This book is great! The author couldn't find a book with the necessary information on canning so he wrote one himself.
If you have the time, why not make a book.Take a couple dozen favorite recipes that you know she will like and scan or photo. Do the same with a picture of each final product.Use an on-line company to create the book with your own personal notes included. They have simple templates that you simply upload to.The cost is minimal - probably under $25 and will be in your mailbox within a week.It will be a treasure.
The Food In Jars cookbook is great. It's modern but practical enough to be very useful, and everything I've tried from it has worked very well. There's also the recently published Saving the Season, which I have not yet had the privilege of cooking from, but which looks incredible. The DIY cookbook idea is great, too.
I am an avid home canner. Home canning and preserving can be fun, but it can be dangerous, too. I highly recommend a book that has tested recipes and techniques. If your friend is a beginner canner, I recommend the Ball Blue Book or the Ball Complete Book. Both cover canning techniques and recipes. The Ball Complete Book is hardcover and has more recipes. If your friend is an experienced canner, she might enjoy Put 'Em Up (recipes categorized by ingredient), Joy of Pickling (every type of pickle recipe and technique you can think of), The Complete Book of Small Batch Preserving (Jams, Preserves, Pickles, Sauces), or Tart and Sweet (unusual, foodie, canning recipes). I would stay clear of a DIY cookbook unless you know that the recipes are tested and safe. There have been many cases of botulism deaths from home canning gone wrong. All titles mentioned are available on Amazon, Happy Shopping!
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I got The Preservation Kitchen for my birthday and I am loving it - the recipes are all tested for safety, and he includes recipes in the second half for dishes that include the canned goods. I recently made the corn chowchow and I intend to make another batch while it's in season - so good!!!
My choices are:
The Art of Perserving by Rick Field & Rebecca Courchesne (williams-sonoma)
Ball Complete Book of Home Perserving (a classic!)
& The Amish Canning Cookbook by Georgia Varozza
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