21 Foods You Can Preserve in a Water Bath Canner

When you are just starting out with canning, it can sometimes be confusing as to what foods can be preserved in a water bath canner versus which ones can be canned in a pressure canner.

If you are a beginner, I suggest starting with a water bath canner. They are easier to learn and easier to use.

Here are 21 foods you can preserve using a water bath canner.

You can can them as halves or slices. You can add a sugar syrup- or if you don’t want that added processed sugar, you can can them in half water/half juice!


You are probably seeing a theme in these first foods- they are all fruits! Fruits are great for canning in a water bath canner because of their high acid and sugar content.


Pickles are a very acidic food due to all of the vinegar in the recipes.


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