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Recommended Books about Canning, Jam making, Food Drying and Preserving

Whether you are canning for your first time or in your 50th year of canning; all the books and recipes you need are here, and at the best prices you'll find anywhere.

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Books

Canning books

Canning & Preserving for Dummies
by Karen Ward
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Click here for more information, reviews, prices on Amazon.com for Canning and Preserving For Dummies




Pressure Cookers for Dummies

Here's another good book, if you have a pressure cooker or pressure canner. Pressure Cookers For Dummies gives you the lowdown on the different types of pressure cookers that exist. It also has special features of pressure cookers -- including new safety valves -- to make sure you get the modern pressure cooker best equipped to suit your needs. It includes 80 delicious recipes for quick dishes such as, soups, chilis, and stews; roasts and poultry; rice dishes; beans; vegetables; and desserts, jams, and compotes. Pressure Cookers For Dummies offers tips on adapting your favorite recipes plus several comparison recipes -- made the traditional way. Every recipe Includes preparation times, cooking times, and nutrition information.

Putting Food By

(Paperback) (19 reviews)

by Janet Greene (Author), Ruth Hertzberg (Author), Beatrice Vaughan (Author) "To "put by" is an old, deep-country way of saving to "save something you don't use now, against the time when you'll need it..." The fourth edition of this classic guide to freezing, canning, and preserving food includes new information on freezing for the microwave, making Christmas presents, canning convenience food, and kitchen equipment. Reprint.

"Preserving Summer's Bounty - Take a look at this book (at right).  It's by Rodale Press (remember Organic Gardening magazine and Prevention Magazine?).  "Preserving Summer's Bounty takes a giant step ahead in preserving advice. This up-to-the-minute guide pays tribute to your grandmother's techniques for 'putting up' vegetables, but what I like best are the quick and easy modern methods using the microwave, the freezer and more. These fast answers should lure even the busiest among us into storing the precious harvest of the garden."--Marian Morash, Author of The Victory Garden Cookbook

"Preserving Summer's Bounty is a treasure trove of sage advice and enticing recipes. It's a delightful book that will let you enjoy your garden's harvest all year long."--Carol Hupping, Editor of
Stocking Up III
"Stocking Up", Third edition, again from the Rodale Press, is a revised edition of the comprehensive book on how to preserve almost anything.  From jams, to freezing, drying, making fruit leathers, it's ALL in here; and pretty easy, too. Great if you want to preserve your own organic foods naturally.  Click at left form more information (no obligation to buy!) 

The Ball Blue Book of Preserving

This is THE book on canning AND freezing!  My grandmother used this book when I was a child.  It tells you in simple instructions how to can almost anything; complete with recipes for jam, jellies, pickles, sauces, canning vegetables, meats, etc.  If it can be canned, this book likely tells you how! Click on the link at left for more information and / or to buy (no obligation to buy)


Joy of Cooking: All About Canning & Preserving

 

* Easy-to-follow recipes adhere to USDA guidelines for canned fruits and vegetables, jams and preserves

* Everything you need to know to capture the intense flavors of fruits and vegetables from the garden or farm stand, or to make beautiful gifts of jewel-colored jams and jellies

* Timesaving techniques from microwave oven jams to quick pickles, classic recipes such as Strawberry Jam and Canned Tomatoes as well as exciting new recipes including Christmas Conserves and Four Citrus Marmalade .


 

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More than 75 recipes -- presented for the first time ever -- with the clear, comprehensive instructions you've come to expect from the Joy of Cooking

   

Complete Guide to Home Canning and Preserving

by United States Dept. of Agriculture - These guys ARE the authority on processing times for safety!

Practical, easy-to-follow guide contains virtually everything consumers need to know about home canning: how to select, prepare, and can fruits, vegetables, poultry, red meats and seafoods; how to preserve fruit spreads, fermented foods and pickled vegetables; how to prepare foods for special diets, and much more. Also includes scores of simply written recipes that even beginners can handle (smoked fish, turkey-tamale pie, chicken croquettes, more. It's the second book to get, after the Ball Guide. Click on the link below for more information and / or to buy (no obligation to buy)

The Kerr Home Canning book

The Kerr book is another long time favorite!  Most people grew up with either the Ball Blue Book or the Kerr Home Canning Book on their mother's cookbook shelf! There are two versions of the book - check out both to see which is currently available. Click on the link at left to see more information and how to order it through Amazon.com for the best price!

Blue Ribbon Preserves: Secrets to Award-Winning Jams, Jellies, Marmalades and More (Paperback)

Blue Ribbon Preserves: Secrets to Award-Winning Jams, Jellies, Marmalades and More (Paperback)

by Linda J. Amendt

The book gets 4.5 stars out of 5 on Amazon, and that's with 50 customer reviews, so it must be good.

A visitor recommended it to me.



250 Home Preserviving Favorites recipes

250 Home Preserving Favorites

by Yvonne Tremblay

If your looking to expand your repertoire and stray from the usual jams, jellies, marmalades and chutneys, this book has what you need. As it says on the Amazon review, these 250 recipes have a slightly more gourmet approach, embracing unique combinations and less traditional ingredients.  They are explained in easy to understand terms with helpful conversions and tables!

She also has favorite single fruit recipes and over 75 mixed fruit jam combinations. There are also great recipes including fresh herbs, the author's  other specialty!

The author just won her 5th Grand Champion Jam and Jelly Maker award. See the Canadian 2010 Royal Winter Fair jams & jellies competition.

Pickles, Kraut and Pickling

Books about making pickles and sauerkraut at home

 

The Jamlady Cookbook

(Review from Cheftalk.com / Publishers Weekly)
Alfeld's enthusiasm for "putting up" nature's bounty and her background in organic farming, teaching, science and cooking make her the perfect instructor in this book on canning. She assures readers that creating homemade jams, jellies, butters, chutneys and relishes can be safe, satisfying and, of course, delicious. Although hers is not exactly a book for beginners, an early chapter dealing with processing methods and general troubleshooting, and a later one on pH measurements (essential for safety) are indeed thorough. In between are several hundred recipes, incorporating a diverse assortment of fruits and vegetables, all of which have been tested on Jamlady's admiring customers at Chicago's farmers markets. Novices will enjoy making Classic Pineapple Jam, which uses canned fruit; and speedy Microwaved Orange Marmalade. However, Jamlady's heart is in the more complex concoctions, such as Marnier Strawberry-Peach Jam, Tomato-Basil Jelly (nice on hamburgers), Nectarine -Almond Conserve and Pear Honey. Alfeld (who refers to herself as Jamlady) stocks each chapter with how-tos, ingredient information, sources, history, chemistry, philosophy, family stories and humor. Color illus. (Aug.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Pectin

Making Jam?  Need Pectin, but the local store is out?

Is your jam too runny? Pectin enables you to turn out perfectly set jam every time.  Made from natural apples, there are also low-sugar pectins that allow you  to reduce the sugar you add by almost half!

Get them all here at the best prices on the internet!

Ball home canning kit water bath canner

Home Canning Kits

This is the same 33 qt (total volume) type of  standard canner that my grandmother used to make everything from applesauce to jams and jellies to tomato and spaghetti sauce. This complete kit includes everything you need: the canner, jar rack, jar grabber tongs, lid lifting wand, a plastic funnel, labels, bubble freer, and the bible of canning, the Ball Blue Book. You'll never need anything else except more jars and lids!
Features:

* All the tools you need for hot waterbath canning - in one comprehensive set!
* Complete with 21 1/2 qt. enameled waterbath canner and "Ball Blue Book" of canning.
* Also includes canning rack, funnel, jar lifter, jar wrencher, bubble freer, tongs and lid lifter.
* A Kitchen Krafts exclusive collection. 

Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
 

Waterbath Canner, 33 qt. If you want only the canner, without the Ball Blue Book, tongs, lid lifter, jar funnel and other supplies, click at left for more information!

If you have a glass or ceramic stove top, then flat bottomed canners are generally recommended.  Here's a good value on at 21 Quart (total volume) one!
Fagor home canning accessories kit

5-Piece Canning Accessories Kit

  • Five-piece set: funnel, jar lifter, lid lifter, jar wrench, and tongs
  • Vinyl coating improves grip and prevents heat transfer
  • Extra-wide funnel mouth
  • Ideal for home canning
  • Hand washable only

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