Canned Bread – Quick White Bread In a Jar – Brown & Banana Variations

I can’t believe this worked!

I canned this white bread back in August….and opened a jar of canned bread today for breakfast sandwiches and they came out super yummy, just as fresh as when they were first done!

I like to do a basic white bread recipe. And just like with baking bread in the oven, the recipe has to be adjusted according to humidity and the alignment of the planets. But I’ll give you what my recipe starts with and then adjust it to what you need.

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By the way, this makes two loaves of bread, so it is a large recipe and can be paired down. So I usually can some and also make a loaf to eat right away.

Please note – canned bread is very controversial as for keeping in food storage, on the shelf or in a prepper pantry due to the right conditions for organism C. botulinum to form when conditions are right and can be an extremely potent toxin. We suggest to make your bread and store in a cool, refrigerated environment for safety.


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Let’s get to it!


  • 2 tbs instant yeast
  • 2 1/2 – 3 cups water (add or subtract as needed)
  • 6-8 cups flour (again add or subtract as needed)
  • 6 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 1 tbs oil

Canned Bread Instructions – Pressure Cooker

1. Sanitize and dry about 6 wide-mouth pint jars. (Using wide mouth is a must, you’ll never get the bread out otherwise)
2. Combine ingredients and knead until gluten is developed.
3. Transfer to a bowl, cover, and let rise till it doubles. (20-60 minutes depending on the temperature of your house).
4. Knockdown dough. Portion out 6 golf ball sizes of dough.
5. Grease the inside of the jars with shortening.
6. Smooth out balls and place them in wide mouth pint jars or wide mouth quart jars. Try to keep out air pockets under the dough. Smoosh it with your fingertips into the bottom edges of the jar. You can use canning tools to help.
7. Put lids on and do a second rise. Let rise till there are 2 inches of headspace in the jar.
8. Place in a pressure cooker and pressure can for 20 minutes (based on 1000 asl). Check your levels and times.
9. Take out and let cool.

Cook Time

Prep time Cook time Ready in Yields
1 hr 15min 30 min 3 hours (cool) 6 pint jars of bread



Canned Bread in a Jar – Oven Variation (no pressure canning)

  1. Get 8 clean wide-mouth pint-size canning jars and lids. They don’t have to be hot, just clean.
  2. In a large bowl, mix up your favorite quick bread recipe as usual (banana bread, zucchini bread, apple bread, etc). You can also try Kendra’s Pumpkin Spice Bread Recipe from New Life on a Homestead and substitute 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 pint 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.
  7. Let sit for at least 3 hours until cool.

Cook Time

Prep time Cook time Ready in Yields
15 min 45 min 3 hours (cool) 8 pint jars of bread


Different Canned Bread Variations

Here are some of the different types of bread this recipe can make:

  • pumpkin
  • banana
  • apple
  • carrot
  • applesauce/pineapple
  • cranberry
  • cranberry sauce
  • zucchini
  • applesauce/raisin
  • peach

Important Guidelines

  • You must use wide-mouthed jars – this is a big one…. you need to use wide-mouth jars (pints or quarts) for this recipe so that the bread will come out of the jar easily to prevent losing its loaf shape. The batter going into the jar is a lot more flexible than the bread coming out.
  • You must use shortening – do not be tempted to substitute with any other type of oil! If you want this bread to keep in those jars, you need to use shortening. Any other oils will make this bread go rancid faster.
  • You must sanitize your jars before using them – Food safety is a priority always….. especially when canning. In addition to sanitizing your jars, make sure you wipe off the tops before and after baking.


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Original post: February 28, 2022 
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  1. The recipe states to grease the inside of the jars with shortening

  2. You have a photo of baked/canned bread in wide mouth quart jars. I would like to see the bread after it has been removed from the quart jar. I’m thinking it isn’t going to just slide right out in one piece.

    1. Hi Popeye! Thanks – yes, it doesn’t seam like it would come out all in one, but I use a knife to gently scrape around the outside and it will slide out with a little bit of gently pulling….. it worked for me, but I think it just takes a couple times to learn to do it.

  3. I would like to try the oven method, how long will it keep on the shelf?

    1. I usually keep them for only about 1 month, but I have had ones on the shelf for about 3-6 months

    2. I have some jars that I’m still eating that are 3 years old. And I’m still alive and they still taste good! I just made sure I put the lids on immediately out of the oven.

      1. Oh wow that’s great! That’s a long time and happy to hear that you’ve been able to store them so well for such an extended time!

  4. How long does the oven jar method last in the jar?

    1. I usually keep them in there about 3-6 months

  5. How many pounds to pressure can?

  6. Is it ready to eat when you open the jars, or do you need to bake it to brown it?

    1. It is ready to eat right out of the jar!

  7. 20 minutes in a pressure canner. At what pressure?

    1. Pressure depends on your altitude, not the recipe.
      If you are pressure canning anything, and you are over 1000 above sea level, you will can at 15# pressure.
      Below 1000, it’s 10# pressure.

    2. Yes, Janet is correct, : “If you are pressure canning anything, and you are over 1000 above sea level, you will can at 15# pressure.
      Below 1000, it’s 10# pressure.”

  8. I’ve been looking for a white bread ina jar recipe! Never thought of pressure canning though! Do you grease the jars? Also, is your recipe for the jars only half of the dough? Thank you!

    1. Yes, you can definetly spray some cooking spray such as olive oil, avocado oil, etc on the the inside to help with removal.

  9. When baking the white bread do you need to grease or spray the inside of the jars? Planning to try the white bread recipe. Will be the first time to PC bread. I want to do it right

    1. Did she ever reply??? Did you grease the jars? Thanks in advance!

      1. In the instructions, she said she greased the jars with shortening.

      2. Yes, HI Jennifer! I did end up putting grease the inside of the jars which made it SO much easier to remove the bread in one piece… nearly slipped right out! 🙂

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