One of my favorite foods to eat while growing up was pear preserves made by my Mamaw every year. Even today when she sees my father she is sure to send him home with a few cans of pear preserves. Not only is she one of the best cooks ever, she is also responsible for my interest in canning and preserving, and there is no time better to start this venture than Spring and Summer. Whether you are a novice or advanced canner, your library has plenty of titles to choose from to help you get started and further your skills.
If you are searching for quick information I would highly recommend Ball’s “Let’s Start Preserving Intro to Canning” guide. For more in depth information I would recommend any of the titles and blogs listed below:
- Better homes and gardens you can can : [a guide to canning, preserving, and pickling] / 2010 / Better Homes and Gardens
- The Blue Chair jam cookbook / 2010 / by Rachel Saunders
- Can It! / 2012 / Better Homes and Gardens
- Canning for a new generation : bold, fresh flavors for the modern pantry / 2010 / by Liana Krissoff
- Complete book of home preserving : 400 delicious and creative recipes for today / 2006 / edited by Judi Kingry & Lauren Devine, Ball Corporation
- Food in jars : preserving in small batches year-round / 2011 / Marisa McClellan
- Homemade living : canning & preserving with Ashley English : all you need to know to make jams, jellies, pickles, chutneys & more / 2010 / Ashley English
- Homemade preserves and jams : over 90 recipes for luscious jams, tangy marmalades, crunchy chutneys, and more / Mary Tregellas
- Preserving : the canning and freezing guide for all seasons / 2012 / by Pat Crocker
- Well-preserved : recipes and techniques for putting up small batches of seasonal foods / 2009 / Eugenia Bone
What is your favorite food to preserve?