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Complete Guide to Home Canning and Preserving Paperback – September 12, 2008

3.6 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: BN Publishing (September 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9650060421
  • ISBN-13: 978-9650060428
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #905,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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How do I get my money back? On a Kindle,I can't read the figures nor tables. It doesn't have a working index. Bullet lists are all messed up. But, text is enlightening and informative. Too bad somebody can't straighten up the CRAZY Kindle formatting. I would buy the paperback but reviews say that it's messed up too. The Kindle blanks the tables in Section 3 if you just move the PDF over to the Kindle. Only works on a Windows laptop with PDF version.
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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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By stargazer on November 11, 2010
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The info in the book may or may not be of value. Who can tell? The formatting in the Kindle edition looks as if some poor overworked underpaid secretary with no Kindle formatting experience or knowledge was forced to throw this into a file for publication as quickly as possible. Your tax dollars at work.

It can only be understood in full screen mode on a laptop. And there are a multitude of breaks where there should be no breaks and no break when a new page should start. Paragraphing was innacurate and all in all, the kindle edition, while inexpensive, is not really useable. I give it two stars for the technical info, and NO stars for the fact that you can't READ the technical info.
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While I did enjoy reading this book, I found it to be quite technical for a beginner such as myself. The recipes were limited and the proportions were huge.

I liked the standards they provided for food safety, but would have loved to have seen some ideas for a smaller family like my own.
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If you must have a bound book and don't have your own laser printer, having this book is better than using outdated information. Had I known what I was getting, I would have just printed the same information that the US Dept. of Agriculture makes available free on the web. The text is accurate but the illustrations are photocopies of photocopies and are very difficult if not sometimes, impossible to read. if you can afford to just print the information from the web and have a laser printer and 3-hole punch, I highly recommend doing so.
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This book doesn't waste words, but tells you enough to safely put up Summer's bounty for the Winter ahead.
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