Canning is an amazing vintage skill that's making a big comeback! With these 7 easy water bath canning recipes for beginners you will be able to can delicious food using produce from the store or from your own garden! If you are a new canner, you NEED these recipes!
When you first make the decision to start canning, it's exhilarating and terrifying at the same time! You might have an idea of what you want to can first, but maybe you just love the idea of putting up your own food in general and need a jumping off point.
These 7 water bath canning recipes are easy to create and even easier to can so they will give you a perfect first taste (pun intended) of canning before you move on to more complicated recipes and techniques.
I do recommend starting with water bath canning before moving onto pressure canning, as water bath canning doesn't require any special equipment and can be done in less time than pressure canning.
If you've never canned anything at all, check out my Ultimate Guide to Water Bath Canning for Beginners for a detailed look at the process!
Easy Water Bath Canning Recipes
With these recipes you will be able to easily water bath can delicious food using produce from the store or from your own garden!
Apple Butter Water Bath Canning Recipe
You'll find that apples are a very easy food to can! This recipe calls for making the apple butter in a crockpot so it's very low effort!
Delicious on it's own, or as a spread for homemade bread or pancakes, this is a family favorite!
This Apple Butter Canning Recipe takes about a 45 minutes to complete, once the apple butter is done in the crockpot.
Apples for Baking Water Bath Canning Recipe
If you have apple pie lovers in your home, then having pie filling on hand is a must! You thicken the filling once the jar is opened after canning, however the apples are already sliced and sweetened for the pie!
Just drain the liquid into a pan, add a tablespoon of flour, then pour the apples and filling into your favorite pie crust!
This Apple Slices Canning Recipe takes about an hour to complete!
Applesauce Water Bath Canning Recipe
A very simple recipe that has no sugar added in the final product, applesauce is a wonderful way to start canning! Adults and children alike will enjoy this delicious recipe.
Add a bit of cinnamon to the batch while cooking to make it even better! Including make the applesauce, this Applesauce Canning Recipe takes about 2 hours total to complete.
Cranberry Sauce Water Bath Canning Recipe
You may have made this easy dish during the holidays, but you probably didn't realize you were only a few steps from being able to can it too!
We make about a dozen jars each year when cranberries go on sale during the fall. Then we enjoy them during the holidays, as well as on meat dishes throughout the rest of the year. Homemade cranberry sauce is especially delicious on pork tenderloin!
Including the cook time for the sauce, this Cranberry Sauce Recipe takes about 1.5 hours to complete!
Dill Pickle Water Bath Canning Recipe
Canning pickles is one of the first things people think of when they picture canning. While it's definitely not the only thing to can, dill pickles are a popular easy water bath canning recipe!
This Dill Pickle Canning Recipe is for a small batch of just 3 pints. However, the recipe can be scaled up if desired! In total it takes about 1.5 hours to complete the original recipe!
Strawberry Jam Water Bath Canning Recipe
This drool worthy Strawberry Jam Canning Recipe takes about 2 hours if you factor in washing and cutting the strawberries!
Sweet Pickles Water Bath Canning Recipe
Just like their dill pickle counterpart, sweet pickles are a wonderful way to flex your canning muscles. We like to use this crisp sweet pickles in chicken salad, though they are also delicious on their own!
This Sweet Pickle Canning Recipe takes about 3 hours of total time, and less than 20 minutes of hands on time!
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Lori Zinn says
I’m just learning to can and I tried your Strawberry Jam water bath canning recipe . WOW … I did it Thanks to your easy step by step recipe .
THANKS SO MUCH
Yay Lori!! That’s so exciting!! Congratulations!! ??❤
What is processing time for vegetable soup in a water bath NOT PRESSURE CANNER
Hi Beverly! Water bath canning is not recommended for vegetables, so I don’t have timings for doing so. To reach the proper temperature to kill bacteria in meats and vegetables, pressure canning is needed. Water bath canning can’t reach the correct levels. I hope that helps!
Lillian Quiros says
I did chicken soup in a water bath can I redo it in the pressure cooker?
Hi Lillian, chicken soup should be pressure canned only – so if you water bath canned, you’ll need to pressure can it to make sure it’s safe.
Depending on your pressure cooker, you may also be able to can with it, but they don’t all do canning.
Here’s my chicken soup recipe for canning so you can see exactly how to pressure can it!