Foolproof Preserving: A Guide to Small Batch Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Condiments & More

The editors of America’s Test Kitchen. America’s Test Kitchen, $26.95 (320p) ISBN 978-1-940352-51-0
The latest installment from the venerable editors at America’s Test Kitchen, which focuses on one of the oldest methods for preserving food, lives up to the high standards the authors have set for themselves. A thoughtful mix of standards (concord grape jelly, mango chutney, bread and butter pickles, basic kimchi, etc.) are met with equal amounts of tasty riffs such as raspberry chocolate and peach-bourbon jam, mulled cider jelly, sweet zucchini pickle chips, and DIY whole grain mustard. The process of canning and preserving is essentially a scientific one with no room for deviation due to health concerns (and there’s a useful FAQ for panicked canners, should problems arise), so each key step is accompanied by photographs, leaving no room for doubt on the part of the reader. The authors have crafted an engaging guide that is thoughtfully organized and artfully presented, showing how to prepare blood orange marmalade, pickle red onions, or prep cabbage for sauerkraut. Like previous efforts, this one has the expected recommendations for picking the best canning pots and outfitting the kitchen, and the text offers encouragement without becoming preachy. New initiates to food preservation will find this an essential kitchen companion, and even veteran canners will find some useful tips and new recipes. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 03/07/2016
Release date: 04/26/2016
Genre: Nonfiction
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