The Canadian Living Complete Preserving Book Hardcover – Apr 17 2012
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THE CANADIAN LIVING TEST KITCHEN creates and tests thousands of recipes every year to ensure that they turn out as perfectly in your home as they do in our kitchen. We develop each recipe with you in mind by using everyday ingredients and only the most common cooking equipment found in households across Canada. This makes cooking easier on you, leaving you more time to share good food with family and friends.
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All recipes are tested in Bernardin's test labs -- Bernardin is Ball's sister company. Both are Jarden companies, and so their testing methods can be relied on for safety.
I like the sections on what to look for when picking the different fruits and vegetables, as well as a calendar of when everything comes into season in Canada. Very handy for a beginner!
I also like that some of the recipes utilize frozen ingredients, so if you get a hankering for some fresh jam in the middle of the winter you can make some using things you can find in the freezer section of the grocery store.
I think that anyone would get something out of this book, from the beginner to the seasoned cook.
Edit: I have now made four recipes out of this book: Strawberry Balsamic Jam, Raspberry Freezer Jam, Hamburger Relish, and Apricot Raisin Chutney. They were all delicious. The yields are spot on and everything turned out exactly as it was supposed to. Honestly, of all of the canning books that I bought, including the Bernardin book, this is my go-to. If I had to recommend one canning book, this would be it.
The variety of recipes offered in this book is wonderful. Jams and jellies, pickles, sauces, oils, salts, even liquor! If you can preserve it, there is probably a recipe for it in this book. The book also has a really good how to section. It explains the many canning components in great detail and would be great for a beginner or as a reference for a pro. There are also lots of lovely photographs to look at.
In short, buy this book. It is the only preserving book you will ever need.
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As a real plus, I questioned a recipe I found on their website and posted it on a canning and preserving forum that is very safety conscious. I got a lengthy response from one of the food editors from Canadian Living, saying that they have always followed safe-preserving guidelines from Bernardin (the Canadian equivalent of Ball who has published the Ball Blue Book - the bible of canning - for 125 years). I was very impressed by her personal, thoughtful response.
There are a lot of interesting recipes and some new twists on old favorites. A lot of the recipes are on their website, but I find myself just leafing through the book as it's easy to read and has some great recipes using some of the canned goods.
I wouldn't buy this one as your first canning/reference book (get the Ball Blue Book for roughly $10 or the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving for about the same price as this one).
If you're like me and need some new canning inspiration every now and then, this book is great and I highly recommend it.