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" The authors, Vermonters Nancy Chioffi and Gretchen Mead are experts on cooking and food preservations as well as being advanced gardeners." - The Cape Codder

 

" This book is about perfect. It's 8.5x11 inch format allows it to open flat on the counter and the 10-point type can be read without squinting. Illustrations are simple line drawings in great abundance. Anyone unable to follow the directions in this book shouldn't be allowed to use sharp knives or work with boiling water." - Rural New England Magazine

 

" There seems in fact to be no aspect of home preservation they have not sensibly considered." - Horticulture Magazine

 

" One of the most up-to-date, helpful books on home food preservation to be published…Keeping the Harvest is excellent for the beginner as well as the more experienced food preserver." - Seattle Post- Intelligencer

 

 

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" The authors, Vermonters Nancy Chioffi and Gretchen Mead are experts on cooking and food preservations as well as being advanced gardeners." - The Cape Codder

 

" This book is about perfect. It's 8.5x11 inch format allows it to open flat on the counter and the 10-point type can be read without squinting. Illustrations are simple line drawings in great abundance. Anyone unable to follow the directions in this book shouldn't be allowed to use sharp knives or work with boiling water." - Rural New England Magazine

 

" There seems in fact to be no aspect of home preservation they have not sensibly considered." - Horticulture Magazine

 

" One of the most up-to-date, helpful books on home food preservation to be published…Keeping the Harvest is excellent for the beginner as well as the more experienced food preserver." - Seattle Post- Intelligencer

 

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Product Details

  • Series: Down-To-Earth Book
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; Rev Upd Su edition (January 5, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882666509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882666501
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Restoring Stationmaster's House on September 22, 2002
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I bought three books on canning and this book was the best. It is simple to understand, has pictures of the way things should look, such as the canning jars in a not water bath. I was canning tomatos and this book was so easy to follow. It listed the different methods for canning, as stating the best method.
I bought a pressure cooker and could not understand the manufactures directions, this book explained in simple terms, everything I needed to know, to use the pressure cooker. It has pictures on how to can tomatos from start to finish, which I really appreciated. To me a picture is worth a thousand words.
I think if you are a first time canner or even experienced, that this easy to use book is for you. I know I will be using it for years to come. Thank you to the authors.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Niebylski on August 28, 2010
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The Ball Blue Book of canning, largely regarded as the bible of canning and home preserving, pales in comparison to this.

Canning--both water bath and pressure, dehydration, root cellaring, freezing, grinding and storing grains, herbs, pickles and preserves are all covered in here. The book shows schematics on building your own dehydrator with screens and light bulbs, turning a corner of your basement into a root cellar or using boxes of sawdust to preserve carrots. There is a chart at the beginning detailing the authors' preference for storing each fruit or veggie.

I've made pickles, jams and jellies from their recipes with good results and followed their instructions on potato storage to enjoy my organically grown potatoes into spring.

While this book as been updated since its publication in the 1940s, it still retains the "old world charm" and humor. It's like sitting down with someone from that generation to talk about the old days. Amusing ancedotes about turnips and the authors' own mistakes pepper the book. Even if you never use this book for preserving, history buffs will enjoy the "voice" of it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nebraska Volleyball lover on July 9, 2008
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I own this book and have purchased it for several people getting married that love to garden. It shows in detail how to can, freeze, store, etc. all of your produce. It is a great book for beginner canners as it explains things that are very easy to understand.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By book bugger on August 12, 2008
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This is a very organized book. Since I literally have dozens of this type of book, I can honestly say this is one that I would definelty keep among all the others.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bertie House on February 27, 2012
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I bought this book years ago when I bought a half share in the harvest of a CSA in NJ. At the end of the season, we were overwhelmed with crates of tomatoes. So, I learned how to can tomatoes and make tomato juice (love a good Bloody Mary!). Even with only a half-share, that season I also learned how to freeze greenbeans, strawberries and what you would expect to find grown in the Mid-Atlantic area. When I retired I moved to rural mid-west community. I bought copies of this book for my neighbors, and relatives. Anyone who planted a garden got a copy of this book. It is wonderful and straightfoward. Recipients include an ICU nurse, an IT professional and a dog-groomer. I have a very large collection of "country living" books, this is the one I go to over and over. Even if I don't grow it myself, I can buy wonderful locally grown produce in season. A very good companion cookbook is In Season by Sarah Raven.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 30, 1998
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I found this book in the library and used it for my first garden bounty -- my first canned peaches, my first jam, and my first frozen green beans. Keeping the Harvest is informative, fairly comprehensive and simple to follow. I'm buying it now so I'll be ready for next summer!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By katnec on November 7, 2012
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I have recently gotten into preserving and canning. This book has been great it has directions for every possible way to preserve food and it very easy to follow and understand. I would reccommed this to any beginner trying to preserve food.
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This is the absolute best food preserving/canning book, hands down. Other canning books give you recipe after recipe for canning all kinds of obscure things that I would have a hard time making 8 quarts of (how much ginger blueberry jam can I really eat or even give away?). This is the ONLY book that I've found that outlines the different methods of food preservation (water bath canning, pressure canning, freezing, drying), how to do each, and the pros/cons.

It gives you a few recipes for common foods preserved in these ways.

But then, the best part of this book is that it lists each different type of food with how to preserve it. Got a lot of beans? Go to the beans section, and it'll tell you how to can them, pickle them, or freeze them. Tomatoes galore? You'll find information on the best way to can them whole, chopped, as juice, sauce, paste, or ketchup.

You can use this book even if you don't usually have the vast quantities of produce usually called for in canning books.

If you grow fruits and vegetables or even if you like to buy in-season produce in bulk, this is definitely the book for you. Or you could buy a few other canning books and page through them to find a good way to can those tomatoes, only to find out that you need 45 pounds to make a recipe for tomato-butternut squash chutney. But nothing about just canning the darned tomatoes!

I can't say enough about it. I use this as a reference constantly. You need this book!
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