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Product Details

  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Rockridge Press (June 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 162315183X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1623151836
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...Filled with clear and easy to follow information and tried and tested recipes that will put your canning nerves at ease. "  -Maria Slavik, Sweet Domesticity blog

More About the Author

Rockridge Press is a trusted voice in health and diet books, ranked as one of the top 50 authors in Health, Fitness & Dieting on Amazon AuthorRank. Within the Rockridge catalogue are dozens of best-selling health guides and cookbooks, including the New York Times Bestsellers Clean Eating Made Simple, Paleo for Every Day, Mediterranean Diet for Every Day, and The Mediterranean Diet for Beginners, and the Amazon #1 Bestsellers The Paleo Cookbook and The Clean Eating Diet & Cookbook.

The diet experts at Rockridge Press take pride in publishing thoughtful, well-researched books that help readers make positive lifestyle changes and build healthy habits. Packed with delicious recipes, organized meal plans, and handy shopping lists, a Rockridge book will help you start the Paleo diet, learn to use your juicer to make nutritious juice recipes, or improve the health of your heart on a Mediterranean diet.

Rockridge Press is an independent press headquartered in Berkeley, California in the heart of one of the healthiest regions in the world, the San Francisco Bay Area.

Customer Reviews

The directions for each process are written very clearly and are easy to follow.
Cathy Freericks
If you are a beginner this book will serve as a great guide to help you learn all you need to know about canning and preserving.
Josh S.
The book is divided into canning foods using the Water Bath method and the Pressure Canning method.
halimah ceesay

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By cdsnj03 on July 3, 2013
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I think canning is a great idea, I freeze lots of food in my deep freezer but an extended power outage pointed out the problem with that solution so I thought about canning. Having no experience at all, I needed a book that would lay it out step-by-step and this is the book for me.

The book is divided into two sections for water bath and pressure canning (I didn't even know the differences until I read this book) with equipment lists, appropriate usages and recipes for both types. The author points out practical and safety factors to consider when buying your canning equipment (new/used, sizes, etc) that I wouldn't have thought of myself. Now I'm less afraid of canning and feel that I can do it without risking my family's health!

The book has many recipes to try from the expected items such as jelly, jam and spaghetti sauce to things I never realized you could can such as ground beef and chicken to have on hand as the base for a variety of meals. Great tips to set up a pantry full of canned items and be prepared for the next multi-day power outage!
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By carmilla on September 21, 2013
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When I tried canning the first time, I thought I could find the information I needed for free on the Internet. What I found was not as complete as the information included in this book. For example, the author here describes in detail how to prepare jars, lids, and bands for the canning process; this was something I was unclear about the first time I tried to can on my own.

The list of recipes is pretty extensive and includes pickles, jams, and apple butter. Also included are things I didn't know you could can, like chicken soup and chili. It also explores the differences between water bath canning and pressure canning, and lists all the supplies needed for both.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 30, 2013
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On my road to healthier living, I have discovered a whole new, and colorful, world. Upon researching infusion, I found out about canning! This is brilliant. I have jars from juicing and so I figured why not?

There is so much more to canning than simply having jars, and this book was a great, and SIMPLE, aid holding my inexperienced hand through it. What attracted me most to it were the low sugar jams and the salsa; however, with the garden in the backyard producing a massive tomato harvest and winter coming soon, I jumped at the chance to can my tomatoes! I can honestly say I didn't think it would be this comprehensible and guided. Truly for novices!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 9, 2013
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This book has excellent explanations of both water bath canning and pressure canning. It goes over Botulinum clostridium, the bacteria that causes botulism poisoning (and also provides the botox for face-freezing wrinkle treatments.) It's important to understand about acid environments, that some bacteria produce toxins and grow without oxygen, and can cause fatalities even with a small serving. After you read this, you'll be able to realize what foods can be water bath packed (acid foods, high sugar fruits) and what foods need pressure canning (soups, vegetables, low acid fruits, etc.)

Some recipes are high in sugar because the sugar acts as a preservative. So some fruits have sugar syrup and jams have sugar to let the gelling process happen with pectin. (The ratio of sugar to pectin is important.) There are some great recipes like honey-pear jelly (finally a use for a lot of pears.) But I got this more as a reference for canning rather than for the recipes. It is truly for beginners to understand about canning.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Donna on July 25, 2014
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I like the simplicity of the recipes, which are great for a beginner. The problem is that this is the most poorly edited book I have ever seen. I have tried 2 recipes so far, and both have had errors.

The Cherry Preserves recipe lists vanilla in the ingredient list, but nowhere in the directions does it tell you where to add it!

In the Pickled Green Beans recipe, there is no sugar listed in the ingredient list, but in the directions, it reads to boil the vinegar and water until the salt and sugar dissolve. Should I have added sugar or not?

I saw another reviewer who mentioned this problem, but ordered the book anyway because overall, the reviews were so great. When you are a beginner, the last thing you want is to find an error once you have started cooking. I had to consult other recipes online just to decide what to do next.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Eric on September 22, 2013
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Whether you are a local food movement enthusiast or just starting out on the food preservation journey, this is the resource to have. The instructions for preparing the food are detailed and thorough, and the accompanying pictures will make you want to dive right in.

The acidity charts help you choose between using either a water bath canner or a pressure canner. This book simplifies the process with lists of supplies and detailed, step-by-step instructions. Whether you are looking to save some money or wanting to develop a fun family tradition, Canning and Preserving for Beginners will show you how.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Solo on November 26, 2013
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I am still traumatized by the week long power outage we had last year. For me, it is now before the outage (BTO) and after the outage (ATO). I lost about $300 in groceries that outage. I had just had my groceries delivered earlier that very day.

Since that time, I have been researching solutions to prevent such a major loss, and for me the solution has been canning at home. To be quite frank, I am not a cook, so canning was clearly not on my bucket list, but I am so glad that I discovered the book "Canning & Preserving for Beginners" by Rockridge Press. What a life saver! In addition to simply being a wonderful way to preserve freshness, create tasty dishes, and store foods, canning your foods in advance will help you survive power outages with little or no problems. Your foods won't spoil since they do not rely upon power.

Now my BTO and ATO are not so remarkable any more. I know that I have the foods that I need, should this event re-occur, and I won't have to worry about recovering from financial catastrophes.
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