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The Complete Book of Year-Round Small-Batch Preserving: Over 300 Delicious…

by Ellie Topp

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Excellent recipes! This is one of my go-to books when canning small amounts of veggies and fruits. I have discovered chutneys, and loads of recipes to use with the fruits foraged and harvested from our yard, neighbors, and friends, this past year thanks to this book! ( )
  Sundownr | Jan 26, 2011 |
I'm trying to like this one but I can't see how it's much better than the Ball Book, for example. ( )
  lemontwist | Oct 28, 2010 |
Well, I sort of read it. I went through and read the information at the beginning about canning and preserving in general, then the chapter introductions as I came to them, and of course the recipes. It starts with jams and preserves - sweet spreads with fruit in them. I found quite a few recipes I want to try. Then jellies - sweet spreads made just from juice (sometimes with flavoring things - herbs or spices - put in when they're canned). Then - I think marmalades were next (mostly citrus-type jams with peel in them, sweet-tart), then conserves (sweetish spreads with both fruits and nuts). Then it got onto odd stuff - chutneys and relishes and salsa, mustard, sauces of various sorts from butterscotch and fudge to blueberry lime, and pickles of many kinds. The pickles included pickled ginger; the salsas had a mango variety. There were also ketchups, including a mango one. And pickled tomatoes. And lots of stuff, most of which I'd never eat so I wouldn't make it. But the sweet spreads, the marmalades, and the sauces had many interesting recipes. I don't know how well they work, since I haven't actually made any yet, but they're very simply presented. The information on canning - the step-by-step process for short-time processing, the information on why you take particular steps and how they help preserve the food, and the general information about ingredients were all very useful - I learned things that had puzzled me for some time. There's also a recipe for homemade pectin from apples, which looks useful. However, it was a little annoying that the authors used a variety of pectins in their recipes and said at the beginning that the various types 'were not interchangeable' without explaining why not or what sort of conversions might be possible. So the homemade pectin can be used in about 10 recipes listed right with it, and not with any of the hundreds of others in the book. I will, of course, figure out how to use it by trial and error, but they could have made it much more useful with just a little more information there. Overall - good basic information, lots of recipes ranging from basic to pretty exotic, and - in the back of the book - just a few recipes for using some of your newly canned products. Fun. ( )
1 vote jjmcgaffey | Nov 26, 2009 |
I love this book! Unlike the big guys of preserving (Ball and Kerr) this book gives me recipes I can complete on a week night with a small amount of store bought ingredients. It's very easy to put up a pantry full of goodies and gifts using this method. Plus, if something goes wrong you haven't wasted a whole day or a whole bushel of something. ( )
  ShawnMarie | Dec 28, 2008 |
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"The Complete Book of Small-Batch Preserving takes the guesswork out of home preserving. Both beginners and pros can make the most of fresh fruits and vegetables when these are readily available and inexpensive. Because these recipes require a minimum of time and fuss, home cooks will enjoy creating the preserves almost as much as everyone will enjoy tasting them. Included are both traditional and new recipes. Detailed instructions provide the safest and latest processing methods. Some recipes are suitable for microwaves. A brand new chapter features freezer preserving as an alternative to the traditional methods. The more than 300 enticing recipes include: jams, jellies and low-sugar spreads; conserves, butters and curds; pickles, relishes and chutneys; salsas, mustards and marinades; flavored oils; and dessert sauces, syrups and liqueurs."--Publisher's description.… (more)

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