Canning and freezing are among the best food preservation methods out there. If you're unsure about the freezing and canning basics, we'll teach you how to prepare canned fruits, canned vegetables, and how to freeze fruits and vegetables. Home canning is much easier than you think, so there's no reason to be intimidated as long as you follow our safety tips—now grab some canning jars and let's get to work!

June 09, 2015

Before you start putting your produce into jars, get all the basic information. For starters, make sure you have the right home canning supplies on hand before you dive in. Start by learning our canning basics, then double-check our canning equipment list. Most canning recipes begin with the same basic steps, such as making sure you have the correct canning jars, properly cleaning everything, and using the jar lids correctly. And remember, while our canning basics provide a good guide for canning recipes, always follow the directions in the recipe you are using.

Do you have the right canning jars in your cupboard? What about funnels and a jar lifter? Before getting started, double check our list of canning equipment to make sure you're ready to go.

Having difficulties with one of your recipes that you've already canned? Check out these common canning problems to figure out what went wrong.

Canning Troubleshooting Guide

Freezing 101

Whether you're freezing vegetables or fruits, it's important to have the correct information on hand. Before you get started freezing produce, be sure to check out our guide for freezing basics. Plus, not all fruits and veggies are well-suited for storing in your freezer, so be sure to check how well your chosen produce will keep once frozen.

Canning and Freezing Fruit

Are you ready to start canning and freezing? Check out our canning and freezing charts for information on how to freeze apples, pears, stone fruits, berries, cherries, and rhubarb. Each fruit needs a slightly different canning or freezing method (and some fruits aren't great candidates for canning at all), so be sure to follow our step-by-step instructions carefully so that you can enjoy these yummy fruits later.

Canning and Freezing Apples, Pears, and Stone Fruits

Berries and cherries are a little more delicate than apples, pears, and stone fruits, so our canning and freezing tips are a little different for them. Notably, boysenberries, raspberries, and strawberries should not be canned—stick to freezing these fruits for later instead.

Canning and Freezing Berries, Cherries, and Rhubarb

Canning and Freezing Veggies

Canned tomatoes

If you have some spare veggies on hand, try freezing them for later! Freezing vegetables is super easy—you just need to make sure they're prepared, packed, and stored properly. Take advantage of fresh farmers market veggies, or save the extras from your summer garden, and freeze them for adding to recipes and enjoying later in the year.

Freezing Vegetables Chart

Want to learn about tomatoes specifically? Whether you want to can or freeze them, this chart has the info you need!

Canning and Freezing Tomatoes Chart


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