For those of us who enjoy gardening or strive to eat locally grown foods, the next obvious step is to find ways to extend the seasonal food by preserving our harvest.
I've been looking for a good "how-to-book" for home preserving. I'm often asked questions about canning and I wanted a book to recommend for beginners, one that would cover both freezing and canning fruits and vegetables. It would clearly explain the process with words and photos to teach a beginner and inspire a veteran.
Herald Press, the publisher of the excellent Simply in Season and Mennonite Country-Style Recipes, sent me their new Saving the Seasons. In the last few days, I've read the book cover to cover, and found many recipes I want to try this summer.
Saving the Seasons includes three sections, canning, freezing and drying. Each section includes specific directions for each fruit or vegetable, clear photos to demonstrate the technique, and many recipes. The gorgeous photography adds inspiration. Besides basic information, there is tips for making baby food, jerky, drying herbs, and freezing meat.
Whether you've never canned, or are searching for a new relish or chutney recipe, or like me, constantly bombard your mom with phone calls during canning season, I think you'll find this book helpful.
Best of all, the publisher sent along another copy of Saving the Seasons to give away to a reader!
Just leave a comment, share your experience in canning, freezing or drying produce and you'll be entered into the giveaway! Please remember to give me a way to contact you. And I'll have to ask for US addresses only. (I do love the rest of you, too, just not the postage!) Giveaway will be open for one week, now until June 28.
Even though I received a review copy of this book, all opinions express here are my own.