20 Favorite Canning & Pickling Recipes

Overwhelmed by summer's bumper crop of fresh fruit and veggies? Check out these great recipes, and make preserving your new hobby. Leave no cucumber or berry behind!

Note: These are heirloom recipes and may not comply with current USDA canning standards. It is important to refer to USDA guidelines about the sterilization of canned products. Find information on canning at the National Center for Home Food Preservation website: https://nchfp.uga.edu/

Blue Ribbon Dill Pickles

"Several years ago, it occurred to me to enter my pickles in the County Fair. So I did. Not only did they have a big blue ribbon on them, but they also received Best of Show AND the canning award! What a thrill!"


Quick Refrigerator Dill Pickles

"In just one week you can have some of the best homemade pickles you'll ever taste. These are incredibly easy to make and will last for a month in the refrigerator."

-Jonathan Melendez

Sweet-Heat Bread & Butter Pickles

"Sweet and sour bread and butter pickles will sass up a sandwich, punch up potato salad or make a burger, dog or chop hop. The addition of a Scotch Bonnet pepper in this recipe takes this classic to a new level."


Salsa for Canning

"This Salsa recipe was excellent. Just the right amount of peppers for heat."


Canned Zucchini Salsa

"What an awesome way to use up my zucchini (there always seems to be too much). My friends and family couldn't believe there was more zucchini than tomato in this salsa!"


Brussels Sprouts Pickles

"Brussels sprouts make a great pickle, and I love the addition of coriander seeds. Great tasting pickles!"


Grandma's Dill Pickles

"Nothing weird about these babies! Just good old-fashioned dill pickles ;)"


Grand Champion Peach Jam

"Freestone peaches make the process much easier and quicker — the stone slides out when the fruit is halved. This is absolutely the best peach jam I have ever made!"

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Martini Green Beans

"Use as a side dish or as a garnish for martinis! These canned beans are flavored with lemon, gin, juniper berries and garlic."


Sour Cherry Jam

"A delicious jam. My son said, 'This is what sour cherry jam should taste like.' He loved it! The almond extract makes a difference!"

-Elly in Canada

Red Capsicum Marmalade

"Wonderful! I love how the flavors come together — the citrus, cayenne and herbs provide layers of flavor."


Easy Dill Pickles

"Awesome! Not only is the finished product extremely beautiful to look at, but they taste like home-canned pickles without the long pickling process."


Strawberry-Basil Jam

"Strawberry and basil are a wonderful combination. The sweetness of the strawberries goes well with the herbal flavors of the basil."


Paula Deen's Pickled Shrimp

"The layers are beautiful in the glass jar. This would make a nice gift or an easy make-ahead appetizer or snack."


Devon Cream Tea Strawberry Conserve

"A fabulous recipe for a soft-set strawberry conserve. Most of the fruit remains whole and is suspended in a delicious strawberry-flavored jammy syrup!"

-French Tart

Big-Batch Spaghetti Sauce

"Absolutely delicious! Tastes like a good Italian restaurant sauce — slightly tangy, a hint of spice, not too sweet and not acidic at all."


Sweet Pickled Banana Peppers

"If your garden includes sweet banana peppers, this is the recipe to use! An impeccable brine that does not mask the original flavor of the pepper, yet enhances it."

-Joe Bob Mac

Fig Jam

"Sweet and yummy with hints of lavender and ginger. Great for filling cookies or as a spread."


Pickled Radishes

"These are tasty! The pickling takes the bite out of the radishes and onion, but not the flavor."


Spicy Habanero Jelly

"My dad, brothers, sister-in-law, daughters and friends LOVED the jelly — the one jar I saved for myself is empty! My husband is shopping for vinegar so I can make a new batch!"