Saturday, 30 August 2014

Wisdom for Home Preservers, review and giveaway

Robin Ripley author of Wisdom for Home Preserves has developed a "go to" book for those who love to make home preserves. Now, I have made the occasional strawberry or fruit jam and onion chutney but I have discovered preserves are much more than this. Preserving food is nothing new, in fact it goes back to 12,000 BC, presumably to store foods. Most of our grandmother's generation preserved foods for insurance, as there were no 24 hour supermarkets like today and there would be guarantees that a large amount of food would be available. These days, (or in my case) preserves for a wonderful accompaniment to dishes.  This book offers a comprehensive guidance on to store a wide range  of ingredients 500 tips for pickling, bottling, curing, smoking and more. The whole emphasis on this book is sharing tips that are needed so we can become kings and queens of home preserving; here are my top favourite tips from this book as featured in the book. Tip 3 Understand why foods spoil, Tip 9 Prepare what you have and what you love, Tip 27 Regularly inspect and rotate stored food, Select a pressure cooker with the newer safety features and  Tip 96 Let jars rest for 24 hours.

There are 8 chapters in this book including :

  • Chapter 1 Getting Started: which includes before you begin, Get Organised
  • Chapter 2: Bottiling: Preserving Basics, Fruits and Vegetables and Jam, Jellies and Spreads
  • Chapter 3: Freezing:  Freezing Basics and How to freeze.
  • Chapter 4: Drying: Drying Basics and Drying Foods
  • Chapter 5: Fermenting: Understanding Fermenting and Fermenting Foods
  • Chapter 6: Salt Curing and Smoking: Curing and Smoking Basics, Equipment and Supplies
  • Chapter 7 : Cold Storage: Getting Started with Cold Storgage, Cold Storage Produce
  • Chapter 8: Beyond The Basics : Branch Out, Become a Pro and The Home Preserver's Kitchen.

My only critiscim of this book is that I would have liked a recipe and a photograph to go alongside these wonderful tips.

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    1. Had great success making marmalade. I like to do more with damsons and plums

    2. so many, at the moment I am making tomatoe chutney with all the lovely tomatoes coming in from the garden.

    3. I try to do something new and different every year - this year will be balsamic pickled onions

    4. apricots, love making apricot jam

    5. cucumbers - making dill pickles

    6. I haven't tried preserving yet - but I keep wanting to have a go.

    7. plum jam and chutney using plums from the garden are my faves :)

    8. green tomatos making green tomato chutney

    9. I love doing rhubarb chutney. But can't stop preserving chillies in things and grow my own in the greenhouse.

    10. all the fruit out of my garden especially plums

    11. all the fruit in my garden, apples, pears, plums and blackberries

    12. We have a Victoria plum in our garden.

    13. Tomatoes, as we always seem to have a glut of them at the end of the summer
      Sheila Reeves @CakeReev

    14. tomatoes because there is so many things you can do with them


    16. Anything that comes out of our garden - home grown might not be biggest but it's definitely best.

    17. Brambles, bramble jam is a firm family favourite

    18. Used to make raspberry jam with my nana x

    19. Raspberries. Love making and enjoying raspberry vinegar on ice cream and milk puddings :)


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