Better Homes and Gardens Can It! Book Review

If you are new to canning then I have a must-read book for you!  I have one or two canning recipe books but I have found my favorite!  I was asked if I wanted to review Better Homes and Gardens Can It!  Since I was planning on canning this year I jumped at the opportunity.

I have canned before, once and it wasn’t my finest moment, let’s just say the pickles were somewhat edible and my garbage disposal ate a lot of soggy Hungarian peppers! 🙁  I knew that I didn’t want to give up on the idea of canning but I needed simpler recipes and were fool proof!  I cringe at how much money was wasted on those beautiful Hungarian peppers that I destroyed.

Better Homes and Gardens Can It! Review

Canning this year with Better Homes and Gardens Can It! has been a success so far!  After looking through the beautiful 140+ photographs and highly organized book I found one recipe that was not only what they said was Easy Peasy but the ingredient were easy to come by and it required no washing, peeling or preparing fruit or veggies and reading just the title made my mouth water!  Once I saw Pomegranate Jelly Recipe, I knew that this was the one to start off canning 2012 in our house!

Pomegranate Jelly Recipe

Things to love about the Can it! Canning Book:

  • beautiful photographs of the actual recipes for EVERY canning/preserving recipe (great for visual learners like me!)
  • organized table of contents lays out the book by canning basics, berries, tomatoes, citrus, row crops, herbs, vine, gift giving, troubleshooting
  • almost every recipe page has a useful “test kitchen tip” at bottom of page
  • perfect for beginner canners looking for contemporary ideas as well as experienced canners wanting to expand their recipes
  • over 100+ delicious recipes for every palate
  • simple hands-on instructions for every recipe
  • perfectly priced at $17.99 for paperback or just $9.99 for an ebook

I tried the Pomegranate Jelly Recipe and found it delicious and super easy. Below are the ingredients for the recipe.

Half-Pint canning jars, Sugar, Pomegranate Juice, Lemon Juice, and Fruit Pectin

Find the whole recipe, with plenty of photos here.  The whole process from start to finish was less than 30 minutes.

Done processing, now cooling down on counter (it is recommended to use wire racks)
Pomegranate Jelly all cooled down, Jelly is set and now marked as such!

After the jelly set and was cooled, I wrote on top of the lid the contents and date made. If you want to give the jelly as gifts, add a homemade tag with string, use fabric scraps and raffia for the top, and perhaps attach a spreading knife (I found cute ones at Goodwill for cheap).

  • I added some cute fabric scraps and raffia I had laying around and voila! Cute and delicious gifts ready to go! YUM!
As you can see the recipe is not difficult and if you have all the supplies you need it really is very economical and fun!  The only thing I will do next time is start heating my big processing pot before I start since that can take a while to boil. After a success with the Pomegranate Jelly I am going to try out these recipes next, Corn Salsa and Spiced Pumpkin Butter.  If you are not sure what canning supplies/tools you need the Better Homes and Gardens Can it!  includes lots of beginner information on what tools are needed and how to use them for a successful canning experience!

Buy Better Homes and Gardens Can It!

You can purchase Better Homes and Gardens Can it! at many local retail stores and bookstores or on

This was not a paid post. My own opinions were used based on my perceptions and experience. Thank you to Wiley Publshers who provided me with the product for review.

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