Friday, June 10, 2011

canning & preserving by ashley english

canning & preserving

In addition to Home Dairy, I was so pleased to receive a copy of Canning & Preserving by Ashley English to review.  Although I've been canning my own applesauce, jams, and apple butter for a while now, in many ways I still feel like a newbie when it comes to canning.  I am so happy to have Canning & Preserving as a resource to help me go beyond what I know to preserve even more homemade foods for my family.

As I flip through the beautiful pages of this book, my mouth drools over the chutneys, curds, jams, and sauces that catch my eye.  Spiced pear chutney, homemade pickles, strawberry and vanilla sauce, oh my, I want to make all of these!  I finally settled on the tomato basil sauce as my test drive recipe.  Tomato sauce is something I've been trying to perfect for some time now.  I've never quite found the right blend of ingredients to please my palate.  That, and the fact that canning tomato sauce has always seemed a little trickier to me, made it the right choice.

tomato basil sauce

I canned 3 jars and we ate the rest for dinner.  Although I don't own a food mill (yet!), and our sauce still had some tomato seeds in it, I seriously think I've found the right tomato sauce recipe.  Let's just say that it did not disappoint and my kids ate everything on their plates.

spaghetti

Just like Home Dairy, I would highly recommend Canning & Preserving as a resource to your kitchen.  Not only does it have great recipes, but it also contains lots of canning tips and even how to make your own pectin!  Excuse me while I go see how I can squeeze in some time to make some peach and lavender butter which will then need some homemade scones...

A special thanks to Beth at Lark Crafts for providing me with this free copy of Canning & Preserving to review.  Do check out their website.  It's a beautiful blend of creativity with giveaways, crafts, recipes, and more!  

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Linking up with Jennifer@Studio JRU for Sneak Peek Friday as my creative venture this week has definitely been in the kitchen!

11 comments :

blissful_e said...

i don't have space for canning equipment, but I love the thought and taste of home preserved foods!

Ana Degenaar said...

That is making me so hungry!

Life with Kaishon said...

I love your blog header. GORGEOUS!

AMKreations said...

Oh yum! I've never canned...but that looks delish and looks like a great book too!

MaryAnne said...

I'll have to look up that sauce recipe!

Cindy said...

Cooking and being in the kitchen is definitely the weak link in my creativity arsenal! But I am glad to read your experiment here, as you are a few steps ahead in going back to more natural ways!

Blessings...

sherri ohler said...

Thanks for the tip! I love the thought of following in my grandma's footsteps with canning :)
sherri Ohler
www.sdgartistry.com

The Herd said...

So, tell me, how are you getting them to send you books to review? I'd love to do that. I must just have to buy that dairy book!
I am so glad you are on your way to feeling better with your back!

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Ohh... I love creative ventures in the kitchen! Your tomato sauce looks so good. I need to try more canning. I mostly do it with my mom and take some home. Need to try it myself sometime! :) This really does sound like a great book!

Roberta said...

Now I'm hungry...lol I've always wanted to try canning and have been so afraid of it...I once read about someone giving their family boutlism from canning tomatoes the wrong way year ago and ever since then I've been afraid of it. Your post sure makes me want to go for it...thanks for sharing. Fondly, Roberta
www.loveshackliving.com

Valerie Weller said...

mmmmmm- yum! Thanks for sharing this fabulous reference book. Your tomatoes look luscious- I must try this after our veggie garden blooms. Appreciate your post!

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