Canning Ideas | 35 Smart Ways To Keep Homegrown Veggies Longer

With the bulk of summer crop harvest this fall, I'm sure you're looking for canning ideas to enjoy them longer. As for me, I've started to develop an interest in preserving homegrown fruits and vegetables. So lately, I've been on the lookout for canning ideas to help me preserve fruits or vegetables that aren't normally in-season.

Don't waste fruits and vegetables you can't cook right now when you can preserve them with these canning ideas I have for you. Just read on to find out what they are.

Canning Ideas | 35 Smart Ways To Keep Homegrown Veggies Longer

Canning Ideas To Help You Preserve Homegrown Fruits And Vegetables

If you have a healthy vegetable garden that produces abundant supplies every harvest, then you probably have more than you can eat. What are you going to do with those excess fruits and vegetables? Aside from sharing, canning is a smart way to avoid wasting your extra fruits and veggies.

With these canning ideas, an abundance of fruits and vegetables is less of a problem, but more of an opportunity. So choose any of these great canning ideas to preserve your fruits or vegetables.


1. Classic Dill Pickles

This is considered one of the classic canning ideas.  Homemade dill pickles are way better than the pickles you bought from the store.


2. Wild Blackberry Crab Apple Sauce

If you're both a proud forager and a gardener, then give your ordinary applesauce a little twist. Those wild blackberries you've just picked, plus your homegrown apples will make for a great canning idea.


3. Canning Asparagus

Canning asparagus is very easy to do. All you need is a pressure canner, and you've got yourself a preserved healthy and fleshy green vegetable.


4. Canned Tomato Salsa

A tomato salsa is one of the best ways to use those excess tomatoes in your backyard. You'll love this with some tortillas in the middle of the winter. You can even whip up a salsa recipe anytime if you've got yourself a salsa garden at home.

5. Jalapeno Pickled Eggs

Curious about pickled eggs? Well, it's basically a process that helps save those chicken coop eggs.

Give it a twist with some hot jalapenos in this easy recipe.


6. Jarred Minced Garlic

If your garlic is giving you a bountiful yield this season, try mincing your garlic. It's an easy canning idea that lets you enjoy the benefits of garlic anytime.


7. Pickled Jalapenos

Surely this is one hot canning idea to add to your collection of canned foods. This can be served with anything, to add an extra kick to your favorite food.


8. Citrus Pickled Bell Peppers Recipe

Enjoy your homegrown bell pepper all winter long in this citrus pickled bell pepper recipe.

Don't forget to save the seeds for next planting season.


9. Glazed Carrots

If you don't like the taste of ginger in canned carrots, try an alternative using just plain water. This is one of the easiest canning ideas for vegetables.


10. Canned Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Use a pressure canner to preserve your favorite black bean and corn salsa for safer and better results.

This would save you money, and you can make your own recipe that's just right for your taste.


11. Homemade Pumpkin Butter

Get your favorite pumpkin butter all year long — and for a very cheap price — with this simple and delicious recipe.

Now you've got yourself a canning idea while carving those pumpkin jack o' lanterns. Got lots of pumpkins? Then these ideas can help you deal with your harvest.


12. Canned Grapefruit in Raspberry Rooibos Tea Syrup

Canning your favorite grapefruit when in-season will allow you to enjoy its flavor when out of season.


13. Cinnamon Peach Jam

Got a bunch of sweet-smelling summer peaches in your backyard? Try this cinnamon peach jam with no sugar.

Yes! This canning idea is a diet-friendly idea you'll surely love.


14. Sweet Cucumber Pickles

A sweet treat for pickle lovers! Make great use of your cucumber harvest with this quick recipe perfect for burger toppings and sandwiches.


15. Zucchini Relish

What's your plan for all those summer squash in your garden? How about make it a zucchini summer?


16. Pickled Dilly Beans with Garlic and Cayenne Pepper

The bean is a prolific plant, so it'll surely give you abundant harvest every time. Canning is a great way to preserve those beans.

Try this pickled dilly beans with garlic and cayenne pepper recipe, for a twist.


17. Gram Irene’s Pickled Beets

Have you tried growing beets this cool fall season? Then you've got one great canning idea to look forward to in this healthy and nutritious pickled beets recipe.


18. Tomato Rhubarb Chutney

There are many canning ideas for tomatoes. And one of these is jamming them up with rhubarb in a chutney recipe. This is great for and with chicken, steak, or fish.


19. Crushed Pineapple Jam

Whether you're from the tropics, or just loves pineapples, you'll surely love keeping a jar of pineapple preserve 0n your shelves.

Don't throw that bruised pineapple in the dump. Just take out the bruised area, and make yourself a canned crush pineapple jam.


20. Canning Corn

I'm sure you can agree canned corn are better homemade than store-bought.


21. Canning Kale and Other Greens

Kale and Collard Greens are some of the healthiest vegetables in your garden. They make great fall gardening vegetables too.

Keep the vitamins and minerals longer in greens by canning greens. Because yes, they make great canned food.


22. Canning Tomatoes

With successfully grown tomatoes, I'm sure you've got yourself a harvest you think you can't handle. Well, you can run out of tomatoes, but you won't run out of effective ideas for keeping tomatoes instead of wasting.


23. Sweet and Spicy Pickles

Give your classic dill pickle a twist by adding a kick to its flavor. Adding spices and a little sweetener will go from sweet or spicy, to sweet and spicy!

24. Homemade Applesauce

This applesauce recipe doesn't require any measuring, so there's no excuse for those who are lazy to go canning.

This is such an easy way to preserve a fruit that's growing in abundance in many regions.


25. Sweet and Hot Pepper and Onion Relish

Whether you're doing an indoor or an outdoor party, this is one canned food to always have in the pantry. Your barbecue, chips, and tortillas will definitely rock with your homegrown onions and sweet and spicy pepper relish, as dip or side dish.


26. Roasted Garlic Jelly

Garlic is one of our favorite ingredients for a lot of great recipes.

Why not give your favorite garlic a little twist with this great canning idea?


27. Cilantro Lime Enchilada

This cilantro and lime enchilada is exciting to make, especially when ingredients are readily available in your herb garden.

It also makes for great gifts for this coming holiday season.


28. Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Filling

Strawberry lovers and growers must try this easy recipe. You'll definitely love the complimentary taste of strawberry, with the tartness of rhubarb.


29. Watermelon Pickles

I never thought the watermelon rinds we just throw in the compost have such great uses \for pickling. So if you've got watermelon harvest from this summer, enjoy the fruits of your labor longer through watermelon pickles.


30. Zesty Pickled Brussels Sprouts

A perfect recipe to save those extra sprouts you've grown this cool fall season. This recipe will preserve that crunchiness of brussels sprouts in this slightly spicy blend.


31. Dilly Tomatoes

Another great idea to can tomatoes!

There's no reason to waste those tomatoes in your garden. Try this other version of canned dilly tomatoes.


32. Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit Jelly

Got lots of prickly pear cactus fruit down south? Lucky for you no one can resist fruit jellies in sandwiches?


33. Canned Coleslaw

Since we think ourselves too busy, we've made ourselves fans of fast food. So why not make fast food healthy with your homegrown cabbages?

Stock your shelves with this canned coleslaw to make a healthy sandwich in seconds.


34. Tomatoes Whole, Halved, or Quartered-Packed in Juice

I've seen gardens that just let tomatoes rot in their vines. It doesn't have to be so when you can find ways to keep them longer by canning.

Whether whole, halved, quarter, crushed, or juiced, tomatoes will stay tasty and healthy when preserved through canning.


35.  Canned Sauerkraut

Holiday get-togethers and parties always get us busy that they could be frustrating and exhausting at times.

Learn how to can sauerkraut, and always keep a stock in your pantry. This way you can just opt for  barbecue, and get one dish to prepare off your hands.


Watch this video from WBUR to learn more about canning:

With the rising costs of commodities and alarming health risks of store bought products, homesteading helps us deal with these issues. Canning is a very useful method to savor the yield of your garden all year long. It's also a great way to save money and be more productive. These canning ideas will surely encourage you to further improve your vegetable garden.

Found a canning idea you can work on? So why not share it in the comments section below?

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