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Homemade Living: Canning & Preserving with Ashley English: All You Need to Know to Make Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Chutneys & More Hardcover – April 6, 2010
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"Ashley English is one of the hardest working women in the homemade movement that I know." --Food in Jars
“If a bountiful harvest has you wondering how, exactly, to preserve all of this perfect fresh food to enjoy all winter long, Canning & Preserving with Ashley English is the perfect place to start. Full of information about canning, pickling, making jams and jellies, and other food preservation methods, this book is a crash course in learning how to "put up" food and stock a pantry...I definitely recommend Canning & Preserving with Ashley English for those new to canning and preserving. It's also a good read for those of us who find ourselves canning the same things year after year--you may just find something new to preserve! The relaxed, friendly tone of the book is encouraging, and the instructions are clearly written, taking confusion out of the canning process and helping you enjoy this seasonal task even more.” --About.com Organic Gardening
Learn about the necessary tools of the trade, crucial safety tips, and hot water bath processing and pressure canning. Discover the all-important science of salt and sugar, and how to select the best possible ingredients, favoring seasonal, organic, and local options. Three topic-specific primers cover pickles, relishes and chutneys; jams, jellies, butters and curds; and whole fruits and veggies—and each offers at least two “Canning Classic” recipes with variation ideas.
Top Customer Reviews
If you're already an experienced canner you might find this book to be a little less useful. Since half of the book is taken up with detailed information about the equipment and the process of canning, there are only 31 recipes in this 130 page book. The recipes in the Seasonal section are very interesting for those of us who like canning recipes that are a little unusual. I love recipes that incorporate herbs and spices and a few of them incorporate liqueur or wine.
I always am drawn to book with good layout, great photos and this book is no exception. The colors are fantastic, the layout is great, the recipes are good and the photos are inspiring. You do however have to balance that out with how useful it will be to you. If you don't have a Ball Blue Book of Preserving and don't know much about canning, this would be a great reference for you. If you're already canning you might find it to be a little light on recipes to make it worth the purchase price.
this is a book for experienced canners. i've been canning regularly for years and have ear-marked a good number of recipes i can't wait to get in my kitchen and try! and perfect for someone who has not yet put jar to boiling water - there is no guessing here. everything you need to know to can safely & surely.
a preserving handbook that calls to the new generation of canners...one i imagine will become well-worn with use.
This book is the perfect gift for a beginning canner or someone interested in getting started. Easy to read, helpful pictures makes this a go-to book through your first year of preserving (and beyond!), and includes unique recipes you'll be hard pressed to find anywhere else!
P.S. Love, love, love that it's printed on recycled paper!!
Ashley has such an easy way to her writing. I honestly believe that nobody writes about homesteading like Ashley. Of course, this book does not disappoint. The book is divided into the following chapters: Why We Can, Tools of the Trade, Canning Concepts, Ingredients, A Jam/Jellies/Preserves Primer, A Pickle/Relish/Chutney Primer, A Whole Fruit/Vegetables Primer and Seasoned Recipes. Again, Ashley adds human interest stories in her Portrait of a Canner, Canning parties and Trouble Shooting.
I honestly believe that this is the only book you need to learn canning - Yes, it is that good.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good ideas, have not used it yet but plan on keeping the book for future use. I like that you can do jam with out the use of sure-jel. Will be fun to try. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Diane T.
I like all her books. Easy to understand, good layout with logical sequences and photos and tips.Published 19 months ago by Susan Brennan Murphy
Ashley English is brilliant! Her books are so user friendly!Published 21 months ago by bi-coastal yellow rose
Although this book would be a good book for someone who had NO idea about how to get started in canning, it was not for me. Read morePublished on April 21, 2014 by YARNOVERMOM
I've been canning for going on 20 years, and taught myself, using extension office information and the Ball Bluebook (before the age of the internet). Read morePublished on October 19, 2013 by Jennifer Kleffner
I love the spirit with which Ashley's books are written. Kindness, community and sharing are woven through the well written and solidly instructive chapters. Read morePublished on September 1, 2013 by E. Hepola
well written, to the point, very informational, and has some good recipes. not for an advanced canner i guess, as a large portion of the book covers the basics.Published on June 13, 2013 by connor bishop