Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (September 8, 2009)
Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
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This book explains canning methods & techniques, along with health dangers of contaminated food, and how this relates to processing methods and times. Although it can get repetitive at times, you cannot read this book and NOT understand how to safely can food!While recipes are arranged by end product (freezing, drying, jellies, etc.), there is ALSO a produce-oriented index in the FRONT of the book, so I typically look things up that way. For example, for vegetables, there are 1-2 recipes each, but they ALWAYS list the processing times for different sizes, so even if you want to can vegetables plain, you can grab the info from the recipes! In fact, Chapter 10, "Preserving the Harvest: Just Vegetables," is all about this topic.So far, the only thing not in this book is squash/zucchini, which are low-acid, because the U.S. lost their original research, and so had to pull their official safety recommendations in light of conflicting research. Can those items with tomatoes and you are all set, or add acid some other way. (Research before doing.)Contrary to popular belief, *flavoring* ingredients do NOT matter to food safety...what matters is the acid level -- NOT sugar, not even salt (unless piles of it are used, like the way Nordic peoples dry fish outside). Acid level is per the vegetables/fruits you are canning, and whether you add acid. Vinegar adds the most acid, which is why ALL pickled products can be water-bath canned ASSUMING YOUR VINEGAR IS 5% ACIDITY (some flavored vinegars aren't, but I haven't had a problem finding 5-7%).(Note unrelated to this review: according to eHow.com, if you use vinegar AND water, it must be at least 2:1 ratio. If a food is extremely low-acid, like squash, I would only feel safe using all vinegar and no water.
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