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We are sharing our review of Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving and Canning plus a recipe from the book for Blackberries in Framboise. One thing I love to do in the summer and fall is canning. Find our updated recipes and resources along with helpful tips to help you with your canning.

I don’t have the garden or the trees anymore but, I don’t let that stop me from canning or preserving. I used to pick my own produce and fruit on a small acre ranch we lived on just outside of town. I have to say I sometimes miss those days. Filled with hard work but, also packed full of rewards. These days I grab my produce and fruit fresh from the small farms nearby for my canning foods.

I am sharing a series all about how to can. I think you’ll love it!


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When I shop at the fruit stand or farmers market I feel like I’m supporting small farmers and getting the best organic produce and veggies I can find for canning. My grandmother taught me to can. She would come to my first home packed full of small kids and when they napped we got to work. Working on small batches for several days we preserved our harvest. They are memories that are close to my heart. Back then she passed on a few books she didn’t need anymore but, helped me with my canning and recipes for canning. 

This post has been updated, with added resources and more preserving recipes for you to try! 

How to Can? 

This cookbook has all the resources to get you started with canning but, as you scroll through the post you will find other canning tips, recipes and resources. 

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Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving

Since moving I’ve misplaced some of those books. Luckily for me, I recently have had the chance to check out a few new cookbooks on canning. Today’s cookbook review I am sharing is Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving 400 delicious and creative recipes for today. I had a booklet by Ball Canning and it’s always been a great resource. I was excited to check out this full-size Ball canning book.

After the review is a recipe plus a few more resources, along with some recipes that I’ve tried.

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Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving

Canning Book Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving

Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving

Canning Book Overview

When I first opened this book I flipped through the pages of recipes. Hitting the back there is an entire section on the art and science of home food preservation. Covering basics such as headspace, acidity, spoilage, ensuring quality foods, equipment, and the processes. 

I love the section for problem-solving. And a section for purchase vs prepared yield volumes. There is a seven-page glossary of terms in the back too. 

This canning book is good for the novice canner but, plenty of information for the more experienced canner 

Canning Book- Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving

There are 7 comprehensive recipe chapters which include these topics 

  • Getting Started
  • Soft Spreads
  • Fabulous Fruits 
  • Salsa
  • Relish and Chutney
  • Condiments 
  • Perfect Pickles
  • Tomatoes 
  • Pressure Canning 

How To Can Blackberries? 

  • Learn How To Preserve Blackberries

Blackberries in Framboise

Yield: 4-8 oz. jars

Blackberries in Framboise

fresh blackberries for jam -dearcreatives.com -Blackberries in Framboise recipe

Infusing the blackberries with a delectable flavor while the cinnamon and nutmeg give it a hint of spice.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 6 cups Blackberries divided
  • Water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 4 " cinnamon stick broken into pieces
  • 1 tbsp. grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup framboise or other raspberry liqueur


  1. In a stainless steel saucepan, place 2 cups of the blackberries. Using a potato masher, crush slightly.
  2. Add 3 tbsp.water.
  3. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. (for about 2 minutes)
  4. Meanwhile prepare canner, jars, and lids. (If you haven't already)

  5. Strain through a dampened jelly bag or a strainer lined with several layers of dampened cheesecloth set over a glass measure to collect 1/2 cup of the blackberry juice.
  6. In a large stainless steel saucepan, combine sugar, cinnamon stick pieces, lemon zest, nutmeg, and 2 cups water.
  7. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat stirring occasionally.
  8. Reduce heat and boil gently for 5 minutes.
  9. Strain and return syrup to saucepan.
  10. Add blackberry juice, remaining blackberries, and framboise.
  11. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly but, gently so as not to crush blackberries.
  12. Use a slotted spoon, pack hot blackberries into hot jars within a generous 1/2 inch (1cm) from top of the jar.
  13. Ladle hot syrup into jar to cover blackberries, leaving 1/2 inch (1cm) headspace.
  14. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding hot syrup.
  15. Wipe rims.
  16. Center lid on jar.
  17. Screw band down until resistance is met, then increase to fingertip tight.
  18. Places jars in canner, ensuring they are completely covered with water.
  19. Bring to a boil and process for 10 minutes.
  20. Remove the canner lid. Wait 5 minutes, then remove jars, cool and store.
  21. For more information for processing see pages 417-418


This is a copyrighted recipe from the book Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving shared with permission from Robert Rose Publishing. Please do not copy and share on your blogs. You can link to the recipe here on the site for your readers to grab a copy of the recipe for themselves. Thank you!

  • Recipe page - 162
  • For more information for processing see pages 417-418
  • This recipe makes 4-8 ounce jars
The book comes hardbound with concealed wire-bound pages. There are tips along with variations to many recipes. You will also find pretty images scattered throughout the book but, not an image for each recipe. The canning book was originally published in 2006 with updates in 2012 and now in 2015.
  • Published by Robert Rose. I did receive a copy for reviewing purposes. These are my 100% honest opinions.
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Resources to help you with preserving fruits and vegetables 

How to Prepare for Canning Season?

When is canning season? 

Canning Seasons

Find Your Canning Season (seasonal fruits and vegetables by State

  • It varies by region and state 
  • In California we have long growing seasons which vary by fruit or vegetables and harvests for somethings go into September. 
  • Canning apples is easy and you can harvest or go to you pick farms all the way up to November. 
  •  Vegetables and Fruits in Season Bay Area
  • Vegetable Chart – (Via CUVSA.org) Eat Seasonally/Canning Recipes

Once you find your seasonal fruits and vegetables purchase them to can and preserve! You don’t have to be a farmer to be a canner. You can purchase your fruits and vegetables at local farmers markets, farm venders and nearby farm towns from stands or You Pick farms.

My Favorite must-have canning toolset

Canning Recipes

Our favorite recipes for canning

How to can tomatoes? 

Learn how to can tomatoes in this online class.

I took the class to refresh my skills and see if there was more information I could use. My grandma had taught me how to can but, it had been years. And I wanted to make sureI was canning with the current skill levels for food safety and preserving tomatoes. I thought the class was very helpful. Especially if you are a new canner. 

How To Preserve Tomatoes

Canning Basics

Have you ever wanted how to learn to can tomatoes? This online class covers canning basics: How to Can Tomatoes is taught by Karen Solomon on CreativeBug. I love CreativeBug classes as you can either purchase the solo class or sign up for a subscription to access all classes. Including ones for the kids for summer! Perfect for when summer slows down and is too hot for playing outdoors. So many online classes to pick from and very affordable. Check out CreativeBug for yourself! I think and hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I do!

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  1. Seeing this brings back fond memories of my grandmother canning small green tomatoes from her garden. So good!

    1. I have never canned green tomatoes but, I have had fried green tomatoes and they are pretty yummy! Another thing to consider. Did she use them for other things too?

  2. I’ve always wanted to learn how to can! I tried my hand at freezer pickles and they came out so well! Now you’ve inspired me to try my hand at canning some of my favorite summer veggies! Thanks so much for sharing! Oh and I am dropping in from Munching Mondays! So happy that I clicked your link!
    Gina Marie from Always Savory

    1. Hi Gina, I have never made freezer pickles. Thanks for stopping by Gina & letting me know how you found me. Hope to see you again soon. Let me know if you do can. I’d love to see what you make.

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