Whether from your own garden or orchard, or from your CSA box or farmers market, the abundance of summer is at its peak. Here, I give you a collection of some of my family’s favorite canning recipes for bottling up the flavor of summer. Oh, how you will enjoy these in the depths of winter!
Canning Recipes to Preserve the Summertime Garden Abundance
When the gardens and orchards of summer are laden with fruit, it’s the perfect time to think about preserving some of that produce!
The canning recipes I’ve included here fall into the “easy” category. For me, that means they can safely be processed in a water bath canner. This canning method is a good entry point for people who are just learning about the whole process.
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Canning is an excellent way to preserve food for the pantry, but there are some important safety considerations to keep in mind.
Altering ingredients may change the recipe’s pH, posing a safety issue. I highly recommend investing in pH paper to test your products for acidity level when canning. Note: The Hawaii Master Food Preservers suggest a pH of 4.2 or lower in the tropics. In other regions, the recommended pH is 4.6 or lower.
Use the proper jars and lids. Never reuse lids, with the exception of the Tattler lids that are intended for such a purpose.
This salsa recipe for canning is a great way for me to preserve not only the tomatoes, but peppers and onions from the garden, too. I use canned salsa to cap off taco night and as a homegrown ingredient for my chili.