Four Editions of Ball Blue Book Edition 1938, 1947, 1949, 1974 by Ball Brothers Company

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Discover the timeless art of food preservation with this collection of four editions of the Ball Blue Book of Preserving by Ball Brothers Company. Spanning the years 1938, 1947, 1949, and 1974, these books are a staple in the American kitchen for preserving fresh-tasting food.

Each edition offers a wealth of knowledge on canning and home-preservation techniques, along with a variety of recipes to enjoy throughout the year. While we encourage the enjoyment of these classic recipes, we recommend consulting the USDA for current canning guidelines.


  • Author: Ball Brothers Company
  • Editions: 1938, 1947, 1949, 1974
  • Format: Paperback
  • Page Count: 56, 56, 56, 112, pages
  • Dimensions: about 8x6x1 inches 
  • Condition: many stains and wear on covers; recipes are ledgble.

Four Key Features:

  1. Comprehensive Guides: Detailed instructions on canning and preserving foods.
  2. Variety of Recipes: Each edition offers unique recipes and preservation methods.
  3. Historical Insight: Reflects the evolution of home-preserving practices over decades.
  4. Collector's Item: Ideal for vintage cookbook collectors and culinary enthusiasts.

    Preserving History:

    These editions of the Ball Blue Book of Preserving are more than just cookbooks; they're a journey through the history of American home preservation. Each page offers a glimpse into the culinary practices of past decades, making them a valuable addition to your vintage cookbook collection or home library.


    These vintage books have been previously loved and show signs of wear typical for their age, including minor stains and cover wear. Please refer to the pictures as a guide. If you have any questions or need additional photos, please feel free to ask.

    Our Process

    We source from local estate sales in the Great Lakes Bay Region, only purchasing the highest quality books.

    After photos are shot, the book is immediately placed in a clear self-sealed bag, stored in a climate-controlled room for protection until you purchase.

    When shipping, your book is double-bagged using kraft bubble mailer's for protection.

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