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The Updated Ball Blue Book®

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If you are a seasoned canner, then chances are you are familiar with the Ball Blue Book®.

And if you are new to canning, this is a resource you may want to familiarize yourself with.

It’s nothing mysterious.

The Ball Blue Book® is just a canning book with over 500 recipes.

It is considered by some to be the only book you need on canning.

Although I wouldn’t go as far as saying THAT…

I do feel the Blue Book is an excellent resource for canners – especially if you are just starting out.

It was recently completely revised and released the end of 2014. (Edition 37 is the latest version)

This is just a quick post to give you the low down on this popular canning guide.

ALSO…in celebration of canning season, I’m giving away a FREE copy of this latest edition. (Details below)


Developed by the Jarden Corporation (the company that makes the Ball canning jars), the Blue Book has been used for generations to put up produce. It was first published in 1909.

Each edition of the Blue Book not only includes recipes that are well-tested, it also follows the latest USDA recommendations.

In other words, the recipes are safe and reliable.

That says a lot.

We all know that things on the Internet are not always accurate. And canning books are no different.

Many books have great recipes but they were never updated to the latest recommendations when new canning information was released.

So if you are a new canner, using an a recipe from an unreliable source can be unsafe because you don’t know about (or notice) the discrepancy.

That is not the case with Ball Blue Book®.

If you always have the latest edition, you can be assured that:

  • The recipes will work
  • They follow the latest USDA recommendations
  • It includes any changes that the Ball Company has made to their own products (i.e. jars and lids)

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The Pros:

This latest edition is a little thicker and includes a few more recipes for each section – with a total of over 500 recipes.

They have expanded the how-to section with more details.

There is a new meal creations chapter – recipes using preserves. It is nothing revolutionary, but it does give you some ideas on using up your pantry.

The book is not expensive. It is currently listed on Amazon* for under $14.

The Cons:

They no longer have the special low-sugar and low-salt recipe chapter. (But they DO include a couple of those of recipes within the individual sections.)

Low sugar it is not their main focus. Most of their preserves are high sugar, which I know my readers are usually trying to avoid. (Example: grape jelly calls for 4 cups juice and 7 cups of sugar)

But remember, this book has been around for generations.

It is a classic. They need to include their classic (high sugar) recipes along with any new, modern versions. But there are only a few low sugar recipes mixed throughout the book.

The Giveaway: {Closed}

In celebration of canning season, I bought an extra copy of the Ball Blue Book® (Edition 37)* described in this post to giveaway to one lucky reader.

It’s easy to win – just leave a comment.

The giveaway is closed!

An email was sent to the winner and they will be announced here once they confirm.

But you can STILL leave comments below if you wish and continue the conversation. You just can’t win anything by doing so.

Here are the Giveaway Details:

In the comments below, tell me:

What do you want to learn how to preserve?


What do love to preserve most?

  • If you are not sure what to say, just comment with “I’m in” or any other commentary you wish and I will count it toward the giveaway.
  • Only leave ONE comment per person
  • Comment before midnight July 12, 2015. (PST)
  • Any comments after that time will not be counted toward drawing.
  • I will randomly pick a winner from the comments and send that person an email letting them know. (Be sure that your email is correct when you fill out the comment form)
  • You must live in the United States or Canada to win. (Sorry)
  • If I do not hear from the winner within 4 days, a new winner will be picked and announced.
  • I will post the winner to this page after the winner is confirmed.


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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.