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Evolution of USDA Home Canning Recommendations

Early History – Farmers' Bulletins

Canning Vegetables in the Home, 1909

  • Breazeale, J.F. 1909. Canning vegetables in the home. USDA Farmers' Bulletin 359.

Home Canning by the One-Period Cold-Pack Method, 1917

  • Benson, O.H. 1917. Home canning by the one-period cold-pack method. USDA Farmers' Bulletin 839.

Home Canning of Fruits and Vegetables, 1917 and 1918rev.

  • Creswell, M.E. and O. Powell 1917. Home canning of fruits and vegetables. USDA Farmers' Bulletin 853.
  • Creswell, M.E. and O. Powell. 1918. Home canning of fruits and vegetables. USDA Farmers' Bulletin 853, revised.

Home Canning of Fruits and Vegetables, 1921

Photograph from the cover of the USDA Farmers' Bulletin No. 1438 of a woman making pickles
  • USDA. 1921. Home canning of fruits and vegetables. Farmers' Bulletin 1211.
  • Stanley, L. 1926. Canning fruits and vegetables at home. USDA Farmers' Bulletin No. 1471.
  • Stanley, L. 1931. Canning fruits and vegetables at home. USDA Farmers' Bulletin No. 1471, revised.
  • Stanley, L. 1932. Canning fruits and vegetables at home. USDA Farmers' Bulletin No. 1471, sl. revised.
  • Stanley, L. 1933. Canning fruits and vegetables at home. USDA Farmers' Bulletin No. 1471, revised.

Home Canning of Fruits, Vegetables and Meats, 1936-1942

  • Stanley, L. and M.C. Steinbarger. 1936. Home canning of fruits, vegetables and meats. USDA Farmers' Bulletin No. 1762.
  • Stanley, L., Steinbarger, M.C. and D. Shank. 1942. Home canning of fruits, vegetables, and meats. USDA Farmers' Bulletin No. 1762, revised. Home canning of fishery products, 1942
  • Jarvis, N.D. and J.F. Puncochar. 1942. Home canning of fishery products. U.S. Dept. of the Interior Conservation Bulletin No. 28.

Wartime Publications

Canning Tomatoes, 1943

  • USDA. 1943. Canning tomatoes. Folder AWI-61.

Wartime canning of fruits and vegetables, 1943

  • USDA. 1943. Wartime canning of fruits and vegetables. Folder AWI-41.

Home canning of fruits and vegetables, 1944

  • USDA. 1944. Home canning of fruits and vegetables. Bulletin AWI-93.

Application of Current Scientific Methods

Home canning processes for low-acid foods, 1946

  • Toepfer, E.W., Reynolds, H., Gilpin, G.L. and K. Taube. 1946. Home canning processes for low-acid foods. USDA Technical Bulletin No. 930.

Home canning of meat, 1945

  • USDA. 1945. Home canning of meat. Pub. AWI-110.

Home canning of fruits and vegetables, 1947

  • USDA. 1947. Home canning of fruits and vegetables. Bulletin AIS-64.

The Home and Garden Bulletin Series

How to make jellies, jams, and preserves at home, 1945-1982

  • USDA. 1945. How to make jellies, jams, and preserves at home. Home and Garden Bulletin No. 56.
  • USDA. 1957. How to make jellies, jams, and preserves at home. Home and Garden Bulletin No. 56, revised.
  • USDA. 1975. How to make jellies, jams, and preserves at home. Home and Garden Bulletin No. 56, revised.
  • USDA. 1982. How to make jellies, jams, and preserves at home. Home and Garden Bulletin No. 56, revised.

Home canning of fruits and vegetables, 1947-1982

  • USDA. 1947. Home canning of fruits and vegetables. Home and Garden Bulletin No. 8.
  • USDA. 1957. Home canning of fruits and vegetables. Home and Garden Bulletin No. 8, revised.
  • USDA. 1975. Home canning of fruits and vegetables. Home and Garden Bulletin No. 8, sl. revised.
  • USDA. 1977. Home canning of fruits and vegetables. Home and Garden Bulletin No. 8, sl. revised.
  • USDA. 1982. Home canning of fruits and vegetables. Home and Garden Bulletin No. 8, sl. revised.
Photograph from the USDA Home and Garden Bulletin No. 92 of a woman making pickles

Home canning of meat and poultry, 1951-1972

  • USDA. 1951. Home canning of meat and poultry. Home and Garden Bulletin No. 6.
  • USDA. 1966. Home canning of meat and poultry. Home and Garden Bulletin No. 106.
  • USDA. 1972. Home canning of meat and poultry. Home and Garden Bulletin No. 106.

Making pickles and relishes at home, 1964-1978

  • USDA. 1964. Making pickles and relishes at home. Home and Garden Bulletin No. 92.
  • USDA. 1978. Making pickles and relishes at home. Home and Garden Bulletin No. 92, revised.

Current Recommendations

Complete Guide to Home Canning, 1988-1994

  • USDA. Complete guide to home canning. Agriculture Information Bulletin No. 539, first printing 1988. Reprinted with revisions in 1989 and 1994.

    (Note: With the first printing in 1988, this publication superseded the four Home and Garden Bulletins: Number 8 Home Canning of Fruits and Vegetables, Number 56 How to Make Jellies,Jams, and Preserves at Home, Number 92 Making Pickles and Relishes at Home, and Number 106 Home Canning Meat and Poultry.)

Principles of Home Canning, 1988

  • USDA. Complete guide to home canning. Agriculture Information Bulletin No. 539A, 1988.

    (This is Guide 1 from the Complete Guide to Home Canning, printed and packaged separately.)

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