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Authored by Janet Greene, Ruth Hertzberg and Beatrice Vaughan, this is required reading for anyone interested in canning and preserving. It's full of recipes, technical information and advice. It discusses everything from preserving the harvest to canning meats and fish (which I wouldn't approach...but that's just me).

CLS's picture

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I'll look this book up, Chiff. I was thinking sometime in the next couple of years I'd like to try my hand at canning. I used to help my mother all the time, and haven't done any of it since I left home to be on my own. Thanks for the recommendation.

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i The Joy Of Cooking
also has an extensive section on canning...at least the previous incarnation did. If you have the older
i Joy
try skimming that for an idea about canning.

I've been canning since I was about 22 (near as I can remember anyway). The secret to it is really simple: Be clean and organized. The recipes are not so much an issue as is timing and cleanliness. "When in doubt, throw it out" is never so true as in canning because, while it's wonderful to stop time in the life of great food, it's not worth jeopardizing your family's life in the process.

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My mother used to can jams every year, and these incredible brandied pears, peaches and cherries for desserts during the winter. And her canned tomatoes and pickles won all kinds of blue ribbons at the county fair.

What I recall about helping her can was that (a) it was hot as Hades in that kitchen! (b) clean, clean, clean and (c) organization, as you said.

But come winter, when those jars were leaving the shelves instead of being put on it, it was heaven. I want Max to have those same types of memories, so I'm going to get back into it.

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Wow, good for you! My kids all have fond memories of helping me can, too, but that's not enough to inspire them to do it, even though they are stay at home moms. Home canned is the next best thing to fresh IMO.

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Has anyone got a thought on the book
b The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest
by Carol W. Costenbader? I own it, but haven't used it yet. It looks like a great book. Anyone have it and can offer an opinion?

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i ... it was hot as Hades in that kitchen!

For a good reason ... A draft will crack cooling jars!! I'm so glad you mentioned that. I sweat bullets during jar cooling.