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How To Can Mushrooms

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I love mushrooms and like to add them to so many different dishes. From stir-fries to pasta and pizza but I really don’t enjoy the taste of commercially canned mushrooms. I find them bland and rubbery not something I like to add to my recipes!

So I wait for a great sale and stock up on fresh mushrooms and can them myself.  The taste difference is amazing! Really they taste so good I could never go back to store-bought canned mushrooms again.

The great thing is that it is so easy to can your own mushrooms.  Follow along step by step!


  • Mushrooms whole or sliced – 14 1/2 pounds on average for a canner load of 9 pints.  7 1/2 pounds on average for a canner load of 9 half pints.  This is about 2 pounds per jar.
  • Salt
  • Water


  • Pressure Canner
  • Large Bowl
  • Large Sauce Pan or Pot
  • Ladle
  • Canning Funnel
  • Pint or Half Pint Canning Jars
Soaking mushrooms in a large bowl. Text overlay says Canning Mushrooms Is So Easy!

Step 1.  Select Your Mushrooms

Pick out good quality mushrooms, do not use mushrooms that are mushy or discoloured. You want nice bright mushrooms with tight caps. Trim off stem ends and any discoloured parts.

Soak the mushrooms in cold water for 10 minutes to loosen any dirt. Then wash in clean water.

Sliced Mushrooms in a bowl.

Step 2. Cut The Mushrooms

Small mushrooms can be left whole or sliced, larger mushrooms should be sliced.  I use my food processor to slice the mushrooms. This saves a lot of time although doesn’t look as pretty as hand slicing.

Boiling mushrooms in a large pot.

Step 3.  Cook The Mushrooms

Place your sliced or whole mushrooms into a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes.

Fill canning jars with mushrooms.

Mason jar filled with sliced mushrooms and covered with water.

Step 4.  Fill The Jars

Remove the pot of mushrooms from the heat and ladle the mushrooms into your canning jars, leaving 1 inch of headspace.

Add 1/2 tsp. of salt in each jar, top with hot water if needed leaving 1 inch of headspace. Run a spatula around the inside edge of the jar to remove air bubbles.

Wipe the jar rims clean and place lids on, tighten the rings finger tight.

Step 5.  Can The Mushrooms

Place your jars into your pressure canner and can pints and half pints for 45 minutes at 10 pounds pressure or adjusted for your altitude.

When the time is up turn off your canner and allow it to return to zero pressure on its own. When ready remove the jars from the canner and place onto a towel.

Let them sit for 12 to 24 hours undisturbed.  Then check for any jars that didn’t seal. These can be reprocessed or refrigerated to be used right away.

Remove the jar rings, wipe the jars clean and label. Store your jars in a cool, dry, dark place.

Pack Style

Jar Size

Processing Time

0 – 1000 feet

Above 1000 feet


Half Pints or Pints

45 minutes

10 lb

15 lb

Canning jar of mushrooms on a wooden table outside. Text overlay says How To Can Mushrooms.
Yield: 9 Pints

How To Can Mushrooms

How To Can Mushrooms

How to can mushrooms.

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 14 1/2 pounds mushrooms
  • 9 tsp. salt
  • water


  1. Select good quality mushrooms, trim off the ends and any discoloured parts.
  2. Soak the mushrooms in cold water for 10 minutes. Then wash in clean water.
  3. Slice your mushrooms, small ones can be left whole if desired.
  4. Place the mushrooms into a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Ladle into canning jars and top with water if needed leaving 1 inch of head space. Add 1/2 tsp. of salt in each jar. Remove air bubbles from the jars, wipe the jars rims clean and add the lids. Process in a pressure canner at 10 pounds pressure for 45 minutes adjusted to your altitude.
  6. When the canner has fully cooled and released all pressure remove the jars and place on a towel. Allow the jars to sit undisturbed for 12 to 24 hours. Remove the jar rings, wipe the jars clean. Then label and store in a cool, dark, dry place.

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Tuesday 2nd of May 2023

Can I put mushrooms in jar and water bath


Tuesday 2nd of May 2023

I put mushrooms in oil and put them in ref. I use them in all my food.


Monday 27th of June 2022

Is this for any variety of mushroom? I saw another article that says only the white button type mushrooms can be canned. I would love to can baby Bella mushrooms.

Kelly Fastenau

Tuesday 22nd of September 2020

I used half pint jars for my mushrooms and 1/8 salt. They look just like store bought mushrooms. This is a great recipe. I will be using it again. Thank you


Monday 14th of September 2020

Can spaghetti sauce with finely chopped mushrooms be canned in non-pressure water bath?


Thursday 31st of August 2023

@Shsnnon, can I put them in my sauce and can them with a pressure canner? How long if so? Losa


Tuesday 7th of February 2023


No, spaghetti sauce, especially with additional chopped veggies must be pressure canned.


Friday 3rd of July 2020

Is it ok to can them without the salt? I rarely add salt and don't really like the taste of it. Also need to cut as much sodium out as I can for my mom.


Saturday 4th of July 2020

Yes, salt is optional in canning. It does help to preserve the color and flavor so the final product can taste a little different.

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