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Better Homes and Gardens You Can Can: A Guide to Canning, Preserving, and Pickling (Better Homes and Gardens Cooking) Paperback – June 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Series: Better Homes and Gardens Cooking
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Better Homes & Gardens; 1 edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470607564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470607565
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The fun and simple guide that proves you really can can!

Canning and preserving your own fruits and vegetables is a fun, affordable, and sustainable way to fill your pantry with the season's bounty all year long. This inspirational-yet-practical guide offers hands-on advice and helpful tips to start canning and preserving your farmer's market favorites or the fresh produce from your own garden. With 100 delicious recipes to fire your imagination, including pickles, jams, jellies, chutneys, salsas, sauces, and even homemade cordials, you'll find everything you need to make your own preserves and canned fruits and vegetables at home!

  • Learn all the basics-from water baths to freezing techniques-plus food safety tips and clever gift ideas

  • Beautiful photos guide you through every step from garden-fresh to pantry-ready

  • Includes equipment and ingredients, handy charts and lists, and tips on produce seasonality

About the Author

The iconic BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS brand is one of America's most trusted sources for information on cooking, gardening, home improvement, home design, decorating, and crafting. Today, the brand encompasses books, magazines, and digital media.

Customer Reviews

Easy to follow instructions.
LoAnn Raftevold
I love this book - it has good recipes in it and I am looking forward to trying some of them in the future.
Daniela Husnik Wilson
The best book for the canning beginner.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By K. Matheny on August 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
My husband and I just moved into a house with a fantastic yard for gardening and 5 peach and nectarine trees. We got this book to help up preserve all the precious fruit this fall.

Ive looked through it and it has great charts and explanations for the process. However in the back there is one small typo that incorrectly stated what the boiling point of water does at altitude. Which made the altitude section a little confusing. the boiling point of water goes DOWN the higher the altitude is. So at sea level, 212 degrees F, at 5000 ft 202.

Otherwise this book is fantastic for the canning process giving me ideas and providing plenty of pictures. I was actually surprised at how useful the book was, when I purchased it for 17 dollars I was expecting to only use the pickle and peach recipes, but the entire book has provided useful so far.
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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Texas Girl on July 3, 2010
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I have many home canning books. This is one of the best. I have canned for 7 years so I know the process. But if I just started I would highly recommend this book. Once again Better Homes and Gardens did a great job.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By S. Lindsey on August 17, 2011
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This book is very well organized and is full of useful information for beginners. I have used several of the recipes. Some have turned out beautiful and some had to be trashed despite having followed the recipes exactly. I've also noticed that some of the beautiful pictures are not accurate reflections of the recipes which I find very dissappointing. For example, the recipe will say to dice the peppers but in the picture the peppers were used whole. It does discuss sodium reduction despite what another reviewer claims. I would buy this book again, it's certainly worth the money for all the information. Just be careful with the recipes or you will be out several pounds of figs.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By camaikman on September 10, 2010
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No dancing around this, you can can! This book is basic enough to get your rolling AND has a decent assortment of recipes to try. My garden was not as prosperous as I would have liked this year but next year, look out - and I plan on using a lot more of the recipes from this book to handle my bounty.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By JeepinJesse on February 17, 2012
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If your looking for low acid food recipes look elsewhere. This book only has THREE low acid pressure canning recipes. Great if you have a water bath caner. Crappy if you want to try out your new pressure canner. Full disclosure on this would have been helpful. Course Amazon rocks and let me keep the book when I went to return the item. Go Amazon!!

-Big Jesse

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Since I was able to keep this book I put it to good use. I have made numerous recipes including "Hot-Style Chili Sauce" page 144 and "Farmers Market Corn Salsa" page 122. All of the recipes I have tried so far have ROCKED!! If you're looking for a canning book for HIGH ACID canning this book wont disappoint.

-Big Jesse
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Freckles on January 14, 2011
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I'm new to canning. I wanted ONE book, ONE book to tell me exactly what I needed to know and give me some good, basic recipes for things that I'd actually be able to use. This is it. There are no gaps. I don't think I will ever need or want to purchase another book on canning after this one.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Baisden on April 14, 2011
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I have owned a lot of canning books over the years. Sold many at yard sales and on Amazon. This one is staying as one of my "keepers". In fact, will probably be the one I use the most. The recipes range from basic to complex. But dont let "complex" scare you because it just means more ingredients are involved. Anyone can can with this book and I highly recommend it to the beginner as well as the seasoned canner!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. Boomer on August 9, 2010
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This book is very good. I enjoyed it. It got lots of good information in it.
It is something like the Ball book.It got recipes and lots of information on
canning.I just love to look at the pictures and the recipes.
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