The art of preserving food is a wonderful way to prevent waste in the kitchen and enjoy the bounty of harvest all year long. In the Canning & Pickling Contest, we’re looking for your very best canning or pickling projects.

The winner of this contest will take home a Ball® freshTECH Electric Water Bath Canner + Multi-Cooker, a gorgeous copper preserving pan, and last but certainly not least, an Instructables prize pack.

Don’t get into a pickle by waiting until the last minute. Start your project today. You CAN do it!

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The Canning and Pickling Contest 2016 is closed.

Grand Prize


Grand Prize (1)

One Grand Prize winner will receive:

First Prize (3)

Three First Prize winners will receive:

Second Prize (5)

Five Second Prize winners will receive:

Runner Up (10)

Ten Runner Up Prize winners will receive an Instructables prize pack including a robot apron or stainless steel mug.

Write an Instructable

Create a new Instructable that fits the guidelines outlined in the contest description above. To be eligible, Instructables must be published between Aug 1, 2016 and Sep 26, 2016 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Canning and Pickling Contest 2016. If you have entries currently eligible for entry, it will also show up by clicking "Enter this Contest" on the right side of this page.


Entries are accepted by Instructables staff within one business day Monday - Friday. What matters is the submission time, not acceptance time.


A panel of judges made up of Instructables staff and respected members of the community rate the finalists. The averages of the ratings determine the winners.


When the winners are decided they will be notified and announced here on the contest page.