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June 20, 2018

‘Tis the Season- for Canning

By Julia

This past weekend, my husband and I made our first batch of jam for the season. Strawberries are “comin’ in hot” here in Michigan and we are making the most of their abundance.

We tested some for quality assurance…so tasty! But our canning experience reminded me of a treasure my mother-in-law rescued from a certain demise- an old Ball Blue Book use by my husband’s grandmother.

This edition is from 1949- only twenty-five cents! My modern version was about $10.00 at my local grocery.

There are helpful hints written into the front of this well-loved canning guide. I think this book saw quite a bit of use in its heyday!

The knowledge check page serves as a “frequently asked questions” section of the guide, walking the reader through canning basics.

The supply spread outlines various canning products Ball offered and their recommended use for the best canning results.

We jump right in to preparing fruits for canning and how to prepare each type of fruit. I love the illustrations!

Ball also covers the preparation of meats and other low-acid foods, which must be processed in a pressure canner to ensure food safety.

The pickle page seems to be the most popular in the entire guide- it came complete with a little spatter from an old recipe. I have to agree- I put pickles on many of my favorite summer dishes.

The Blue Book wraps up with a feature of various products offered at the time to use in your home canning ventures.

How about you, dear readers? Have any of you stumbled across a vintage kitchen guide like this one?

I have to throw in a disclaimer here- if any of you dear readers intend to try home canning, I recommend using an updated recipe with modernized canning methods. Food safety is no joke. 

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2 Responses to ‘Tis the Season- for Canning

  1. Barbara A Grandy Reply

    June 20, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Ball will never go out of style. It is as relevant today as it was 70 or so years ago. Thank you for sharing this timeless “art.” Happy canning.

    • Julia Reply

      June 26, 2018 at 6:27 pm


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