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"A comprehensive and indispensible guide for preserving and enjoying the bounty of your local harvest. In it you will find the tools and inspiration needed to can with confidence and ease." – Terry Walters, author of CLEAN FOOD
 
"Accessible, thorough, and visually pleasing, this is a useful primer for beginners and a helpful brief reference for the more experienced. Highly recommended." - Library Journal
 
“Ashley English is the how-to voice of a new DIY movement." - Erik Knutzen and Kelly Coyne, founders of Homegrown Evolution and authors of The Urban Homestead
 
"An approach to urban homesteading that inspires both action and admiration." – Grace Bonney, founder of Design*Sponge
 
"The Homemade Living series is beautiful, in both aesthetics and intention. A friendly introduction to simpler living that people in barns and brownstones alike can appreciate." – Jenna Woginrich, author of Made from Scratch and blogger for Mother Earth News and The Huffington Post
 
"Beautifully designed and laid out with lush, full-color photographs and illustrations. Ashley knows her stuff and you will too after reading her books." --Mother Nature Network
 
“Perfect for the aspiring urban farmer on your list!...Tons of gorgeous photos, troubleshooting tips, and recipes makes these books a must have addition to any gardener's bookshelf.” --Re-Nest
 
“What I love most about this series is how Ashley presents all of these could-be-complicated subjects in a way that's achievable and encouraging. It all feels totally doable...not to mention fun and fresh in the way she shares it all.” --Amanda Soule, Author of The Creative Family and Handmade Home, Found of the popular blog Soule Mama

"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

Book Description

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.

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Product Details

  • Series: Homemade Living
  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600594913
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600594915
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Susan R. Morris on July 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautifully photographed and laid out book about canning and preserving. It's very thorough, the first half of the book contains detailed information about equipment and the process of canning safely. The second half of the book is filled with delicious sounding recipes, some are the typical canning recipes like: strawberry jam, grape jelly, crushed tomatoes or pickles. The seasonal recipe section is much more interesting and contains recipes like: Clementine Cointreau Curd, Curried Winter Squash Chutney, Peach Lavender Butter, or Cardamom Apple Cider Butter.

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.
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Although I have seen my mother can many times in my youth, I have never tried canning myself, and was nervous about starting. It seemed like alchemy to me! I spotted this book at my local library and checked it out, and, well, I had to have it after reading it! It explains everything quite clearly, has fantastic pictures, lots of profiles of professional canners/gardeners... It took the mystery out of canning and made it fun and easy for me to get started! The recipes included are absolutely wonderful, and I would recommend every aspect of this book very highly! I'm the sort of person who sometimes has trouble with written instructions, being a visual/hands-on learner, but this was written so clearly and with so many pictures that it was crystal clear on the first read-through! If I could give it an extra star, I certainly would!
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take it from someone immersed in the world of canning and preserving - and with more canning books than i care to admit: ashley's got it right with clear and easy-to-understand instructions, all the basic preserves that your grandma made, plus a lot of new ones with a worldly flair and exciting flavors! i love the look and feel of the book itself. and the best part imo, is the 'portrait of a canner' spots throughout the book that give insight into the diverse community that makes up today's canning revolution.

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.
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I knew nothing about canning until I picked up this book, and I must admit, I was intimidated by the whole prospect of preserving food! Alas, my fears were laid to rest when I started reading. Ashley English has a friendly writing style, the book is easy to read, full of truly helpful photographs for the beginner, and most of all, she takes the fear and mystery out of canning. Providing very practical advice, this book spices up (pun intended!) what might be a difficult/complicated/boring subject to read about, and makes it fun by providing the Profiles of a Canner sidebars and a conversational voice. By the end of the book, I felt encouraged to take a trip to the farmer's market and start boiling some water.

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!!
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Canning to me has always been intimidating. I always thought you either needed a degree in chemistry or you needed to be born in the 1920's. I can remember my Grandmother Tucker canning in her small kitchen in Alpharetta, GA. Canning brings back memories and traditions in my mind. I would love to learn canning so that I could preserve my garden all year around. I believe Ashley English is going to help me learn canning with this book.

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.
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