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The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest: 150 Recipes for Freezing, Canning, Drying and Pickling Fruits and Vegetables

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Learn how to preserve the season's bounty in this classic primer on drying, freezing, canning, and pickling techniques. You'll learn everything you need to know to stock your pantry with fruits, vegetables, herbs, meats, vinegars, pickles, chutneys, and seasonings. Carol Costenbader presents more than 150 simple, step-by-step recipes for delicious creations such as Green C ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 15th 2002 by Storey Publishing, LLC (first published January 8th 1997)
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A great book for canning, other methods of preservation and recipes. The book even includes information on when a crop is ready for harvest based on appearance and the best methods of preserving each major fruit/vegetable. Worth a read!
Mary Jo
One of my go to books when canning.
A lot of good recipes in this book, and a nice mix of common and more unusual ones. Also has the best equivalencies chart (Appendix C) out of any of the books I've read, showing both the typical number of fruits/vegetables in a pound and also the approximate number of cups you'll get out of that amount, which is very handy if you don't happen to have a kitchen scale with you when you're at the farmer's market! :)
Fantastic recipies, well documented processes, and a bit of everything. I was not too interested in drying, despite my love of tea, but it was great that they covered it in the book as I agree it is an important part of preserving goods.

If you already have the Ball basics books this definitly the next book to pick up about canning and preserving.
Oct 20, 2009 Lauren rated it 5 of 5 stars
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A book filled with unique recipes - I have made several, most recently the crockpot apple butter. There are many others I am planning to make soon. I like the way the author gives the step-by-step details for jams and jellies. Also, she has some unique flavors and lots of herb jellies included - perfect for marinades and dressings.

The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest isn't going to give you all the basic information you'd need to can plain tomatoes and freeze corn, but the section introductions are good.
I owned this book until I loaned it out four years ago. I had a different edition, which I think I liked better. This book is still a good reference and educational book loaded with recipes for the person wishing to preserve their garden's harvest.
Oct 03, 2014 Terra rated it 2 of 5 stars
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Great resource for canning, dehydrating or freezing seasonal produce for those dark days of winter. Decent assortment of recipes, but is no replacement for Ball's Book of Canning which everyone who cans should own.
Oct 22, 2011 annie rated it 3 of 5 stars
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This is a semi-creative book on preserving the seasons's bounty. I use it as a reference point sometimes, but don't find it that inspiring. There are some good tips and recipes, though.
Mar 04, 2008 Dioscita rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Foodies, Preserving People
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Not bad. This has a couple of recipes I may try AND got me geeked to bid on some new gadgets from Ebay like the Squeezo Strainer (and no, I did not make up that word).
Jul 25, 2008 Stephanie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: DIY
Recommended to Stephanie by: Seed Savers
If you lots of produce this is the book to get. I have looked at many canning books and this is the clearest writing with the most information.
Apr 20, 2010 Melissa marked it as to-read
Thanks to my sweet friend Kelly for this book! I will read this and use it for all of the goodies that my garden produces (I hope!) this summer...
LOVE the idea of small batch canning that happens year round. Can't wait to have more fresh produce ready for these recipes.
has a few good recipes, but not worth it for me to buy. I enjoyed browsing thru it though.
A great great book for anymore wanting to put up the summer's bounty. Highly recommended.
A little advanced for a beginner, but great book nonetheless.
An oldie but goody!
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