Cold Weather Canning (BBB)


Winter time is not high canning season. There’s no garden coming in. No bursting farmers markets. No neighbors dumping zucchini on your porch. However! Winter is a fabulous time for canning those things you don’t have time to can in high canning season. A great time to make big batches of soups and chilis and put them away for busy days.

Here are a few of the winter-time canning recipes that can be found on Farm Bell Recipes:

Chili for a Crowd
Black Bean Soup
Hamburger Stroganoff
Corned Beef Hash
Bean and Bacon Soup

See all the Preserving recipes on Farm Bell Recipes.

And just in case you hadn’t noticed, I’m also giving away a pressure canner here today!


Ball Blue BookIt’s a Ball Blue Book Project day! Today’s Ball Blue Book is sponsored by Gloria Elizabeth, in honor of her grandmother, Melissa, and daughter, Katherine.

For a chance to win: Leave a comment on this post and let me know you want it. You can just put (BBB) at the end of your comment or otherwise note that you want to be in the draw. One winner will be drawn by random comment number to receive a Ball Blue Book. Eligible entry cut-off is midnight Eastern (U.S.) time tonight (January 17). This post will be updated with the winner by 9 a.m. Eastern (U.S.) time tomorrow (January 18). Return to this post to claim your book if your name is drawn (or check the BBB Winners List).

Find out more about the Ball Blue Book Project and become a sponsor.

UPDATE 01/18/11: The winning comment number, drawn by, is comment number #130, Wendy. Email me at CITRgiveaways(at) with your full name and address for shipping!

This giveaway is closed to entry.


  1. CindyS says:

    BBB please! :moo:

  2. Patty McCloe says:

    BBB entry for me too!

  3. Shelly Messier says:

    I really want to can. Soup would be wonderful to make and can this time of year!I have been freezing my stuff. Would love to have a BBB! :duck: :duck: :duck: :duck: :duck: :duck:

  4. Courtney says:

    Oooh, BBB!

    I was watching Edwardian Farm on YouTube the other day and came across something that might be useful for Glory Bee, or at least future calves … This video: about 13 minutes in, they’re doing their first milking and you can see that the calf has a muzzle on. They don’t actually talk about it, but it makes sense that then it can stay with its mother overnight but can’t nurse, so the cow has a full udder in the morning. Then you just take the muzzle off and the calf can eat all day.

  5. cricketjett says:

    BBB, please!!

  6. Richelle says:

    Yes, BBB please!

  7. Patty in TN says:

    Oh enter me in the drawing! BBB

  8. Laura Newton says:

    Please enter me.

  9. Barbara at AtLast says:

    BBB please. I have been enjoying WB canning this year and ready to step it up.

  10. Jana NC says:

    Would love to have the BBB!

  11. melody says:

    i would love to win bbb

  12. Julie Hardie says:

    Funny, I would have thought canning would be big in winter time since you cant really do much outside..:) BBB…everyone can use another pressure canner 🙂

  13. Kathy in FL says:

    BBB, please!

  14. Gem says:

    Pick MEEEEEE for the BBB!!!

  15. mary ellen says:

    would love to win the BBB

  16. justdeborah2002 says:

    I started canning since Christmas, my pressure canner was my daughter’s gift to me this season, so it seems perfect to heat up the house that way….BBB

  17. Mary Hall says:

    Hi, please enter me in the BBB.
    Have a great day.
    PS…. Here’s some more sunshine for ya…LOL
    :sun: :sun: :sun: :sun: :sun: :sun: :sun:

  18. WatkinsGal says:

    You have reminded me that I need to get my gallons of cherries out of the freezer and make some jelly. Two fully producing cherry trees is a bit much to deal with in the spring. Pick ’em, wash ’em and into the freezer for winter jelly making! Great way to warm up the house too!

  19. Hamp Girl says:

    BBB, please!

  20. langela says:

    Had to check in and find out what you could possibly be canning at this time of year. I may just try the chili recipe. BBB me please.

  21. Amy I. says:

    BBB please! Would love to do some winter canning!

  22. Tammy Henkel says:

    BBB please.

  23. Anke says:

    I’ve never tried canning anything besides fruits and vegetables, Might have to give that a try…
    BBB pretty please.

  24. Barbie says:

    I should try some winter canning to help heat up the house, it’s 3 degrees outside, brrrrr! BBB Thanks! :sun:

  25. Zusiqu says:

    BBB please? Now I’m headed over to check out canning recipes.

  26. Sherie Adams says:

    I remember the sound of the pressure canner when I was a kid – my Mom canned beef all winter long. BBB please!

  27. windspiritwhimsies says:

    Would love to learn how to can! Please enter me for BBB-thanks! :sheep:

  28. Hugh Blair says:

    It would be great to have

  29. momma-leigh says:

    Maybe today is my lucky day! I would love to get this!

  30. Naomi says:

    this would be nice to have (BBB)

  31. Jeanne NC says:

    One of these days I’ll win one of your drawings – maybe it’ll be this one!! BBB please!
    : )

  32. Glenie says:

    BBB. I would love to win.

  33. Sharon says:

    Please pick me..I’d love to win this one.

  34. Linda Goble says:

    Please put me in for a bbb drawing.

  35. Denise says:

    I’d love to win a copy of the Blue Book. Been wanting to start canning and this could be a start.

  36. lindae says:

    Enjoyed looking at the recipes. Please put me in the BBB drawing.

  37. Mark Garner says:

    I would love to win the BBB

  38. JoyS says:

    canning in the winter…a novel idea! lovely way to keep the house warm, methinks! would love to win! thanks for your mid winter inspiration! :yes:

  39. Debbie says:

    Would love to win the BBB-thanks!

  40. brookdale says:

    Would love to win the BBB and start canning! Thank you, Suzanne, and Gloria Elizabeth, for sponsoring this giveaway.

  41. Kristen A says:

    BBB me please!

  42. patrice says:

    BBB so my daughters can take over all the canning! :woof: lol

  43. Grammy Jam says:

    BBB please!

  44. Teri says:

    would love to win a BBB

  45. Michelle G. says:

    What a lovely suggestion! BBB

  46. Donna says:

    Thanks for the great canning ideas.

  47. Kathie says:

    I would love to prove that using a pressure anything does not mean the food has to end up on the ceiling.

    However…..when I try to add a recipe it says I have to register. I am registered, but I go along with it. I ask for a new password…says I am not registered. I try to register again and it says I am already registered. I have showered. I am not offending. I love the goat baby. I cannot win if I cannot get into the recipe area. Grrrrr


  48. kindigo27 says:

    Maybe this time I might win the BBB? Please?

  49. Melissa (N4M) says:

    me me me, plz

  50. Sharon Palmer says:

    Would love to have the BBB.

  51. Tammy says:

    would love to win the BBB

  52. marymac says:

    Enter me in the BBB please.

  53. Kathy Hathcock says:

    Oh yes, enter me in your drawing. I would love for the BBB book to come and live with me.

  54. Bonnie says:

    I never thought of canning the things you mentioned. I have always done pickles, jams, and jellies only. Food for thought! BBB, please!

  55. Sherri says:

    BBB please. Pretty please.

  56. Mrs. Weeb says:

    I have one already but would love to enter for my sister to share in canning this summer! BBB Please :o)

  57. andrea pierce says:

    Please count me in the BBB! I actually don’t have a pressure canner. I really should watch yard sales this summer.

  58. rileighsmom1 says:

    Please enter me in the drawing! BBB

  59. Delanki says:

    Please enter me in the drawing. Ready to stock up with great canned foods! BBB

  60. Michelle says:

    Would love to win a BBB, and will have to go over and try for a pressure canner, too! I’ve only ever used my waterbath canner….

  61. Kathie says:

    Thanks for fixing my log in. I have submitted Mountain Shepherd’s Pie. I think I already submitted my wish to win in #56.

  62. Rhonda says:

    Would love a BBB! Enter me, please. Thanks

  63. Mary from Baton Rouge says:

    consider me for the BBB.

  64. Full Strut Farm says:

    I just spent the weekend canning corned venison! BBB please!

  65. April says:

    Please enter me in the BBB drawing. Thanks!

  66. stephanie peebles says:

    BBB Please!

  67. patchkat says:

    I would so love to have the updated Ball Canning book! BBB Please!

  68. jan~n~tn says:

    A BBB is needed for my ‘first time canner’ sister.

  69. Jeannie says:

    I would love to learn how to can.
    BBB for the book!!!

  70. Sharon R says:

    My grandmother canned in the summers, she had a huge garden and fed 3 +families from it. I would love to learn more about it so please add me to the drawing. BBB please!

  71. Nancy Stickler says:

    UGH! I never thought of canning soups! BBB please…

  72. Sharon says:

    Please enter me in the BBB Contest. Thank you

  73. KaraLeigh says:

    BBB! ::Crossing fingers:: Please be me, please be me! :happyflower:

  74. ladychef says:

    BBB please! Thanks to Gloria Elizabeth for another chance to win, and always a thanks to you Suzanne!

  75. sal says:

    Love these BBB giveaways! I think I should win this one. Thanks! Sal

  76. Gerry says:

    I would love to have this book. BBB please!

  77. Pat says:

    I would love to have a new BBB.
    Thank you!!

  78. Rosemeri says:

    Please enter me in BBB. Thanks.

  79. Patricialynn says:

    It’s cold and snowing hard outside – perfect day for canning in my opinion.

    BBB please!

  80. Kathy Chaney says:

    Would love one of these books! Thanks! (BBB)

  81. Kelly A says:

    I am desperately hoping to can stuff like this. Last night I felt absurdly guilty opening a can of spaghettios and thinking that I need to figure out how to do it myself. BBB

  82. Jenny Sterling says:

    BBB please! Would love to can this year!

  83. Audrey in Texas says:

    I am soooo ready for a pressure canner!! That’s next on my list…BBB for me, please!

  84. CrystalGB says:

    I would love to have the BBB. Love home canned food. 😀

  85. Miss Judy says:

    I was hoping to can some “Wonderful Salsa” and try to create a recipe for “Chared Pineapple Relish”…it might happen…or not.BBB for sure.

  86. Betty says:

    I love your blog, read it daily. BBB

  87. Terri Draeger says:

    Please enter me for the BBB giveaway. Love your blog & recipes! :purpleflower:

  88. Miss Becky says:

    thank you Glory Elizabeth for sponsoring this giveaway. I love your name. I’m going to be making a cake today with cherries that I canned over the summer. BBB!

  89. Tricia in TEXAS says:

    BBB just for ME!!!

  90. Jennifer S says:

    I would love to win BBB!

  91. Jody says:

    BBB Please !! Pick me

  92. Katharina says:

    You know on my “happy card” I put CITR as number 1 for warm fuzzies! I would enjoy a BBB.

  93. Christina S. says:

    BBB me, please!!!! :duck:

  94. Amanda says:

    One of these days I’ll win that BBB!

  95. Heather C says:

    Would love it

  96. Diane says:

    I would like to win the canning book, BBB

  97. Melanie says:

    BBB would be fabulous. Thanks so much!

  98. Shar says:


    THANK YOU to the sponsor of today’s BBB drawing!

    Please include me and I promise if I win I’ll make GOOD use of it! Thanks!


  99. Joy says:

    Please enter me in the drawing! Thank you.

  100. LeAnn says:

    BBB please :snoopy:

  101. Beth Ritzman says:

    I’d love a little BBB action!

  102. Cathy says:

    Would love to win BBB !

  103. EightPondFarm says:

    I am willing to step up and can in the winter time!! 😆
    Please enter me in the BBB contest.

  104. CJ58 says:

    Please enter me for a chance to win BBB!!!

  105. Teresa in GA says:

    BBB, Please!

  106. Gillian says:

    Dull grey day here too. Canning sounds just the ticket!

  107. Lisa says:

    I’m always running out of room in my freezer, so I love canning whatever I can!! BBB Please!

  108. Janice Jewett says:

    Please enter me for BBB.
    Thanks Janice/Maine

  109. Brigitte says:

    Wow! Love these Ideas! BBB!

  110. Debbie says:

    Please enter me for a BBB!

  111. Laura says:

    I’m a little afraid of a pressure canner, would love to have a BBB that tells me how to do it.

  112. Wendy says:

    I’d love to try those canning recipes. Thanks for the chance to be in the drawing. (BBB)

  113. Kathleen H in Indiana says:

    Count me in!!! Thanks Suzanne.

  114. Christina Bredenkamp says:

    I’d love to win the blue Ball Book!

  115. Mark says:

    Please enter me for a BBB! Thanks.

  116. pam from ohio says:

    Hi Suzanne…thank you so much for offering yet another wonderful gift. Please put me in the drawing!

  117. Lana says:

    Gloria Elizabeth, what a great way to honor your grandmother, Melissa, and daughter, Katherine! Thank you, and thank you CITR for this drawing!! Please enter me to win a BBB!

  118. rivergirl says:

    would love to learn how to can the “right”way. :snoopy:

  119. hollygrovefarm says:

    :moo: BBB – before i forget. lol. wish you lived next door to me so you could help me learn to milk a cow and how to take care of one. wish i had started earlier on this farm life. love it, but may be too old to adapt to it now, even though i love living on 37 acres. we have previously had goats, but got rid of them because we could not keep them within a fence.

  120. ChicagoGal4Ever says:

    We had warm weather today and it was beautiful. I know I’m going to sound crazy BUT I was wishing I was back in the cold because nothing is better on a cold day than a bowl of hot chili! (BBB)

  121. Mim says:

    enter me in the contest please

  122. Amie says:

    I added my aunt’s recipe for Golfer’s Beef Stew. I’d LOVE to win a pressure cooker, pleasepleaseplease. 🙂

  123. ticka1 says:

    Please enter me in the BBB! I entered the pressure cooker contest too. Submitted my recipe!!! Fun times here at CITR with lots of contest! Love it!


  124. farmershae says:

    What an exciting day! BBB me please!

  125. Laurie says:

    BBB for me please!

  126. Andy says:

    I have been canning a lot of pinto beans in the last 2 weeks (35 quarts). Beans in ham stock and beans in a mixture for chili. I am looking for a recipe to can beens & weenies in pint jars. has anyone done this? I know for my quart jars I boil 6 cups of beans for 5 minutes – this usually gives me about 1 1/2 cups of beans per jar (7) when I load my canner and it’s the perfect amount. I’m wondering using this same method how much I would need for pints and still allow room for the hot dog bites to go in.

  127. Wendy says:

    I can’t believe I won! I had to scan down the comments to be sure. lol
    Thanks Suzanne & Gloria Elizabeth.
    Now to decide what to can 1st!


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