Jams, Jellies, and Preserves - Book Recommendation?

Joined Jun 28, 2017
Hi everyone! Does anyone have a good recommendation for a reference text on jams, jellies, and fruit preserves? Specifically, I'd like something with info on food safety principles for home canning. Most of the information I'm finding online is along the lines of "here is a recipe for this specific jam and how to can in, don't deviate at all from the recipe or you will kill someone." I would like something that gives me detailed info on the food safety elements so that I can safely make my own recipes. I'm imagining something with charts of processing times for different volumes, suggested pH ranges, etc.

Thanks! And happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate!


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Joined Oct 7, 2001
There is a ton of information out there, on the internet. Many local "extension" offices publish their own pamphlets on this topic and post them online. When it comes to jams and jellies, safety isn't a huge concern, like it is with other canned items. The acidity and high sugar content make them poor breeding grounds for foodborne illnesses-sure it can happen but really, the bigger issue when deviating from recipes is the texture and consistency of your product-it setting up too much and becoming rubbery or not setting up enough and becoming soupy.

That said, I have a number of books but am at work so will have to get you names later.
Joined Sep 5, 2016
I picked this one up a while back:

Looks very good, I say looks because it's been on semi-permanent loan since I got it! But I've flipped through it a lot and intend on trying some of them out when I remember.

It contains an entire section on safety, best practises, and other useful tips: seasons for different herbs/fruits/etc...
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