Homemade Living: Canning & Preserving with Ashley English: All You Need to Know to Make Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Chutneys & More

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Yes, you CAN! More and more people have discovered what grandma always knew: canning and preserving supplies you with wholesome, tasty treats year round. And this Homemade Living guide provides all the practical, hold-your-hand basics along with plenty of step-by-step photos, and 20 unique seasonal recipes created by the author.

Learn about the necessary tools of the trade, crucial safety tips, and hot water bath processing and pressure canning. Discover the all-important ...

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Overview

Yes, you CAN! More and more people have discovered what grandma always knew: canning and preserving supplies you with wholesome, tasty treats year round. And this Homemade Living guide provides all the practical, hold-your-hand basics along with plenty of step-by-step photos, and 20 unique seasonal recipes created by the author.

Learn about the necessary tools of the trade, crucial safety tips, and hot water bath processing and pressure canning. Discover the all-important science of salt and sugar, and how to select the best possible ingredients, favoring seasonal, organic, and local options. Three topic-specific primers cover pickles, relishes and chutneys; jams, jellies, butters and curds; and whole fruits and veggies—and each offers at least two “Canning Classic” recipes with variation ideas.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A comprehensive and indispensible guide for preserving and enjoying the bounty of your local harvest. In it you will find the tools and inspiration needed to can with confidence and ease." – Terry Walters, author of CLEAN FOOD
 
"Accessible, thorough, and visually pleasing, this is a useful primer for beginners and a helpful brief reference for the more experienced. Highly recommended." - Library Journal
 

“Ashley English is the how-to voice of a new DIY movement." - Erik Knutzen and Kelly Coyne, founders of Homegrown Evolution and authors of The Urban Homestead

 
"An approach to urban homesteading that inspires both action and admiration." – Grace Bonney, founder of Design*Sponge
 
"The Homemade Living series is beautiful, in both aesthetics and intention. A friendly introduction to simpler living that people in barns and brownstones alike can appreciate." – Jenna Woginrich, author of Made from Scratch and blogger for Mother Earth News and The Huffington Post
 
"Beautifully designed and laid out with lush, full-color photographs and illustrations. Ashley knows her stuff and you will too after reading her books." --Mother Nature Network
 
“Perfect for the aspiring urban farmer on your list!...Tons of gorgeous photos, troubleshooting tips, and recipes makes these books a must have addition to any gardener's bookshelf.” --Re-Nest
 
“What I love most about this series is how Ashley presents all of these could-be-complicated subjects in a way that's achievable and encouraging. It all feels totally doable...not to mention fun and fresh in the way she shares it all.” --Amanda Soule, Author of The Creative Family and Handmade Home, Found of the popular blog Soule Mama

"Ashley English is one of the hardest working women in the homemade movement that I know." --Food in Jars

“If a bountiful harvest has you wondering how, exactly, to preserve all of this perfect fresh food to enjoy all winter long, Canning & Preserving with Ashley English is the perfect place to start. Full of information about canning, pickling, making jams and jellies, and other food preservation methods, this book is a crash course in learning how to "put up" food and stock a pantry...I definitely recommend Canning & Preserving with Ashley English for those new to canning and preserving. It's also a good read for those of us who find ourselves canning the same things year after year--you may just find something new to preserve! The relaxed, friendly tone of the book is encouraging, and the instructions are clearly written, taking confusion out of the canning process and helping you enjoy this seasonal task even more.” --About.com Organic Gardening

Library Journal
Those who feel an urge to can, have a yen for homemade pickles, or daydream about jams and jellies but fear they're too complicated to attempt will be happy to find this cheerful, straightforward manual—one of the first titles in English's new series "about the ways people are reconnecting with their food and food communities and taking up sustainable food practices." English, who writes a regular column for Design*Sponge (www.designspongeonline.com), carefully explains the equipment, nomenclature, and processes and includes recipes both for "canning classics" (e.g., apple butter) and other seasonal preparations, from the homely (apricot jam) to the unusual (Kumquat 5-Spice Marmalade). With a magazine-like layout, this title includes short profiles of canners, sidebars with relevant historical and cultural information, and troubleshooting tips. VERDICT Accessible, thorough, and visually pleasing, this is a useful primer for beginners and a helpful brief reference for the more experienced. Highly recommended. [See the review of English's other forthcoming series title, Keeping Chickens, on p. 96.—Ed.]—Courtney Greene, DePaul Univ. Lib., Chicago
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600594915
  • Publisher: Lark Books NC
  • Publication date: 4/6/2010
  • Series: Homemade Living Series
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 389,615
  • Product dimensions: 8.14 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Ashley English has earned degrees in both holistic nutrition and sociology. She is a member of Slow Food USA and has worked over the years with a number of non-profit organizations committed to social and agricultural issues. She has a popular clip on YouTube (http://tiny.cc/FvOH1), with more to be added soon; is a regular contributor to the popular blog Design*Sponge (with 70,000 regular readers); and maintains her own blog at http://small-measure.blogspot.com. Ashley and her husband currently reside in Candler, NC with their menagerie of chickens, dogs, cats, and bees, where they are converting their land into a thriving homestead.
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  • Posted November 20, 2010

    Yes You CAN, Yes I DID!!

    This is the book that changed my relationship to canning. I had cycled through the traditional how-to manuals on the subject but they all had me as scared as though it were nuclear fusion. Ashley's book changed all that. She took me by the hand, led me into her kitchen and we got to work. She actually takes you through step by step in photographs as well as text, which for me was invaluable - as close as you can get to personal tuition. Along the way I learned the difference between jams and jellies, the science of altitude adjustment and how to create a modern twist on simple comfort foods (which make great gifts btw). The book itself, like all of the Homemade Living series, is so beautifully put together, feeling like a much loved vintage copy even with it's crisp new pages. Destined to become a favorite. Highly recommended.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2010

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    Canning to me has always been intimidating. I always thought you either needed a degree in chemistry or you needed to be born in the 1920's. I can remember my Grandmother Tucker canning in her small kitchen in Alpharetta, GA. Canning brings back memories and traditions in my mind. I would love to learn canning so that I could preserve my garden all year around. I believe Ashley English is going to help me learn canning with this book.

    Ashley has such an easy way to her writing. I honestly believe that nobody writes about homesteading like Ashley. Of course, this book does not disappoint. The book is divided into the following chapters: Why We Can, Tools of the Trade, Canning Concepts, Ingredients, A Jam/Jellies/Preserves Primer, A Pickle/Relish/Chutney Primer, A Whole Fruit/Vegetables Primer and Seasoned Recipes. Again, Ashley adds human interest stories in her Portrait of a Canner, Canning parties and Trouble Shooting.

    I honestly believe that this is the only book you need to learn canning - Yes, it is that good.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2010

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    Great recipes, informative information. Any home canner should own this book.

    The book is very informative & gives simple instructions for anyone interested in doing home canning & preserving. The Step-By-Step instructions are great, even if you already know how to can. For example Ashley's illustration and explanation on checking your Head(space) is so clear it removes all ambiguity.

    The "Portrait of a canner" gives an entertaining spin to the book. The Seasonal Recipes make you realize you that winter isn't just the time you can enjoy your summer labors. You can utilize canning to make Curried Winter Squash Chutney & other tempting seasonal recipes. I cannot wait for summer's heat & my tomatoes to ripen to make Ashley's Tomato Basil Sauce.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2014

    An excellent book! Before purchasing, I checked this out from th

    An excellent book!
    Before purchasing, I checked this out from the library along with a few other 'Canning for Dummies' type books.  This was by far the best.  It goes through the canning process step by step, explaining, guiding, and -- best of all -- showing pictures of all the steps.  
    I would highly recommend this for first time canners!

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  • Posted May 10, 2010

    Great Book

    A very informative book for a beginner learning to can!

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