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Canning for Beginners

If you can follow a recipe, you can can.


You can preserve, process, put-up, store, whatever you want to call it. You can do it.

When I decided that I wanted to learn how to can the bounty of our garden, I thought I’d have to get someone experienced in canning to teach me how. Schedules are hard to coordinate, however, and when I was ready, I learned how from a book.

This is the book I used: The Ball Blue Book. Since then, I’ve followed other recipes from cookbooks, friends, magazines, etc. But this is the book that started it all and this is the book I go back to for a “refresher course” on canning whenever I need one.

What’s great about this book?

  1. Good, thorough, easy-to-follow directions.
  2. Illustrations of equipment and diagrams of important.
  3. Recipes of all sorts
  4. Enough explanation and background information to make you feel safe and secure in canning food.

All in all, The Ball Blue Book is an invaluable resource and a bargain to boot.

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