I can't even begin to count the number of times readers have asked for book recommendations on a variety of subjects: rural living, canning, homesteading, livestock care, etc. My gorgeous blog manager (husband) recommended I start doing book reviews of some of my favorite books, most of which I'll list in the right-hand margin under "Books I Recommend."
I'll start with something special: my beloved canning bible, Putting Food By.
I've owned my copy of Putting Food By for probably twenty years. It's tattered and dog-eared and much used. To me, it's one of those "don't leave home without it" books.
I've written in the margins...
I've made notes to myself all over this book.
Although I no longer need it, the book covers all the basics on how to get started canning, both pressure canning and water-bath canning. It tells how foods spoil and how canning prevents spoilage; it offers warnings where warnings are needed; and it has trouble-shooting sections so you can figure out why your food discolors or why a lid didn't seal.
It also covers freezing, drying, root-cellering, curing, sprouting, and in the back it includes a host of truly hideous recipes I can't imagine anyone would ever use (Creamed Milkweed? Eggplant Party Casserole? - actually it's got some normal recipes in here as well).
Anyway, just tonight I canned some frozen corn, and once again I pulled out my trusy canning bible to consult the processing time.
10 lbs, 55 minutes (for pints).
So this is my review for Putting Food By. I've found it to be one of the best, most concise, and all-around useful canning books on the market. Happy canning!