I started canning about 6 years ago and absolutely fell in love with it. There’s nothing better than being able to pull out a jar of strawberry jam, homemade spaghetti sauce, vegetables or whatever else you canned yourself and enjoy it year round. It’s like being able to taste summer anytime you want! There’s just something different about food when you make it and process it yourself. This year, I’m going to get more in to pressure canning so be looking for some great canned vegetable recipes!
If you are just starting out or are thinking about canning, jams and jellies are a great place to start. Below are some of my favorites with links to the full recipe and tutorial!
Ryan calls Spiced Pear Jam “Christmas Jam” because of all the rich flavors. This is probably my all-time favorite jam to make and eat. It’s great on toast, crackers, croissants, and you can even be used as pie filling.
Peach Jam turns out the best when I get fresh peaches from the Farmer’s Market or a roadside stand. This is one of those recipes that even after the sugar is added and it’s processed, it still tastes like fresh summer peaches. You can’t beat that, especially in the dead of winter.
Strawberry Jam was the very first canning recipe I ever tried. I had no canning experience at all and my first batch came out perfectly. If you want to try canning and are looking for a recipe that you can’t really screw up, this is a great one. Oh, and it’s delicious. You’ll never go back to store bought strawberry jam after you make it yourself.
Grape Jelly made with grape juice is probably the easiest jelly recipe ever and the flavor is AMAZING. You can adapt this recipe to turn just about any juice into jelly and it always turns out great.
A sweet summer wine can be turned into a delicious wine jelly that goes perfectly with cheese and crackers. I used Peach Berry from Purple Toad Winery in Paducah, KY and it turned into an absolutely delicious jelly. Try turning one of your favorite summer wines into a jelly. You’ll be happy you did.
Like I said, I’ve only been canning for about 4 years now and love it. If you’re thinking about giving it a shot, click on any of these recipes for a full tutorial. Happy Canning!