightfully tangy.)

How to Can and Canning tips
One-Stop Canning Shop

Browse our tutorials on canning: We cover it all, including what you can can and safety concerns.

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Canning Recipes
  • Jelly and Jam Recipes

    Make your own fruity and flavorful jam, jelly, and preserves with our delicious and simple canning recipes.

  • Pickled Recipes

    You can pickle more than cucumbers! Learn more about pickling and try a fun pickling recipe.

  • Canning Recipes

    From preserves to pickles, our collection of inventive canning recipes has it all.

  • General Canning Steps

    Whether you're a novice or a pro at canning, make it a success with our easy step-by-step instructions.

  • Canning Safety

    Always follow strict guidelines when canning fruits and veggies to ensure that the contents are safe to consume.

  • Leaving Headspace

    We'll show you how to leave the appropriate amount of headspace when canning and freezing.

  • Using a Boiling-Water Canner

    Follow our step-by-step instructions for using a boiling-water canner for fruits, tomatoes, pickles, and more.

  • Using a Pressure Canner

    We'll tell you everything you need to know about using a pressure canner for vegetables in just 10 steps.

  • What Is Canning?

    Carry on your grandmother's tradition and can your garden-fresh fruits and veggies to enjoy year-round.

  • How to Freeze Peaches

    It's easy to freeze peaches so you can enjoy them in homemade desserts. We'll take you from start to finish.

  • Canning and Freezing Fruits

    We'll show you how to can and freeze your favorite fresh fruits like apples, cherries, melons, pears, and more.

  • Canning Tomatoes

    There's nothing better than canning and freezing fresh tomatoes to give sauces and stews extra-special flavor.

  • Canning and Preserving Charts

    Canning and freezing fresh fruits and veggies will be a breeze with our downloadable charts.

  • How to Freeze Fresh Green Beans

    Freeze garden-fresh green beans so you can enjoy them all year long in recipes or as an easy side dish.

  • Jam & Jelly Tips

    Homemade jams and jellies make great holiday and housewarming gifts. Follow our tips for canning success.

  • Pickle & Relish Tips

    The experts at Better Homes and Gardens offer advice for pickling fresh cucumbers to enjoy in burgers and more.

  • How to Make Pepper Jelly

    Hillary Danner shows you how to make her signature Hell Fire Pepper Jelly using a variety of peppers.


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