Food Preservation

Food preservation involves preventing the growth of bacteria, fungi (such as yeasts), or other micro-organisms (although some methods work by introducing benign bacteria or fungi to the food), as well as slowing the oxidation of fats that cause rancidity. Food preservation may also include processes that inhibit visual deterioration, such as the enzymatic browning reaction in apples after they are cut during food preparation.

Many processes designed to preserve food will involve a number of food preservation methods. Preserving fruit by turning it into jam, for example, involves boiling (to red

Preserving Food without Freezing or Canning: Traditional Techniques Using Salt, Oil, Sugar, Alcohol, Drying, Cold Storage, and Lactic Fermentation
Canning for a New Generation: Bold, Fresh Flavors for the Modern Pantry
Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving
Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods
Well-Preserved: Recipes and Techniques for Putting Up Small Batches of Seasonal Foods
Put 'em Up!: A Comprehensive Home Preserving Guide for the Creative Cook, from Drying and Freezing to Canning and Pickling
Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits  Vegetables
The Complete Book of Small-Batch Preserving: Over 300 Delicious Recipes to Use Year-Round
Putting Food By
Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round
Independence Days: A Guide to Sustainable Food Storage & Preservation
The Preservation Kitchen: The Craft of Making and Cooking with Pickles, Preserves, and Aigre-doux
Ball Blue Book of Preserving
The Art of Fermentation by Sandor Ellix KatzFood in Jars by Marisa McClellanCharcuterie by Michael RuhlmanPreserves by Pam CorbinPreserving by the Pint by Marisa McClellan
Essential Preserving Books
20 books — 6 voters
Surviving The Cuts, And Other Disasters by Korban BlakeThe New Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency by John SeymourDuct Tape 911 by James   HubbardThe Ultimate Situational Survival Guide by Robert   RichardsonOff Grid and Free by Ron Melchiore
Best Prepper-Homesteading Books
16 books — 8 voters

Elderberries by Alicia BayerAcorn Foraging by Alicia BayerStalking the Wild Asparagus by Euell GibbonsPreserves by Pam CorbinBooze for Free by Andy  Hamilton
Best Foraging Books
10 books — 6 voters
Cradle to Cradle by William McDonoughSilent Spring by Rachel CarsonThe Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael PollanThe Urban Homestead by Kelly CoyneIn Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
Being "Green"
364 books — 255 voters

Lily Prior
For two months I bottled oranges and apricots, peaches and pears, raspberries and nectarines, plums and figs in a rich sugar syrup laced with lemon zest. I pickled olives and cucumbers in brine, and packed mushrooms, pepperoni, artichokes, and asparagus in jars with olive oil. I made jams and preserves of berries and fruits, which then lined the shelves on the walls in the cellar, each one labeled in my own hand and bearing the date of my agony.
Lily Prior, La Cucina

Ari Berk
When we change the shape of the Land, we alter the contents and contexts of our collective, familial, and personal memories. Yet, stories can preserve both mythic and familiar elements of geography even when the physical features are forgotten, buried, or obliterated. And more than this: the stories can bring these elements back. If the Land can be preserved long enough for its stories to be told, and retold, perhaps we all — as custodians of both place and memory — stand a chance at real preser ...more
Ari Berk

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