Home preserving guide: How to make jams, jellies, pickles, relishes, salsas and marmalades

Our best-ever online guide to canning and preserving with recipes, how-tos and a guide to preserving tools with Canadian shopping links. 

By CanadianLiving.com

Whether you're a locavore preserving this year's crop, starting your first batch or renewing an annual preserving tradition, you'll find what you need in this one-stop shop of jams, jellies, chutneys, salsas, sauces, pickles, marmalades and conserves.

New to canning and preserving or need a brush-up on handling and safety skills? Don't forget to read the Test Kitchen's quick tips in our article: Perfect summer preserves: Tips for canning success

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20 fresh pickle recipes
From classic bread-and-butter to zesty Thai refrigerator pickles.
26 juicy jam recipes
Pump up the jam! Classic jam recipes plus a few zesty twists.


Fresh salsa and chili sauce recipes
Find over 20 salsa recipes from classic tomato to minty melon salsa, plus a handful of classic chili sauces.
Marmalades and conserves
Meyer lemons, Moro orange, kumquats, grapefruits and mandarins make up this list of refreshing marmalade and conserve recipes.


Essential home-canning tools
Here are all the right canning tools and equipment you need to start preserving, plus links to Canadian stores to buy.


Jelly and dessert topping recipes
Sweet jellies, hot and savoury jellies, plus a couple dessert toppings for your favourite ice cream.

Sweet and savoury chutney recipes
The workhorses of the preserves family, chutney pairs with everything from breakfast to dinner and everything in between.

Ravishing relish recipes
Using everything from fruits to veggies to cranberries, these 12 relish recipes will take your burgers and dogs to new heights.


How to tell if your jam or jelly is set
Our simple test for jams and jellies, plus how full your jar of preserves should be.
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