Giveaway: New Edition of the Ball Blue Book

June 22, 2015

Ball Blue Book cover

The Ball Brothers started making canning jars as we know them in Buffalo, NY in 1884. In 1888, production began in Muncie, Indiana (thanks mostly to an abundance of natural gas and a friendly cadre of local businessmen). And in 1909, they published the first edition of their canning guide and recipe pamphlet.

Ball Blue Book intro

Initial printings bore the title The Correct Method of Preserving Fruit. A few years later, it was called The Ball Preserving Book. And in 1915, the first edition was printed that included the name The Ball Blue Book.

Ball Blue Book contents

When I first became aware of the Ball Blue Book, I wondered briefly about how it came to bear that name. Soon after, I read somewhere that originally the cover was blue and so people gave it that nickname for ease. However, the term blue book (think Kelley Blue Book) has also long been a phrase used to describe an authoritative handbook or reference book, so chances are that’s how it acquired the name.

Ball Blue Book pH info

The Ball Blue Book has gone through a multitude of editions and revisions in its 106 year history and 2015 marks the release of the 37th edition. It is 200 pages long, features more than 500 recipes (75 of which are brand spanking new), and is a really great resource for anyone who cans.

I own several editions at this point in my canning career and have often reference them when looking for both hard facts and canning inspiration.

Ball Blue Book Pickles

This new edition has much to offer. The authors have streamlined the recipe language to make it as clear and straightforward as possible. The recipes are organized by style of preserve (whole fruit, jams and jellies, pickles, etc.). They indicate clearly places where you can safely adapt and personalize recipes. And for those of you who itch to get more use out of your pressure canner, pages 97 to 119 will please you mightily.

Ball Blue Book tomatoes

This week, I have three copies of this new edition of the Ball Blue Book to give away. Here’s how to enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and share a story or memory of the Ball Blue Book. Did your grandmother can from a copy? Did you learn to can from an earlier edition? Was your family loyal to a different canning bible? Or, is this the first you’re hearing of it?
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm eastern time on Saturday, June 27, 2015. Winners will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, June 28, 2015.
  3. Giveaway open to United States residents only.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.

Disclosure: The PR team for Jarden Home Brands (parent company of Ball Canning) sent me a review copy of the Ball Blue Book that you see pictured here. They have not compensated me for this post and all opinions expressed are entirely my own. 

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330 thoughts on "Giveaway: New Edition of the Ball Blue Book"

  • My old copy of the Ball Blue Book is missing and I’d love a new copy.

    I got started two years ago canning produce from my first garden. This year I’m putting up cherries from our backyard tree.

  • I learned to can with the BHG book You Can Can, but I’ve always been interested in the Ball Blue Book. It’s so huge! I’d love a copy. 🙂

  • I have a Ball Canning recipe book but I don’t think it’s the Blue Book…so this is the first I’ve heard of it. I would love to own this, though!

  • I never saw my grandmother or aunts use a recipe book for canning but I picked up a Ball Blue Book for my first canning experience 2 years ago, it’s my canning bible. When my cousin got interested in canning because of my success I has her pick up her own copy of the Ball Blue Book.

  • I bought it for myself for Christmas two years ago and really have liked it. I think they have a good variety of recipes and many variations so just about anything I want to can is in there! I didn’t know there was a new one coming out. I am going to have to pick up a copy ASAP!

  • I grew up with a jam-stained copy of the Ball Blue Book, which my mother and I used every summer. I have a couple old editions, and would love a new one to add to my library!

  • The Ball Blue Book has long been my canning bible. My mother canned using the Ball recipes. My sisters and I naturally gravitated to it. If I have a recipe from another source, I always check with the Ball book to see if the basic safe canning guides are being followed.

  • I have heard of the book canning is really something I would really love to do this summer if my garden produces enough I would love to have a physical book to reference. Looks great

  • My first canning experience was at age 35…just two years ago. I had taken our children to pick the last of fall’s raspberries on a frosty morning with another family for the express purpose of seeing canning in action. Though usually one to launch solo into any kitchen project (home made yogurt, bread, dried fruit, etc), I had some trepidation about canning. After all, wasn’t it the sole propriety of old aunts and grandmas and homesteader/farmer types rather than suburban professors? Without being steeped in generational canning experiences, was I not likely to kill someone? Yes, all very ridiculous prejudices. After seeing first hand that it really was as easy as the likes of raspberry jam from Ball Blue Book instructed it out to be, I was hooked.

  • My grandmother and mother taught me to can years ago–I don’t remember who had the Ball Blue Book…. After a 35 year break, I am now canning again and love it! Finding information and inspiration on the internet is wonderful. Recently I taught a friend how to make fresh jam and can it. She is sold!!! I would love to have a Blue Book to help me with my canning adventures.

  • I had never really used the Ball Blue book until the last few years. My mother always used the canning paperwork inside the pectin box.

  • first book i got was a copy that i found at hpb for only $3. the recipes are various including meats — haven’t the nerve to try and can those!

  • I bought an older version of a Ball Canning book a few years ago at a used bookstore. Love looking through it for new recipes and ideas — would love a copy of the new one!

  • My much used vintage copy of this book was purchased at a Friends of the Library book sale years ago–would love to have the new one! Thanks for the opportunity to have one!

  • Finding an old copy of this book is what initially got me interested in canning and my first attempt at pickles was made shortly after. Cant wait to see the new recipes in this edition.

  • I learned to can from my mother. I don’t know if she referred to the Blue Book or not. I would love to have the book so I can teach my daughters about preserving the past for the future.

  • Not long ago, I came across a softcover older (c. 1970s? earlier) edition of the book; not sure if I’ll actually refer to it for recipes, but it’s sure fun to look through!

  • i remember my mom and grandma using these books. Wish I knew where they ended up after they passed away.

  • I remember my grandmother making jam when I was young and wanted to making it once I was an adult. This was one of the books I turn to for recipes and instructions.

  • My family never canned or gardened, so it’s all new to me! It’s great learning new life skills with my kids watching and learning along.

  • I’m relatively new to canning but love it! Would love the new Ball book. Always looking for something new and different!

  • I learned to can at an early age, so most of my experience came from my grandmother. My grandparents had an 80 acre farm and nothing ever went to waste. It was stretched over 4 seasons. I would LOVE to have the new Ball Blue Book to revisit and discover the recipes.