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There are hundreds of ways to save money on your grocery or home repair bills: growing your own food, doing your own home repairs, preserving or baking your own food, and so much more. Mother Earth News and Grit have compiled five special guides that will help you save money on food and your homestead. You will learn how to buy and build your dream homestead, discover delicious homemade bread recipes, grow food in small spaces, and more.
Urban farmers, foodies and cooking enthusiasts of all ages are taking matters into their own hands when it comes to food preservation. For those wanting to preserve garden-fresh vegetables at home, Canning, Pickling and Freezing with Irma Harding offers modern techniques and tasty recipes from heartland farms. In Canning, Pickling and Freezing with Irma Harding, writer Marilyn McCray leads readers through step-by-step techniques for preserving fresh foods and offers great tips for preparing tasty recipes provided by food artisans, chefs and farms from across the country. The book not only explains canning, pickling and freezing, but goes further to cover smoking and curing of fresh fruits, vegetables and meats as well.
Readers are guided through the book by Irma Harding, a fictional spokesperson for appliances produced by International Harvester during the 1950s. The book features vintage art and photographs of Irma back in the day, as well as a brief history of Irma and her ever-so-collectible vintage appliances and memorabilia. Most important, this cookbook is packaged with timeless step-by-step techniques and tasty, interesting recipes.
Author: Marilyn McCray
You've heard it: You are what you eat. The evidence is mounting that what you put into your mouth matters. What better way is there to know exactly what you are eating than to grow some of your own food or get to know your farmer? Celeste has decades of experience providing good, nutritious food for her family. Celeste's Garden Delights will show you how to grow, can, ferment, freeze, dry and root cellar fresh produce. If you can't do it all, just do what you can. Start small. Even if you live in an apartment, you can grow a tomato plant or two in pots on the balcony or patio. Or, you can take a few hours in the summer to buy and prepare berries or corn for your freezer. If you have a lawn and would like to make part of it into a garden, the section on No-Till Gardening will tell you how. Thinking about keeping chickens? Read the section on Backyard Chickens to see if it's something you truly want to do. Food is usually less expensive when it is in season. Get together with some friends to take advantage of bulk buying. Farmers generally give you good discounts if you buy large quantities or "seconds" (food with a few bruises). You can do it! There's no better feeling than having an actual relationship with your food. Homegrown and homemade (or locally grown and made) are truly the best.
Author: Celeste Longacre
Dehydrating at Home is a practical guide to transforming perishable fruits, vegetables and meats, as well as nuts, seeds, herbs and spices, into a pantry of nutritional wonders with a long shelf life. The book takes readers through the entire process for each type of dehydrating with delicious recipes and handy hints and tips. Practical step-by-step instructions ensure that dehydrations are perfect the first time and every time, and innovative flavor combinations will inspire dehydrated delicacies.
Author: MICHELLE KEOGH
With the easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions here, anyone can have fun, save money, and create delicious meals by dehydrating food. Learn the basic methods (sun drying, oven drying, net bag, and commercial food dehydrators) before moving on to drying herbs for tea, making your own tasty (and healthier) jerky, and so much more. Also included is a section on the nutritional benefits of drying food. With 164 recipes ranging from breads to desserts, soups to pies, and cereals to entrees, Dehydrating Food is a book for anyone who is interested in learning how to save money and create delicious meals by drying their own food.
Author: Jay & Shirley Bills
Move beyond dried apricots and jerky into an amazing world of healthy and delicious dried foods with Mary T. Bell's Food Drying With an Attitude.
This is the ultimate food drying resource and has something for everyone: vegetarians, natural and raw food enthusiasts, hunters, fishermen, gourmet cooks, gardeners, farmers and hikers. Children will love the yummy fruit roll-ups. Animal lovers will enjoy making treats for dogs, cats and birds. And everyone will be thrilled at how easy it is to preserve fruits, vegetables and herbs without chemicals or preservatives.
With more than 30 years of food drying experience, Bell offers straightforward and practical instructions for drying everything from yogurt to sauerkraut to blue cheese, without ignoring traditional favorites such as jerky, mushrooms and bananas. Readers will also find innovative and delicious recipes for cooking and baking with dried foods.
Throughout, Bell offers nutritional tips and highlights the time-, space- and money-saving benefits of food dehydrating. Also included are descriptions of how various food dehydrators work, to give readers a better understanding of the tools of the craft. Food Drying With an Attitude gives readers the recipes, instructions and inspiration they need to get the most out of their home food dehydrators.
About the Author: Mary T. Bell has been promoting food drying for more than three decades. She is the author of Just Jerky, Jerky People, Mary Bell's Complete Dehydrator Cookbook and Dehydration Made Simple. She strives to minimize the demands made on our planet and to encourage sustainable living.
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Author: Mary T. Bell
Now that you’ve mastered gardening basics, you want to enjoy your bounty year-round, right? Homegrown Pantry picks up where beginning gardening books leave off, with in-depth profiles of the 55 most popular crops — including beans, beets, squash, tomatoes, and much more — to keep your pantry stocked throughout the year. In-depth profiles highlight how many plants to grow of each crop for a year’s worth of eating, and which storage methods work best for specific varieties. Author Barbara Pleasant culls tips from decades of her own gardening experience and from growers across North America to offer planting, care, and harvesting refreshers for every region and each vegetable.
Author: Barbara Pleasant
Try a variety of tasty jerky treats made with meat, veggies, tofu and more!
Jerky has been a vital source of sustenance for centuries. But what started out as an important food for travelers and a way to safely preserve meat in the days before refrigeration has become the health nut's favorite snack, the hiker and sportsman's manna, the dieter's delight, and a boon for gourmet food sellers.
But why stop at beef, or even meat? Jerky Everything encompasses not only a variety of dried meat snacks but also veggie and fruit jerkies. Forget the ho-hum beef sticks of the past, Jerky Everything offers tasty dried treats for every palate, with flavors that range from orange beef to cheddar bacon to piña colada. Yes, you heard it here first: You can make yummy pineapple jerky at home! Recipes for meat jerkies make low-calorie, high-protein treats that curb hunger pangs. Recipes for fruit and veggie jerkies make wholesome treats that will help pick you up when your energy is waning. Homemade jerky is a thing apart from its store-bought equivalents; most of these recipes are even compatible with paleo, Atkins and low-fat eating regimens.
Author: Pamela Braun
Gourmet dehydrated meat is the most popular meat snack today. It’s low in fat and calories and high in protein, making it a favorite among hikers, hunters, bikers, skiers, and those on the go. Make beef jerky, venison jerky, and much more … all without preservatives with names you can’t pronounce. In this DIY guide to making your own jerky in an oven, smoker, or food dehydrator with beef, venison, poultry, fish, or even soy protein (ground or in strips), you’ll learn the basics for concocting a simple teriyaki marinade as well as easy gourmet recipes for such exotic jerky delights as Bloody Mary, chicken tandoori, mole, Cajun, and honeyed salmon jerky. The jerkies and recipes for using them were taste-tested by family, restaurant staff, friends, and show audiences. So pick up a copy of Jerky now to create your own great-tasting meat snacks!
Author: Mary T. Bell
Growing and preparing your own fresh, healthy food for your table is simpler than ever with the Garden to Table Set. Mother Earth News and Capper’s Farmer have compiled five special guides to get you growing, raising and cooking your own organic food. Learn everything about organic gardening and raising chickens, growing and cooking with herbs, and how to bake and cook all the foods you’ve grown.
This set includes:
Mother Earth News Guide to Organic Gardening
There is so much benefit to an organic garden, and with this guide, you’ll learn all the hacks to produce your own. These articles will teach you how to maintain a weedless organic garden, how to store fresh vegetables, how to transplant your garden, and how you can build better soil with (free!) organic fertilizer, among other valuable articles.
Mother Earth News Guide to Growing Your Own Food
Growing your food is so much more than having a garden. Learn how to naturally produce everything you put on the table with the 7th Edition of Mother Earth News Guide to Growing Your Own Food. Articles include information on how to raise chickens for meat, keep bees naturally, get the best eggs from your backyard chickens, grow amazing tomatoes in your own backyard, and more! With this guide, get 35 tips, tricks and recipes to help you eat better and save money.
Mother Earth News Guide to Growing Herbs
With Mother Earth News Guide to Growing Herbs, you’ll get 109+ tips for growing all kinds of herbs for healing and cooking. Keep fresh herbs year-round with articles about organic gardening and indoor winter herb gardens. Learn hacks to grow the freshest, most bountiful herbs in the best climates and soil and how to store these herbs for use throughout the year. Includes 18 recipes for using your favorite herbs.
Mother Earth News Guide to Cooking with Herbs
After you’ve grown your own herbs at home, learn how to use them with Mother Earth News Guide to Cooking with Herbs for flavorful recipes and tips. With 99+ tips and 75+ recipes, this guide is full of everything herb. Learn how to grow, harvest, and dry herbs and spices, create beverages and seasoning blends, and learn uses for mint, basil, dill, horseradish and more.
Capper’s Farmer Guide to Cooking from Scratch
Ditch the over-processed, store-bought meals and treats from the grocery store and learn how to make your own fresh, delicious meals from scratch! Put it all together with the last guide in the set with the fresh ingredients you’ve already learned to grow and store. Cook and bake from scratch with this guide with articles teaching you how to churn butter, bake bread, freeze garden produce, bake sweet or savory pies, make pickles and sauerkraut, and many more with Capper’s Farmer Cooking from Scratch.
How many ways can you preserve a strawberry? You can freeze it, dry it, pickle it or can it. Milk gets cultured or fermented, and is preserved as cheese or yogurt. Fish can be smoked, salted, dehydrated and preserved in oil. Pork becomes jerky. Cucumbers become pickles. There is no end to the magic of food preservation, and in Preserving Everything, Leda Meredith leads readers (both newbies and old hands) in every sort of preservation technique imaginable.
Author: Leda Meredith
The step-by-step instructions in Put 'em Up will have the most timid beginners filling their pantries and freezers with the preserved goodness of summer in no time. An extensive Techniques section includes complete how-to for every kind of preserving: refrigerating and freezing, air- and oven-drying, cold- and hot-pack canning, and pickling. And with recipe yields as small as a few pints or as large as several gallons, readers can easily choose recipes that work for the amount of produce and time at hand.
Real food advocate Sherri Brooks Vinton offers recipes with exciting flavor combinations to please contemporary palates and put preserved fruits and vegetables on dinner-party menus everywhere. Pickled Asparagus Wasabi Beans are delicious additions to holiday relish trays; Sweet Pepper Marmalade perks up cool-weather roasts; and Berry Bourbon is an unexpected base for a warming cocktail.
The best versions of tried-and-true favorites are all here too. Bushels of fresh-picked apples are easily turned into applesauce, dried fruit rings, jelly, butter, or even brandy. Falling-off-the-vine tomatoes can be frozen whole, oven dried, canned, or made into a tangy marinara. Options for pickling cucumbers range from Bread and Butter Chips and Dills Spears to Asian Ice-Box Pickles. There's something delicious for every pantry!
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Author: Sherri Brooks Vinton
It contains 80 inventive recipes for preserving all kinds of fruit, from apples, berries and cherries to lemons, quince and tomatoes, and it also brings together 80 recipes for using those preserves (or store-bought jars) in main dishes, side dishes, desserts and cocktails.
Author: Sherri Brooks Vinton
Do you have questions about preserving food? Sherri Brooks Vinton has the answers! In this handy Q&A reference, she answers 399 of the most commonly asked questions about canning, pressure canning, refrigeration, freezing, drying and fermentation, including how to apply these techniques to specific fruits and vegetables. She also addresses setting up your kitchen, choosing the best varieties for your needs, making substitutions, and much more. With this kitchen companion in hand, even complete beginners will soon be putting up the harvest, safely and easily.
Author: Sherri Brooks Vinton
In an exciting introduction to the global seed-swapping movement, passionate seed activist Josie Jeffery explores why we should care about our plant heritage and, most importantly, explains how to do it. This book covers the what, who, and whys of seed swapping and seed saving. It advises where to start and how to get involved with the worldwide horticultural campaign to "save our seeds."
Author: Josie Jeffery
Drying is a simple and easy way to preserve fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and herbs. This comprehensive guide includes everything you need to know to get started, whether you are using a dehydrator, your own oven or the sun. Expert Teresa Marrone thoroughly covers the basic techniques, all the way through storing and rehydrating your dried foods. From apples to watermelon, asparagus to zucchini, basil to beef, you'll find solid instructions that will ensure great results every time. Marrone also includes recipes for using your dried foods in a wide range of delicious dishes, from pies and cookies to stews and casseroles. There are even instructions for drying fresh pasta and making vegetable snack chips and baby-food purees.
Author: Teresa Marrone
The third edition of The Beginner's Guide to Preserving Food at Home has been completely revised and updated. It includes dozens of recipes, from basic food preservation techniques to jams and marmalades, pickles and sauerkraut and even preserving herbs.
You don't need a lot of time or years of experience to preserve garden-fresh fruits and vegetables. Simple step-by-step instructions give you the confidence and know-how to freeze, dry, can, store and brine the abundance from your CSA share or summer garden.
Grate and freeze excess zucchini; it will be perfect in quick breads and muffins all winter long. Pick up a crate of less-than-perfect tomatoes at the farmer's market and preserve them in jars of spicy salsa. Turn the overflow of green beans from your CSA farm share into tasty dilly beans to eat all winter or give as holiday gifts. Dry mushrooms, make ketchup, can nectarines and make fruit leather.
This user-friendly book includes charts and lists that will help you successfully preserve foods, as well as a recipe section for using your preserved food in delicious meals. With these techniques and recipes you will be eating local all year long.
About the author: Janet Chadwick has been a teacher, and has authored several books including No Time to Cook, How to Live on Almost Nothing and The Busy Persons' Guide to Preserving Food. As a teacher, her special focus was on cooking for people with special diets. She lives in Florida.
Author: Janet Chadwick
Step-by-step illustrated instructions, informative charts and a host of delicious recipes make this an indispensable kitchen reference. Covers freezing, canning, drying and pickling produce fresh from the market or garden.
Author: Carol W. Costenbader