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3.0 out of 5 stars Good tastes, but quantities aren't always perfect, July 5, 2012
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This review is from: Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round (Hardcover)
I started canning a little over a year ago, and I've tried a number of resources since then. I've enjoyed the Food in Jars website over the past year, so this cookbook seemed like a natural fit.

On the whole I think that the tastes that Food in Jars creates are good, and for that I'll absolutely keep this book. But I've noticed that for some of these recipes, especially those in the jam/jelly section, that the quantities are never right. Some have made too much, but most of them don't come even close to making the amount mentioned on the recipe; usually only about 75% of the suggested yield. And while I'll admit that I'm a relatively new canner, this is not a problem I've had with recipes procured elsewhere (other cookbooks, Alton Brown's on Food Network, or family members).

Still, like I said, the tastes are fantastic. Just make sure that you've always prepared extra jars (just in case it makes way too much) and brace yourself for not getting as much as you'd expected, and you'll be good.
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Initial post: Jul 15, 2012 5:08:14 AM PDT
David Arkles says:
As a Canner of over 40 years, I have always had an extra jar just in case the recipe made more that stated. I don't really know why I get more, but more is better than not getting enough.

Posted on Jul 17, 2012 8:57:41 AM PDT
Greg, I'm so sorry to hear that your batches aren't producing the exact right yield. There are so many variable that play into recipe yield, particularly with jams and jellies. Moisture content in fruit varies, depending on the amount of rain it received during growing, the heat levels and even how old it is when you go to use it. Because of that, recipes can often vary as much as a pint. I wanted to give each recipe a yield range, but my publisher asked for a single number. I made a number of batches with each recipe in the book, and chose the average yield. However, this has been a particularly hot and dry year, so the fruit isn't as moist as it was during the years when I was testing the recipes in the book. So yields are less this year. It's frustrating, but it's one of those things you accept when you can.
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