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The spiced peaches and icebox pickles, dilly beans and tomatoes in every shape and form, the blackberry jam and hot pepper jelly--it's summer, and a whole world of summers past, in a jar. Pack the pantry the way Grandma did, and put away the sweetest fruits and preserves, the most tender savory vegetables, the taste of the sunny day and the scent of the crisp harvest air, with more than 250 blue-ribbon canning and preserving recipes culled from "The" "Farmer's Wife" magazine. A reliable resource for the farm wife, the new mother, the suburban transplant, the magazine shared recipes that made the kitchen sing and the family sigh with contentment. Along with instructions for canning and preserving fruits and vegetables from your garden or the farmer's market, this wonderful cookbook, like an old family friend, offers recipes for using the tomato sauce, raspberry jam, peaches, and other tasty fruits and vegetables that you've "put by."
Practical, easy-to-follow guide contains virtually everything consumers need to know about home canning: how to select, prepare, and can fruits, vegetables, poultry, red meats and sea foods; how to preserve fruit spreads, fermented foods, and pickled vegetables; how to prepare foods for special diets, and much more.
Take an increasingly health-conscious era, add an economic downturn, and what do you get? A revitalized interest in local, seasonal foods and in producing better food for less all year round. "Knack Canning, Pickling & Preserving "makes time-honored methods to this end easier than ever with simple, step-by-step instructions and stunning four-color photos. It includes everything you need to know about canning, pickling, freezing, and drying--tips, techniques, and equipment--as well as hundreds of recipes for jams, jellies, pickles, relish, sauces, meat jerkies, and more. That's not to mention great gift-giving ideas for the holidays " "Kimberley Willis is the author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Country Living" and "Raising Chickens for Dummies." She lives on a farm in Michigan.
The winning team behind The Joy of Keeping Chickens returns, this time with a complete guide to building and maintaining a root cellar-even if it's just a dark and cool closet. This cheap, easy, energy-saving way will keep the harvest fresh all year long. Here, readers will learn: Which fruits and vegetables store best How to build a root cellar in the country, suburbs, or city How to deal with specific environmental challenges Storage techniques ranging from canning to pickling and smoking to drying Recipes for everything from tomato sauce to venison jerky Root cellaring isn't just for off-the-grid types or farmers with large gardens. Storing food makes good sense, both financially and environmentally. And root cellars can easily fit anywhere. In this intelligent, convincing book, authors Megyesi and Hansen show how to make them part of every reader's life.