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50+ Free Canning eBooks

Whether you’re a newbie home canner, looking for inspiration, or a pro looking for new inspiration, I have 54 FREE Canning eBooks just for you!

several jars of blackberry jam

I love reading historic books – especially historic cookbook, housekeeping books or canning books.

Before the 1940’s supermarkets didn’t exist. Laundry machines were a novelty and many of the modern conveniences we take for granted simply hadn’t been invented yet.

How did the women of the late 1800’s – early 1900’s preserve their food? Supermarkets weren’t common until the 1950’s. Most everyone fed their families from their gardens and barns.

Which meant having a harvest season, and preserving food for the Winter and Spring.

These old-timey books on home canning can give us a look back in time. From these old books we can glean pieces of wisdom, simple recipes, and a quality of life that is missing in our day of modern conveniences.

If you’re just getting started canning, I have some awesome resources for you:

7 Things You Need Before You Start Canning

50+ Tips and Tricks About Home Canning – From Seasoned Homesteaders

Free Canning Time Guides – Printables

Everything You Need to Know About Home Canning Safety

Or if you’re more of a visual learner, check out my friend Melissa K Norris’s complete Home Canning Course. She goes into great detail on the step-by-step process, safety precautions, and gives you even more recipes!

tops of many canning jars

So without further ado…

Free Canning eBooks

A Treatise on Food Conversation and the Art of Canning (1917)

Balanced Meals With Recipes Food Values, Drying and Cold Pack Canning (1917)


Canning and Preserving (1887)

Canning in the South (1893)

Canning, Preserving and Pickling (1914)

Canning Meat, Wild Game, Poultry, Fish Safely

Canning Principles

Canning Processing Charts

Complete Guide to Home Canning Nutrition

Dehydrating Foods Fruits, Vegetables, Fish and Meats with Recipes (1920)

Drying Fruits and Vegetables

Every Step in Canning

Everywomans Canning Book – The ABC of Safe Home Canning and Preserving (1918)

Fabulous Frugal Food Bills

Food Drying Progress and Importance (1919)

Food Supplies in Peace and War (1920)

Food Storage Cooking School Use it or Lose it

Food Storage for Survival

canning fresh green beans in mason jars

Home and Farm Food Preservation (1918)

Home Canning by the Cold Pack Method (1917)

How to Save Money on Food – Home Canning (1917)

Joy of Canning

Lowney’s Cook Book (1907)

Methods of Canning Fruits and Vegetables by Hot Air and Steam (1890)

Muscle, Brain and Diet – a Plea for Simpler Foods (1900)

Practical Suggestions for Food Conservation (1918)

Preparing and Canning Fermented Food and Pickled Vegetables

Preservation of Food – Home Canning, Preserving, Jelly Making, Pickling (1919)

dehydrated fruits in mason jars

Preserving and Canning – a Book for the Home Economist (1914)

Preserving and Pickling – Two Hundred Recipes for Preserves, Jellies, Jams, Marmalades, Pickles (1917)

Preserving Game Meats

Preserving Food – Drying Fruits and Vegetables

Recipes for the Preserving of Fruit, Vegetables and Meat (1908)

Successful Canning and Preserving – Practical Hand Book for Schools, Clubs and Home Use (1918)

The Book for all Households – or the Art of Preserving Animal and Vegetables Substances (1920)

The Complete Housekeeper (1917)

The Elements of the Science of Nutrition (1919)

The Hygienic Cook-Book (1881)

The Lakeside Cook Book no 2 – A Manual of Recipes for Cooking, Pickling and Preserving (1878)

The Mary Frances Cook Book or Adventures Among the Kitchen People (1912)

several jars of peach jelly

The New Hydropathic Cookbook (1857)

The Newer Knowledge of Nutrition – the Use of Food for the Preservation of Vitality and Health (1918)

The Practice of Cookery, Pastry and Confectionery (1820)

The Secrets of Canning (1890)

The Whole Art of Curing, Pickling and Smoking (1847)

USDA Utah Can Guide

Vegetable Diet Including a System of Vegetable Cookery (1853)

War Food Practical and Economical Methods of Keeping Vegetables, Fruits and Meats (1917)

War Time Bread and Cakes (1918)

What to Eat and How to Cook It (1863)

These books should help keep you inspired with your home canning adventures!