Canning Recipe Book

Lately I have been doing a lot of canning, which is strange for me since I don’t even have a garden growing this year.  But, what I do have are fruit trees and a husband who likes to fish for salmon, so I have been canning jellies, fruit juices and salmon.  I also canned some chicken, chicken broth and beef – when I found them on sale. All of these recipes can be found by clicking on the tab above ‘Preserving Food’.How to pressure can chicken A lot of my recipes come from the few cookbooks that I own, including my favorite The Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving.  But I also like to try recipes that I find online, such as this one for canning apple pie filling, and this one for canning crunchy dill pickles. The thought occurred to me the other day, as I was waiting for my internet service to come back up again:  What would happen if I couldn’t get on the internet anymore?  Sure, I would have all the recipes in my books, but the ones I find (and have found) on the internet would be lost.  You never know when something might happen to your computer, either!  Just a simple fan could put your desktop out of commission for a week or even two!  Or your laptop could be (heaven forbid) stolen! And then there is one of my favorite canning e-books that isn’t even in print – it’s on my Kindle. I decided to print out all of the recipes I find online that I would like to try.  Either I copy and paste them to a word document then print, or, if the website has the option, I just hit the print button for the recipe.  I started doing this about a week ago and now I am starting to accumulate a lot of recipes! I found an old binder that wasn’t being used and decided to use it as my canning recipe book.  To make the canning recipe book look nice, I covered it with some cute fabric I found in the discount bin of my fabric store. personal canning book This is easily done by just drawing the outline of the binder on the flip side of the fabric (some people call it the wrong side), fold the fabric to the inside of the binder and fold each side under just where it meets the metal spine that holds the rings.  Sew those folds first.  I used a decorative stitch because I’m still learning how to use my new machine.  Besides, it’s pretty!Personal canning binder Next, sew the top and bottom together.  Turn inside out and insert the binder. Easy, simple, done.  And it looks nice!How to cover a binder with cloth The local dollar store has sheet protectors – sixteen for $1 – so I bought a couple packages of those. They were necessary as I am a very messy cook! 🙂  I loaded up the binder clips with the sheet protectors and placed all of the recipes I have already accumulated into the binder.  Niiiicccceeee Hmmmmm… Something is missing. Dividers!  Back to the dollar store. Cloth binder cover Now I have a great place to slip all those recipes without them floating around in the ionosphere, where they invariably get lost!  And if the internet is down (again) or my computer is on the fritz (God have mercy), I will have the information I need at my fingertips. Cover a binder with cloth This turned out so cute I think I will make another one for all the pages I print out on making cheese, homemade taco sauce, soap, etc..  I think I will call it my homemaking binder! How do you keep all of your printed recipes and tutorials?  Do you worry that some day you may not able to retrieve them when needed?


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23 thoughts on “Canning Recipe Book

  1. so crafty Vickie!! Awesome job and cheap! That’s a great point, it is so easy to run to the internet for a recipe! I will have to make my own book!! Another good book to buy is Small Batch Preserving – by Margaret Howard. Awesome! I have tried several of the recipes and yummm!

    • I am always the worrying type and try to prepare for the worst – so this is my version of preparing. 🙂 I have to admit, however, that I still prefer a real paper and ink book in my hand rather than my kindle or the computer. It’s just easier to read – at least for me. So, this is my way of coping. Have a great evening!

  2. That is such a good idea. Darling fabric. I learned the hard way to put a copy of the recipes I find online in my recipe box. It’s amazing that we grew up without internet or cell phones and now we’re so dependent on it all. My husband takes notes on his tablet, I write in a notebook. I have a tablet and I do read ebooks, but I prefer to hold a book in my hands! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    • I agree – though I have a Kindle, a PC and various other devices, I still like to hold a actual book in my hands while I read. Don’t get me wrong; I have learned so many things while searching on the internet and I have found that source invaluable in my quest for self-sufficiency. I also love to go to my local library and read, read, read! Thanks for stopping by, Holly. See you again soon!

    • It really is simple – took me all of 10 minutes to make! At least now I have all my favorite recipes and those I would like to try in one place – without the need for electricity. 😉 Have a great weekend, Laura

    • Thank you, Ana! Isn’t that fabric the cutest – and it was on sale! Can’t beat that. I hope your week is wonderful, also.

    • I’m glad you like it, Sarah! This binder has really come in handy already. Since each page is protected by the plastic sleeve, I can just wipe it clean! Thanks for stopping by and for your kind compliment.

  3. Good for you! We are just starting to can here. I made red pepper relish and soon I will be doing creamed corn and pickled beets. My mom use to always bottle the trout that dad caught. It was delicious! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    • I love pickled beets! A salad just isn’t a salad without them. 😀 I also like putting creamed corn into my cornbread – makes it so moist and, well, corny! Thanks for hosting the hop, Jann.

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  5. I love the fabric you chose. This year I have also gotten concerned with the possibility of lost data (recipes, addresses, phone numbers, gardening and herbal preparation) without ‘Net access. I have started storing in a binder, but never thought of covering it in fabric. I’m pulling out my glue gun and getting ready. Thanks for the great post and reminder. It’s nice to know we aren’t alone.

    • I love the fabric and your creativity, so I just pinned it on one of my Pinterest Boards. Your blog post name is included and it clicks through to this page. It never hurts to increase traffic.

    • Yes – I have had a few “tweeks” in my internet lately, and since Murphy’s Law seems to dictate my life (sometimes), I figured I should be prepared if the internet went down for a few days. The binder was an old one from my husband’s work and the fabric was next to nothing, so now I have a canning binder that looks nice on my shelf. I’m doing the same with my baking recipes and my regular cooking recipes, of course in different fabrics so I can identify them quickly. Thank you for your kind comment. I checked out your website – love your pottery! You are very talented! 🙂

  6. I love this idea and do something similar. The internet is not that reliable in my parts. Lots of storms and power outages. I put my recipes in a recipe book and these canning recipes go in my herbal where I keep all the household wisdom… When my computer died a few months back, I was so happy to have a hard copy! I like how you decorated yours! Thanks for sharing on the Art of Home-Making Mondays!

    • Where our new home is going to be built, on our future homestead, we may not have reliable internet service either. There is no land line or cable connection, as we will be completely off-grid, so our internet will have to be the satellite type or the type that can be carried on cell towers. From what our neighbors tell us, neither one is completely reliable at this time. Going through a lot of my print-outs, I can’t believe how much information, recipes and tutorials I have compiled! It’s going to take a while to get everything organized, so I may wait until a cold, rainy day to do this. Thank you, Jes, for hosting the party.