Canning & Preserving For Dummies Paperback – May 9 2003
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From the Back Cover
Juicy details on making your own jams and jellies, canned veggies, and dried snacks
Enjoy delicious, do-it-yourself treats year-round and they make great gifts!
Putting up fruits and vegetables in your home is as easy as pie with this step-by-step guide to canning and preserving. With easy-to-follow recipes, up-to-date safety guidelines, and simple, fun techniques, youll find everything you need to fill your pantry with savory, homemade fare.
The Dummies Way
- Explanations in plain English
- "Get in, get out" information
- Icons and other navigational aids
- Tear-out cheat sheet
- Top ten lists
- A dash of humor and fun
About the Author
Karen Ward is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, a home economist, and an instructor in the art of canning.
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Over the years, because of our busy lifestyles and the convenience of refrigeration and supermarkets, the art of canning and preserving has declined and almost been forgotten. Read the first page
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Now all grown up and working from home finds me wishing I had paid more attention to all the knowledge and lore my grandmother was so free with that was all but ignored or forgotten over the years. The "dummy" series of books are a collection of which I own quite a few of. Everything from weather to bird feeding. I have always found them to be plainly written, very well researched, and even humorous in many cases. They all seem to have the same home spun quality to them regardless of what the subject matter happens to be. "Canning and Preserving" is certainly not one to be an exception. Anyone that is planning to grow and preserve their own veggies and fruit should read this book. It is wonderfully written, very thorough, and above all is presented in such a way that it begins with the assumption that you barely know what canning and preserving is. It offers a wealth of tips, procedure, growing and spicing suggestions, the hardware you will both need and can manage without, and even recipes that one would tend to never encounter anywhere else. It is quite simply the most comprehensive book I have encountered as to canning and preserving. If you're like me and not only want to make the best preserves possible, or are just interested in not making a mistake and poisoning yourself, by all means buy this book. It is a wealth of instruction, tips, lore, and wit and wisdom for those of us that spent more of our time chasing butterflies in the summers of our youth, than paying attention to what would later become invaluable in life...
Corections: One piece caps designed for home canning of jams are fine. All jars designed for canning may not be used. Those manufactured prior to WWII will break if used for pressure canning due to internal stress created by movement of the high soda glass over time. Used tomato sauce jars that use a standard cap are fine. Regular green beans (formerly called string beans) have not required destringing for 40 years. The jar lifter is gripping the jar where it will slip. Do not use wet dishtowels to wipe the lids. Your toilet bowl contains less bacteria. Use a paper towel. 2 piece (dome) lids on higher silica jars were used throughout WWII in Victory Gardens. I still use my mother's made in May, 1943. Do not bury your spoiled low acid food in deep soil or go through the detoxification process. Your sewer authority will probably tell you to dump it down the drain. If you do not trust their advice, take the food to your toxic waste drop off. If you have followed the directions as to pressure and time (you may not cheat), you do not need to boil all your canned low acid foods. Eat your food before canning the same veggies next year (a problem in WWII). Always can with a friend(s), especially the first time. It's more fun that way and safer should there ever be a rare problem (like a sticking valve in the MIRRO canner - tap with a wooden spoon and get your husband to fix it later). Botulism bacteria are killed at 212 degrees (actually 10 min. @ 80C according to the CDC). It's the spores that require 240F for the times indicated. In nearly 40 years of canning and raising three children from our large garden and orchard, we have never had food poisoning. Just remember, cleanliness is next to godlineness.
In only a matter of a few hours I read the book from cover to cover and felt like an expert. Soon thereafter when I found a wonderful source of locally grown cucumbers I "canned" 8 pints of 'Bread and Butter pickles' from a recipe provided in this book. Three weeks later I was the recipient of a Blue Ribbon at a local fair for my "Prize Winning Recipe". I was astonished! They will never know the secret of my success was "The Dummies Guide" but I will never forget. I've since gone on to do Corn Relish, Apple Butter, Lime Pickles, and tonight I shall can Green Beans and Carrots.
This is the book that will bring success to the otherwise accident and disaster prone "cook". Don't start this hobby without it!
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