Canning Vegetables

how to can vegetables

Canning Vegetables is easy once you have learned to use a pressure canner.

Really... vegetables must be pressure canned there is no way around it.

See Frequently Asked Questions at the bottom of this page. 

Canning Vegetables

canning tomatoes


I put this here because most people think of tomatoes as being a veggie. Technically, it is a fruit. There are so many different products made out of tomatoes, so I've linked to a separate page on canning tomatoes and tomato based recipes.

canning green beans

Green Beans 

My husband's favorite vegetable
This is a staple in our house. We are planting double the crop this year because we ran out early. Canning green beans is an easy way to get started if you are just learning how to use a pressure canner.

canning beets


I enjoy canning beets. 
Really I do. Beets are one of MY favorite vegetables. I remember when I was a kid thinking that beets tasted like dirt. What was I thinking?

canning corn


A real treat.
Especially if you are canning corn right out of the garden or fresh sweet corn from the farmers market. It is not the easiest thing to preserve but oh so worth it!

canning peppers


Hot or mild
Do you use spicy chilies or mild peppers as an ingredient in many meals? Start canning them in pints or 1/2 pints and have a ready supply on hand.

canning carrots


Have carrots ready to add to a stew or soup, is a great idea. Or just heat, add some butter and sprinkle on a bit of cinnamon.


Potatoes are handy for having ready for soups or stews. Or simply boil for 10 minutes and add sour cream and chives.


Canning pumpkin first in the pressure canner makes it safe to store and quick to use later in pumpkin butter, pies, muffins, or other pumpkin recipes. Puree it after you can it chunky.

Do you have your own garden?

If so I'm sure you will agree that a vegetable garden is a lot of work. But growing vegetables for your own family is amazingly satisfying at the same time. 

I enjoy getting out in mine. I love planting the seeds or plants from the nursery. I like tending to them, watering them, watching them grow and produce. My kids eat raw veggies right out of the garden.

I don't particularly enjoy dealing with garden pests. And come to think of it watering is a problem in the dry climate we live in. 

washing vegetables

The work is well worth it. Especially when harvest comes! That is when all the work pays off. Actually the work pays off on the dinner table doesn't it? 

My sons all help but son #3 enjoys it the most. Here he is washing some of the bounty he brought in from our garden.

Don't have the room or inclination to grow your own garden? 

No problem. Home canning is still possible with community supported agriculture.

Canning Vegetables FAQ

Below are links to pages where I have answered various questions regarding canning vegetables. 

I also have this canning questions page where I have answered questions regarding other canning topics. Please check both of these if you have questions or are unsure of something. 

If you can't find you answer in either place please ask at Canning Questions.

First, I feel the need to add this disclaimer. I have made my best effort to share up-to-date and safe techniques. However, I make no promise regarding accuracy, applicability or completeness of the contents of this Web site. You alone are responsible for the results of your efforts. I urge you if there is any doubt to the safety of your food, simply throw it away. 

Canning Vegetables Questions and Answers

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Pressure canning and losing liquid.  
I am canning green beans and chard in an American Pressure canner. I am using Ball screw on rings with new covers every time. I leave one inch head space. …

Canning previously frozen foods? 
If my electric went out can I cook then can frozen veg's, meats? _______________________________ Hi, that is a great question. My answer with meats …

Beets - How long can canned beets be stored.  
I have home canned beets from 2006 and 2007; are they still safe to eat???? __________________ The official USDA recommendation is that canned products …

canning greens 
What is the best way to can mustard greens and collard greens or spinach? _____________________________ answer: Ronald, I have not canned greens. …

Canning Pressure 
If canning at 15 lbs. pressure, could you reduce the time set for 10 lbs. pressure? What is the difference in the two pressures? Most recipes call …

Canning expiration dates 
How long do canned items stay good for? Does it vary by what you can? ______________ answer: The USDA official recommendation is that you use …

Canning Potato Soup 
I canned several mason jars with homemade potato soup. After two-three days the liquid seeped out of the jar, and left the solid. I made other soups at …

How long will home canned beets last.  
I was just wondering if you could please tell me how many years one should keep canned Beets?? THE SEAL was still good, hard to get off, Beets weren't …

Hot Pepper Canning ? 
I hot bathed 10 jars of assorted hot peppers and did NOT remove stems or seeds . Should I open all the jars and redo the process removing all stems and …

Hot Pepper Sauce recipe needed 
Sharon, 1.) Do you have a "trusted" recipe for hot pepper sauce. I have an abundant amount of jalapeno peppers and would like to "preserve" them in some …

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