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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, no matter your skill level, May 13, 2007
This review is from: Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving (Paperback)
I got this book about three weeks ago, having never canned or preserved, and I was completely impressed. Using the recipes inside, I've made pickled ocra, green beans, brandied cherries, sweet asparagus, and the hands down best pickle relish I've ever had in my life. It has hundreds of recipes, and they are all wonderful. If you're into fruit preserves or jams, sweet or dill pickles, slasas, relishes, chutneys, condiments, you name it, there are dozens of recipes of each type of food. I'll be tackling some home made wine and cranberry mustard next week. The first batches of pickles I made were with utensils I already had on hand. All you need is the mason jars if you have a well stocked kitchen. I've sense bought some bottle clamps to get the jars out of the hot water, but that's about it.

Here are the pros:

*) Thorough discussion of the steps of preserving.

*) Discussion on foodborne illness and how to kill it through preserving.

*) A look at high acid versus low acid canning.

*) A handy guide of produce weight and volume (for example, one pound of cherries equals 2 1/2 cups of cherries, so you know exactly what to get at the store).

*) Amazing, easy recipes for all levels of skill and tastes.

*) Dozens of variations on recipes (not just one type of cucumber pickle, but several!)

Buy this book if you're thinking of starting or even an old time pro. It's great fun, and it can produce pickles, ketchups, and preserves where you controll all the ingredients (and can even go organic!).
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Initial post: Aug 25, 2013 7:51:45 PM PDT
Arenitas says:
Great review I agree with you. I am new to canning, and this IS the canning bible. YouTube is helpful, but if you are getting started, get a book. Thanks for the awesome review.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 8:38:42 AM PDT
Thanks for the extremely helpful review. You convinced me.

Posted on Oct 11, 2014 8:05:04 AM PDT
Question: Since "Ball" makes 1/2 gallon jars. Does this book offer recipes using the 1/2 gallon jars?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2014 4:43:34 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 11, 2014 4:45:12 PM PDT
Arenitas says:
I'm not sure, but you can only use them to can acidic juices such as orange and tomato. I use it to store dry goods or to freeze leftovers

Posted on Oct 18, 2014 11:23:01 AM PDT
J. Farrell says:
Does this book discuss canning meats or just fruits and veggies?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 12, 2015 8:29:29 PM PDT
A. Reader says:
I've not seen anything for 1/2 gallon jars, but they do quite a few quart jar recipes. To be fair, I have 4 canning books now, and not a single one of them has recipes for 1/2 gallon jars. I'm not even sure they'd fit in my canner, actually.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 12, 2015 8:30:20 PM PDT
A. Reader says:
It has a pressure canning section which includes some meats, vegetables, and some really good soups.
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