What Is Canning?

Canning is really one step beyond cooking. It is a method that applies heat to food in a closed glass home canning jar to stop the natural spoilage that would otherwise take place, and removes air from the jar to create a seal. There are two home canning methods - Waterbath Canning and Pressure Canning. Below we will guide you through the 3 simple steps for Waterbath Canning, which is the best place to start for beginners.

Home Canning Is Easy

No matter what you want to make, this is the place to start. In just three simple steps, you're on your way to a fresh, flavorful creation.

  • Canning tips from Ball® 1


    Wash your jars and lids and heat your water.

  • Select your canning recipe - Ball® 2


    Select your recipe and prepare it.

  • Preserving tips from Ball® 3


    Submerge filled jars in boiling water.

Beginners Guide to Canning

View our Getting Started Guide for the details on each step of the process. And check out the guides below for assistance with the type of creation you'd like to make.

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Here's a favorite to get you started: Traditional Strawberry Jam

Traditional Strawberry Jam
You will need:
5 cups crushed strawberries (about 5 lbs)
1/4 cup lemon juice
6 Tbsp Ball® RealFruit™ Classic Pectin
7 cups granulated sugar
8 (8 oz) half pint glass preserving jars with lids and bands