Freezer canning is an easy way to enjoy your favorite foods all year round.
What You Need to Start Freezer Canning
You will need canning jars for freezer canning. If you’re not comfortable using glass canning jars, there are plastic freezer jars for freezer canning. Since the jars are going to be stored at temperatures below zero, there is no need to boil them. This lessens the chances of unsafe seals on the jars and unforeseen dangers that may occur with heated canning. You will also need the food you plan on canning. In any kind of canning, following the recipe is the most important part. Unsafe canning can lead to food-borne illnesses, such as botulism. Always follow the recipe and instructions for the safest (and tastiest) results.
To get you started, we compiled some delicious freezer canning recipes.
Jam and Jelly
Jam and jelly can easily be made with freezer canning. Pectin, a setting agent used to make jam and jelly, is a great way to start. Of course, you can follow the recipes below for more authentic jams and jellies. Most freezer jams should be consumed within a year of freezing. While freezer jams may be a bit thinner than traditional jam, they tend to taste a bit more like real fruit. Baking your own homemade bread or biscuits to go with freezer canned jams and jellies is a great combination.
If you’re looking for something with a little kick, try the jalapeno freezer jelly from Ms Not So Perfect. Jalapeno jelly is great on sandwiches, mixed with cream cheese, and more.
The simple recipe from food.com takes under half an hour to make. You get to enjoy homemade jam made from fresh strawberries, anytime of the year. Yum!
Pretty Prudent brings you another alternative to the sweet jams and jellies. Freezer canning this delicious jam will give you a taste bud-tingling snack to enjoy any time. Just like jalapeno jelly, it goes great with cream cheese and crackers. You can even use it as part of a marinade for chicken.
The apple freezer jelly recipe from Ball is a simple recipe with sweet results. You can store this sweet treat in the freezer for up to a year. Pair it with peanut butter for the perfect flavor combination.
Freezer canning your own salsa is a great way to use all the vegetables from your garden. Whether you like it sweet or super spicy, we have the freezer canning salsa recipe for you.
The freezer salsa recipe from Taste of Home is simple and makes 40 servings. You can freeze it for up to three months. Pull the salsa out of the freezer for your next tailgate event, dinner party appetizer, or just for a tasty homemade snack.
If you like a little Southwestern flavor, try the roasted corn and black bean salsa from Thriving Home. This freezer canning salsa recipe is a great source of vegetables that the whole family can enjoy.
Salsa made from green tomatoes is a great option if you want to switch things up. The recipe from The Yummy Life requires a bit more work than regular freezer salsa, but the results are worth it. With a little kick from the roasted jalapeno peppers, this salsa may require a margarita or two.
Soup is good anytime of the year. When you’re looking for a quick meal, you can simply pull your freezer canned soup out and you’re ready to go. Always remember to leave about an inch of canning head space because soup will expand in the freezer.
When you need a refreshing cold soup, look no further than Ball’s gazpacho soup recipe. You can make about seven pints with this easy recipe. You can stock your freezer to enjoy this delicious recipe all year round.
The vegan and gluten free soup from Oh She Glows is a great soup for the middle of winter. You can freezer can this hearty soup, and it will be ready to pull from the freezer when the next cold snap hits.