In the '70s when my my kids were small I saved every canning recipe that I could get my hands on and prepared most
of them. Lots were gathered from friends, some from old cookbooks.
Canning all of our fruits and vegetables, spahetti sauce and more really saved the money. One year I had my daughter's
friends showing up on a regular basis asking for my dill pickles!
If you need instructions on how to can or need to know safe processing times, click here and check the USDA guidelines.
Before canning apples, you might want to check out the list of "Best Apples
16 medium size apples (about 6#)
2 qts water
1 1/2 c apple cider
1 1/2# sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp ground cloves
1. Wash and cut the apples into small pieces, removing the seeds.
2. Cover with water and boil until soft. (I've also done this in the crockpot,
so I didn't have to worry about the apples burning.)
through a sieve to remove skins.
4. Bring the cider to a boiling,
and add apple pulp and sugar and cook until this thickens, stirring constantly to prevent scorching.
5. Stir in the spices and cook until apple butter is the right thickens for spreading.
6. Pour int sterilized jars and seal.
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Fruit Syrup (for pancakes etc)
4 c berry juice
2 c sugar
2 c light corn syrup
Boil to desired consistency. (If using strawberry or rasberry juice add 2 T lemon juice)
Skim if needed.
Process immediately in sterilized jars in a hot water bath. Processing time varies by what altitude you
live on. Use the link below to check for your area.
Processing Times For Syrup Made From Berries
One year I made this recipe and forgot to add the extra water when serving. We all laughed when our teeth turned
purple because it was so strong!
2 c. water
1 1/2 lbs sugar
Cook grapes & water stirring frequently to prevent scorching. Cook just until soft.
Drain through a fruit press until juice stops flowing.
Add sugar to the juice. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
Freeze or ladle into sterilized jars and process in a boiling water bath.
Processing time varies according to your altitude. Please click on the link below to check for your area.
When serving, add an equal amount of water.
Processing Times for Grape Juice
Jams and Jelly Recipes
This is another recipe I've kept for ages, but never tried.
c. ground zucchini
1 naval orange ground with the rind
4 Tbsp lemon juice
8 c. of sugar
all of the above ingredients in a large saucepan.
2. Bring to a boil until it jells.
3. Ladle into sterilized jars and
Many of these recipes did not include the processing time, so please click on the links below the recipes
to check for proper times.
Pickles are processed in a hot
water bath. Usually filling the canner half full of water will be sufficient, but add more water if necessary.
Always have the water preheated to 200 degrees before loading. This is a simmer with bubbles.
You want the water to at least be 1-2 inches above the tops of the jars.
Be sure you maintain a consistent tempature and remove the jars after the recommended time.
When counting your processing time begin as soon as you put the pickles in the canner. Overcooked pickles
are soft instead of crispy.
You should also always use pickling salt rather than table salt.
Rita's Bread and Butter Pickles
My mother-in-law gave me this recipe. They are soft but really
6 large cucumbers
1 tsp mustard seed
6 onions 1
3 c. cider vinegar
1 1/2 c sugar
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp celery seed
Wash and slice cucumbers and onions about 1/8 inch thick and combine with all of the above ingredients.
Let set for 2 hours.
Cook until the mixture comes to a boil.
Pack into jars and process in a boiling water bath. Use the link below to check for processing time
at your altitude.
Processing Times for Bread and Butter Pickles
This is another recipe I haven't tried.
7# of medium cucumbers
4 c. vinegar
3 qts water
2 tbsp sugar
3/4 Pickling salt
1. Cut the cukes into long spears and pack into quart jars.
2. Place a fresh dill sprig and 1 garlic clove in each jar.
3. Combine vinegar, water, sugar, salt and boil with 2 heads of dill for 2 minutes.
4. Pour syrup over the cukes in jars.
5. Check processing times in the link below.
Processing Times for Dill Pickles
Polish Dill Pickles
This is another recipe I collected from way back when and have never tried. You may want to cut it down to try it since
it is a large recipe.
1/2 bushel firm cucumbers
16 c water
1 c vinegar
3/4 c picklingsalt
1 c salt
3 gallons water
1. Make brine. Soak the cucumbers in the brine overnight. then drain and wipe dry.
2. Fill quart jars with the cucumbers, a sprig of dill, and a half bud of garlic.
3. Boil the 16 cups of water, vinegar and salt.
4. Pour boiling water
over the mixture in jars and seal immediately.
Sweet Zucchini Pickles
This was printed in a magazine back
in the 1980's. It's one of those recipes I
clipped, but have never tried.
3 1/2 # of zucchini
1/2 gallon of water
4 c. vinegar
2 tsp celery salt
4 c. sugar 2
tsp pickling spices tied in a bag
1 c. pickling lime 2
5-6 drops food coloring
1. Wash and cut the ends off of the zucchini and cut into 1" slices.
the pulp and seeds from the center of the zucchini.
2. Cut the slices in cubes or dice them.
Mix lime and water in a crock. Add the zucchini cubes and let stand for
24 hours, stirring frequently.
Cover with a cloth.
4. Rinse after the 24 hours until clear, drain.
5. Mix vinegar, sugar,
salt, celery salt, pickling spices and food coloring.
6. Heat on the stove until it comes to a boil. Add
zucchini cubes. simmer about
7. Pack in hot jars and seal.
Pie Filling Recipes
Apple Pie Filling
I've used this recipe several time and it is yummy! Now if only I could make a decent looking pie crust!!
4 1/2 c. sugar
1 c. cornstarch
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. salt
pour over peeled and sliced apples
3 tbsp. lemon juice
10 c. water
Cook until it thickens and mix with fruit and put in qt. jars.
Use the link below to find the processing times
for your altitude.
Processing Times for Sliced Apples
Homemade Pie Filling
Use for peaches, apples, cherries, etc.
10 lbs prepared fruit
Combine in bowl:
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. corn starch
1 1/2 c. sugar
3/4 c. lemon juice
Place fruit in kettle with 4 c. sugar and water to keep from burning. stir and heat to 190 degrees. Add above
mixture and reheat to 190.
Use the link below to find out the processing times for the type of fruit you are using.
Processing Times for Different Fruits
I'd think that you would want to double or triple this recipe to make it worthwhile canning. This is a recipe that was
given to me by a friend so long ago that I don't remember who it was.
1 qt of drained tomato juice
(tomato juice prepared from your own tomatoes with no seasonings)
1/2 c vegetable oil
2 tsp oregeno
2 scant tsp garlic powder
2 tsp salt
1 lg tsp pepper
1/2 c chopped onions
1/3 tsp cloves
Boil all ingredients together, stirring and watching so it doesn't scorch. Boil until desired consistency is reached
or add a little cornstarch or clear jell to help thicken it up.
Ladle boiling sauce into sterilized canning jars
Processing Times for Tomato Recipes
8 c ground cucumbers
2 c ground onions
1/4 c pickling salt
3 c sugar
2 c vinegar
1 tsp tumeric
1 tsp celery seed
pinch of alum
Mix cucumbers, onions and salt together and let stand for 2 hours. Then drain thouroughly.
Add remaining ingredients and simmer on stovetop for 20 minutes.
Pour into sterilized jars and process.
2 Vegetable Relish Recipes
Processing Times for Relish
Spaghetti Sauce Recipes
Spaghetti Sauce Processing Times
Spaghetti Sauce - Recipe 2 (makes 10 pints)
This is a recipe that was shared with me that I haven't tried.
1/2 bushel tomatoes (26#)
6 garlic buds
6 med onions
1 c chopped parsley
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 c salt
3 Tbsp oregeno
2 Tbsp basil
1 tsp pepper
Using a sharp knife, cut the stem ends from the tomatoes. Cut the tomatoes in large chuncks.
In a large kettle or pot, heat tomatoes to boiling, stirring frequently. Reduce heat and cook 15-30 minutes or until
tomatoes are very soft.
Blend tomatoes in a blender. Put through a foodmill to remove the peels and seeds.
Return to kettle. Crush in garlic. Add remaining ingredients. Bring mixture to a boil. Cook covered at a low heat for
4 hours, checking frequently so that it doesn't scorch.
Ladle into sterilized jars and process in a hot water
Processing Times for Spaghetti Sauce without Meat
My grandmother never used anything, but homemade catsup. It does taste a little different than store bought, but is very
good. Even though recipes don't call for it, I think it would be improved by running through the blender to make it a smoother
Tomato Catsup Recipe 1
5 green peppers
1 quart vinegar
3 c sugar
5 tbsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
Cook tomatoes, apples green peppers, and onions until soft.
Strain through a colander, then thru a sieve.
Add the rest of the ingredients and boil slowly for 1 hour or until thick.
Place in sterilized canning jars and then process.
Processing Times for Catsup
Tomato Juice Recipes
Tomato Juice Recipe 1
I've tried this recipe and my husband and son really liked it.
10# of tomaotes
2 tbsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 c chopped onions
1/3 chopped sweet peppers
1 c chopped celery
Combine all ingredients and heat on the stove until mushy.
Then put through a colander.
reheat juice until it comes to a rolling boil.
Put in hot sterilized jars and process.
Processing Times for Tomato Juice
Tomato Soup (10-11 Pints)
I've made this soup several times and it tastes a lot like Campbell's, but is thinner. If your family likes
tomato soup you need to try this one.
6 med onions
1 bunch celery
8 qts cut-up tomatoes
3/4 c sugar
1/4 c salt
1 c butter
1 c flour
Chop onions and celery and cook in a large kettle with just enough water to prevent scorching.
Add tomatoes and cook until tender.
Put through a food mill and then return to the kettle with sugar and salt.
Cream together the butter and flour and then add to the tomato mixture.
Simmer until it thickens to the consistency of thin gravy.
Ladle into sterilized jars and process. Check the link below for processing times in your altitude.
Processing Times for Tomato Products