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10 Popular Summer Canning Recipes

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Summer canning recipes are popular because it’s the perfect time of year to preserve for the winter season and save money.

Some recipes may be Fall canning recipes which I included to help prepare you.

Grocery prices have skyrocketed in Canada, and growing a garden is a fantastic way to save.

This post has lots in store, including canning recipes, tools, and beginner tips.

I will also share the new grow lights I purchased to start our seedlings.

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Ten Popular Summer Canning Recipes

Starting A Garden From Seed For Canning Recipes

We grow a fairly big community garden plot and planters every summer around our home.

I plant vegetables from seed, such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and beets.

Earlier this year, I purchased grow lights from Amazon for $120 and have tonnes of seedlings ready to plant in our summer garden.

Amazon Canada Grow Lights To Start Garden Seedlings.
Amazon Canada Grow Lights To Start Garden Seedlings.

However, I also like to add something new to the garden to try new canning recipes.

I decided to do some homework and source the most popular canning recipes on Pinterest.

I’ll narrow it down to two canning recipes that I will try to help reduce grocery costs.

Growing Courgettis' For Canning Recipes
Growing Courgettis’ For Canning Recipes

Essential Canning Tools For Beginners

Canning recipes are a fantastic way to grow and preserve food for your family.

If you’re new to homestead life, you may need to stock up on canning essential tools.

Ideally, purchasing a canning starter kit is ideal if you start from scratch.

The starter kit costs less than if you bought each item separately.

If you’re in a hurry, go to Amazon and purchase this canning starter kit that can hold up to 7 jars.

The handle is foldable for easy storage, allowing you to raise and support the edge of jars for quick loading and unloading.

This canning set for canning offers great food storage and eating habits.

Use fruits and vegetables to make and preserve more types of jam, such as ketchup, and strawberry jam, by canning at home.

Home canning tools offer great food storage for yourself and your family.

The kitchen canning equipment has a smooth surface, easy to clean.

It can be conveniently hung in your cupboard for easy storage, making your kitchen more tidy.

Our canning accessories are made of food-grade stainless steel, PP+PVC+stainless steel coated.

A comfortable grip handle, non-slip, and easy to control.

It will last a long time, sturdy and durable for home canning and preserving fresh produce.

Individual Canning Tools To Purchase

However, if you already have canning tools, you might not need to buy a full canning kit.

Watch garage sales and second-hand shops to score cheap canning tools.

We always see canning tools on the shelves, although we’ve never seen a starter kit.

That means you’ll collect tools a bit at a time but for the best possible price.

Canning Tip: You can reuse mason jars but must replace the seals and only use them once. Don’t risk your food going bad. Once the lid pops, they are popped!

Easiest Foods For Canning

Not all foods can be canned, which is why it’s essential to do some research.

I’m fairly new to canning as I go through recipes, I think my family will like it.

Generally, some meats, dairy, flour-based foods, low-acid vegetables, mashed vegetables, pasta, and fruits such as bananas, avocados, and coconut milk are not good for canning.

ie. broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, eggplant, lettuce, olives, squash, artichokes.
WHY: These vegetables are considered low-acid, so you would assume pressure canning processing. However, the processing period and high pressure would result in mushy, bland vegetables …
SAFE ALTERNATIVE: Blanch and freeze, ready to add when heating jars of soup, or see if they are okay to pickle like these: brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, olives. You can also make sauerkraut with the cabbage!


However, when canning any of the above, they can safely be stored in a refrigerator instead of a pantry.

For example, one of my favourite canning recipes is basil pesto, although I store it in the refrigerator or freezer.

How Long Do Canned Goods Last?

I always try to make enough canned goods that will last us for one year, maybe two.

Although if preserved correctly, canning recipes can last indefinitely; it’s best to consume foods within two years.

Always store canning recipes in a clean, cool, dark room, such as a cold room or an area inside your home.

Never store canning jars near a furnace, pipes, attic, heat sources, or direct sunlight, as the quality of the product will diminish.

low sugar pickled beets
How to make pickled beets at home.

Easy Pickled Beets

Beets have been cultivated since pre-historic times in the Mediterranean area and were originally grown only for their leaves.

During the Roman empire, people began to eat the roots as well. Today, beets and beet dishes are still widely popular throughout Europe.

sweet corn relish recipe

Sweet Corn Relish

If you love corn and relish, you will go wild for this homemade relish perfect on hotdogs, hamburgers, turkey burgers, and anything you want to give a sweet, tangy taste.

Below are 10 popular canning recipes on Pinterest and wanted to share on my blog.

I’m a huge fan of the growing season and canning recipes to eat throughout the year.

Although I’ve not tried each of these canning recipes, I do plan on making a couple of them.

Can you guess which would be my top two favourites?

Leave me a comment with your guesses.

1. Homemade Tomato Ketchup

homemade ketchup
How to make homemade ketchup from fresh tomatoes

Homemade Tomato Ketchup

I used mostly Roma tomatoes, but added a few other sauce and paste varieties for an added flavor balance.

Weight is the most important thing here, but sauce tomatoes have less water content, meaning you won’t have to cook your ketchup as long. – The Free Range Life

2. Spicy Pickled Asparagus

Canning Pickled Asparagus
Canning Pickled Asparagus

Spicy Pickled Asparagus

The tangy, nippy, garlicky, dilly flavor from the asparagus goes perfectly in a Bloody Mary or Caesar cocktail.

They go equally well on a charcuterie board, cheese board, as a side for a sandwich, or just as a snack right out of the jar. 

This is one of the best-pickled asparagus recipes I have tried.

Pickling is one of the easier canning practices to accomplish and do well.- Noshing With The Nolands

3. How To Make Tomato Paste

Canning Homemade Tomato Paste
Canning Homemade Tomato Paste

How To Make Tomato Paste

Homemade tomato paste is like tomato sauce, but it’s cooked down and far more concentrated. 

That means it takes up less space in the pantry but adds more flavor per spoonful to home-cooked meals. – Practical Self Reliance

4. Simple Lemonade Concentrate

Canning Lemonade Concentrate
Canning Lemonade Concentrate

How to can Lemonade Concentrate

Canning lemonade is an easy way to ensure you always have a refreshing beverage when you need it. 

Store your jars in the pantry, and quickly pour the contents over ice for a cool drink anytime.- Creative Canning

5. Canning Diced Tomatoes


How To Can Diced Tomatoes

Canning diced tomatoes is super easy! This easy recipe will teach you how to can tomatoes in no time!- Thrifty Frugal Mom

6. How To Make Pickled Banana Peppers

Canning Pickled Banana Peppers
Easy Pickled Banana Peppers

Canned Pickled Banana Peppers

7. Delicious Homemade Apple Pie Filling

Homemade Apple Pie Filling
Homemade Apple Pie Filling

Homemade Apple Pie Filling

This Home-canned Amish apple pie filling recipe is so much tastier than anything you can buy – and it’s surprisingly easy too! We use it to make the best gluten-free apple pies every fall. – Frugal Farm Wife

8. Fresh Zucchini Jam

Zucchini jam
How To Can Zucchini Jam

Zucchini Jam

Zucchini marmalade has got to be the most creative way to preserve zucchini! 

This simple recipe for zucchini preserves comes with just a few ingredients; believe it or not, there’s no added store-bought pectin needed. – Practical Self Reliance

9. How To Can Wholegrain Mustard

Canning Wholegrain Mustard
Learn How Easy Canning Wholegrain Mustard Is To Save Money.

Canning Wholegrain Mustard

10. Canning Potatoes

Canning Recipes For Potatoes
Canning Potatoes

How To Can Potatoes

Pressure-canning potatoes is a great way to preserve an abundant harvest for long-term food storage. The shelf-stable jars of potatoes are handy for quick additions to meals. – Grow A Good Life

11. Crispy Dill Pickle Canning Recipe

canning crunchy dill pickles
How To Can the Crunchiest Pickles Ever

The Best Crispy Dill Pickles

Are you looking for a homemade pickle that is tart and packed with fresh dill flavor and crunch? This summer canning recipe is loaded with traditional spices and a rich, warm color derived from turmeric. – Canning Crafts

12. Easy Pickled Red Cabbage

Pickled Red Cabbage
Quick and Easy Pickled Red Cabbage

Pickled Red Cabbage Canning

Quick Pickled Red Cabbage is a fantastic condiment and easy to make. It’s so good you’ll want to put your pickled cabbage on all your favorite dishes! – The Food Blog

Canning Keeps Traditions Alive

Both Mrs. CBB and I can remember when our grandmothers used canning as a way to save money.

Our mothers both canned preserves like cherry, raspberry, and apple sauce.

Mrs. CBB’s father was a master gardener who learned canning recipes from his parents in Europe.

Some of the favourite canning recipes she remembers are still a big part of her heritage.

  • Crushed garden tomatoes and fresh basil with garlic.
  • Can and squish green olives in olive oil, salt, vinegar, and sweet red pepper.
  • He preserved peaches, pears, plums, and cherries.
  • Pickled wild asparagus (he would forage the asparagus every June.)
  • Marinated and preserved eggplant.

Although we don’t have as big of a garden, we carry on some of the traditions with our son.

Allowing him to help us with our summer garden by digging, planting, weeding, and picking produce, he learns where food comes from.

Some may argue that buying preserves at the grocery store is cheaper.

However, nothing pre-made will beat the taste of homemade canning recipes.

Discussion: Comment below and tell me what canning recipes you use. Also, What do you remember from your childhood?

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  1. Hi Marie,
    What does the pickled daikon with cinnamon and anise taste like? We love daikon radish. I’d love to make pickled carrots to go with my beans. Beets are a must here as I love them although Mrs. CBB can’t have the sugar. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hi Mr.CBB
    My family and I have been canning for 6 years.My step-mother and grandmother’s did too.
    We have made tomato sauce,pickled beets,hot pepper rings,pickeled carrots,Pickled Daikon with cinnamon and anise,marmalade,blackberry jam,blueberry lime jam and mint jelly.

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