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Where can I find a list of "approved" canning recipes?

Asked by farmer (354points) November 25th, 2023 from iPhone

I remember years ago I had bookmarked a site- I think it was a university extension page, that had tons of tested and approved safe home canning recipes. Unfortunately I lost the bookmark and now I’m finding a lot of sites with information on canning, but I can’t seem to find that trove of actual, specific recipes. I’m wanting to make some jams for the holidays- cranberry, black currant, gooseberry, etc.

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seawulf575's avatar

They’re pretty easy to come by.


If you are looking for a specific recipe, you’ll have to dig a bit deeper or get a bit more specific than a search for canning recipes.

LadyMarissa's avatar

I had just seen this on Amazon. If you have a Kindle, you can get it right away. The Ball website might have some of the same recipes on their website if you look there.

farmer's avatar

Thanks for the responses so far. This is the closest to what I’m looking for, but I know I once saw a university site with many more than that.

I need recipes that have been scientifically tested in a laboratory setting- not from random homesteading websites. I would be fine using some of those recipes for my own use at home, but I sell jams at farmers’ markets and I need to have the peace of mind that the recipe is truly safe.

Smashley's avatar

Recipes are good catchalls. They work because they are somewhat heavy handed, and even people following them badly will likely create a safe product. That said, they can be imprecise. The reality is that professional producers use methods, not recipes. Ph, salt and sugar content, are monitored precisely and adjusted carefully, as needed, conforming to scientific standards, not recipes, per se.

This is a good resource that gets into the specifics of canning, without getting bogged down in recipes. Depending on where you are, there are probably other resources, like a local university’s cooperative extension, that can help you use science to create methods and recipes that are both safe, and to your liking.

As a final reassurance (besides “you can do it! Kick some butt!), jams are typically low risk. If you make a mistake, the fuzzy mold on top will scare anyone off. These aren’t going to give anyone botulism like a poorly canned carrot will.

SnipSnip's avatar

From whomever you think has authority to approve them.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Most of the posts on this thread are “approved” !

kruger_d's avatar

Every county has an extension agent who can provide resources.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

@kruger_d Several people have posted the same . . .

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