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Hobby Farms' Canning & Preserving

A Can-do Attitude
There once was a time, not so long ago, when canning and preserving food was a necessity. Grocery stores and convenience food were either unaffordable or entirely unavailable. Electric refrigerators and freezers did not exist, or were available only to those who could afford the luxury.
 
Fast-forward a few generations. Today, all the food we could ever want is as close as our nearest grocery store—canned, jarred and preserved for us. Fresh food can go straight from the store into our refrigerator or freezer, safe to chill until we decide to eat it. Fast food is available any time, day or night, and we don’t even have to leave the car to get it.
 
Despite all the convenience available, home canning and preserving is back in a big way. Why? Perhaps it’s that we want to know where our food comes from and exactly what’s in each bite. Maybe it’s a yearning for independence and self-sufficiency. Whatever your reason for canning and preserving food, you will find help and advice within these pages. Whether you’re a hobbyist dabbling in putting up your farmers market finds or an expert gardener blessed with a bountiful harvest, Canning & Preserving™ is here to help you.
 
What You’ll Find
Canning: An all-encompassing guide to canning and preserving food, Canning & Preserving walks you through the basics for successfully "putting up” your produce safely and easily. You’ll learn about the two processes for canning (boiling-water canning and pressure canning) as well as what kinds of foods should be canned using each. When you’re ready to can your food, look for step-by-step instructions and pictures that outline how to can properly.

Fermenting: Simpler than it might seem at first glance, fermentation can be used to preserve a variety of foods, including cabbage (of course) as well as cheese, yogurt and alcoholic beverages such as beer and wine.

Smoking: We’ve made smoking easy with basic instructions and directions for building a do-it-yourself smoker.

Freezing: Freezing food is a great way to lock in the flavor and taste of most vegetables and fruits.

Dehydrating: Dehydrating is another method for preserving your garden’s bounty, and you’ll learn all about. Find out about the different ways to dehydrate (via sun or air, electric dehydrators or oven heat), and how it turns bushels of produce into a smaller amount of concentrated flavor that will save space and money.

And much more: Before you begin canning and preserving, educate yourself about important food-safety basics. Learn the age-old practice of root cellaring, and find out how to store your harvest to keep your vegetables fresh. Try pickling, and incorporate the results into your favorite recipes. Speaking of recipes, we also share 10 of our favorites.

Discover the many ways to preserve your bounty in Canning & Preserving. This Magabook® (magazine-book) is the essential resource for every kitchen enthusiast.

Contents 

Preserving Our Past
Take a look at human history through the lens of food preservation.
By Eve Adamson

Tools for Success
Home preservation starts with the correct equipment.
By Kristina Mercedes Urquhart

Winning the Food-safety Battle
Here’s how to wage war against the microscopic marauders in your kitchen.
By Wendy Bedwell-Wilson

You Can Do It
Learn how to safely and easily put up your favorite foods.
By Cheryl Morrison

Can Do Canning How-to
This step-by-step guide explains boiling-water canning and pressure canning.
By Cheryl Morrison

Good Things Come in Small Batches
Smaller-scale canning yields big results.
By Cheryl Morrison

Jams, Jellies, Marmalades, Preserves, Fruit Butters
Prepare, spread, enjoy, repeat.
By Wendy Bedwell-Wilson

Brine It Up
Learn the basics for flavor-packed pickled produce.
By Jennifer MacKenzie

Tart and Tasty
Pickled fruits make an excellent addition to any pantry.
By Jennifer MacKenzie

Break It Down
Find out about fermenting, an age-old method for preserving food.
By Amy Grisak

Dried and True
You can satisfy your appetite for summer all year by dehydrating your harvest.
By Lisa Kivirist

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Flavor
Smoking preserves a variety of foods for a limited amount of time.
By Cheryl Morrison

Keep It Cool
Hardy vegetables and fruits store well in root cellars, basements and dark nooks.
By Nancy Mann Jackson

Create Your Own Cold Storage
You can store your harvest without a root cellar.
By Amy Grisak

The Cold Truth
Learn the facts about freezing your produce.
By Kyra Kirkwood

Jam, the ‘Cool’ Way
Want to preserve without the time and effort? Try the no-heat method of freezer jam.
By Nicole Sipe

Child’s Play
How to get your youngsters in on the food-preserving fun
By Lindsay Evans

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