Stock your home library with the best canning books so that you can make your home food preservation efforts are safe and delicious.
Oh sure, you can peruse the internet and a multitude of websites (including this one) full of delicious recipes, but having a few favorite canning books within reach at all times ensures that you can continue in the case of power outages and make sure those websites are giving you the safest, most accurate information.
You don’t need an entire library or even a shelf full of books, just one or two books can instill confidence in a beginner canner and inspire the more experienced.
Good books are a great investment in your simple living goals but can obviously be expensive. If funds are limited, buy just 1 or 2 of the books we recommend below and make sure to buy the most recent edition to get any important updates for processing.
Obviously used books abound both online and in your local thrift shops, etc. If buying older canning books, be sure to visit the National Center for Home Food Preservation and double check that you have the latest food safety recommendations. It’s easy to just note these new updates in pen in your older used books.
The Best Books for Beginner Canners
Canning books abound and new ones are being released all the time, but as experienced canners and book lovers these are the ones we recommend most often for keeping on the home library shelves.
So Easy to Preserve
This is the book published by the folks at the National Center for Home Food Preservation and is the perfect first canning book for novice canners. It contains all the basic information and safety guidelines necessary to keep your home-canned goods safe and tasty.
Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving
This is a great beginner's guide, it can almost be considered a canning text book. Like all Ball books, it contains step-by-step instructions for filling canning jars, getting canners ready, and a foolproof guide to the basics canning food safely at home. There are delicious and easy recipes for the perfect pickles, canned fruit sauces, spaghetti sauce, and so much more. You can confidently use both your water bath canner and pressure canner with essential guide.
The Ultimate Guide to Preserving Vegetables: Canning, Pickling, Fermenting, Dehydrating and Freezing Your Favorite Fresh Produce
As the title suggests, this amazing book is about so much more than just home canning. It also covers dehydrating, freezing, and fermenting, all amazing aspects of a well rounded stocked pantry. Your family members are sure to love the delicious and unique recipes contained in this beautifully presented book written by Rootsy Co-Founder and canning guru Angi Schneider. Organized by vegetable, you'll have plenty of ideas to preserve and eat up whatever bit of garden produce is abundant at any given moment.
Pressure Canning for Beginners and Beyond: Safe, Easy Recipes for Preserving Tomatoes, Vegetables, Beans and Meat
This empowering book, also written by our Angi, is an amazing way to have your pantry full of ready to eat meals that you can feel good about serving. These recipes help you confidently can meat and vegetables in an easy way that is safe and delicious. This a great resource for stocking your pantry with shelf-stable meals full of ingredients that you understand and nutrition to keep your whole family running well even when time is short.
Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round
Make jams, relishes, pickles and more in this book that specializes in small batch recipes. While canning dozens of jars in one sitting seems like a great way to fill up the pantry, it can be especially daunting for the novice. This book provides small batch recipes to help use up small bits of produce while helping to gain confidence in the canning process so that you can get efficient and practice for doing larger batches later on.
Naturally Sweet Food in Jars: 100 Preserves Made with Coconut, Maple, Honey, and More
This amazing book helps you avoid white sugar in your canning pursuits. If you're looking forward to canning jams with honey or wanting to make pickles with agave syrup is this the book for you. Full of creative and delicious recipes that are safe to can and useful for home cooks, this is a great way to keep sugar out of your preserves.
Putting Food By: Fifth Edition
The decades-old classic in home food preservation. You'll likely be able to find older copies used but it is continually being updated and published with the newest information for canning, freezing, dehydrating, and more. This is a great book for just having an understanding of the basics and getting some simple, doable recipes.
Preserving: The Canning and Freezing Guide for All Seasons
A canning and freezing guide organized by season to help you make tasty preserves like pickles, chutneys, and more. The step-by-step directions include photographs to help answer all your canning questions and give you the confidence to fill your pantry and freezer shelves.
Preserving Summer's Bounty: A Quick and Easy Guide to Freezing, Canning, and Preserving, and Drying What You Grow
By the folks at Rodale this fun book, contains information for canning, freezing, and more in a simple nothing-fancy kind of way. It includes the basic techniques including the processing time for everything you'll ever need. There are creative recipes for your preservation needs as well as recipes to help eat up those preserves in new ways later on in the year.
The Guide to Jams, Jellies, & Fruit Butters
This booklet is perfect for folks just wanting to make a few jars of jam or jelly as a way to dip their toes into water bath canning. You'll get recipes for flavorful fruit spreads, troubleshooting tips, and ideas for using those jewel-toned jars as frugal and loving gifts.