“A master class in the necessary techniques and tools required for gathering, freezing, canning, drying, pickling, and fermenting ingredients.” —Mary Bilyeu, food editor, The Toledo Blade
Canning Essentials is a go-to beginner’s guide that will take you step-by-step through the different processes of canning fruit and produce. From canning vegetables, like tomatoes and squashes, to preparing homemade jam, salsas, relishes, and so much more, this book simplifies food preservation so that even today’s busiest people can find time to do it themselves.
Emphasizing cost-saving and sustainable food safety, you’ll learn methods for both freezing, canning, pressure canning, and water-bath canning, then discover over 60 delicious recipes for homemade jelly, chutneys, pickles, and more. With helpful charts throughout to detail methods with specific timings, temperatures, and required equipment, this book will teach you everything you need to know about preserving and canning fruits and vegetables.
“A beautiful tome that is exactly what its title claims: essential . . . The book is thorough but not ponderous and includes easy-to-read charts and guidelines for preserving the harvest. Photographs are both inspiring and informative. Canning Essentials should be in every food lover’s kitchen library.” —Michele Anna Jordan, James Beard Award-winning author of The Good Cook’s Book of Mustard
“The essential step-by-step guide to preserve local flavor.” —Angela Covo, editor-in-chief, Edible San Antonio & adjunct faculty, Culinary Institute of America
“Jackie Callahan Parente teaches the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ of preserving foods so that you can experience the flavors of summer any time of the year!” —Chris Chamberlain, author of The Southern Foodie