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When the power fails, prepared families settle in, stay warm, and eat well. With careful planning, organization, and a detailed assessment of the needs of each family member, it is possible for every household to survive at least several days with no outside services. A sensible home system will take over the work of providing warmth, shelter, and nutrition. Author Kathy Harrison guides readers through the empowering process of setting up such a home system with her OAR method - Organize existing supplies, Acquire additional necessities, Rotate everything for freshness. Her comprehensive coverage of emergency preparedness includes food storage, alternative heating sources, personal supplies for every family member, entertainment ideas, toiletry and proper clothing, pet supplies, emergency family communication plans, and neighborhood cooperatives. In addition to preparing the home for extended periods without electricity, Harrison also discusses evacuation plans - where to go, how to meet up with family, what to pack, and how best to protect all that's being left behind. Self-sufficiency at home or in a temporary safe haven takes away much of the fear and helplessness associated with disasters. "Just in Case" puts the power back in the hands of individuals who are equipped and ready to take over when public services fail. Disasters can strike an entire region or a single unlucky family. They can be brought on by weather (hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, wildfires, severe heat or cold, landslides) or by man (terrorism, acts of war, simple human error). Whatever the cause, these catastrophic events have the potential to disrupt routines and cost money and lives. Why not be one of the prepared few? Just in case . . . Review With the assumption that "many of us have a false sense of security... assuming that technology will prevail or that some government agency will bail us out in a crisis," this extensive guide gives detailed, down-to-earth advice on what to do when disaster strikes, be it a house fire, an ice storm or biological terrorism. Aided by charmingly retro illustrations vaguely reminiscent of a 1940s air raid brochure, Harrison ("Another Place at the Table") presents her "OAR" system for preparedness-organizing, acquiring and rotating supplies-and techniques to safely and even comfortably survive any kind of emergency. She shows how to prepare for a short-term crisis: building a supply of food and water; preparing first aid and evacuation kits; planning communication and a family meeting place in times of crisis. She also presents long-term strategies for self-sufficiency: "eliminating debt and securing a supply of cash in your home"; planting a garden, canning food and making cheese; replacing an inefficient fireplace with a woodstove; building a solar oven. Harrison shows that learning to do it yourself, besides providing some security in an increasingly insecure world, br
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.
Hard times aren't just coming, they are here already. The recent economic collapse has seen millions of North Americans move from the middle class to being poor, and from poor to hungry. At the same time, the idea of eating locally is shifting from being a fringe activity for those who can afford it to an essential element of getting by. But aside from the locavores and slow foodies, who really knows how to eat outside of the supermarket and out of season? And who knows how to eat a diet based on easily stored and home preserved foods? Independence Days tackles both the nuts and bolts of food preservation, as well as the host of broader issues tied to the creation of local diets. It includes: How to buy in bulk and store food on the cheap Techniques, from canning to dehydrating Tools--what you need and what you don't In addition, it focuses on how to live on a pantry diet year-round, how to preserve food on a community scale, and how to reduce reliance on industrial agriculture by creating vibrant local economies. Better food, plentiful food, at a lower cost and with less energy expended: Independence Days is for all who want to build a sustainable food system and keep eating--even in hard times. Sharon Astyk is a former academic who farms in upstate New York with her family. She is the author of Depletion and Abundance, the co-author of A Nation of Farmers, and she blogs at www.sharonastyk.com.
"We Sure Can " celebrates the ongoing "Canvolution," in which urban "preservationists," local-food aficionados, rural picklers and jammers, and food bloggers are rediscovering the lost art of home canning jams, pickles, and other preserves. And we're not talking your standard strawberry jam here; passionate canners are preserving all manner of fruits and vegetables and combining them with unexpectedly exotic spices and ingredients. The book features over one hundred recipes from an international assembly of inventive canners (including the author herself), as well as profiles of those who do it best. The book's recipes are divided according to the seasons; some of the more tantalizing creations include Lemongrass, Ginger, & Kaffir Lime Jelly; Blackberry Lime Jam; Dandelion Jelly; Pickled Ramps; Lavender Peach Preserves; and Pickled Watermelon Rinds. The book also features practical and important information and safety tips for those wanting to start canning produce at home. Perfect for fans of the growing locavore movement and those who are empowered by the idea of "putting up" their own preserves, this book will inspire readers to start their own jam sessions as soon as the year's bumper crop of fruits and vegetables becomes available. Can anybody join the movement? We sure can Sarah B. Hood is a freelance food writer who has been canning for more than a decade. Her preserves have won prizes from Canada's Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and the Culinary Historians of Canada. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
The Ultimate Guide to Growing Your Own Food: Save Money, Live Better, and Enjoy Live with Food from Your Garden or Orchard
Growing your own food is a hot topic today because of the high cost of transporting food long distances, the heightened problem of diseases caused by commercially grown foods, and concerns of the overuse of chemicals in mass food production. Many people-from White House executives to inner-city kids-have recently discovered the benefits of homegrown vegetables and fruits. Community gardens, and even community canning centers, are increasingly popular and have turned roof-top gardening into a great and healthy food source. And on a smaller scale, some plants can even be grown in containers for the smallest backyard or patio. The possibilities for growing your own food are endless The Ultimate Guide to Growing Your Own Food informs you how to grow all types of vegetables, fruits, and even grains on your own land or in any small space available to you and your family. Also included is information on specific health benefits, vitamins, and minerals for each food, as well as detailed instructions for fall and winter food growing. Learn how to grow for your family, harvest and store all types of home-grown produce, and find joy in eating foods planted with your own hands.
Separate juice and pulp from seeds and skins in one easy step for canning, freezing, and dehydrating. Perfect for making fruit juice, fruit butters, fruit leather, applesauce, tomato sauce, baby food, jellies, and more. The easy to turn handle automatically forces fruit and vegetables through the chrome plated steel screen. Includes plunger, standard spiral and screen, recipes, and instructions. The 3qt hopper measures 8?ö in diameter and 3?ö deep. Hand wash only.
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
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."
"From the experts, the definitive book on home preserving." Ball Home Canning Products are the gold standard in home preserving supplies, the trademark jars on display in stores every summer from coast to coast. Now the experts at Ball have written a book destined to become the "bible" of home preserving. As nutrition and food quality has become more important, home canning and preserving has increased in popularity for the benefits it offers: Cooks gain control of the ingredients, including organic fruits and vegetables Preserving foods at their freshest point locks in nutrition The final product is free of chemical additives and preservatives Store-bought brands cannot match the wonderful flavor of homemade Only a few hours are needed to put up a batch of jam or relish Home preserves make a great personal gift any time of year These 400 innovative and enticing recipes include everything from salsas and savory sauces to pickling, chutneys, relishes and of course, jams, jellies, and fruit spreads, such as: Mango-Raspberry Jam, Damson Plum Jam Crab Apple Jelly, Green Pepper Jelly Spiced Red Cabbage, Pickled Asparagus Roasted Red Pepper Spread, Tomatillo Salsa Brandied Apple Rings, Apricot-Date Chutney The book includes comprehensive directions on safe canning and preserving methods plus lists of required equipment and utensils. Specific instructions for first-timers and handy tips for the experienced make the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving a valuable addition to any kitchen library.
"Canning and Preserving All-In-One For Dummies" offers readers a book that encompasses all aspects offood storage. It covers: Equipment, ingredients Canning fruits, vegetables, meats, and seafood Freezing Preserving Pickling Curing Smoking Drying Jams, jellies, and butters Root cellaring Condiments, relishes, salsas and chutneys Juicing Fermenting Featuring 300 recipes, "Canning & Preserving All-in-One For Dummies "provides everything you need to know to save money and live healthier, including preparation times, cooking times, processing times, and the yield you should expect from your efforts, as well as the newest equipment needed to create and store your own healthy foods.
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
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.
This is not your grandmother's canning book. The renewed interest in preserving fresh food brings a modern look to an age-old tradition. "Yes, You Can" offers a fresh new approach to preserving food with its step-by-step illustrated guide to canning, storing, freezing, drying, pickling, sugaring, and preserving. This book offers the how-to and the why-do of canning and preserving fresh food, and you can do this in less time and with less equipment than in days past. Experienced home-canner and author Daniel Gasteiger includes tips, techniques, and recipes for making jams, jellies, preserves, drying and freezing fruits, vegetables, herbs and so much more.
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.
Everything you need to know to can and preserve your own food With the cost of living continuing to rise, more and more people are saving money and eating healthier by canning and preserving food at home. This easy-to-follow guide is perfect for you if you want to learn how to can and preserve your own food, as well as if you're an experienced canner and preserver looking to expand your repertoire with the great new and updated recipes contained in this book. Inside you'll find clear, hands-on instruction in the basic techniques for everything from freezing and pickling to drying and juicing. There's plenty of information on the latest equipment for creating and storing your own healthy foods. Plus, you'll see how you can cut your food costs while controlling the quality of the food your family eats. Everything you need to know about freezing, canning, preserving, pickling, drying, juicing, and root cellaring Explains the many great benefits of canning and preserving, including eating healthier and developing self-reliance Features new recipes that include preparation, cooking, and processing times Amy Jeanroy is the Herb Garden Guide for About.com and Karen Ward is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals If you want to save money on your grocery bill, get back to basics, and eat healthier, "Canning & Preserving For Dummies, 2nd Edition" is your ideal resource