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Canning and Preserving for Beginners: The Essential Canning Recipes and Canning Supplies Guide Paperback – June 16, 2013
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The Cherry Preserves recipe lists vanilla in the ingredient list, but nowhere in the directions does it tell you where to add it!
In the Pickled Green Beans recipe, there is no sugar listed in the ingredient list, but in the directions, it reads to boil the vinegar and water until the salt and sugar dissolve. Should I have added sugar or not?
I saw another reviewer who mentioned this problem, but ordered the book anyway because overall, the reviews were so great. When you are a beginner, the last thing you want is to find an error once you have started cooking. I had to consult other recipes online just to decide what to do next.
But the sweet tooth in me could not wait to dive into preserving fruit and the vast flavor combinations of sweet and spicy, salsas and relishes. From the Classic Strawberry Jam to Apple butter and Mango Salsa (who’s ready for taco night!), winter is looking pretty good right about now. Lastly, canning meats and preserving prepared food such as soups and sauces make preparing weekly dinners less of a chore and more enjoyable; time and money saving recipes for busy families. And don’t forget dessert, there’s even a few recipes for pie filling! “Once you get the hang of canning, a whole world of possibilities opens up to you.” And it all started with a pickle.
This book explains canning from A-Z, in easy to understand language. Did you know that the boiling time is longer if you live at high altitudes? I learned that food with different pH levels require different cooking times. There is even a chart of the supplies you'll need.
The book includes recipes and cooking directions for pickles, jellies (yum!), salsas, fruits, vegetables, soups and even meats. I tried the strawberry jam (it was terrific!). My husband loves the chow chow.
The idea of canning might make you a bit apprehensive. After reading the book, I have no doubt that my canning will be safe for my family and will also be tasty! If you want to do canning, "Canning and Preserving for Beginners" is an excellent guide for safety and for year-round scrumptious meals.
There is so much more to canning than simply having jars, and this book was a great, and SIMPLE, aid holding my inexperienced hand through it. What attracted me most to it were the low sugar jams and the salsa; however, with the garden in the backyard producing a massive tomato harvest and winter coming soon, I jumped at the chance to can my tomatoes! I can honestly say I didn't think it would be this comprehensible and guided. Truly for novices!
Besides giving an overview of the basics of canning, this book also featured recipes for making large batches of things like gherkin pickles, strawberry jams and mild salsa. There is even a recipe for watermelon rind pickles that I am looking forward to trying. What a great way to utilize the whole fruit!
This book is great for people, like myself, who like to take control of their diet and want to know exactly what is in their foods. Not only is this healthy, as you are able to hand pick ingredients, but it is also a great way to save money. Even if you don't have a home garden, you now have the freedom to buy ingredients in bulk when they are on sale. This book pays for itself in no time!