A wonderful thing is happening in home kitchens. People are rediscovering the joys of locally produced foods. They are also reducing their spending on packaged items and out-of-season produce. However, seasonal fruits and vegetables don’t stay fresh and delicious forever – they must be eaten or preserved. This guide is for all the vegetable gardeners facing overflowing baskets, and for all the dedicated farmers’ market fans and CSA members. The Beginner’s Guide to Preserving Food at Home has simple solutions that turn overwhelming bounty into canned tomatoes, jars of jams and relishes and pickles.
Organized in a friendly, food-by-food format, readers will find freezing, drying and canning instructions for each fruit or vegetable. In many cases, several ways to freeze or can a food are described. There are often other preserving suggestions as well. Everything is written with busy people in mind. These are the quickest, most efficient methods for preserving summer’s bounty. Up-to-date information and clear instructions show even beginners the way to a stocked pantry.