Canning & Preserving For Dummies by Amelia Jeanroy

Canning & Preserving For Dummies by Amelia Jeanroy

Are you longing for the taste of a juicy peach in the midst of winter? Do you dream of enjoying a bowl of homemade tomato soup made from your own garden-grown tomatoes, even before the seeds are planted? With canning, you become the master of your food supply all year round. It not only helps you save money and maintain quality control over your meals but also ensures that you are prepared for times when food shortages may occur.

In her book Canning & Preserving For Dummies, Amy Jeanroy, a seasoned canner and the proud owner of TheFarmingWife.com, takes you on a journey into the world of canning. In a friendly and step-by-step manner, she introduces you to the centuries-old art of food preservation, all from the comfort of your own home. By embracing modern technology and techniques, you can easily master the four main methods of preservation: water-bath and pressure canning, freezing, and dehydrating.

Amy Jeanroy not only shows you how to preserve your favorite foods but also highlights the best preservation method for each item to ensure the most flavorful results. She also provides valuable advice on the essential supplies you should have on hand for your canning adventures. Moreover, this book discusses the numerous benefits of canning, from promoting healthier eating habits to fostering self-reliance. It also emphasizes the importance of following food safety guidelines and offers guidance on proper food storage, especially for those living in urban areas.

To top it off, Canning & Preserving For Dummies includes a collection of delicious recipes that you can prepare using your preserved delights. Whether you are motivated by saving money, improving your diet, or simply enjoying the satisfaction of canning, this book has everything you need to keep your taste buds happy throughout the year.

Book Review: Pressure Canning Books – My Honest Opinion

Hey everyone, I wanted to quickly share my thoughts on a couple of canning books that I recently read. I initially mentioned a canning book in a previous article and received a lot of requests to review it, so here it is. I’ll be discussing two pressure canning books that I had high hopes for, as well as another book that I absolutely love. Keep in mind that these are just my opinions and experiences with the books.

The first book I want to talk about is “The Complete Guide to Pressure Canning.” When I first came across this book, I was thrilled to find a dedicated book on pressure canning, as most canning books only touch on it. Unfortunately, I was disappointed with this book. While it has beautiful recipes and a great introduction, I found that many of the pressure canning times were off or incorrect. We even reached out to the author for clarification but never received a response. Additionally, some of the recipes didn’t work well together, resulting in disappointing end products. Overall, I would only recommend this book to seasoned canners who can adjust the times and determine if certain ingredient combinations will work.

The second book, “Modern Pressure Canning,” also didn’t meet my expectations. Despite the author’s experience in food preservation, I found that this book mainly focused on water bath canning rather than pressure canning. Many of the recipes in the book were meant for small batch canning and some even included ingredients that shouldn’t be pressure canned, like cauliflower and vinegar-heavy pickled items. Moreover, I noticed that the headspace measurements in the photos were incorrect, which can be misleading for new canners. In my opinion, if you’re looking for a pressure canning resource, it would be better to find a dedicated water bath canning book.

On a more positive note, I want to share my love for the book “Better Homes and Gardens Jams and Jellies.” If you’re interested in making unique and delicious jams and jellies, this is the book for you. It offers a wide range of recipes, from traditional favorites to more adventurous combinations. The book also provides a great introduction to canning basics, making it suitable for beginners. Whether you’re a seasoned canner or just starting out, this book is worth checking out.

Ultimately, I encourage you to form your own opinions by borrowing these books from a library before purchasing them. It’s important to find resources that align with your canning goals and preferences. If you have any thoughts or recommendations on canning books, feel free to leave a comment or even make a video response. Let’s bring back the conversation and sharing on YouTube!

Thanks for reading and I’ll talk to you all soon. Take care!

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