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Always use a recipe tested for safety of the final product when canning! The USDA revised several home canning processes in 1994. Recipes published prior to 1994, should be checked against a current, reliable resource for safety. Not all recipes found on the web or in other publications are scientifically tested. Unsafe recipes and procedures may result in severe illness.


  • The All New Ball® Book of Canning and Preserving, 2016
  • Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving 37th edition , 2014.
  • Complete Guide to Home Canning, 2015 revision, USDA Bulletin No. 539.
  • So Easy to Preserve, 6th Edition, 2014. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, about $20 per book
    • Phone: 706-542-2657 or Office of Communications, 117 Hoke Smith Annex, Co-operative Extension Services , The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-1456
  • Putting Food By, 5th Edition. Greene, Hertzberg & Vaughan. The Stephen Greene Press, Lexington, MA, 2010.



FCHS Home Food Preservation Classes: Contact your local Rutgers Cooperative Extension county office to inquire about classes.

FCHS Master Food Preservers: These trained volunteers work with FCHS to educate the public about safe home food preservation. Contact your local FCHS professional to learn how to become a FMFP.