129+ Best Canning Recipes to Put Up This Year - Melissa K. Norris

129+ Best Canning Recipes to Put Up This Year

By Melissa Norris | Food Preservation

Jun 16

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Learn how to preserve the harvest with these easy home canning recipes. Canning is an excellent way to reduce food waste (no more molding cucumbers in the crisper drawer) and stock your pantry with healthy shelf-stable meals at the ready.

The most important thing you need to know about canning is which foods can be processed safely via a water bath and which need to be pressure canned. Safe water bath canning recipes are for foods that are 4.6 pH or lower (meaning they’re acidic).

Pressure canning recipes are for non-acidic foods to ensure any present botulism spores are killed. Even with a pressure canner, there are certain foods you cannot safely can at home, but don’t worry you won’t find any unsafe canning items on the list below, I’ve only linked to safe recipes. Learn what you can safely can at home and how to operate a pressure canner safely in this free video series.

I’ve been canning for over twenty years and put up over 400+ jars of food a year. During that time, I’ve learned some helpful tips to streamline the process when you’re pressed for time that DON’T affect safety and some of my best canning recipes can be found below.

Beginner Canning Tips


Is Home Canning Really Worth it? Does it Save Money to Can at Home?

Tips for Home Food Preservation – Seasonal Preserving Each Month

Canning Problems and Solutions: Siphoning (Liquid Loss in Jars)

How to Choose the Best Pressure Canner

Canning 101 Water-Bath vs. Pressure Canner

Pressure Canning Like a Pro

Pretty sure you picked up on it, but when following updated and safe recipes/procedures, canning is very safe. The key is understanding the science and knowing what those safety procedures and guidelines are. Below are several great articles to help ensure your home-canned goods are safe and delicious.

Canning Safety

Canning in Electric Pressure Cookers & Other Pressure Canning Questions

How to Store Home Canned Food Safely – Jar Stacking & Canning Rings

How Do You Know if a Canning Recipe is Safe

6 Canning Myths You Must Know

Homemade jam is something every pantry should have on the shelf but many recipes call for copious amounts of sugar (like more sugar than fruit amounts) and the use of store-bought pectin. Jam has been made for thousands of years, way before packets of pectin were found on store shelves. Find out how to make vintage canning recipes for jam that are still safe with today’s standards.

Old-fashioned Canning How to Make Jam Like Great-Grandma

Old-Fashioned Traditional Jam Making Part 1

10 Traditional Jam Making Troubleshooting Tips Part 2

Make Homemade Jams and Jellies Like a Pro


Recipes for canning should only be followed by trusted sources. All of the below recipes have been vetted to make sure they follow updated and canning safety procedures.

Apples and apricots are both sweet treats that should be jarred up for year-round enjoyment, but if I have to pick a favorite, it’s going to be the apple pie filling.


Apple Butter

Apple Pie Jam, Low Sugar

Apple Jelly

Apple Pie Filling

Apple Slices


Apricot Jam, Low Sugar

It’s not all about the sweets, asparagus are one of the first vegetables up in the springtime and are delicious both in pickled form or a soup!  Pickled asparagus is one of my Christmas canning recipes because my brothers love it so much.

Up close vertical shot of pickled asparagus in a jar.

Asparagus, Pickled

Pressure canning meals becomes easy with recipes like this asparagus soup!

Asparagus Soup

Autumnberry Apple Cider Jam

Pressure Canning Recipes

Canning beans, unless pickled, requires pressure canning recipes to ensure they’re safe. The easiest pressure canning recipe, to begin with, is raw packing green beans, I share it below and if learning how to operate a pressure canner makes your stomach tighten, go through this FREE video series where I’ve taught thousands of people how to pressure can safely and without fear!


Beans, Dry

Beans, Shelled

Home-canned green beans are filled with flavor, nothing like store-bought green beans. My kids won’t eat store-bought but these are their favorite vegetables, learn how to can using this easy step-by-step tutorial without pre-cooking the beans. 

Homecanned green beans on towel

Beans, Green

Beans, Pickled Green

Beef Stew

Beets, Pickled

Blackberry Jam, Low Sugar

Blueberries are one of my favorite jams because they don’t have large seeds and this no pectin low sugar recipe is a must-make, I consider it one of my best canning ideas to date.

Blueberry Jam, Low Sugar No Pectin

Blueberry Peach Jam, Low Sugar

Blueberry Pear Jam

Blueberry Pie Filling

Bread and Butter Pickles



Carrots, Pickled

Cherries with Honey

Cherry Chutney with Caramelized Onions

This is summer in a jar, the bright sweetness of a ripe cherry without being sickeningly sweet!

Cherry Jam, Low Sugar No Pectin

Looking for unusual canning recipes, check out the cherry salsa below or scroll down to L for the lemon syrup!

Cherry Salsa

Cherry Pie Filling


Chicken Broth

You’ve not lived until you pair chocolate and cherry together BUT you need to be careful when adding cocoa powder to canning recipes as it does lower the pH level, thankfully, this recipe follows the tested ratios from Ball so you’re good to go!

Chocolate Cherry Sauce

Collard Greens


Crabapples, Spiced

Cranberry Pear Jam

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce, Spiced

Currant Jelly, No Pectin


Dandelion Jelly

Dill Pickles


Elderberries aren’t acidic enough to can like other berries based on recent testing. This recipe is safe for canning but must be done by weight and without altering the sugar to berry ratio.

Elderberry Jam or Jelly




Grape Juice

Grapes, Whole

Grape Vanilla Jelly, Low Sugar


Green Tomatoes, Pickled

Green Beans, Pickled

Green Beans

Ground Cherry Lemon Jelly

H, I, J




Lemon Curd

Lemon Syrup

Lilac Jelly



Meatless Spaghetti Sauce

Mixed Fruit Cocktail

Mulberry Jam


Mushrooms, marinated and pickled

This mustard pickle is an old-fashioned recipe that is making a comeback. It’s versatile (can be made with zucchini or cucumbers) and is delicious on hamburgers, hotdogs, sandwiches, potato salad, or macaroni salad!

Mustard Pickles



Nectarine Peach Plum Jam



Orange Marmalade

Orange Rhubarb Jam



Peaches with Honey & Cinnamon

Peach Jam, Low Sugar

Peach Jam, Spicy, Low Sugar No Pectin

Peach Nectarine Plum Jam

Peach Pistachio Conserve

Peach Raspberry Jam

Peach Salsa

Two jars of canned pears with two pears and three cinnamon sticks sitting on a wooden surface. Text overlay says, "How to Can Pears at Home + a Spiced Pear Recipe".

Pear & Spiced Pear

Pears in Maple Syrup

Pears without Sugar


Hot Pepper Jelly

This red pepper garlic jelly is a must come the holidays, it’s superb when served with cream cheese and crackers or use it as a meat glaze on meatballs!

Red Pepper Garlic Jelly

Pickles, Bread and Butter

Pickled Carrots

Pickled Cherry Tomatoes

Pickles, Dill

Pickled Green Beans

Pickled Green Tomatoes

Pickles, Mustard

Pickled Peppers, Hot

Pickled Pepper Rings

Pickle Relish, Sweet

Pickled Veggies

Plum Peach Nectarine Jam

Plum Jam with Walnuts & Rum, Low Sugar

Plum Sauce, Sweet & Spicy

When canning potatoes, make sure you remove the peel. Even though the peel does contain the highest amount of nutrients, it also contains more bacteria, so it must be removed before canning at home, and always in a pressure canner.

Potatoes, Sweet

Potatoes, White



Queen Anne’s Lace Jelly with Currants


Relish, Sweet Pickle



Rhubarb Juice Concentrate

Rhubarb Orange Jam

Rhubarb BBQ Sauce

Salsa canning safety

You must use tested recipes for salsa as they’re carefully tested to ensure they remain acidic enough for canning (4.6 pH or lower) due to the non-acidic ingredients like peppers, onions, garlic, etc. Always use bottled lemon or lime juice from concentrate. The only time you can use fresh is if the recipe specifies fresh lemon or lime juice. There are no tested



Choice Salsa with Fresh Tomatoes

Salsa, Fresh Vegetable

Salsa, Mexican Tomato Sauce

Salsa Verde (Tomatillo Salsa)

Salsa, Zesty

Small Game

Spaghetti Sauce with Meat

Spaghetti Sauce, Meatless

Summer Squash Relish

Squash, Winter

This old-fashioned strawberry jam doesn’t use any store-bought pectin and is low in sugar so the strawberries shine!

Strawberry Jam, Low Sugar No Pectin

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Filling


Tomatillo Salsa


Tomato sauce is one of the most versatile items a pantry can have. This recipe is safe to water bath or pressure can but you must add acid no matter which canning method you’re using.

Tomato Sauce



Veggies, Pickled

Vegetable Soup


Venison Mincemeat

Venison Chili Con Carne


Wild Game

Winter Squash

X, Y


Zucchini, Bread & Butter

Mustard Pickles (can safely sub in zucchini)

There you have it, from A to Z over 129+ of the best canning recipes to stock your shelves! Which ones are you trying first?


About the Author

Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.

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