Girl's Guide to Easy Canning - Canning Book Review
A canning book review on
The Fresh Girl's Guide to Easy Canning and Preserving. It's easy to
follow with delicious, straight forward recipes.
I was sent a couple
of books by Voyageur Press this week to review, and
one of the little gems inside the parcel was a book called “The
Guide to Easy Canning and Preserving", by Ana Micka
offered to review.
have to confess that when I first read the title I misread it as Girl
and I combed through neglected memories of sausages on sticks,
marshmallows, but couldn’t remember any canning involved.
investigation I realized that I had indeed misread the title and on
book I soon realized that it was a great little book for novice canners
wanting the basics of how to can
it was also a great book for the more advanced canner as it
goes beyond the
has some wonderful canning recipes from around the world, including
some award winning canning recipes.
Out of all the canning book reviews that I
have done in my time, this
little book stood head and shoulders above the rest.
I like about it is the simple way in
which it has been written. The text is straight forward, and
home canning instructions are cleanly
laid out. For those of you who have long been mystified by
complex canning instructions, then this is the book for you. This is a
book for those looking for easy canning. And who doesn't?
are used economically with clear instructions, quick understanding and
feeling that anything within the book is easily achievable.
thing that I
was not crazy about was the accompanying
pictures with the text. The artwork was too simplistic and stylized and
have preferred proper photographs. Especially pictures on how to can
giving step-by-step instructions. However, this is a minor detail and
I am being too picky.
sections to this book. The first, as you
would expect, focuses on the basics, the type of equipment needed and
stress for total cleanliness and sterilization. However, it guides you
through growing your own canning
choose your produce for canning, instructions on how to can, and safety
aspects of the canning
As you would expect the 2
main methods of home canning are discussed at length.
Home Canning Instructions - Two Methods of Canning
two methods of
canning are discussed in detail, but in
simple terms so that you understand the process but are not bombarded
confused by additional irrelevant material in order to get the job
done. In the process using a hot
water bath method
of home canning instructions are given for fruits and sauces, jam,
the section on
pressure cooker canning, home canning instructions
there cover how to can using a pressure canner, how to can vegetables
diced and whole, as well as how to can stocks and soups.
Try the Award Winning Canning Recipes!
were reading the award winning canning
recipes and also those from around the world. The
sauce has already been mentioned, however, there is also another for
jam that uses very little sugar and includes dried apples.
I tried the strawberry jam
recipe with the dried apples, and it was delicious. The jam was far
less sweet than usual which I enjoyed because the taste of the
strawberries wasn't masked by the sugar, and not only was the taste
better, but I had no trouble getting it to set either.
around the world
section covers appetizers, soups and
stews, main dishes, side dishes, desserts and condiments. Recipes for a
Boeuf Bourguignon, Korean Kimchi, Baked Beans, Tomato Barbecue Sauce or
Tex-Mex Vegetarian Chili are here, to name but a few.
nice addition to
this publication on how to can, which is a must for any
how-to book, is the accompanying video. Here you will not only learn
of canning take place, but the first episode is an interesting way of
award winning apple sauce that is made using 3 different types of
the presenter doesn’t divulge, but it is made without peeling the
Instead a Victorio food
is used that mills the apples and
sauce out one side and discards the peels at the other. This is a very
gadget, for those too who want to make tomato sauce. Of course if you
have one of these ‘must have’ gadgets then you will have to spend time
all the skins first.
would you like a
peep of what is inside this book? I
thought you would! So here is the canning recipe for Naturally Sweet
Paula Pentel, the lady who has won awards at county state
Sauce recipe, as well as others. If you want to learn more about that
recipe, then you will have to buy the book. But here is her recipe for
Instructions for Naturally Sweet
5 pints (2.41 l)
use quite a bit of sugar. This jam
recipe instead creatively uses dried apple pieces, which both sweeten
pectin to create the desired jam consistency. Make sure to buy the book
watch the Fresh Girl’s Guide to Easy Canning and Preserving DVD to see
great jam made step-by-step.
C (90g) dried apples
qts (837 g)
T (15ml) pectin
mixed with 1 T (12g) sugar
Boil water. Submerge all jars,
kitchen tools you will be using for 2 minutes in boiling water.
Gather clean towels for the
countertops and for
wiping down the jars.
Clean kitchen surfaces with hot
water and a
touch of vinegar.
Make sure that your
Fill your hot water bath
water and bring to the boil. You want enough water so that when you
the jars, the water level remains 2 inches above the lids. Adding
tablespoons (30 ml) or a good splash) helps if you have hard water.
the water tend to form a cloudy surface on your jars. Vinegar helps to
minerals in the water and off your jars.
Prepare your canning
meant for home canning. Fill your sterilized jars with the food,
recommended amount of headspace. Use a non-reactive kitchen utensil,
such as a
narrow rubber spatula or a bamboo skewer, to remove air bubbles.
can cause uneven heating during the process and may impair the jar’s
seal. Using a clean paper towel, wipe the rims of the jars. This
spilled liquid or food, which can also prevent the jar from sealing.
dome lid on top of the jar and secure with a jar ring, screwing on so
secure but not tight.
Now chop dried apples
and remove stems.
Add strawberries to a
stainless-steel or enamel pan
Add apples and lemon
Turn heat to
Wait until mixture
add pectin-sugar solution.
cook for 2 minutes or until
Using funnel, pour
leaving a 1/2 inch (6.4mm) headspace. Remove any air bubbles with a
spatula or clean wooden chopsticks.
Clean rims and any
Secure lids and rings.
Place jars on rack in
Once water returns to
minutes, adjusting for altitude if necessary.
Remove jars and let
cool on the
seal before storing. Refrigerate any unsealed jars and use within 2
Well, as I said
earlier, I thought that I
would try the recipe myself, before adding this canning book review,
and I have
to say that the jam was delicious. It had far less sugar than normal,
but what I liked about the jam was that it wasn't at all sour. What it
did do, was allow the taste of the berries to come through.
Below is a picture of the finished jam. Because of the use of the
apples, the jam had a different consistency, although I can assure you
it soon disappeared and there were clamours for more!
Well, there you have
it. If you are looking for this lovely
little publication on how to can, by Ana Micka, published Voyageur
Press, 2010 then
the link left that will allow you to purchase the book .
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