how to can quick breads

Word of Caution: Some people have expressed a concern over the risk of botulism when canning bread. To play it safe, please consider storing your canned bread in the fridge until ready to use.

I am SO super excited about learning how to can bread!! I’ve seen bread in jars as gift ideas before, but when I read an article on Lehman’s Country Life stating that these breads will keep for up to a YEAR, I knew I had to give it a try.

Imagine being able to pull a fresh tasting jar of quick bread straight off your shelf any time you want it!! What a great convenience food to stock your kitchen with, especially if you have hungry kids or unexpected guests!

And the very best part of it… you don’t even have to have a canner! Anybody can do this. All you need is your jars, lids, and an oven.

Okay, so here’s how to can quick bread:

1. Get 8 clean wide-mouth pint size canning jars and lids. They don’t have to be hot like usual, just clean.

2. In a large bowl, mix up your favorite quick bread recipe as usual (banana bread, zucchini bread, apple bread, etc). I used my favorite Pumpkin Spice Bread Recipe, substituting 2/3 c. shortening for the 1 cup of vegetable oil it normally calls for.

3. Grease your jars with shortening, all the way around the inside.

4. Pour the bread mix into the jars, filling them halfway. DO NOT OVERFILL.

5. Bake the bread in the jars (WITHOUT lids on) at 325* for 45 min. Test one with a toothpick to make sure they are completely cooked before removing the jars from the oven.

6. When done, wipe the rims with a wet cloth and quickly screw the lids on.

As the jars cool, the lids will seal and keep your bread as fresh as the day you made it. Although, I haven’t exactly had a chance to taste any after letting them sit for several months. Ours only lasted three days before the husband and kids broke into them!

I’m thinking I’ll bake a bunch of these to have on hand for after this baby is born. Last time I prepared for baby’s birth by doing a bunch of freezer cooking. This year I’d like to stock our pantry with convenience foods in jars. And the way my kids snack, this is definitely a keeper!!

Have you ever made quick breads in a jar? What’s your favorite recipe?