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Books on preserving

Post: #77521 QuakerBear
Tue Nov 27, 2007 4:47 pm

My amazement at the freezer in my new flat has meant I'm becoming interested in all the different and tasty ways you can preserve food, from jam-ing to salting to pickling to drying.

Are there any books anyone would recomend?

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Post: #77524 Annpan
Tue Nov 27, 2007 5:05 pm

I recently got Marguerite Patten's Jams, Preserves and Chutneysout of the library, if I had more time on my hands, I would have tried some of the recipes. It looks really good, I will get it out again when I am less busy.
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Post: #77546 multiveg
Tue Nov 27, 2007 8:04 pm

Annpan wrote:I recently got Marguerite Patten's Jams, Preserves and Chutneysout of the library, if I had more time on my hands, I would have tried some of the recipes. It looks really good, I will get it out again when I am less busy.


I have that book - have got some paperclips in it to mark recipes I've done/doing...
I also have two WI books, one authored by Mary Norwak - The Complete Book of Home Preserving (my charity shop copy has clippings of other recipes glued in!) covering bottling, freezing, salting & smoking, potting, drying, clamping & cellaring, preserves, candying & crystallizing. The other is Jams, Pickles & Chutneys.
Another nice book is Present from the Kitchen, covering preserves, pickles, marinades as well as herb oils & vinegars, liqueurs....

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Post: #77551 greenbean
Tue Nov 27, 2007 9:30 pm

Preserving By Oded Schwartz published by DK (Dorling Kindersley) 1996 is the best book I have found, gives all basic principles of preserving plus excellent recipes and nice colour photos.

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Post: #77552 Chickenlady
Tue Nov 27, 2007 9:46 pm

There seems to be loads of information on pickles and preserves, and on freezing, but not that much on drying, storing, etc. I bought a small but quite useful book from CAT a few years ago by Piers warren, How to Store your Garden Produce, I think it is called. It is fairly slender with not much detail, though. Good for a beginner.

I think there is a serious gap in the market for a good book on this subject!
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Post: #77559 Shirley
Tue Nov 27, 2007 11:05 pm

greenbean wrote:Preserving By Oded Schwartz published by DK (Dorling Kindersley) 1996 is the best book I have found, gives all basic principles of preserving plus excellent recipes and nice colour photos.

Yes.. this is a great book... last time I looked I couldn't find it for less than about £50 - not looked for a year or so though.
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Post: #77568 farmerdrea
Wed Nov 28, 2007 9:07 am

My favourite one is a very basic book, called Putting Food By. Can't remember the author offhand, but it's a Rodale Press book, and it's been in and out of print for a long time, with a number of editions. I have a couple of them myself, and I use it every year at preserving time.

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Post: #77575 QuakerBear
Wed Nov 28, 2007 12:32 pm

Thanks guys.
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Post: #77588 contadina
Wed Nov 28, 2007 1:45 pm

I picked up the Agricultural & Food Research Council book of Home Preservation of Fruit and Vegetables at Amazon ISBN 0-11-242864-9 it covers most areas.

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Post: #77595 QuakerBear
Wed Nov 28, 2007 3:37 pm

I've just asked a colleague to buy the Oded Schwartz one for me from the internet.

Yeah, can't wait for it to arrive.
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Post: #77719 Chickenlady
Thu Nov 29, 2007 8:01 pm

farmerdrea wrote:My favourite one is a very basic book, called Putting Food By. Can't remember the author offhand, but it's a Rodale Press book, and it's been in and out of print for a long time, with a number of editions. I have a couple of them myself, and I use it every year at preserving time.

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That looks very good - and a bit cheaper than the Oded Schwartz one...I have just bought it used from Amazon. Thanks!
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Post: #78582 Cheezy
Mon Dec 10, 2007 2:41 pm

preserved is quite good. Basic in some places, but does cover examples of all the main way of preserving, from salting to smoking,jams,pickles etc.
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Post: #79092 QuakerBear
Mon Dec 17, 2007 12:41 pm

Just got a copy of Oded Swartz, he's great. Thanks for the recomendation chaps.
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Post: #79237 Chickenlady
Tue Dec 18, 2007 11:06 pm

:mrgreen: And I got the Putting Food By one. It looks very good as well.
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