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In this collection, excerpted from Emery's seminal Encyclopedia of Country Living, home cooks get a wealth of practical ideas and techniques for making the most of fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and meats come harvest season. Emery's plainspoken approach to pickling, canning, drying and freezing removes much of the worry; tips on labeling, prepping vegetables for the freezer and a thorough introduction to canning (complete with processing times) will give first-timers confidence and make a welcome refresher for veterans. The recipes lean heavily on timeworn favorites like jams (including a No-Cook Strawberry Jam), sauerkraut, pickles, basic beef jerky and corned beef, though duck confit and the prospect of creating one's own buried storage system should appeal to foodies ready for a new challenge. Sprinkled with tips on infusing liquors and recipes for the impatient like Quick Pickles (which reach their flavor potential in hours, rather than weeks) round out this fine introduction; it should have, like its subject matter, quite an extended shelf life.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books (July 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570615713
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570615719
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #476,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Canning & Preserving Your Own Harvest is a no-nonsense, step-by-step guide to properly (and safely - improper canning can promote food poisoning) preserving one's food, from freezing, drying, and canning to creating a root cellar, making fruit preserves, pickling, and much more. The second half of Canning & Preserving Your Own Harvest is devoted to recipes that make delectable use of one's preserved food! A "must-have", user-friendly guide for anyone interested in preserving what they have grown themselves, Canning & Preserving Your Own Harvest is highly recommended.
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I believe that this would be a great book for beginning food preservers. The book describes different methods of food preservation from canning to dehydration. It provides enough information to get you going. Food safety is stressed and adequate information is provided on equipment. For those of us who have experience in preserving, I believe our money could be better spent elsewhere.
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I'm the first to admit that I've been more than a little obsessing over the idea of canning for the last couple of years - ever since we started our small garden last year with my folks. I honestly don't have the time - or the energy - for canning, but it doesn't stop me from dreaming about doing it - talking about it - or reading endless volumes on it.

I picked this book up from the library - well, technically downloaded from the digital library - and though I did read it cover to cover, I honestly wasn't impressed. I guess there's only so much you can write about canning, but I didn't learn anything & didn't see any new-to-me recipes and I wasn't wowed by the text or the photos.

I give it 3 stars because there's nothing wrong with the book, either, and it's a nice little reference book for how long to blanch a vegetable, for example, but I have to give it 3 stars because you can just as easily google the information.
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Sort of feel this book is a waste of money as it only highlights the canning process and just does not have enough information in it. I do have more than one edition of Carla's Encyclopedia and feel that they are really a better investment.
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if you are just getting started this is a book for you. i have several books on canning and preserving and i like this one the best. i'd like to think i am an intelligent person but sometimes books make things more complicated than they should be. maybe an ego trip of the author?! anyway this one is easy to read and therefor easy to do...even for beginners :)
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this one book has a lot to be considered, the reading is good, there are some things i didn't know ,i was raised on a basic ranch and some of the veggies she had in it was interesting we were a meat and potatoes family, we ate what we grew, that was a good thing but she had some good insite
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Been wanting this book as a gift for someone and was very happy to see more reasonable prices offered here on Amazon. It isn't a large or lengthy book...basic info.
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Hey if you are like me and know zilch about how to preserve fresh garden produce, then this book will take you by the hand and show you how to get it done. Very interesting recipes in it too for relishes, etc. I am going to use this book a great deal this year and I know in future years. Everything you would want to know about preseving food is in this book. Did i say, even meats? Yep, even meats!
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