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Ball Complete Book Of Home Preserving [Paperback]

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Book by Judi Kingry, Lauren Devine

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By CanadianMother TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
When I wanted to get a book on canning, I decided to get the Bernardin Complete Book of Home Preserving.

This book is a good one for beginners, because it has a fairly large section at the back called "The Art and Science of Food Preservation," which explains everything a person would need to know about home canning. For those who want to jump right into canning without reading too much, the first section of the book has recipes for five popular foods (Strawberry Jam, Mint Jelly, House Salsa, Traditional Corn Relish, and Dill Pickles) that are heavy on the detail. I found this strawberry jam recipe to be helpful the first time I made jam, because I was a bit nervous and the recipe gave easier and more detailed instructions than most recipes do.

Also within this cookbook are a troubleshooting section and an extensive glossary, that are helpful to a novice canner such as myself.

Another nice feature of this book is the sheer variety of recipes. Flipping through the pages, I see so many interesting recipes that I'd like to try some time in the future, and lots of recipes that would be excellent for gift giving. The book includes sections on jams and jellies, canned fruit, salsa, relish and chutney, condiments, pickles, and tomatoes. After all this is a small section on pressure canning with a handful of recipes.

Overall, I like this book and I can definitely see myself using some of the more creative recipes in the future for holiday gift-giving. However, my one complaint is that the variety of unique recipes means that some basic recipes have been left out. For example, when I wanted to make raspberry jam a few days ago, I was surprised to find no recipe for plain raspberry jam in this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bernardin Complete Book of Home Preserving Aug. 17 2013
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This book covers everything you need for canning, how to do it and super recipes that I have already tried and enjoyed. If you're a newbie to canning, this is the book for you. If you're already experienced in canning, you'll love the recipe ideas!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bernardin Complete Book of Home Preserving July 1 2006
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The New Preserving Book is filled with great recipes,tips and ideas for home canning. I am very happy with it, I would recommend this book for anyone that enjoys home canning.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have!! Dec 2 2008
Format:Paperback
If you are all interested in canning, you MUST have this book. It has been my bible. All recipes are safe to can with no worry. Be careful of recipes you find on the net. Botulism is not a nice thing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfect March 6 2014
By Natacha
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perfect book even for beginners, everything is describe step by step. simple and easy with all the traditional recipes, exactly want i wanted !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Preserving Oct. 22 2013
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Love any kind of cookbook but this reminds me of the preserving my mom used to do and I am trying to do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars gift for my bf Oct. 16 2013
By caiti
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bought it for my boyfriend as he expressed an interest in canning and doing pickles and jams. he loves it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complete canning resource. Sept. 3 2013
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This book offers so many wonderful recipes for home canning. It would be great for an old pro but equally informative for someone just starting out in the wonderful world of home preserving. I have a couple of Bernardin books that are considerably smaller. Great books! I highly recommend them!
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