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Complete Guide to Home Canning and Preserving (Second Revised Edition) Paperback – May 13, 1999
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Also included are scores of simply written recipes that enable even beginners to prepare such taste-tempting dishes as smoked fish, turkey-tamale pie, chicken croquettes, Mexican tomato sauce, strawberry-rhubarb pie, chile con carne, apple butter, pickled sweet green tomatoes, and a peach-pineapple spread.
Easy-to-follow directions make canning simple even for those who have never tried it. Nothing is assumed! Every step, every detail is carefully explained and has been thoroughly tested by government experts.
Unabridged Dover (1999) republication of Agriculture Information Bulletin No. 539, Complete Guide to Home Canning, published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1994.
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I wanted a bound book, but this one was worthless!
Perhaps a different publishing "run" in the future will be printed without the table glitches, but the book sent to me was a complete waste of money.
They put an index of foods at the beginning of each chapter. So, if you want to get the processing time for Orange Marmalade at your altitude, you have to search both Guide 2 and Guide 7 - because they deal with processing fruits. Then you have a confusing set of options followed by a few recipes with processing times.
Everything that this book has is found in Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving: 400 Delicious and Creative Recipes for Today with an excellent index. The Ball book has the basics of canning and how to decide whether to pressure can or water bath and other information for the newbie canner starting at page 409.
Save your money and purchase the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving instead of this book.
Update: I will be sending this back for a refund. I printed it off ( approx 90 double sides pages) on my laser jet printer in black and white ( using toner saver to save ink), and it looks almost identical to the version I purchased! .I am convinced this book is just a XEROX COPY! Now plan to use my 3 hole punch and place this in a dollar store binder!
This book gives the impression that straying from the recipes will be very dangerous and only their way is proper and safe; seasoned canners however all know that there are always exceptions to the rules. Even still, especially for beginners it's "better to be safe than sorry."
The entire book is offered for FREE online [search the exact title on google] but I purchased it to have on hand because I prefer that over the computer screen. Though I was already a seasoned canner when I got this book I do not regret my purchase and highly recommend this book to all who are just beginning. I refer to it time and time again for basic guidelines when canning something new.