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

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

by Ashley English


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ISBN-13: 9781600594915
Publisher: Lark Books NC
Publication date: 04/06/2010
Series: Homemade Living Series
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

About 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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Homemade Living: Canning & Preserving with Ashley English: All You Need to Know to Make Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Chutneys & More 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
SashaA More than 1 year ago
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.
BeachBrights More than 1 year ago
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.
SuzanneNJ More than 1 year ago
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.
leighwh on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Love this book and creative approach to preserving the harvest. Pear chutney is a winner!
Skeptikitten More than 1 year ago
If I were to give this review based only on what I got out of the book, it would be a single star review.  However, I am making an allowance for the fact that I was by no means a beginner to canning and preserving.  I have been canning since I was a small child, learning from my mother how to put up everything from strawberry jam to tomatoes to the best dill pickles I've STILL ever tasted.  As I got older, I was surprised that so few in my generation knew how to do this simple task, and my Christmas gifts of asparagus pickles, strawberry syrup, marmalade, and blueberry honey jam were all fought over by friends.  One of those dear friends gave me this book as a gift.  Unfortunately, it's as beginner level as it comes.  If you are a newbie to canning, the pictures and anecdotes will probably make you more comfortable about the endeavor.  But if you're looking for new or interesting canning recipes, I'd look elsewhere.
rachelizabeth More than 1 year ago
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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CollierIII More than 1 year ago
A very informative book for a beginner learning to can!
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