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A comprehensive beginner's guide to home canning and preserving, complete with tasty recipes Preserving your own fruits and vegetables is an affordable and sustainable way to sweeten your pantry with delicious seasonal bounty to last all year. With "Better Homes and Gardens You Can Can ," you'll learn everything you ever needed to know about canning and preserving your farmer's market finds and the fresh produce from your garden. Whether you're canning for the first time or just want to refresh your skills, this is the perfect guide.All the basics are covered, from hot water baths and freezing techniques to food safety information and clever ideas for making gifts from your preserves. With a wide variety of recipes and step-by-step instruction, this book is clear and straightforward enough for any inspired do-it-yourselfer. - Includes 100 recipes for classic flavors as well as bold new delights - Features more than 50 beautiful color photos, including step-by-step photos to guide the novice canner through the most critical procedures - Covers all the basics of equipment and ingredients and provides handy charts and go-to lists, as well as tips on produce seasonalityWith recipes for jams, jellies, preserves, and chutneys, as well as pickles, relishes, and veggies, this book proves that you really can can
You can preserve just about everything-from soup to nuts. Food contamination scandals, the rising cost of food, organic eating, and better nutrition-all these factors contribute to the upsurge in interest in food preservation. While there are many books on canning, freezing, and pickling foods, few are as comprehensive as "The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to Preserving Food," in which readers learn how easy and beneficial food preservation can be with detailed, step-by-step instructions. *The sales of Ball(r) jars for preservation have jumped 28% in the past year, indicating a strong increase in interest in preserving food *The author is a Master Food Preserver with over 40 years of expertise *Advice on preserving for special needs diets is unique to this book *Provides instructional photos
Typical books about preserving garden produce nearly always assume that modern kitchen gardeners will boil or freeze their vegetables and fruits. Yet here is a book that goes back to the futurecelebrating traditional but little-known French techniques for storing and preserving edibles in ways that maximize flavor and nutrition. Translated into English, and with a new foreword by Deborah Madison, this book deliberately ignores freezing and high-temperature canning in favor of methods that are superior because they are less costly and more energy-efficient. As Eliot Coleman says in his foreword to the first edition, Food preservation techniques can be divided into two categories: the modern scientific methods that remove the life from food, and the natural poetic methods that maintain or enhance the life in food. The poetic techniques produce... foods that have been celebrated for centuries and are considered gourmet delights today. "Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning" offers more than 250 easy and enjoyable recipes featuring locally grown and minimally refined ingredients. It is an essential guide for those who seek healthy food for a healthy world.
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.