Giveaway: New Edition of the Ball Blue Book

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 factsΒ 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 andΒ 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.Β 

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330 responses to “Giveaway: New Edition of the Ball Blue Book”

  1. I don’t know where mine came from…but I am very loyal to it. It is stained and dog-earred…but I love it.

  2. I am a self-taught canner using the Ball Blue Book. That book held my hand, so to speak, as I boiled jars and heated lids and rings and cooked down raspberries and sugar and pectin for jam. Nothing exploded and nobody got sick, or even died, from eating the jam! Success! And I owe it all to that Blue book. Would love to add the newest addition to my collection.

  3. My grandmother has a much-loved, quite stained copy. Since she won’t lend it out to anyone, I usually have to call her up and ask her to read me a recipe with her edits!

  4. I have no history with or stories about the Blue Book, sadly. I’m the first canner that I’m aware of in my family, and I’m entirely self-taught from the internet (and your site has been my most oft-used reference!) I’d love to get my hands on a copy.

  5. My grandma used to can applesauce, but I have no idea if she followed any sort of guidelines…yikes!

    This is the first I’m hearing of this book, but it sounds AMAZING for me–I like trying lots of recipes, and I’m especially curious about vegetable preservation.

  6. I just started canning last summer and I love it!!! My best friend brought her Ball book over and we made dilly beans. I instantly went out and got my own stock pot and starter kit. Now we have canning dates in the summer where we break out our Ball books and play!

  7. I checked this out from the library when I first started canning. Now that I know a little more it would be great to have this book!

  8. I’ve been canning on my own for years, and grew up canning with my parents, but I’ve never owned a copy of the Ball Blue Book. My parents did, though, because I’m familiar with it’s reputation as “the Bible of canning and preserving” and each canning season I wonder why I don’t own my own copy. I’ve used the Ball company online recipes and canning guidelines many, many times.

  9. My grandma was an avid canner and I remember the stairway down to the basement of her Victorian house in Pennsylvania was lined with shelves of her home canned fruits and vegetables. I don’t know if she used the book or whether she learned from her mother. Can also recall my other grandma from Poland canning cherries and other fruit and making her own wines. She didn’t read English so she must have brought her knowledge from the old country.

  10. My mom had one way back in the 70s. When I started canning many years ago, I got my own new copy. Just recently I got brave enough to use mom’s old pressure canner [a monster one] and the Blue Book was very helpful. I always recommend the Blue Book to new canners.

  11. This was always a staple reference book (along with Putting Food By) that my mother used. When I started canning in my own kitchen, it was the book I bought along with my water bath canner! Now, when I teach friends to cook, it is the book I recommend.

  12. My mother has a copy from the late 60’s that my sister and I enjoy looking at and marveling at how things used to be done. I purchased my own copy as part of a canning kit that included the grannyware canning pot, rack, jar lifter and a case of jars. Using the recipe and instructions found within, I canned my first batch of peaches a few years ago. My father likes them so well that now, every fall, I can enough peaches to get him through the cold New England winter.

  13. I don’t think my mom had one of these, but I do have fond memories of canning peaches and pears at home in the summer.

  14. I have a very old copy of the book. i look at it every Friday before going to the farmers market to get ingredients for recipes. it would be nice to have more recipes to choose from.

  15. This is the first purchase I made after I decided to start dabbling in canning! Still have that first copy πŸ™‚

  16. I’ve always wanted one of these…I think I am the most into canning person I know who doesn’t own a copy!

  17. I remember when I first got interested in canning, I took Ball Blue Book out of the library and spent hours looking at recipes. The first one I tried was a strawberry jam, which didn’t turn out quite as I’d hoped. Still edible, but a bit runny.

  18. Ooh, I’m excited to hear there is a new edition! My very first canning book was the Ball Blue book. I’ve still got it, with bookmarks sticking out all over for my favorite recipes. Can’t wait to see what new recipes the update includes.

  19. i’m new to canning as in just been taught how to can strawberry jam a week and a half ago. So, I’m in the market on getting my own supplies and materials. my teacher had one i guess it was older since the cover was different but having my own canning book would be a great.

  20. I haven’t read the previous editions – I’ve always focused on “small batch” books, but I’d like to give it a shot.

  21. I need one of these! I love Food in Jars and use it all the time but a basic preserving book would be great.
    (not sure if my previous comment got deleted)

  22. I am a self taught canner and the Ball Blue Book has always been a resource guide for me. It was a great teacher and it has all of the steps necessary to be a safe and successful at home food preservation.

    I know the cover of the book is blue but I always thought the name came from the blue canning jars that were made by Ball.

  23. I’m a newbie (but very enthusiastic!) canner – all thanks for Marisa and her easy-to-understand instructions! I’ve been eyeing many beautiful canning books like this one, but have yet to bite the bullet. Though I have not had any exposure to the previous editions, this seems like perfect volume to further my preserving education. *crosses fingers*

  24. My mom used to can when I was little, but when I wanted to learn myself in college, we got a Ball Book to learn from and have had great success. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  25. I found a copy of the Ball Blue Book at a hardware store and taught myself how to make jam after I got out of college. Now I mostly use Preserving By The Pint, and other small batch references. But I would not have learned how at all without this book.

  26. Thank you for the giveaway! I purchased my Ball Blue Book the same year I moved to my first home and began growing a garden. I remember reading it from cover to cover and dreaming of all the things I wanted to preserve. The book is in pretty rough shape with stains, a few tears, and loose binding. I was planning on replacing it this year.

  27. Someone gave me an old copy, and then when I started canning in earnest, I bought a new one to be on the safe side! I reference it often throughout the summer!

  28. Being new to gardening and canning, most of what I’ve done so far is Internet recipes and asking questions of my Mom, who was a champion canner when I was a kid. It would be great to have this book and it’s on my list to buy. Just haven’t pulled the trigger, yet. Maybe now, I won’t have to!

  29. I have an older copy – certainly not vintage. It’s probably about 15 years old and could definitely stand updating. πŸ™‚

  30. My Grandmother canned anything and everything but my Mom didn’t want anything to do with it, so I was on my own when it came to canning. I picked up a copy of the Ball Blue Book when I was in my 40’s and have been canning ever since. I think Mom regrets that she forsook that part of her upbringing and all the good food we could have had as a family.

  31. I’ve never actually owned a copy – I use their website, but the actual book would really step up my canning game!

  32. The Ball Blue Book is my go-to for definitive canning instructions. My first Ball Blue Book dates to the early 1980s. My second one is from the late 1990s. I’ve been eyeing this most recent edition ever since I saw it.

  33. My original canning bible was your first book, Food In Jars. But I would love to have a Blue ball book. I lent my copy to my friend. Each version has different recipes and she needed the copy I had.

  34. This is the first I’ve heard of it as a “blue book,” but I’ve definitely referred to the last edition a lot!

  35. My mom has canned forever, but I bought her a ball canning book & the jelly/jam maker. I have since moved into a house w/a very large garden, a 12×10 strawberry patch, 4 dif fruit trees, blackberries, raspberries & mulberries….needless to say her book is torn, dog eared & covered w/who knows what fruits & veggies! We love it & a new copy would def get used!!

  36. The Blue Ball Book was a staple in my aunt’s kitchen, actually! I remember looking over her cookbook shelf (which was conveniently very close to the ground) at a young age and that book always stood out to be because it was SO worn.

  37. This is my first time hearing of this book but now I totally need to own one! Thanks for the history too. I love that!

  38. Last year was my first year canning and I am adding dehydrating this year to preserve my CSA share and home garden. I love reading any and all books about canning/dehydrating!

  39. My grandmother used a Ball Blue Book many years ago. I want to learn to can, and would love to have a Ball Blue Book of my own to learn from!

  40. Mine’s just from amazon, but at this point so many of the page corners are folded over to indicate recipes “I want to try sometime”, I can’t even keep track…

  41. I began using the blue book when my great grandmother and grandma use to can when I was growing up. Now as an adult I have collected many of the old editions and have acquired many from as early as 1940. It is this weird quest of mine to try and collect them all, not only because of how much the memories meant to me but because I find some of my best loved recipes for my little at home canning company. I hit all my canning books once a week to find new recipes with seasonal fruits and veggies and my antique and vintage blue books are always the first I reference. I document all my recipes on instagram via nickyg567 or hashtag #nicolescanningco. It is there you can see some of my canning and see those ball blue book recipes at work.

  42. I tried canning last year for the first, with this as a reference. I used a library copy.
    I more confident this year, with better equipment. I would love a copy.

  43. Blue Ball was my first of many canning books. It has been an excellent learning tool and reference guide. would love to add a newer version to my collection.

  44. I bought a copy of The Blue Book about 12 years ago and dug out my tallest pot to try out this whole canning thing. I’ve been hooked ever since and quickly graduated to a much larger boiling water canner.

  45. I learned to can from my mom who had my great grandmother’s copy of the book! Would love one of my own to pass down someday!

  46. I bought the Ball Blue Book about 20 years ago for the canning recipes. The margins are now filled with notes and whether or not we like the recipe, etc. It’s a fantastic addition to my library!

  47. I only got my first version of the Blue Book a few years ago, after years of canning with recipes collected here & there. I’ve decided I need a shelf filled with the various editions to go next to my Joy of Cooking, Fanny Farmer and Betty Crocker collections!

  48. My one experience with this book is a canning afternoon with a good friend, during which we put up lots of jars of strawberry jam, raspberry jam, and tomatoes. But I would love to learn more!

  49. I learned to can at my grandmothers side. Her, my mother and my aunt staged a military worthy siege on the kitchen when it was time to can and as I got older I got to help with more and more tasks. The Blue Book was always a source of reference and the holy bible when it came to settling arguments over water bath time LOL
    I own the vintage copy she used and a newer addition from about a decade ago. I’ve made the Blue Book Chow Chow for almost 20 years. I would love the newest edition!

  50. My grandparents used to can every summer when I was growing up – I can still remember the tomato-splattered kitchen after Gamma and my aunt Helen gathered the tomatoes that my grandfather grew in their garden. Not sure whether they used the Blue Book, but I know that when I had my first garden, and decided to learn to can, the Blue Book was my bible! I still (after 30 years) use the tomato sauce recipe, and many others. And my pages are splattered with tomatoes, strawberries, pickle juice, etc. And there are multiple notes in the margin. Would love the latest edition!

  51. I would love a copy of the Ball Blue Book! I have many canning books but not this one!
    Right now I can’t get enough of the Small Batch Strawberry Balsamic Jam from your book!!
    I’ve made 4 batches so far because it’s so good!! Would love to add Ball Blue Book to my collection!

  52. My mother-in-law (who taught me how to can) give me the Ball Canning Book for a Christmas gift a couple years ago. Last year was the first year I had a serious vegetable garden with serious output. I spent the summer scouring the book looking for varieties on putting up tomatoes and cucumbers, etc. I also used it to understand what “picadilly” is which came up in book I read that took place in England between WWI and WWII (Life After Life by Kate Atkinson).

  53. Hey, while it would be cool to win a copy, I’m actually more interested in your review – the graphics are gorgeous and certainly look like an attempt to bring the book into 2015. Are the recipes also updated to reduce sugar? Did they actually go back and edit most or all of the recipes that appear in the last edition? Do most of the recipes include suggestions for personalizing, or is that only an occasional thing? Probably going to go buy this either way πŸ˜€

  54. I’ve heard of it but I’m not sure if my Grandma had one. She was a huge canner in WA state. The cellar was FULL of all kinds of goodies. They owned a fruit orchard and she had a huge vegetable garden also,

  55. Though I have never used the Ball Blue Book, I have played it safe with canning basic strawberry jam and blueberry jam for years. My mother, however, canned everything from dad’s garden – tomatoes, corn, green beans, okra, apple butters, peaches, pears, pickles, banana peppers, and anything else she could get her hands on. And now, I’m ready to broaden my horizons – and this book looks like the perfect place to start. Even if I don’t win, I plan to add this book to my cookbook collection. Thank you!

  56. The first recipe I ever tried for canning,strawberry jam, came from a library copy of the blue book. Today I can everything, owed to the success I had with that very first recipe!

  57. I remember seeing this in a hardware store and thinking I must have this! I remember thinking it it must be the authoritative version for recipes.

  58. This is the first I’ve ever heard of it but I’m about to move out to the mountains where I’ll be doing a lot more preservation to keep my pantry stocked so this would book would definitely get some serious use!

  59. I have an old 1982 (30th) Edition Ball Blue Book. It was my Mother’s and she gave it to me. This is an essential book on canning, and I love my worn, dog earred copy! Inside my Mother has marked the recipes she liked to use best, and even wrote a few in the margins of the pages. I have been teaching my daughter to can, and would love to have an updated copy for her.

  60. I’m relatively new to canning so don’t have any experience with this canning bible, but want to get into it!

  61. My grandma passed away before she got to teach me how to can, so I relied on a previous edition of the Ball book to teach me. Armed with only that book, I was able to get the hang of it and have canned hundreds (maybe thousands!) of jars now. The new edition looks gorgeous, I’m going to get one as a bridal shower gift for a friend.

  62. I bought a copy of my own when I moved out of my parents house. My mom has a copy from the 80s that was occasionally referenced but she isn’t a huge canner.

  63. I have two copies – one was purchased at our library’s used book sale (not sure which edition it is) and one, more modern version, that I bought at Target at the end of the summer close-out. I rely on it for basic information and the illustrations are helpful.

  64. I picked up a copy of the Ball Blue Book several years ago when I first started canning. Truthfully, it’s not my go to canning book (I honestly use my copy of Food in Jars for that), but I’ve made a at least one item from it (pickles, I think).

  65. i learned from an older version. I’m getting more adventurous and creative in how I use what I’ve preserved.

  66. I have my grandmother’s copy and some of the pages are spotted and hard to read, but most of the recipes I know by heart by now, after watching a master can for many summers. I’m looking forward to the season!

  67. I would love to win the new version of the Ball Blue Book. My mom had an older version, and I am a collector of canning recipes both old and new. I also collect old jars and find lots of good uses for them. I got into canning (as an adult) around 20 years ago and I love that it is becoming so popular. Thanks for your book and your fun web site.

  68. I have an abbreviated edition of the Ball book from the store several years ago when I couldn’t find my set of instructions, and I wanted to try a couple new things.

  69. I’ve just been thinking of getting one! I’m a self taught canner, mainly through your two wonderful books and website. This year I’m getting a little more brave and thought I should invest in the ultimalte canning guide.

  70. When I wanted to start canning the Blue Book was what I was told to get to learn to do it right. I’ve had my current one for around 12 years now.

  71. My Mom used a very old Ball Blue Book to make a Chilli Sauce which she used in a pulled Beef recipe using a thick pot roast….I still use her recipe today with her changes.
    This is my 49th year canning…..Yikes!!! Well I did start as a young teen.

  72. My mom was loyal to the Ball Blue Book and it is the book I have used to learn to can from. I could use a newer edition for sure!

  73. A friend at church gave me her ooooollld copy of this book and taught me how to can apple butter. An updated copy would be wonderful!

  74. Yes, I used to own one (circa 1971), but it seems to be gone now. Loaned to someone and not returned? This year, I plan to get back to pressure canning after many years of only water bath canning. The new blue book would help greatly.

  75. I have used VERY OLD Ball pamphlets from the library, but not a real book. Glad to know one exists; I’d be happy to own one too.

  76. My mom canned when I was younger, and my wife did before we were married, but this is the first year I’m really getting involved — planning a garden, preserving the harvest and all that. We’ve mostly been using websites to fill in holes in our knowledge (like this one — thanks, Marissa!), but having this book on-hand in the kitchen sounds a lot more enjoyable than grabbing for smartphones with sticky, jam-covered fingers πŸ™‚

  77. I have never been so lucky as to own the “Ball’s Blue Book Guide to Preserving” though I have heard it referred to many times in the many canning articles I have read and I have really wanted one. I do, however, have a copy of the “Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving” which I have used ’till it is falling apart. I would just love to have the new Ball book to have some yummy new recipes to try out in my canning.

  78. The first time I saw the Ball Blue Book was about 12 years ago, when we “inherited” my husband’s late mother’s canning supplies, as she had an old copy. I had never canned, and the first BBB recipe I tried was apple butter. I’ve made a batch (or two) pretty much every year since then. I even made small jars of for my daughter’s wedding favors. My husband has made BBB’s sweet relish for many years, and it’s a favorite of our entire family.

  79. I have one from the 70s dont know what year because the cover is gone.I still use it along with kerr book. Would really like to have a new one with more current recipes.

  80. My grandmother and mother both canned everything using the Ball book. I also purchased one for myself a few years back.

  81. I had previously only had one attempt at canning more than 40 years ago and I canned watermelon rind pickles, I do not recall where the recipe came from. I began canning jams last year when I discovered your Food in Jars book and used that and the recipes on your website and the Pick Your Own website. So far I have made jams from fruits I picked at local farms, strawberries and blueberries. And this weekend I found organic sweet cherries at our grocery store and made jam from them. I hope to venture out into other fruits and maybe some pickles.

  82. I spent many summers with my siblings, helping mom can from the blue book recipes. Tomatoes, strawberries, peaches…. I remember once picking tomatoes into laundry baskets! (Big family=lots of canning.)

  83. This is my first experience with the Ball Blue Book. I’m researching canning and preserving for an article I’m working on. This was such a great introduction to the book, thank you!

  84. When I was a kid, I sometimes heard ladies at church referencing the Ball Blue book when discussing recipes, but I’ve never read it, old or new. Now that I’ve been canning for several years, It’s high time I did! πŸ™‚

  85. I didn’t grow up in a canning family and hadn’t heard about it until I started reading your blog several years ago. I bought my own copy and use it frequently, but just bought a pressure canner and need some good recipes for that. I’m excited this version has lots of recipes for pressure canning.

  86. I got started canning about a year ago, and the women whose class I took told me about this book. I immediately got a copy! I haven’t used it a huge amount for specific recipes (because I haven’t canned a huge amount), but have found it really helpful as a general reference.

  87. I heard people talk about it, my Mom’s Mom might have used one, can’t remember. But I am finally just starting to can for myself seriously (at 45 LOL) so I am thinking seeing one and reading it would be a great thing πŸ™‚ Thanks for the opportunity πŸ™‚

  88. I don’t remember if my grandmother used a book when she canned, but the reason I started canning was because of my memories of bringing the blueberries and blackberries we picked from her bushes which she would make into the best jams and pies. I own the last edition of the ball book and would love to own this one too!

  89. I had the Complete guide but not this book. Loaned my copy and it was never returned. Has the best recipe fir peach salsa.

  90. Got my BBB in a markdown display @ my local grocery store several years ago. It has become my quick go-to resource for recipes and techniques.

  91. My mother had one, I’ve been through a couple editions and if I don’t win this one, I’ll be buying it! I use it for basics and refer to it for information and support on a regular basis.

  92. I actually first learned to can from the Blue Book! I was interested in canning and figured I’d get the book that was placed right next to the jars. My grandmother used to can peach preserves and blueberry jam but I was never able to learn from her as she has passed and her notes were kind of unhelpful. (lol) In the older copy I have, there wasn’t much room for personalized recipes, so that’s when I came across your blog and found a variety of recipes for things I don’t think I would have ever thought of canning!

  93. I would love to get the newest Ball Blue Book. I started canning with Putting Food by and the More with Less Cookbook, I have used Stocking Up as well. I love to garden. For some reason i had never heard of the Ball Blue book until the last couple of years (I must have been living under a canning rock). I do now own one but I want to give my young married daughters each a copy of the newest one so it would be great to win one of them.

  94. I bought my first Ball Blue Book in 2005. I have to admit to have a 1975 copy from the competition that I used previously. I love both books and the new one would be a treat to check out.

  95. I only learned to can in the last three years. A domestic goddess co-worker taught me the ropes and schooled me in the best texts. Of course the Ball Blue Book was at the top of her list. If only I had my own copy.

  96. My mom only made freezer jam, but I have a lot of memories of measuring sugar and stirring the berries. I didn’t start canning until I was an adult, and unfortunately never got to can with my grandma’s.

  97. I have the last one and it was actually the one I learned from. I am actually sitting at the computer typing and listening to my lids pop on the strawberry jam I just finished!

  98. The Ball Blue book was our canning bible from the time I was a child, then used during my time as a master food preserver volunteering for the extension service. Such a wonderful tool!

  99. Thanks for the giveaway, Marisa! My mother has always canned, and I have just started to can in the last year. She always had a copy of the Ball Blue Book. I am getting to be good friends with my pressure canner, and would be thrilled to get more recipes for it!

  100. I first used the BBB in my Master Food Preserver’s class. It’s one of ourdependable guides for teaching.

  101. I only discovered the BBB in the last couple of years which coincides with my learning to can. Such a great source!

  102. My grandma died in 1988 and I expect she canned in the past, but I wasn’t around for it. My Mom on the other hand said she used to can way back when, but all she has been good for is the chopping up phase and eating it all. I taught myself how to can by looking at websites such as this one and reading as much as I could through various books. I’ve got a 1983 Ball Blue Book somewhere, so would love a new one.

  103. I have no story or memory of the Ball Blue Book as I don’t own such a book and neither did my mother.
    I would love to be one of the lucky winners of this Ball Blue Book.
    Thank you for this giveaway opportunity

  104. I inherited an old copy but admit never use it. I go to the web for info and as far as books go I use your two all the time for canning. Perhaps it is time to branch out, after all I went to Ball State in Muncie, IN which was founded,by the Ball brothers!

  105. I still have my first Ball Blue Book from 1976, it was a wedding gift! Would love a newer version before my 40th anniversary!

  106. My grandma owned one and I got one for myself as soon as I started to garden and can as an adult. Thanks for the giveaway!

  107. My grandparents used a pamphlet that came with their Presto pressure canner. My dad still uses it when we pressure can tomatoes and green beans! I have never used the Ball Blue book before – I tend to use the internet and those canning magazines that entice me each summer in the grocery store.

  108. Have heard of this book, but have never actually even seen any edition of it. I only own three canning books (two of which are yours) so a big basic book would be great to own!

  109. My grandmother used an early edition of the Ball Blue Book, but I’m a newcomer. Seems like a very valuable reference.

  110. I just pointed this book out to my husband on Saturday. He’s gotten into canning/preserving and I said he should consider getting this book. If I win, I’ll give it to him! Thanks so much.

  111. I have an old, old copy. I got it some 30 years ago when a friend and I wanted to an tomatoes from her garden.

  112. This book is a classic as is the Ball brand! Sadly, I do not have one yet. Would love to contemplate over which of these recipes would be next in my repertoire!

  113. I have a few older editions. Since I have been collecting vintage canning jars for years, it is a natural “go with” in my hobby. I’d love to have the new one.

  114. First time I’ve heard of Ball Blue book, not sure its available in the UK. I’m new to canning and preserving, just learning and starting out. I’d love to have a”go to” resource book to help me to develop my skills. πŸ™‚

  115. I just started canning a few years ago, and the Ball Blue book was an invaluable resource to help me learn to can safely and successfully!

  116. I am so excited to learn about this book. A friend showed me her Ball’s canning book a few years ago. I am new to canning. My plan is to try it over the summer. If I don’t win this book, I may have to ask for it for my birthday.

  117. I have an old copy I bought in college, when I started trying to be a cool natural chick. That didn’t take…I’m trying again after I’ve retired and have lots of time. The old book scared me about making adaptations. I’d love to learn more about what to do and why. And become a bit more creative.
    Your blog and books are in my collection too!

  118. TBH Food In Jars (the blog, not the book) was my canning bible when I got started! I’ve since picked up a copy of the old Ball book (as well as lots of other preserving books) but FiJ is how I got my start! ^_^

  119. I taught myself to can from the thin paperback Ball Blue Book. When my sister started asking me questions about how to can, I gave her a canning set that included the book.

  120. Have been canning off and on for years, much more recently. No memory of canning as i grew up so i’ve taken classes and have an older version of Ball’s guide, so would love to see their new recipes.

  121. My canning recipes come from either Food In Jars or my copy of an earlier edition of the last Ball Blue Book. I was looking at the new one the other day, trying to decide if I should buy it. I decided to wait, but hopefully, I win one!

  122. I can’t remember how I learned about the Ball Blue Book. I have a used, tattered copy, but I have no idea where I got it! My parents canned, but they never used a book – or recipe – that I can recall. They just always seemed to know how to do it!

  123. I bought a Ball Blue Book about 20 years ago and have made lots of recipes out of it. However, since safety standards change, I have heard you should get a new one every couple of years. I haven’t. I should. I hope I win and I’ll throw out my old one!

  124. I still have the Ball Blue book my Mom used (and we helped, over and over and over!…)…worn and tattered!…and while I would love the new updated version, I’ll never get rid of this old copy!

  125. My mom has an old copy she picked up many years ago from a yard sale. We trade it off between the two of us. If I’d win this copy, it’s actually be a two-fer between my mom and me. πŸ™‚

  126. Starting using it as an adult, as the general authoritative source for my canning projects. I love it, and recommend it to all my canning friends.

  127. I have both of my grandmother’s copies from long ago… I still love to look through for ideas… although they have seen better days!

  128. with encouragement & guidance from friends in VA I started to learn to do canning. with their suggestion, i added the ball books to my resource info & I keep growing in what I can… an updated & with new recipes would be a fabulous addition!!

  129. I learned to can through my stepmom who used the Blue Book to teach me to make Dilly Beans. The Blue Book is my current go-to especially for innovative combinations. I would love a copy!

  130. I’m a city girl. No gardening experience. Married a guy who’s dad always put in a big garden. So we bought a house and he put in a big garden. Had all this stuff to “put up.” My first book from the library was “Putting Food By” which talked about many ways to preserve food. First one I bought was the blue book. Like you I’ve had several editions and refer to it for basic recipes.

  131. I have an older version of the ‘Blue Book’ that I got from a friend’s mom when she was clearing out her canning stuff. I took it all! Growing up my Mom only canned pickles and sometimes relish so we didn’t branch out from that and only had hand written recipes.

  132. I’ve given away two of my copies of the Ball Blue Book and acquired an old pamphlet style one. Love to share their instructions and recipes.

  133. I love my Food in Jars and my Ball book! My original Ball canning book was given to me many years ago, I have since purchased a later edition. I really like the looks of this new one!

  134. My mother had a Blue Book from the early 50’s hat she used for jellys and jams. I would love to have one of the new ones

  135. My grandma used a Blue Book, my mom has several editions, and I have one that’s a few years old. Would love to have the newest version πŸ™‚

  136. The Ball Blue Book has definitely been the Bible of canning, but never got a copy of my own. This would be a good opportunity. πŸ™‚

  137. My Blue Book is rather old – printed in the 80s – but not old enough for me to consider it vintage. I return to it time and again for the nuts and bolts. Maybe the new one has some more ‘creative’ recipes? I would love to read it and know…..

  138. Being sort of new to canning, the internet was my “blue book” for a while. I now have an older copy of the Ball book, which I used the other day to can a batch of nectarines. I would love a new edition with updated recipes.

  139. I have gone through many copies of the Blue Book — torn covers, jelly stains, etc. It is my go o source for canning and preserving.

  140. I have an older addition, but this new one sounds amazing. I love the idea of them letting us know what can be safely adjusted on recipes.

  141. I do not yet own a copy of this particular canning book but always thought I should. Maybe this is my time! I think it is probably the “canning bible” and should grace every canner’s bookshelf.

  142. I’ve wanted a copy of this book for a long time. My mom used to can when I was a kid, but she never had a book so I guess she just winged it.

  143. My mother had a copy, my MIL had a copy and I have a 1970’s era copy of the Blue Book. Time for a newer edition!

  144. Actually I am the first in my family that I know of who has preserved anything! Perhaps my great great grandmother did, but I never heard of it if so.
    I have one of the older versions of the Ball preserving books, and turn to it for all the classics. I’d love another newer version, with new recipes!

  145. I’d always heard about the Ball Blue Book but never investigated it until my father-in-law started canning all sorts of fabulous things from it! A current edition would be wonderful–even more inspiration, and especially that pressure-canner section!

  146. I learned how to can fresh tomatoes in their own juice from an old blue book. Now I spend a weekend every summer canning tomatoes, so I can have them all year.

  147. I’ve never seen a copy but keep seeing people refer to this as one of their key references. It’s definitely on my wish list!

  148. My Mom canned using the Blue Book but it wasn’t a pleasant memory. She hated everything about the gardening and canning process. The summer heat made it all the more miserable. I love gardening and preserving in small batches. It’s all a matter of perspective and keeping it managable.

  149. I bought a ball blue book with my first canning set last year. It was a huge help when I was a little over zealous with my tomato canning last year. I love it πŸ™‚

  150. Growing up, my mom always insisted that the only safe canning recipes and times were those included in the current year’s Blue Book. I was left to wonder, if it was safe last year, wouldn’t the recipe still be safe this year? I think that her worry was rooted in the development of understanding food safety between canning books that were, say, 20 years old, and those more recent versions. But it shows how much respect she and her peers had for the ultimate canning book, and their reluctance to trust any other resource, and their willingness to buy each and every new edition.

  151. I have never read it but have been very curious. It would be nice to have as a base resource for canning.

  152. I’m pretty sure I have an older version somewhere in my canning books. I’d love to have an updated version!

  153. I love my Ball canning book. Its the first canning book I ever bought and its the book that helped me learn to can. It is well written and easy to follow while canning.

  154. Not my grandmother (though her too later) but my great grandmother (and her maid!) used to can in the Texas heat in the summers when I was a kid. She had a much thumbed Blue Book with illustrations instead of pictures on the outside. This would have been in 1957 to 1959.

  155. Oh my goodness! I learned to can from my old 1977 Ball Blue Book . I bought it new when I was first married. It now opens up automatically to the canned peaches page which is spattered and water stained anfter many years of use. Even hough the remote chance of canned fool illness scared me, I always TRUSTED my Ball Blue book. In my heavy canning days I used many recipess from tomato paste, to ketchup, to freezing vegetables: all with success. I still use the book for canning pears, peaches and tomatoes. Thank you Ball!

  156. This is the first I’ve heard of the Blue Book, but over the last year I have transformed from a nervous foodie intimidated by canning to something of a canning addict, so I feel this is something I must investigate.

  157. I’ve never used the Ball Blue Book, but have long wanted to own a copy. I have a pamphlet published by Ball that is incredibly useful and was the source of the recipes the first time I canned (apricot preserves in 2002).

  158. My history with the Ball Blue Book isn’t generations deep – it’s just my own use of it to learn a bit more about jams and jellies that I’ve used it for. In fact, I think I only own the “little” version of it, but that has proved very valuable in the few years I’ve been canning in earnest – I would love to own the full version.

  159. Ball Blue Book; how can you feel more canning roots than that?! My Mom canned sporadically when I was kid. Long ingrained in my mind is an entire weekend with twenty plus containers of cucumbers making bread and butter pickles. My brother still drools when he speaks of them. My great grandma canned everything and I loved treasure hunting in her pantry. I didn’t start putting things up in jars until just few years ago and have been on the hunt for older editions of Ball’s Blue Book at every yard and estate sale that I go to. They are hard to come by and real treasures. I’d love to add this newest edition to my canning book collection!

  160. I learned to can with the Ball Blue Book. I still have a couple of issues but they are old. I would love to have the newest edition. And I love your blog and the canning advice you give.

  161. My mother (now 88 yrs old) used this book for reference. It was like a dictionary to her. I don’t have a copy but have wanted one for years.

  162. I’ve heard of the Ball Blue Book but have never explored it. My family never did any canning, so it’s a new endeavor to me. This would be a fabulous reference to have!

  163. I have a 1995 edition. I am the first in my family to can and preserve. Such a feeling of satisfaction to have all that good stuff in my pantry.

  164. I usually get my recipes from the internet or check out books from the library – but I would love to have my own copy of the Ball Blue Book.

  165. I still have the older versions of the ‘Ball Blue Book’. But I love that the newest editions give recipes and suggestions on how to use the canned products. Definitely my go to resource when canning or freezing.

  166. I am as self taught canner! I have fallen in love with it and many of my friends see the passion that I have for it. I will be teaching some of my friends how to make their own jam and jelly soon and am excited to spread the love!

  167. I’ve purchased them whenever the one I currently have seems outdated. I was just wondering about getting a new edition. Love it and would love to win one.

  168. I have never canned before and am just now starting to do research on how to do it correctly. My motivation to can is to make things easier and healthier for myself, husband, and baby, and this seems to be the best way to accomplish that. I would love the opportunity to win a book to further my education/research on this topic! Thank you for the opportunity to possibly win!

  169. I would love a copy of the Ball Blue Book! I canned a little bit with my mom when I was very little, but have only really done it on my own in the last few years. I love cookbooks and cooking reference books!

  170. I received my Ball canning guide from my mother-in-law before I had ever canned anything. Needless to say, looking through the book, everything seemed SO complicated. It wasn’t until I canned a batch of pickles with her and took another look at the book, that it all started to make sense. I haven’t looked back since!

  171. I have memories of helping my grandmother peel peaches and tomatoes to can when I would visit her house during the summer. The Ball Blue Book was her bible, and it’s those early memories that drove me to learn how to can and preserve as an adult. (She died when I was 7, and my parents died when I was young, so I had to teach myself.)

  172. I remember my grandmother using it. I can still picture her over the stove and a boiling pot of water with jars. My brother still uses it when making pickles

  173. I have used the Ball Book for years. And I get a new one every 3 or 4 years because there are always changes to canning “rules”. Looking forward to this new one.

  174. I remember that my best friend’s Mom canned from that book and only that book. My own Mom does not can, but I remember seeing all the canned goodness at my friend’s house as a kid.

  175. Oh, I’d love the new edition! I have an older edition and I use it tons, for recipes and as a reference — my favorite unexpected recipe is the strawberry lemonade concentrate, which I love to make for gifts. Thank you for the giveaway!

  176. I am the first in our family to can. I love making fruit spreads, jams etc. I started a couple of years ago and I use Ball canning jars. I’ve never owned or used their books, however, I have visited their website recently for recipes and ideas. I would love to add this great resource to my library. Thank you, Marisa for the detailed information your website provides.

  177. I have canned ever since I was a young girl with my mom. She always used her Ball Blue Book.
    I am 72 years old and I am never with out my book when I start canning every year. I would love to have a new one. I know there are always new and better ways to do things.
    Just call my name and I will be so very proud. Love your blog.
    Betty K.

  178. I watched my mom refer to a very old version of the Ball Blue Book as a kid, and I recently started using it myself. The new version looks beautiful!
    PS. Found your blog a few days ago and have been loving it!! Thank you!

  179. I would love to have a copy of this book. I do have an old one that I reference all the time. The older pictures are great too. I love to can. Thanks for the giveaway.

  180. I picked up my first copy of the Blue Ball book about 4 years ago when I was first learning to can. I didn’t grow up with anyone in my family canning so this was my go to “canning bible” then I discovered your website & LOVE the different flavor a you put together!!

  181. I Reference their website because the copy I found at a tag sale is vintage – interesting but outdated. I would love a current copy!

  182. I still have my old Blue book. It is warped from getting wet with things, spotted with unidentified stuffs and much handled. It is over 20 yrs old now. I remember one year we decided to make “Persian Sauce” instead of chili sauce as we always did. I was the only one who liked it so more for me!
    My Gram never used a hot water bath she always put her jars in the oven. I, myself, prefer a steam canner. I purchased a pressure cooker to try canning tomatoes etc. A new adventure awaits!

  183. I heard about the Ball Blue Book when I was a newlywed with a college student husband. I was trying to learn to make the most of our food and our food budget and it made so much sense to buy produce in season, as inexpensively as possible and put it up for later. I went to a class on canning and felt completely confused and overwhelmed and uneducated since they demonstrated freezer jam due to time constraints, I realize, but I wanted something more in depth. The one thing I did gather from the class was that the Ball Blue Book was the place to go if you’d never canned before, so I went and bought myself a copy, taught myself how to can from it, and fell in love with canning, but I felt a bit restricted by the culture surrounding it of not ever changing a recipe at all, ever. I have loved learning more about safe canning practices, and the why of it so I can adapt my own recipes now and not be terrified that I’m going to kill someone. I am thrilled to hear the edition is more forthcoming about that potential.

  184. I started canning about 15 years ago with the then current version of the Blue Book and recipes from it. It is a great reference book and has some good recipes too.

  185. When I was young, we had a family friend who always had a basement full of filled jars and as we got older and started to have a garden of our own I remember hours in the kitchen with my mom. Now that I am an adult, I have expanded and pushed my mom and myself beyond vegetables into more fruits and even meats with the guidance of the Ball Blue Book. We have an agreement between the two of us to keep the old Ball jars between us so they don’t get give away. πŸ™‚ Canning is a great bond that I get to have with my mom.

  186. It’s just one of those things that was always around; I have no idea when I first saw one! We did more freezing than canning, so it was good to have a reliable reference around for all the stuff we forgot.

  187. This was my first canning resource and I’ve carried it with me ever since. It’s still my go-to when I am looking to can local tomatoes!

  188. I grew up in Idaho near orchards and family gardens. Canning was our first career. The parents lined us all up at large picnic tables. One table was for peeling, one for pitting, one for jarring and adding spices, and the last table for the older kids was pouring in the hot liquid. The Ball Blue Book was THE BIBLE, but I think from all that canning my favorite prize was the Mustard Pickles and the spicy homemade ketchup. It taught us all to get along in life and how to be efficient and the glow of production. All those glistening jars afterwards on the table, and then come WINTER and gratitude. It’s an art and a way of life and I am still in love with the entire process.

  189. My Ball Blue Book was handed down from my mother, it was handed down to her from my grandmother. I love it’s stained pages, I know that these recipes are probably the one’s my mom and grandma liked best.

  190. I’m 27 and started canning around 1 1/2 years ago. I wanted to learn how to can naturally and with lower sodium/sugar contents. I have a copy of an older version that I am always going back to and I also get recipes from my aunt. My aunt and I are the only ones that can in our family since my great grandmother. I would really like to take a look at the new book and see what has changed.

  191. I only learned about the Ball Blue Book when I started canning last summer, as I was the only one in my family to have preserved anything since my great-grandmother. I’ve always wanted a copy!

  192. I don’t think I grew up with any particular canning guide–my great-grandmother (whom I was lucky enough to know into my teens and young adulthood) just used the techniques she had learned to can tomatoes, jams and jellies, corn, soup, and just about anything that could be canned. She was a wonderful gardener and cook who canned and put up vegetables in several garage freezers every year. We lived in the Deep South and gardening and canning were just part of our traditions. It skipped a generation, and now both my dad and I garden and can–he in Houston, me in Seattle.

  193. I don’t have a memory with this lovely, but I would love to start making them! My mama taught me to can and her mama taught her.

  194. I have an ancient copy that my great aunt passed to my mother, who passed it on to me. Those house wives pack in the day pickled some weird stuff, so I would love a chance to have an updated edition that I could someday pass on to a niece or nephew.

  195. I heard of this book for the first time this year. I would love to get my hands on it! My mother canned a few things when I was very young, so I am learning all of this for the first time now.

  196. I would love to get my hands on a copy of this book. My mom didn’t can much when I was young, so I am learning all of this for the first time.

  197. Peaches! Every summer growing up there was a two week period when all hands were on deck to clean, pit and prepare the thousands of peaches that ripened. My family and our best friends, the family behind us sat at a big table and we canned/jarred peaches for days. My mom had a copy of the Ball Blue book from the 40s when she was married. We used that and other recipes handed down and altered between our two families.
    This book would be a great way for me to get back into this.

  198. When I first started canning, I asked my BF for a copy of the Blue Book. Wonderful guy, but attention to detail is not his thing. I got the Complete Book of Home Preserving instead, which to his credit has been amazing and is also written by Ball. But I’d still love to add the Blue Book to my canning literature collection.

  199. My mom taught me to can, and even tho I can a lot, am only just starting to build my canning book library. She still has, and still uses, and old Blue Book from the 70’s. I’ve love to have the new one!

  200. My bible for canning. The basics you need to grow on. Taught myself from this book And have bought it for gifts. A must.

  201. I have two earlier editions and would love to have the newest. One of my favorite recipes in it is the Blueberrry Lime jam. yum.

  202. My mom never knew about the Ball blue book – she sealed her jam as she was taught – with paraffin. Shortly after I moved out on my own, I found an old copy at a garage sale, and bought it for 50 cents. Treasure!

  203. I have a fairly recent copy and love it as a reference! Great recipes in there so I’d love to see the new ones on this new book!

  204. I have an old copy I literally was willed when my dear Aunt passed. She left me a tub of her old canning and cooking books because she knew I was interested. I would love a new copy though…. πŸ™‚ Thanks for your giveaway.

  205. When I first started canning quite some time ago, I relied on the Ball Blue Book. I was gifted the fruit from my daughter’s great aunt’s peach and apricot trees, so as a novice, I needed some guidance. I put up quite a few jars of fruit. I also really appreciated the step by step directions with photos for canning tomatoes. Since I still can tomatoes and make pickles, jams and jellies, I would love to get my hands on the new edition.

  206. I used the Ball blue book to teach myself how to water bath can the summer after I was first married. I would love to have an updated book to see if anything has changed; I just learned last Nov. about the change in procedure for simmering the Ball lids.

  207. I learned some very useful informatiin from earlier editions of this book. I’d love to see the latest version

  208. I love the Ball Blue book. It’s the perfect resource if you want to ensure that a process you read about somewhere else is safe, correct, etc. I feel safe and secure using their recipes and techniques.

  209. I have a newer (probably a couple years old) copy of the Ball Canning Book. Although My grandmother canned I never saw her with a book :-). At this time I have to admit that I use Pomona’s Pectin Book of Canning…mostly because the recipes do not require half the sugar. But I still use my Ball Blue Book and still love it.

  210. No one else in my family cans like I do…I once borrowed an edition from our local library and it helped when I was first starting out.

  211. I still have the Blue Book I purchased in the 70’s. It is Edition 29 and cost $1 ! There are recipes in there that are still my go to recipes all these years later. On the back inside cover page is a photo of a wall hanging entitled ” How to Preserve a Husbsnd” it’s a hoot!

  212. My first memory of the Blue Ball Canning Book is, after having water-bath canned several things from recipes from friends, realizing Blue Ball not only recommends but insists on using far more sugar in jam-making than I was using. Having learned lots about canning since then, I am positive I’d had enough acidity in my jams that they were safe. I’ve also found other ways around the amounts of sugar (low/no sugar pectin and such). But I’d been looking up an “official” recipe for a canning contest, and Blue Ball was of course an “official” and “accepted” source, and I was stunned at the amount of sugar (per pound of fruit) they use.

  213. I have only recently learned about the Ball Blue Book. In the last few weeks I have just started to learn how to can. My first experience was a hot pepper jelly, was super easy and the results were excellent. My second and last was a marmalade which turned out like cement and might be used as backsplash tile in a future kitchen renovation, lol. I would love to learn from a great resource like this.

  214. My mom canned from a mid 70s version for years. When I started, I bought a copy and was impressed by the updates. But I’d love to see even more new recipes!

  215. I don’t have a Ball Blue Preserving Cookbook yet. I’ve been looking for one but can’t decide on what edition.

    This could be the one.

  216. I bought an earlier edition (2006 copyright) and basically taught myself how to can. My parents don’t can and the only person I knew that had canned had just passed away (grandmother). I’ve been canning for a few years now and inspiring others my age to start their canning journey (I’ll be 30 in November!). It gives me great joy to can and put delicious (and local) food on our shelves to eat all year round and share with friends and family. I make Brandied Apple Rings and Zany Zucchini pickles every year from my Ball edition. I’ll be using it today for some new sweet cherry recipes, as my daughter (one year old) and I went cherry picking yesterday. I can’t wait to teach her and I’d love to have a copy of this beautiful new edition πŸ™‚

  217. I always find fun and interesting recipes on your blog! For your giveaway, I must say I didn’t have a mom OR grandma who canned, but I did have an aunt who did and my favorite was her fabulous corn relish. I’ve had my own copy of the Ball Blue Book for at least 10 years now, and the recipe for Blueberry Jam won me a first place ribbon at our state fair in 2002! So exciting for me, and amazing at how simple the process really was!

    Thanks again for your wonderful blog! I continue to learn from it!!

  218. I learned to can in my mother’s kitchen as a young teenager and have been canning ever since. With four girls in the family, we all had our own jobs to do to get tomatoes and peaches processed. She used an edition of the Ball Blue Book, and I bought my first copy when I started canning on my own. I get the updated version whenever it comes out, and also use the USDA canning guide to make sure that processing procedures and times are correct. When I go back and look at my first Ball Blue Book, there have been a lot of changes! I want my home-canned goods to be remembered for their good taste, not whether they are safe or unsafe to eat.

  219. I have a photocopied version of the World War II edition, which discusses victory gardens and war shortages of metal. It’s amazing.

  220. I have one of the last versions and use it to look up recipes and processing times every year. I have looked at this one but haven’t purchased yet.

  221. 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.

  222. 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. πŸ™‚

  223. 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!

  224. 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.

  225. 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!

  226. 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!

  227. 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.

  228. 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

  229. 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.

  230. 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.

  231. 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.

  232. 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!

  233. 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!

  234. 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!

  235. 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.

  236. 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.

  237. 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!

  238. 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.

  239. 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.

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

  241. 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.

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