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Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving: 400 Delicious and Creative Recipes for Today Paperback – Apr 14 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Rose Inc (April 14 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778801314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778801313
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.2 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 930 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 74 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #114,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Will answer all of your questions and many you don't yet know to ask... Homemade is just plain better.

This all-purpose detailed guide... offers extensive tips for both beginners and expert canners and troubleshooting pointers.

Many terrific new recipes... its breezy, fast-paced jump-in-and-do-it approach makes the techniques of home canning immediately accessible.--Susan LaaTempa"Los Angeles Times" (08/30/2006)

More than 400 recipes, as well as guidelines for rookies and tips for pros.--Renee Enna"Chicago Tribune" (08/16/2006)

This book packs in user-friendly recipes for novices and experienced canners ... If there's only one book to obtain on the topic, ... [this is] the item of choice.

This all-purpose detailed guide to home preserving from one of the major manufacturers of canning jars offers extensive tips for both beginners and expert canners and troubleshooting pointers.

A bible for those of us who consider canning a way of life... clearly written and easy to follow... creative recipes... encouraging, concise text. With its extensive sections on technique, special equipment, the science of preserving and problem solving, the beginning preserve maker as well as the expert will find recipes to love.--Julie Turjoman"Contra Costa Times" (07/05/2006)

The art, science, and secrets for successful home canning plus more than 400 recipes with variations, tips, techniques, and charts.--Lois Friedman"New Horizons" (10/01/2006)

The season's bounty of fruit and vegetables can be enjoyed year-round with the help of .--Renee Enna "Tha Pantagraph (Bloomington IL) "

All-purpose detailed guide to home preserving... extensive tips for beginners and expert canners and troubleshooting pointers.--Margaret C. Merrill"Library Journal" (11/01/2006)

A must-have for home canning veterans for its many terrific new recipes... great for novices too because its breezy, fast-paced jump-in-and-do-it approach makes the techniques of home canning immediately accessible.--Susan LaaTempa"Los Angeles Times" (08/30/2006)

Offers a variety of tempting options for those who wish to preserve summer's bounty. One versatile recipe is the tomato and olive antipasto, which is a wonderful way to use up tomatoes.--Rosemary Buck"Daily News (New York)" (07/29/2009)

A standard resource.... Information [matches] the USDA guidelines.--Kathie Smith"Blade" (04/21/2009)

This guide has everything you ever wanted to know about putting things in jars.--Liane Faulder"Edmonton Journal" (09/16/2009)

This is the ultimate go-to guide for the canning beginner. It is the book to which I defer on canning questions and techniques.--Andrea Weigl"News Observer (Raleigh NC)" (07/15/2009)

The problem...is that the book, which includes 400 recipes, presents so many appealing options.--Jolene Ketzenberger"Indianapolis Star" (08/19/2009)

About the Author

Judi Kingry and Lauren Devine have between them 20 years of experience in the preserving industry. They are both employed by Jarden Home Brands.

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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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My nephew bought this for my dear sister for her birthday. When I saw her copy, I knew I had to have one as well. In addition to the invaluable instructions and recipes, I appreciate the spiral bound cover, the photos and excellent layout.
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The only issue I have with this book , is that, the recipes are not the same as the older book. These recipes are more complicated and require days to make for some. Not considered a problem , just giving a brief outline.
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Format: Paperback
When I saw this book on a store shelf, I just looked for a few specific recipes. Since the book seemed to have what I wanted, I went ahead and ordered it. I already owned several canning books that were all lacking here and there - that's why I had several!
When this book arrived, I started going through it page by page. WoW~ I haven't touched the other books since.
The only flaw I found is that some recipes will make far more than indicated, but that seems to happen with all books.
Also worth mentioning is that there is a helpline for Bernardin, so if you have any questions, they'll provide an answer. I phoned in about a recipe, and customer service went through some searches to provide me with the answer.
So, I don't hesitate to give a full five stars.
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If you're new to canning (as I am), this book is a great place to start. There are tons of recipes as well as variations for many of them. It contains a thorough troubleshooting guide and produce purchasing guide. It even has tables that list the altitude for some major cities in the US and Canada.

There are sections for both boiling water bath canning and pressure canning, although the boiling water section is considerably larger.

All in all, a great go-to book that has enough recipes to keep you busy for most of your canning career.
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This book has tons of recipes and ideas, especially for the boiling water methods and some for the pressure canning method as well. It has a lot of information on canning itself, what to do and not do, which is important for the beginner who has no idea what to do. It has more traditional recipes and then some that are a little different (i.e. Lemon Zucchini Marmalade). I've tried probably about 10 - 15 recipes in this book so far, and they have all been quite good. I would definitely recommend it.
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I found the Bernardin complete .book of Home Preserving to be excellent! I first picked it up in our local library and after reviewing it decided that I had to have a copy Its writing is clear and unambiguous.The amount of material covered is is impressive. The techniques used are clearly explained and the reasons for the technique are also explained, and substitutions are suggested for hard get items..And lastly this book contains recipes for pickles I haven't seen since my mothers kitchen.
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Lots of great recipes but I wish there were more pictures. Also..there is no recipes or tips on how to can just meats and that's one of the things I was hoping to see in there
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