25+ Water Bath Canning Recipes

Are you new to canning? The best place for new canners to start is water bath canning. It is easy and less intimidating than using a pressure canner. Finding delicious water bath canning recipes to make is so simple; there are hundreds of recipes!

I’m not lying; there are hundreds of recipes. Take some time to surf Pinterest or grab a few canning books. The options are pretty endless, and canning allows you to make delicious foods shelf-stable.

I suggest trying a few different recipes to get the hang of canning. Try making a few jams and jellies before diving into pickles and canning whole fruits.

Looking for more inspiration? Keep reading to check out dozens of delicious water bath canning recipes.

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25+ Water Bath Canning Recipes

Strawberry Jam

Everyone loves strawberry jam! This recipe uses 4 ingredients to create a delicious jam, perfect for spreading over toast in the morning or layering with peanut butter for a sandwich.

Cranberry Jam AKA Christmas Jam!

Cranberries are perfect for the holiday season; it is a time when they go on mega-sale, and you can take advantage of the sales. Use this simple recipe to make a sweet yet tart jam, great for gift bags during Christmas time or slathering on a piece of bread with coffee.

Cranberry Sauce

Canning cranberry sauce to have it ready on time for Thanksgiving is easy. This homemade sauce is quick to make and has more flavor than any store-bought brand.

Low Sugar Blackberry Jam

Enjoy blackberry season all year round with this easy, low-sugar blackberry jam. It uses less sugar than the average jam recipe and tastes great when slathered on toast or added to yogurt bowls in the morning.

Low-Sugar Strawberry Rhubarb

Low-sugar strawberry rhubarb jam – perfect for topping your toast, adding to yogurt bowls, or enjoying on biscuits!

Rose Hip Jam Recipe

Rosehip jam is the perfect choice for preserving rose hips by water canning. The mild, floral jam is an absolute treat.

Mulberry Jelly Recipe

Mulberries appear in early June, and they are perfect for making jelly. My family eats mulberry jelly all year, and the recipe is SO easy. It is great for beginners, and since mulberries are free to forage and source outside, this jelly recipe is CHEAP.

Watermelon Jelly Recipe

Watermelon Jelly

Did you know watermelon can turn into jelly? Surprise! It’s like a bite of summer on your toast. Just make sure you take extra time to boil down the liquid because watermelon Jelly is a bit tricky to get set perfectly.

Easy Homemade Applesauce

Applesauce is easy to make at home without any added ingredients like store-bought applesauce. Plus, if you grow apple trees or find apples on sale, it’s cost-effective to make jars of applesauce at home. Canning applesauce is water bath-safe, so don’t worry!

Apple Butter

If you have plenty of apples and applesauce on your shelf, try apple butter. I grew up enjoying apple butter on my toast, watching my aunt cook it in a copper kettle over a fire. You can make apple butter without an open fire. All you need is a few ingredients and time to let it simmer and cook into yummy goodness.

Peach Butter

This peach butter is a decadent blend of peaches, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and ginger. These ingredients meld together in a slow cooker, creating this delicious spread that’s rich with the flavors of fall. It is perfect for canning so that you’ll be able to enjoy this yummy goodness all year long!

Canned Pineapples

Several jars of canned pineapples sitting on a towel.

Take advantage of the sales at the store and make canned pineapples. My kids love to take jars of pineapples out of the pantry for a yummy snack. Plus, you control how much sugar (if any!) you want to add.

Canning Pears with Reduced Sugar

Preserve the sweet pear flavor to enjoy all year long with this easy-to-follow recipe for canning pears.

Canned Peaches

Home-canned peaches are a versatile item to add to your canning pantry. Eat them as snacks or add them to desserts; peaches taste like summer, and we all need a bit of summer in the cold months!

Canning Raspberries

Preserving raspberries is easier than you might think! Not to mention, so incredibly delicious! Use the canned raspberries to top your oatmeal, rice pudding, or ice cream, add to desserts, or just enjoy them as they are.

Homemade Cranberry Juice with 2 Ingredients

Cranberries go on sale in the fall near Thanksgiving, and canning cranberry juice is the perfect way to use these berries. All it takes is cranberry, sugar, and water to make homemade cranberry juice you’ll enjoy all year round for pennies!

Sour Cherry Pie Filling

Prepare and can a batch of homemade sour cherry pie filling for making pies, strudels, cakes, and more.

Zucchini Salsa

zucchini salsa

Got extra zucchini in your garden? Zucchini salsa uses up shredded zucchini and tastes great whether served with crackers or served on top of fajitas! Despite being made with zucchini, this is a water bath canning recipe.

Canned Diced Tomatoes

This is an easy way to can tomatoes, with a step-by-step photo tutorial, showing you how to can tomatoes in no time. No peeling, no coring- just cut out the stem and dice them up. 

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Canned Whole Tomatoes

Learn how to make canned whole tomatoes from fresh tomatoes! It’s a super easy way to can them from fresh out of the garden to enjoy them all year long!

Pickled Tomatoes

Enjoy your fresh, juicy tomato harvest even through the winter by using this one age-old secret. Get your pickling on! Try these Russian pickled tomatoes: healthy, delicious, and super easy to make. A flavorful and refreshing appetizer or snack made in only 30 minutes that will keep for months on the shelf.

French Tomato Coulis

A French tomato coulis is a thin tomato sauce flavored with fresh herbs. This sauce is then home-canned and stored over the winter. You can use it to make tomato sauces, to enhance main course meals, or to make soups.

Zucchini Relish

Zucchini Relish

You don’t need cucumbers to make relish; zucchinis are great for making homemade relishes. This is perfect for putting on burgers and hot dogs this summer!

Dill Pickle Slices

 Tart, briny, and flavorful, home-canned dill pickle slices will enhance your sandwiches, burgers, and more all year. A perfect option for using up larger cucumbers.

Zucchini Bread & Butter Pickles

Zucchini Bread and Butter Pickles

Did you know that you can make pickles from zucchini? Their texture makes them similar to cucumbers. Zucchinis soak up flavors, so these pickles are delicious. Zucchini bread and butter pickles are my favorite, especially when looking for water bath canning recipes.

Russian Dill Pickles

This easy Russian dill pickles family recipe is made with herbs, garlic, and peppercorns and gives you crunchy, refreshing, flavorful, and healthy marinated cucumbers that everyone will love!

Are you new to canning? The best place for new canners to start is water bath canning. It is easy and less intimidating than using a pressure canner.

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