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The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest: 150 Recipes for Freezing, Canning, Drying and Pickling Fruits and Vegetables Paperback – August 15, 2002
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“The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest by Carol Costenbader will conjure up images of Grandma’s pantry, but it features the latest techniques for preserving food.” ― Orange County (CA) Register
“The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest is a real treat…easy-to-understand…the step-by-step illustrations help beginners to take the plunge and the experts to expand their repertoire of techniques and recipes.” ―Voice of the Diabetic
" An excellent primer for the uninitiated, full of great recipes…" ― Weekend Gardener's Guide
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With The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest, even the busiest folks can create a well-stocked pantry of fruits, vegetables, flavored vinegars, pickles, chutneys, and seasonings. Step-by-step illustrated instructions, informative charts, and a host of delicious recipes make this an indispensable kitchen reference for cooks of all levels. The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest covers the handling and managing of produce fresh from the market or garden, including:
Canning: Containers and equipment, safety, and appropriate foods
Drying: Equipment, appropriate foods, drying times, and storage methods
Freezing: Containers, wrappings, and dry- and wet-pack methods
Pickling: Canning, freezing, and refrigerating; equipment and containers
Preserving: Canning and freezing jams, jellies, and preserves
Cold Storage: Root cellars, storage methods, and produce preparation
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I knocked off a star for 2 reasons.
Firstly, the book is redundant in places. I guess that kinda makes sense as its more of a reference, so if the same method is needed to prepare a specific type of produce for both canning and freezing let's say, they include it in both chapters. Most readers are probably not like me and didn't sit down and read the book all the way through in one sitting. Just thought it would have been nice to just have page reference numbers instead of literally copy and pasting a whole section over.
Secondly, the main reason I bought this book was to find out more about cold storage. It's the last chapter in the book, and as I found all the other chapters so informative, building upon my limited (but expanding through experience) knowledge of canning, drying etc, I was excited to see what was written about cold storage. But the chapter was quite short, only a couple pages long, and had barely more information than the other Storey title I own that included an excerpt. Nothing on how to actually BUILD a cold storage. Maybe cold storage is just that easy, put certain produce in bins, in the right temperature, and don't put this next to that.
I've had such a wonderful experience with my other Storey titles as I become a homesteader (going on my 3rd full summer on an acre of land), I guess I just expected a little more. Either way, this is a good overhaul of preserving that I will definitely be putting to use.