In this episode we share our best recipes for a new canner to try, and the recipes we would skip until you’re a little more comfortable with canning.
Our number one pick of a recipe that is perfect for beginners is raspberry jam. You can get the recipe here.
Raspberry jam is ideal because it is high in pectin, cooks really quickly, and it is very easy to be successful.
Applesauce is another great recipe for beginners. It takes a little bit of time to cook, but it is an easy win. It is a great recipe you can add flavorings to like spice, vanilla, maple syrup, etc.
Pickles can be easy because they can be packed into jars quickly, and with a good recipe, they can be a family favorite. Here’s 3 great recipes to try.
Not as easy are peaches. Peaches can lose their natural pectin rather quickly when over ripe, they are prone to siphoning when canned in halves, and can float. Fruit float is something that is harmless, a little unsightly, but causes new canners to sometimes panic.
Also more difficult for new canners are recipes like salsa. This is because of the time it takes to cut and prepare the various ingredients, and because a new canner may not know that a tomato recipe needs the addition of an acidifying ingredient like citric acid. Learn more about this in Episode 3.