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

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""Takes the pressure off cooks who don't have the time... but still want to savor the season's bounty." -- Chicago Tribune"

Few people have time for large preserving marathons that can take all day or more. The recipes in this book allow you to put up a few jars quickly and easily of whatever is fresh and available, with a minimum of time and fuss.

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Paperback, 351 pages
Published February 5th 2005 by Firefly Books (first published March 16th 2001)
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May 07, 2009 Jensownzoo rated it really liked it
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This is one of the only cookbooks on canning that takes in account us that have smaller gardens or are only canning for ourselves. Yummy recipes as well. This one is my favorite:

Light No-Cook Strawberry Daiquiri Spread

4 c strawberries, washed and hulled
1/2 c unsweetened pineapple juice
1 tsp grated lime zest
2 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp dark rum (opt)
1 1/2 c granular low-calorie sweetener
2 tbsp granulated sugar
1 box light fruit pectin

1. Crush strawberries in a large bowl; you should have about 2 cups.
Aug 12, 2013 Anastacia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, cookbooks, library
I'm a little in love with this book, which covers jams, jellies, marmalades, conserves, pickles, chutneys, salsa, flavored oils and vinegars (the latter two I'll never make). By far this one is my favorite canning cookbook I've read so far, ever.

It focuses on small batch water bath canning - exactly what I'm looking to do. Make small batches of food, using ingredients mainly from my garden, with maybe a couple of things added (like peppers, because my garden right now is just not producing pepp
Oct 07, 2012 Joyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terrific book, covering jams, jellies, marmalades, conserves, pickles, chutneys, salsa, flavored oils and vinegars... whew! True to the title, all are geared for small batches, so you don't need a bounteous harvest from the garden or orchard. It's possible to make lovely preserves of all sorts even if you rely on produce and ingredients from the farmer's market, grocery produce or gifts from friends. Most of the recipes, and all that I've done to date, use a water-bath rather than a pressure coo ...more
Mar 06, 2015 Judi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great addition to the kitchen bookshelf with the usual jams and pickles but so much more. Spreads, preserves, oils and vinegars with a whole chapter devoted to salsas. Plus safety, equipment and a handy timetable to help with the processing. I am looking forward to trying the recipes.
Jul 30, 2014 Heidi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book allows the home canner a lot of flexibility. I can make several small batches in my microwave and have delicious preserves to save all those wonderful summer fruits. The recipes are delicious and the canning technique is very well described. I use these recipes ALL the time.
Well written with over 300 recipes. Measurements are in both metric and Imperial. Written for small batch so a nice way to experiment. A detailed description of save canning techniques is given as well.
Nov 15, 2012 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm enjoying this book tremendously. It's giving me all sorts of ideas for canning and even for winter projects. My plan for winter now includes making my very own mustard! Fun.

They are very toe-the-line in the book when it comes to all the new-fangled canning rules - I'll stick to the old ways, thanks. But in today's foam-padded world I guess that's the way all the books are going to be. What I really need is a canning/preserving book written about 50 years ago, when the people writing the boo
Aug 12, 2015 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good but not all meet USDA guidelines. Easy to adapt to meet standards generally.
Jul 18, 2014 Kristi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good for small batch canning. Clear, easy to understand, good, everyday recipes.
Fell in love with this one! Jellies and jams. Relishes. Chutneys and Conserves. YUM.
Mar 15, 2014 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Got this from the library. I
Want to make everything in here. I need to go buy a copy (and more jars!)
Dec 01, 2014 Stacey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic. The best small batch canning book I own.
Sep 12, 2009 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I made three different kinds of pickles out of this book. I haven't tried any of them yet so I can't comment on the tastiness of the recipes. But the recipes were really nice because they usually only make 3-4 pint jars, rather than the 20 pints or whatever huge amount most books have you making. I'm probably going to buy it if we approve of the recipes once we've tasted the pickles! I made Garlic Dill, Sweet Garlic Dill, and Curried pickles - 11 pints in all, and all with cucumbers from our own ...more
penny shima glanz
I haven't made any of the recipes but am currently reviewing books to decide what I might want to refer to when I finally get a chance to preserve a few things. I took this out thinking my energy and that funny thing called "time" would let me get there this year. I like the aim of smaller yields, but didn't take good enough notes while I was reading it, so I'll have to revisit this one again when I'm closer to the project.
Shelley Bond
Sep 09, 2015 Shelley Bond rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Cdn. authors, contributors and publisher. I tried a couple of jams,
with somewhat unconventional directions (no pectin!) and had great
results (amazing flavor as well as nice gell). Lots of unusual combinations;
perfect for gift-giving as well as stocking the pantry. As title says,
many recipes can be made year-round; they don't just rely on a bounty of
fresh produce in season.
Jan 02, 2014 Tasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food
I love this book. I've made some of the salsa, the plum sauce, and some of the other recipes, and they've always worked out.
I also love that the authors are writing for a Canadian audience, so the instructions make sense!
Jan 05, 2010 Jenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to do some canning!
Recommended to Jenna by: A friend
I love this book! The instructions are great and easy to follow for someone who has never canned a thing. There is a fabulous variety and I'm planning to do lots and lots of canning with our backyard garden stuff this year! It's a small garden, so this is perfect for those little batches and better yet, I won't be "stuck" in the kitchen all day!
Feb 01, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food
Straight up better than Ball. Ball is a great start, but this is well written with through anyalsis on canning, freezing and other methods. The recipes are more applicable to our lives and well, the variety is better. This book one it's last star because it promotes using no pectin where pectin is not needed, which, if you know me, makes me smile.
Katharine Grubb
Jan 24, 2011 Katharine Grubb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, cooking
I love being a beginner preserver, and this book has been great so far. Some of the recipes have left me guessing, but with experience, I think that I'll get the hang of it a little better. I made the Maple Honey Butter without incident. I love that everything is in a small batch! This is perfect for my little kitchen, and my modest amount of time.
N.L. Riviezzo
I like the concept of this book as I have a very small garden of veggies, and I am the only one consuming what is harvested/canned. The recipes are decent but seem incomplete. Several of them do not follow safe canning practices - it is easy enough to compensate for such but it would be nice if the recipes were complete and straight forward.
I liked this book, though not as much as the other small batch preserving book I recently read. I think I'm less likely to use the recipes in this book - though there are LOTS - so almost anyone could find a recipe or two useful. I would recommend to those who enjoy a vintage flavor palette, many of this are heritage recipes and flavors.
Oct 08, 2008 Auralia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This book has some of the best recipes for canning that I have ever tasted! I loved that these were for small batches, they only made a few pints of the recipe instead of like tons of it. The pickles are great, loved the blueberry jam recipes, loved the apple butter, the salsa and pasta sauces are fantastic. This is one great book.
May 02, 2009 Marlee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cook-book
Love the idea of having smaller batches for my smaller apartment. I remember doing a lot of canning with my grandmother but she had one of those "cold rooms" in her basement.

We had made the best dill pickles ever that my grandmother had to put a pad lock on the "cold room" to keep my sister out of it.
I've been holding onto this because it was a gift but I'm comparing recipes for lemon curd and the only one in here is prefaced by the word "Microwave." To the donation pile it goes.
Oct 17, 2009 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I love, love, love this canning book. Awesome recipes. I just wish I had more things to can. And more time. And more shelf space. And more jars. You get the idea.
Dec 27, 2011 Vivian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've already made several recipes and have been enormously proud of myself. Easy to follow and the results are terrific. Can't recommend it highly enough.
Robin Meadows
Jul 05, 2011 Robin Meadows rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great recipes for small quantities of fresh veggies. Everything from jams to marinades, pickles to flavored oils. I own this book.
Apr 02, 2012 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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There were a couple nice recipes in here. I would much prefer to find some with lower sodium and sugar levels.
Jul 23, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous. So many wonderful recipes. I borrowed it from the library and have to own a copy for myself.
Nov 15, 2014 AJ rated it liked it
I'm trying to like this one but I can't see how it's much better than the Ball Book, for example.
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