Canning Resources

Some of the questions I get asked most frequently are “How do I get stared canning?”, “What is the best place to go to for canning information, recipes, resources?”, and “What is the best book I can buy to learn to can?” I My response to that is usually quite lengthy, because there are SO many fantastic resources, books, websites, and facebook pages that you can utilize to really learn everything you need to know! And the greatest part? Most of them are FREE! Yes you can go out and buy books if you want (we all know I have a lot) but the best thing to do when starting out is use the free sources available, and learn from others. Utilize your local library! I cannot stress this enough! Local libraries are a wealth of knowledge, and their supply of books is seemingly endless. In many areas, if your most local library does not have a specific book you want, but another library in “their system” does, they will get it for you from the other library! How great is that?!

homemade pickles!

homemade pickles!

Canning can be intimidating when you first start out. To be totally honest, I was terrified of poisoning people when I started, that is actually the most common fear that I hear from people.  If you use tried and true recipes that have been tested, and follow the directions; you will have nothing to fear!

Learn to Preserve


Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Kitchen


SB Canning


Food In Jars


Canning Across America


Canning Food




Cornell Extension


The first chapter in the USDA Guide, “Principles of Canning”


The ENTIRE USDA Guide to home canning, COMPLETE pdf, ALL chapters! (you will want to print this!)


This site gives you the options to print out the above guide, chapter by chapter


Natural Center for Home Food Preservation

I will add more as I find them, but for now, these are my “go to” links! I hope this can help and happy and safe canning! And if you have any questions, don’t be afraid to ask!


***This originally started as a note on the blog’s Facebook page, however I know not everyone is on facebook, so I wanted to share the information here as well!  ***


I’m giving away the new Food in Jars cookbook!!

Welcome to the new blog!! In case you can’t tell by my obsessive use of exclamation points, I am thrilled you are here!  As a way to say “thank you” for being a part of this blog, the facebook page, my life and the things that matter to me; I want to give you a gift.  Actually, I would love to give a gift  to each of you, but since I can’t do that I will choose one of you to win this AWESOME new book from “Food in Jars.”  For those of you who follow this blog and the FB page, you already know I am, obsessed with all things canning, if you are new, here is a heads up, I LOVE canning! Love love LOVE it. I love preserving food at the peak of it’s freshness. Perfectly ripe berries I pick myself, tomatoes I grew in my back yard, cucumbers from the farm down the street; I love it all. This book is great for both the canning newbie and the long time canner.

Food in Jars

I am in love with this book, and actually, you NEED this book!!! I could go on and on and tell you about it, but that could take hours, and I want this to be a quick and concise post. Long story short, she goes over the basics, AND provides some really amazing recipes, all of which I can’t wait to make.  The cantaloupe jam, which she says tastes like a creamsicle, I probably will be making very soon. 🙂

Food in Jars 2

So here we go!   To win this amazing cookbook by “Food In Jars”,  you must “like”  “Burlap and Butter Knives” on face book,    leave a comment below telling me you want to win and that you like Burlap and Butter Knives on facebook!  If you haven’t liked it  yet, go and like it and then leave a comment letting me know that you like it and want to win!

  • For a 2nd chance  to win, sign up to get  Burlap and Butter Knives in your inbox, look on the right side of the page where it says Subscribe, enter your email address, and subscribe.
  • Remember to leave a comment for each entry, a total of two entires max.

As a disclaimer, this is open to US residents only. Contest will be open until 11:59pm Sunday, February 3rd, 2013.  A winner will be chosen Monday February 4th, using and notified that same day. The winner has 3 days to respond,  if no response is received I will pick a new winner.  These opinions are entirely my own. In fact Food in Jars didn’t even give me the book I am giving away, I bought it myself, because it is THAT good and I wanted to shard the knowledge and recipes with you! I love it that much!