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The Beginner's Guide to Preserving Food at Home

The Beginner's Guide to Preserving Food at Home: Easy Instructions for Canning, Freezing, Drying, Brining & Root Cellaring Your Favorite Fruits, Herbs and Vegetables lives up to its name! This book provides thorough coverage of a wide variety of produce, and several ideas for preserving each type of food. Author Janet Chadwick aims to encourage readers to enjoy local produce year-round. Here is a quote to imspire you!

When calculating the savings of a garden and home food processing, many people (always non-gardeners) will remark, "Yes, but how much is your time worth?" To answer that question you have to be honest with yourself. Would you really be holding down an extra job during those hours that would net you more cash in the bank? Can you put a price tag on the physical, emotional, and spiritual satisfactions that you derive from working the soil and producing the foods that nourish your family? Is the kind of food you feed your family important to you?

I borrowed The Beginners Guide to Preserving Food at Home from our local library. Australian readers should be aware that the book is American, and the measurements reflect that. You will need to convert from pounds and ounces to kilos and grams. The book contains no pictures, but it makes up for this with lots of content! It is definitely worth flicking through for fun one afternoon.

Felicity  – (March 8, 2010 at 9:11 PM)  

Your posts on preserving food inspire me to start making our own jams and preserving small amounts of food. I have got an Australian book on hold called: 'A year in a bottle: how to make your own delicious preserves all year round' - by Sally Wise.

thorney  – (March 10, 2010 at 5:04 PM)  

Canning and preserving food is what we should do. I so agree that you can't put a price on doing it, just as you wouldn't put a price on baking bread for your family (which I do and love to do.) You always inspire me to can and today I bought flats of blackberries to make jam. I will also find a yard full of blackberries when spring arrives here in Seattle, WA.(USA) to pick and make more jam and syrup with.

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