Ball Blue Books

The Ball "Blue Book" is a home canning instruction and recipe booklet produced from 1909 to present. These books were typically used by home canners as a reference during the canning process and are often found completely worn out and stained! It is not unusual to find one with the cover missing. The books produced from 1909 and before 1913 are very scarce - these are variations of the first edition ("A"). The recipe contents were the same in all 9 known variations of edition "A". For the most part, the change was in the cover design. The Minnetrista museum in Muncie, Indiana has one example of each of the early ones. Dick Cole (former curator at the Minnetrista museum and Ball researcher, as well as a Ball Corporation retiree) has studied these first books very carefully and has come up with a classification for them with specific details on the differences. I have been able to find 4 of the 9 variations of edition "A", and they are shown in the photos. The late Jeff Harper (another serious Ball collector, who was a great grandson of F.C. Ball) had identified three types of edition "C" (the recipe text varies slightly between the types). It is a challenge to gather all of the later books just because there are so many! Many important historical facts about Ball fruit jars can be learned from studying the Blue Books. They contain illustrations and/or advertisements for the fruit jars that were being made at the time the booklet was produced which helps you to establish production dates. Alltrista took over production of the Ball Blue Book in 1995. Jarden became the new care-taker and producer with the 2009 edition and has continued with the latest edition, which was produced in 2017. I made a check list and photo guide of nearly all of the Ball Blue Books. I'm only missing a very few. In total, there are over 75 of them to find from a period spanning almost 110 years. Dick Cole's valuable reference material can be found at this link. These canning books are fun to collect and turn up frequently just about everywhere. (note: your web browser may reduce the following pictures to fit on your computer display; you can make the pictures full-size by clicking on the picture once it is shown and then click the "zoom" button in the lower-right when it appears.)

 

Date Edition Title Cover Inside Mailer
1909-12 "A" M1 The Correct Method for Preserving Fruit (steaming kettle, dark green cover) wanted wanted  
1909-12 "A" M2 The Correct Method for Preserving Fruit wanted wanted  
1909-12 "A" M3 The Correct Method for Preserving Fruit (steaming kettle, light green cover) wanted wanted  
1909-12 "A" M4 The Correct Method for Preserving Fruit (steaming kettle, gray cover) wanted wanted  
1909-12 "A" M5 The Correct Method of Preserving Fruit (reddish brown title block, SI, B32) pic pic  
1909-12 "A" M6 The Correct Method for Preserving Fruit (steaming kettle, brown cover) wanted wanted  
1909-12 "A" M7 The Correct Method of Preserving Fruit (light brown cover, LI, B32) pic pic  
1909-12 "A" M8 The Correct Method of Preserving Fruit (dark brown cover, LI, B32) pic pic  
1909-12 "A" M9 The Correct Methods for Preserving Fruit (cornucopia cover, LI, B32) pic pic  
1913 "B" Correct Methods for Preserving Fruits pic pic  
1913 "C" type 1 The Ball Preserving Book wanted wanted  
1913 "C" type 2 The Ball Preserving Book pic pic  
1913 "C" type 3 The Ball Preserving Book pic pic  
1914 "D" The Ball Preserving Book pic pic  
1914 E The Ball Canning and Preserving Recipes pic pic  
1915 F The Ball Canning and Preserving Receipts pic pic  
1915 G The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Receipts   pic  
1915 H The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Receipts pic pic  
1916 J The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Receipts pic pic  
no date  K The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving pic pic front
no date  L The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Recipes pic pic  
1920 M The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Recipes pic pic  
1926 N The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Recipes pic pic  
1930 O The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Recipes pic pic  
1930 O2 The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Recipes pic pic  
1932 P The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Recipes pic pic  
1932 P2 The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Recipes pic pic  
1933 Q The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Recipes pic pic  
1934 R The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Recipes pic pic front
1935 S The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Recipes pic pic front
1936 T The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Recipes pic pic front
1937 T2 The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Recipes pic pic front
1938 T3 The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Recipes pic pic front
1941 U The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Recipes pic pic front
1943 V The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Recipes pic pic front
1944 W The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Recipes pic pic  
1946 X The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Recipes pic pic front
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1947 X The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Recipes pic pic  
1949 Y-25¢ Ball Blue Book of Home Canning Preserving and Freezing pic pic front
1949 Y-15¢s Ball Blue Book of Home Canning Preserving and Freezing pic pic  
1953 26 Ball Blue Book Home Canning and Freezing Recipes and Methods pic pic front
1956 26B Ball Blue Book Home Canning and Freezing Recipes and Methods pic pic  
1959 26B Ball Blue Book Home Canning and Freezing Recipes and Methods pic pic  
1960 26C Ball Blue Book Home Canning and Freezing Recipes and Methods pic pic  
1963 27 Ball Blue Book Easy Guide to Tasty, Thrifty Home Canning and Freezing  pic pic  
1966 28 Ball Blue Book Easy Guide to Tasty, Thrifty Home Canning and Freezing  pic pic  
1969 28 Ball Blue Book Easy Guide to Tasty, Thrifty Home Canning and Freezing  pic pic  
1972 29-50¢ Ball Blue Book Easy Guide to Tasty, Thrifty Home Canning and Freezing  pic pic  
1972 29-1$bs Ball Blue Book Easy Guide to Tasty, Thrifty Home Canning and Freezing  pic pic  
1972 29-1$ws Ball Blue Book Easy Guide to Tasty, Thrifty Home Canning and Freezing  pic pic  
1972 29-1$ Ball Blue Book Easy Guide to Tasty, Thrifty Home Canning and Freezing  wanted wanted  
1974 29 Ball Blue Book Easy Guide to Tasty, Thrifty Home Canning and Freezing  pic pic front
1974 29 Libro Azul (Spanish Edition 1977 - Ball Blue Book)  pic pic  
1977 30 Ball Blue Book The Guide to Home Canning and Freezing pic pic  
1979 30 Ball Blue Book The Guide to Home Canning and Freezing pic pic  
1981 30 Ball Blue Book The Guide to Home Canning and Freezing pic pic  
1982 30 Ball Blue Book The Guide to Home Canning and Freezing pic pic  
1983 30 Ball Blue Book The Guide to Home Canning and Freezing pic pic  
1984 31 Ball Blue Book The Guide to Home Canning and Freezing pic pic  
1985 31 Ball Blue Book The Guide to Home Canning and Freezing pic pic  
1986 31 Ball Blue Book The Guide to Home Canning and Freezing pic pic  
1987 31 Ball Blue Book The Guide to Home Canning and Freezing pic pic  
1988 31 Ball Blue Book The Guide to Home Canning and Freezing pic pic front
1989 32 Ball Blue Book The Guide to Home Canning and Freezing pic pic  
1990 32 Ball Blue Book The Guide to Home Canning and Freezing pic pic  
1991 32 Ball Blue Book The Guide to Home Canning and Freezing pic pic  
1993 32 Ball Blue Book The Guide to Home Canning and Freezing pic pic  
1995 Vol. 1 Ball Blue Book Guide to Home Canning, Freezing and Dehydration (Alltrista) pic pic  
1997 Vol. 1 Ball Blue Book Guide to Home Canning, Freezing and Dehydration pic pic  
1998 Vol. 1 Ball Blue Book Guide to Home Canning, Freezing and Dehydration pending pending  
1999 Vol. 1 Ball Blue Book Guide to Home Canning, Freezing and Dehydration pic pic  
2001 Vol. 1 Ball Blue Book Guide to Home Canning, Freezing and Dehydration pic pic  
2003   Ball Blue Book of preserving pic pic  
2009   Ball Blue Book guide to preserving (Jarden) pic pic  
2013   Ball Blue Book guide to preserving pic pic  
2014   Ball Blue Book guide to preserving pic pic  
2017 37 Ball Blue Book guide to preserving pic pic