Today’s post is from Hubby! He is the canner in our family so he was the perfect one to review this cookbook here on my blog.
When I was a little kid I remember helping my grandma can things like beets, green beans, carrots, apple butter, and jellies. As an adult I thought it would be cool to try and relive some of the memories I had with Grandma by learning to can myself. My grandma is not with us any longer to learn from so I have relied on the internet and books to help me along. Recently I was sent the book Best of Bridge Home Preserving by the publisher (disclosure – this means for free) to review.
Why I Like This Cookbook
- Very Informative
This book is not just a cookbook, it’s an instruction manual too. Someone who has never canned before in their life could start on page one of the book and follow the instructions, with the proper equipment, and turn out a decent product. They tell you why people can, what you have to be safe with, what tools you need – it’s not just how to do it but why you have to do things a certain way. I really like that food safety is a big priority in the book.
- Variety of Recipes
Includes 120 recipes for jams, jellies, marmalades, pickles and more. There are very basic to very complex recipes included. Once you have made the recipes they also give you ideas on how to use what you have made.
- Easy To See/Read
The type in the book is large enough to easily see (even without my glasses) and while the book is on the counter to the side while you are working on a recipe.
- Extra Tips
Not only are the recipes easy to follow, but there are many additional tips in side boxes throughout the book. These include basic tips like how to peel a tomato, how to choose and prepare a pineapple, and other tips that you may not know. For someone like me who did not start cooking until later in life these side tips come in really handy. It means I don’t always have to go bug Robyn for help.
- Lays Flat & Hard Cover
The book is ring-bounded and lays nice and flat on the counter. I love that because I don’t have to try to prop the book up or keep it from closing while my hands are covered in ingredients. The cover is nice and sturdy as well.
Recipes I Am Anxious To Try from the Book
- Garlic Jelly
Robyn really loves garlic and I know she will eat this up
- Cran-Apple Butter
I love cranberries and I love apple butter – combining the two should be delicious
- B.L.’s Best Mustard Pickles
On sandwiches I put pickles and mustard so this sounds like a good combination to me.
- Raspberry and Blueberry Jam
These are my two favorite fruits and they will be all in one jar
- Mango Cilantro Salsa
I think this would be great on grilled pork tenderloin
The list price on the book is $30 and for a cookbook with this quality of information it would be worth every penny. If I knew someone who wanted to start canning, but didn’t know where to begin, this book, some jars, and basic tools would be a perfect gift.
Are you a canner? What is your favorite jelly, pickle, etc. to make and/or eat?
Brad (aka Hubby)