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The Preserving Answer Book

The Preserving Answer Book: Expert Tips, Techniques, and Best Methods for Preserving All Your Favorite FoodsThe Preserving Answer Book: Expert Tips, Techniques, and Best Methods for Preserving All Your Favorite Foods by Sherri Brooks Vinton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Preserving Answer Book isn’t just for home canners and preservers. It contains helpful information for anyone who buys fresh food and wants to store it in a way that keeps it fresh and wholesome for as long as possible. I learned many new-to-me techniques that will help me make my fresh food last longer.

I’ve been canning and dehydrating food for long-term storage for a couple of decades now. I depend on the standard canning books for their classic recipes, but they’re lacking in advice beyond canning. This would be a good companion book to have on hand.

Foodies like me might read it start to finish as if it were a novel, but novices could feel overwhelmed by the flood of advice which seems to spill out in no particular order. In fact, it reminds me a lot of how I learned to preserve food through conversations and anecdotes told to me by family members.

I hope this book is made available for sale in electronic formats. If you’ve just bought a bushel of apples, you could search on the word ‘apples’ and glean all sorts of advice from all over the book, for example. A paper version of this book will still be helpful, but you’ll be madly thumbing through the pages to find what you need to know.

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Lori Alden Holuta lives between the cornfields of Mid-Michigan, where she grows vegetables and herbs when she’s not writing, editing, or playing games with a cat named Chives.

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