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Author Sharon Astyk tackles all the nuts and bolts of preserving foods, and provides tips on how to bulk buy and preserve food inexpensively. Independence Days is packed with valuable secrets to home food preservation, including canning and dehydrating techniques, root cellaring, season extension, and a host of broader issues. In addition, it focuses on how to enjoy a delicious, high-quality diet at home year-round, how to preserve food on a community scale, and how to reduce reliance on industrial agriculture by creating self-sufficient and vibrant local economies.
In just a few decades, America's approach to food has changed radically from the self-sufficiency of our grandparents to the convenience foods of mega-supermarkets. The recent economic crisis has seen millions of North Americans move from being middle class to poor, and from poor to hungry. At the same time, the trend toward self-sufficiency, whole foods health and eating locally is shifting from being a pricey fringe activity to an essential element of getting by. But how can you eat locally, not just when the farmers markets are bountiful, but all year-round? Who really knows anymore how to eat outside of the supermarket, and who really knows how to eat a balanced diet based on easily stored and home preserved foods?
About the author: Sharon Astyk is a former academic who is a writer, subsistence farmer, parent, activist and profile blogger (SharonAstyk.com). She farms in upstate New York with her family, raises livestock, and grows and preserves vegetables. She is the author of Depletion and Abundance, and co-author of A Nation of Farmers.
Author: Sharon Astyk
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
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A perfect gift for maple lovers! Savor the surprising history of maple sugaring, learn to identify the various kinds of maple trees, discover how to tap your own trees and make your own syrup, and indulge yourself with tempting recipes for old-fashioned treats like maple nut bread, maple eggnog, baked beans, maple nutmeg butternut squash, maple-glazed salmon and pecan pie. What could be sweeter?
Author: Tim Herd
In Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry, food preserving expert Cathy Barrow presents a beautiful collection of essential preserving techniques for turning the fleeting abundance of the farmers’ market into a well-stocked pantry full of canned fruits and vegetables, jams, stocks, soups, and more.
As Barrow writes in her introduction, “A walk through the weekend farmers’ market is a chance not only to shop for the week ahead but also to plan for the winter months.” From the strawberries and blueberries of late spring to the peaches, tomatoes, and butter beans of early fall, Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry shows you how to create a fresh, delectable, and lasting pantry—a grocery store in your own home.
Beyond the core techniques of water-bath canning, advanced techniques for pressure canning, salt-curing meats and fish, smoking, and even air-curing pancetta are broken down into easy-to-digest, confidence-building instructions.
Under Barrow’s affable direction, you’ll discover that homemade cream cheese and Camembert are within the grasp of the weekday cook—and the same goes for smoked salmon, home canned black beans, and preserved and cured duck confit.
In addition to canning techniques, Practical Pantry includes 36 bonus recipes using what’s been preserved: rugelach filled with apricot preserves, tomato soup from canned crushed tomatoes, arugula and bresaola salad with Parmigiano-Reggiano and hazelnuts, brined pork chops with garlicky bok choy.
Tips for choosing the best produce at the right time of season and finding the right equipment for your canning and cooking needs—along with troubleshooting tips to ensure safe preserving—will keep your kitchen vibrant from spring to fall.
Whether your food comes by the crate, the bushel, or the canvas bag, just a few of Barrow’s recipes are enough to furnish your own practical pantry, one that will provide nourishment and delight all year round. Canning and preserving is not just about the convenience of a pantry filled with peaches, dill pickles, and currant jelly, nor is it the simple joy of making a meal from the jars on the shelf—creating a practical pantry is about cultivating a thoughtful connection with your local community, about knowing exactly where your food comes from and what it can become.
Author: Cathy Barrow
Naturally Sweet Food in Jars provides guidance for preserving for today’s health-conscious audience. The inventive spreads, dips, pickles and whole fruits in McClellan’s third preserving book use only unrefined sweeteners such as maple sugar and syrup, coconut sugar, dates, agave, honey, and dried fruits and juices … and less of them.
Author: Marissa McClellan
Jo Ann Gardner and her husband, Jigs, have been farming for nearly four decades, specializing in fruit, dairy and herb products. Jo Ann makes and sells 75 cases of jams, jellies and preserves a year, making her a master on the subject. This delightful reissue of her classic text is a testament to the continued relevance of her years of gardening knowledge.
In this updated and full-color edition of Old-Fashioned Jams, Jellies, and Sweet Preserves, Jo Ann takes you back to the basics. This is a clear, concise horticultural and culinary reference book that concentrates on the small fruits, with a glance at tree fruits and wild fruits, too. It offers environmentally sound directions for growing and harvesting, as well as simple guidelines for canning and preserving. Moreover, it contains a treasure trove of exciting recipes for preserving, baking, and cooking—unusual marmalades, for example, are coupled with English muffins. From gooseberries and elderberries to classic strawberries and rhubarb, Jo Ann has it covered! Whether an old hand or a novice, you’ll find Old-Fashioned Jams, Jellies, and Sweet Preserves enlightening and informative, not to mention delicious!
Author: Jo Ann Gardner
Author: Kelly Carrolata
Marisa McClellan was an adult in a high-rise in Philadelphia when she rediscovered canning, and found herself under the preserving spell. She grew accustomed to working in large batches because most "vintage" recipes are written to feed a large family, or to use up a farm-size crop. Increasingly, however, she found that smaller batches suited her life better. Working with a quart, pound, pint or bunch of produce (and not a bushel) allows for dabbling in preserving without committing a whole shelf to storing a single type of jam.
Preserving by the Pint is meant to be a guide for saving smaller batches from farmers markets and produce stands-preserving tricks for stopping time in a jar. McClellan's recipes offer tastes of unusual preserves like Blueberry Maple Jam, Mustardy Rhubarb Chutney, Sorrel Pesto, and Zucchini Bread and Butter Pickles. Organized seasonally, these pestos, sauces, mostardas, chutneys, butters, jams, jellies and pickles are speedy, too: Some take under an hour, leaving you more time to plan your next batch.
Author: Marisa McClellan
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
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