The Beginner’s Guide to Preserving Food at Home

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Preserving food at home doesn’t have to be hard. You don’t need a lot of time or years of experience to preserve garden fresh fruits and vegetables. This book has simple step-by-step instructions five you the confidence and know how to freeze, dry, can, root cellar, and brine the abundance from your CSA share or summer garden. Check out my post on how to freeze zucchini and if you really want to start preserving your harvest, keep reading to learn more about this book!

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The Beginner’s Guide to Preserving Food at Home

Book Title: The Beginner’s Guide to Preserving Food at Home
Subtitle: Easy instructions for Canning, Freezing, Drying, Brining, and Root Cellaring Your Favorite Fruits, Herbs, and Vegetables
Author: Janet Chadwick
Genre: Cookbook, Preserving
ISBN: 978-1-60342-145-4
Publisher: Storey Publishing
Paperback: 240 pages
Suggested Retail Price: $14.95

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About the Preserving Food Cookbook

You don’t need a lot of time or years of experience to preserve garden fresh fruits and vegetables. Simple step-by-step instructions five you the confidence and know how to freeze, dry, can, root cellar, and brine the abundance from your CSA share or summer garden.

Grate and freeze excess zucchini; it will be perfect in quick breads and muffins all winter long. Pick up a crate of less than perfect tomatoes at the farmers’ market and preserve them in jars of spicy salsa.

Turn the overflow of green beans from your CSA farm share into tasty dilly beans to eat all winter or give as holiday gifts. These techniques and recipes will have you eating locally all year long.

My Review:

In the last few years I have become passionate about eating  local and organic food when I can. I found several farmers in my area that are quite skilled at growing veggies, raising cattle, and milking goats.

Gardening is still rather new to me. I am slowly learning (mostly by trial and error!) what works and what doesn’t. It is a good thing I have skilled farmers to rely on because my garden doesn’t provide anywhere near enough food to feed my family.

Every year, I put in another bed of plants and pray they grow! As I become more successful (I hope!) I will need to know what to do with all the fresh foods I produce and this book will be an invaluable resource!

Preservation Equipment

The chapter on choosing preservation equipment was quite informative. I already own a Cuisinart food processor, dehydrator, and Kitchen aid mixer. Some of the best inventions I have every invested in. The author provides a very detailed list of supplies you will need, down to the ladles and spatulas. She really DOES want the beginner preserver to succeed!

Gardening tips for preserving the harvest

The chapter on tips, hints, and shortcuts was very informative. Staggered planting is one thing I am trying this year…put in your seeds/plants every few weeks throughout the season so they don’t all ripen at the same time.

If you have a kitchen full of 40 pounds of green beans you are going to be very grumpy by the time you are finished processing and, as the author stresses, this is supposed to be ENJOYABLE!

Basic Methods of Preserving Foods

The author discusses each of the basic methods of preserving food. She has lists of fruits/veggies that will work best for each one. Drying, freezing, canning, and root cellaring (cold storage) are all covered in detail.

There are separate chapters for vegetables, fruits, and herbs and each one is filled with information on everything from A (asparagus) to Z (zucchini) and everything in between. If you want to know how to dry cherries or make pickled beets, that information is in there! At the end of the book you will find numerous recipes for making or using preserved produce.

Plastic Sealer Bags

The only part of the book that I was NOT a big fan of was the recommendation to use the vacuum packing of plastic sealer bags for storing veggies. It may very well be an excellent method of preserving food at home, however I am not a big fan of plastic.

I loved everything else about this book and when my garden starts producing this spring/summer (keeping fingers crossed!) I will have a great resource for preserving my harvest!

Have any tips to share about home preservation?

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20 thoughts on “The Beginner’s Guide to Preserving Food at Home”

  1. I would love to win this book. I had a very sucessful garden last year and this year I have decided to start canning some of my fresh goodies. This book would be perfect!

  2. I think the list of books I don’t want would be shorter {grin} but I would really like The Beginner’s Guide to Edible Herbs and The Winemaker’s Answer Book.

  3. I would love to win this book. We garden in the summer and this would help make those great veggies last all year!


  4. Oh, and I would love to read The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible. We could ALWAYS use extra advice!


  5. They have a lot of great books. Starter Vegetable Gardens, The Vegetable Gardener’s Book of Building Projects, and The Backyard Homestead are all ones I would love to own.


  6. I am glad I found your blog, very nice giveaway and I think we have somethings in common. I will be checking it out further 🙂


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