Tart and Sweet: 101 Canning and Pickling Recipes for the Modern Kitchen B004RQA67A, 1605293822, EPUB
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- Print Length: 242 Pages
- Publisher: Rodale
- Publication Date: March 29, 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004RQA67A
- ISBN-10: 1605293822
- ISBN-13: 978-1605293820
- File Format: EPUB
This book is well laid out. First you get the basics and then you get projects that take you through a year of seasons, if you have them. Of course they feel compelled to have 101 recipes.
Canning has also had its ups and downs. It has been down a long time because when it was a necessity for most homes, it was a big part of the working year. Modern conveniences were a welcome relief. But now we have renewed interest because you can achieve effects unique to this process, and not without dietary benefits. Canning got a bad rep from industrial canning which did its level best to destroy vitamins, nutrition and flavor. Not to mention their sinister tricks of loading sugar and salt because they test well in isolated focus groups. But there are excellent commercial canners if you know who they are. I nearly always opt for canned tomatoes over the plastic impostors at the supermarket or pseudo-farmers’ markets. The good news is that this book will allow you to achieve superior results on your first try. And the authors are savvy on safety so they do not include anything iffy.
As I said, this book is well laid out. Go page by page and skip nothing except the introduction. Chapter 1 covers all the vital information to put you in control to begin successful work. It is only two dozen pages with no waste. This book is not a commercial to sell equipment, so you tour the basics. But I will tell you right now that I spent the two dollars for a strawberry huller, and another eight on a cherry pitter. And I have seen too many books masquerading as working books that are just two hundred pages of their ads that YOU pay for.
Before you know it, you are through the theory and the set up and into fruit spreads and pickles. By that time you are ready for the seasonal recipe sections where you can jump around as you please. Compotes, whole fruits and vegetables, condiments (such as sauces and syrups). Even cocktails — a pickled ramp makes a fine martini. Plenty for all tastes and wants. Geary is right, this stuff makes for great parties because you did all the big work long before. She had help from an expert tech writer and it shows in the ease of use. Rodale makes a sturdily bound book (no jacket necessary as the cover is meant to be wiped clean). And it lays flat on your counter, thank you.