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The Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving

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The definitive canning resource and cookbook - for novices and experienced canners alike. Discover how simple canning and preserving can be.

  • Features hundreds of user-friendly recipes with broad appeal
  • The Home Canning Problem Solver, which provides the answers to virtually any canning question
  • A produce purchase guide, and an extensive glossary
  • Sections include Soft Spreads (jams, fruit butters and marmalades); Fabulous Fruits (pie fillings, sauces and whole fruits); Salsa, Relish and Chutney; Condiments; Tomatoes; and Pickles
  • By Kingry and Devine, 10" x 7", 448 pp.
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THE BALL COMPLETE BOOK OF HOME PRESERVING DESCRIPTION
  • Contents
    1. Preserving the Good Things of Life Because You Can!
    2. Home Canning Equipment
  • Getting Started
    1. Soft Spreads
    2. Fabulous Fruits
    3. Salsa, Relish and Chutney
    4. Condiments
    5. Perfect Pickles
    6. Tomatoes
    7. Pressure Canning: Low-Acid Foods
  • The Art and Science of Home Food Preservation
    1. Altitude
    2. Home Canning Problem Solver
    3. Produce Purchase Guide
  • Glossary
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

Excerpt from page 4.

Home canning puts the pleasure of eating natural, delicious produce at your fingertips year-round. Preserving food in mason jars might sound old-fashioned, but it is as modern and practical as the latest health food trend or gourmet creation — and it's really quite simple! Home canners enjoy the rewards of numerous homeade meals and snacks, created from just one preserving session. When you preserve food at home, you create products that save you time in day-to-day food preparation, a real blessing given today's hectic lifestyles. Individula home-reserved jars can be opened and served as is, or used to simplify on-the-spot meal and snack preparation.

A Simple Step Beyond Cooking
Like baking, preserving food is a simple step beyond recipe preparation. For home canning, this step is called "heat processing." It is neither difficult nor time-consuming. In fact, th emost popular home-preserved foods require less time than baking a cake or a casserole. Unlike baking, the results of home canning sessions do not require space in your refrigerator or freezer. Porperly home-canned foods can be stored in your cupboard for up to a year.

During heat processing, mason jars filled with food and fitted with two-piece metal closures are heated, destroying harmful microorganisms that cause food spoilage and creating and airtight seal that prevents contamination during storage. Precise processing techniques, times and temperatures are determined by the acidity of the food being preserved. A full description of the process of home canning, with step-by-step instructions and all the details you need to know to preserve food safely, can be found in The Art and Scitence of Home Food Preservation, beginning on page 409.

If you're eager to jump right in, the Getting Started chapter (pages 8-18) gives detailed instruction on preparing five versatile home-canned foods: strawberry jam, mint jelly, salsa, corn relish and dill pickles. If you prefer to know all the details before you begin a project, take some time to peruse The Art and Science of Home Food Preservation, and especially the section called Boiling-Water Heat Processing, Step by Step (page 415), before you begin one of the Getting Started recipes.

Happy canning!


Customer Reviews of The Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving
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- 5/21/2012
said: Shanna
"I bought this book about a month ago. It has a wide range of recipes including jelly/jam/preserves recipes using liquid pectin, powdered pectin, and no pectin. (You have to be careful to keep these straight!) It includes recipes for pressure-canning as well as boiling water canning. There are pickles, jams, spreads, jelly, veggies, tomatoes, broths, etc. but I was a bit disappointed that there were really few "convenience" foods (spaghetti sauce, soups, etc.) because that's the direction I'd like to go. I'd really like more of these. Still, this is a super book for the basics of canning and it contains the most modern information regarding safety and processing times."
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- 5/12/2012
said: Maggie
"A wonderful resource to have on hand with lots of unusual recipes as well as some old standards. A nice companion to the Ball Blue Book, even though there is some repeat of recipes."
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