Canning Recipes

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This is the time of year when people get busy canning garden produce.  Just in case you’re looking for a few good easy canning recipes, here are some of the recipes and videos I’ve shared over the years.

Mary Ostyn: Canning tomatoes the easy way from Mary Ostyn on Vimeo.

Mary Ostyn – How to Make Grape Jelly from Mary Ostyn on Vimeo.

Other canning recipes:

Spicy Salsa

Homemade Applesauce

Apricot Jam

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

What other canning recipes would you like to see?  Weigh in with your requests and I’ll pick the most-requested one and do another video!

For more easy recipes:


  1. This is the first year that I have a garden and I’m looking at canning tomatoes as there is an abundance of tomatoes on the vine and I’d like to use my own tomatoes to make things in the winter. I have a few questions though. 1-What is the least amount of tomatoes to start canning with? They aren’t all ripening at the same time. 2-What can you make with this tomato puree? I’m looking to make spaghetti sauces, chili, and hopefully try new recipes. Which brings me to the next and final question. 3-Recipes? 🙂 Thank you so much for your help. I enjoy readying your blog and look to you for ideas, recipes, and budgeting ideas.

    • HI Paula, I would probably not start canning until I had a couple dozen good-sized tomatoes. But if your family is smaller, you might like to can tomatoes in pints instead of quarts. IN that case it might be worthwhile to can in smaller amounts.

      I put tomato puree in spaghetti sauce, soup, enchiladas, lasagna, migas, and many other things- basically any recipe that calls for crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce. I have recipes for migas and enchiladas here on my blog.

  2. Thank you so much for this post! I have wanted to can for some time now but always felt very ignorant (and very intimidated) by the process. You have made it seem easy — thank you 🙂

  3. How about peaches? 🙂

  4. Hey Mary…what make of blender do you have? I need a new one 🙂

    • Hi Jules,
      Ours is an Oster. We got it off a scratch and dent shelf at Home Depot for $40, I think. It seems to be holding up quite well under the punishment we give it.

  5. Mary, I have a counterful of jars filled with tomatoes that are giving me the LOVELY ‘ping’ of a sealing lid. This is the very first time that I have canned tomatoes, and due to your super easy video and instructions, everything went perfectly! Thank you!!!

  6. So, how long is the shelf life for canned tomatoes and salsa? Do they have to be refrigerated?

  7. Was wondering about canning chicken noodle soup (or without noodles).


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