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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Second Edition, Revised edition (May 13, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486409317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486409313
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This practical, easy-to-follow-guide—newly revised and updated—offers food shoppers an attractive, high-quality alternative to high-priced, overprocessed, and undernourishing foods. Virtually everything you need to know about home canning is here: how to select, prepare, and can fruits, vegetables, poultry, red meats, and seafoods; how to preserve fruit spreads, fermented foods, and pickled vegetables; how to test jar seals, identify and handle spoiled canned foods, prepare foods for special diets, and much more.
Also included are scores of simply written recipes that enable even beginners to prepare such taste-tempting dishes as smoked fish, turkey-tamale pie, chicken croquettes, Mexican tomato sauce, strawberry-rhubarb pie, chile con carne, apple butter, pickled sweet green tomatoes, and a peach-pineapple spread.
Easy-to-follow directions make canning simple even for those who have never tried it. Nothing is assumed! Every step, every detail is carefully explained and has been thoroughly tested by government experts.
Unabridged Dover (1999) republication of Agriculture Information Bulletin No. 539, Complete Guide to Home Canning, published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1994.

Customer Reviews

A must-have for any canner!
Christy L. Miller
Sorry to be picky, but the print quality of this book is horrible.
Deb Duck
This book has so much really great info in it.
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220 of 224 people found the following review helpful By Ofu L. on January 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
A few years ago I came across the first edition of USDA's "Complete Guide to Home Canning and Preserving" in a second-hand bookshop. At the time I had zero experience with canning or preserving -- both of which seemed, to me, to be akin to alchemy. The USDA's guide contained all the information I need to get started, and answered many of my questions about the process, the 'science' and my options (such as added pectin vs. no added pectin in jams) I recently acquired this edition of the USDA's guide. It has all the strengths of the first guide, with a few changes to better suit most modern kitchens. Most notably is the listing of measurements using cups and spoons; as opposed to the weight measurements used in the first book. The USDA's guide also provides objective, practical information about selecting jars, canners, storage, ingredients etc. I now have a few books with fancy, tasty canning recipes, but I always use the USDA's Guide as reference . . .especially when purchasing equipment or creating my own recipes.
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165 of 169 people found the following review helpful By edunn on January 10, 2000
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This is the definitive guide for County/State fair entries in my area (Idaho) but frankly, the receipes in the Ball Blue Book (also available from Amazon.com) are much more palatable. If you're canning to win at the fair, use this book. If you're canning to EAT, use the Ball Blue Book! However, the canning TIMES should be followed in this guide for safety (they are usually the same as in the BBB). If Amazon doesn't have either of these titles, check with your county/state extension service. They will probably carry them.
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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Anna Seagreen on June 28, 2010
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This USDA publication has been updated in 2009 and the one for sale was published 1994. After the fact, I received UDSA, NIFA, Agriculture Information Bulletin No. 539 listing significant changes in every one of the seven sections pertaining to food safety &/or quality. This rendered the entire book unfit to use as a researched based reference. Knowing that the version I was purchasing was the 1994 version, and I did not realize the differences until after the book arrived, I ended up throwing out the book because I did not feel it was safe to even sell it at a yard sale. I have since acquired the 2009 version of the same book through my local County Extension Service Office.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Heather F on February 10, 2010
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By the Publishing Date (2008), I assumed that this was a newer edition. I wasn't expecting a reprint of the 1994 USDA Bulletin #539 - 14 years older than the Publishing Date. This should be made clear in the book's information.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ofu L. on January 21, 2000
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A few years ago I came across the first edition of USDA's "Complete Guide to Home Canning and Preserving" in a second-hand bookshop. At the time I had zero experience with canning or preserving -- both of which seemed, to me, to be akin to alchemy. The USDA's guide contained all the information I need to get started, and answered many of my questions about the process, the 'science' and my options (such as added pectin vs. no added pectin in jams).
I recently acquired this edition of the USDA's guide. It has all the strengths of the first guide, with a few changes to better suit most modern kitchens. Most notably is the listing of measurements using cups and spoons; as opposed to the weight measurements used in the first book. The USDA's guide also provides objective, practical information about selecting jars, canners, storage, ingredients etc. I now have a few books with fancy, tasty canning recipes, but I always use the USDA's Guide as reference . . .especially when purchasing equipment or creating my own recipes.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mandy on May 2, 2009
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This book was just what I was looking for. Not only does it have great recipes, but also more detailed information for first time canners than any of the other canning books!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 18, 2008
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Simply type USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning in any search engine and you will be taken to several pages offering .pdf vesions of the 1st edition. I can't imagine too many things are different. It even has cups and tsp/tbs measurements to make one quart jar at a time. Worth checking out before you spend money on the book.
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61 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Neil Simolke on December 10, 2002
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There are numerous books and literature that provide more information in a more in-depth format available to the home canner. Virtually all of the most recent processing time information (ie not 3-4 years old) can be found at your local county extension. Skip this book and spend your $ on the Ball Blue Book or Putting Food By (but make sure to use the most recent processing times).
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