Bernardin Complete Book of Home Preserving

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Although I don’t do a lot of home preserving right now, I have done lots in the past and my intention is to do more this year. Looking at this fantastic book sure gets my preserving juices flowing. Bernardin Complete Book of Home Preserving: 400 Delicious and Creative Recipes for Today is a fantastic book for home preserving enthusiasts, from rookie to expert.

The Bernardin people are the experts in home preserving. They make all kinds of preserving equipment and have developed, tested and offer over 400 preserving recipes of all kinds. Not just any type of jam or jelly you can think of – there are recipes for salsas, relishes, chutneys, pickles, preserves and condiments. Everything from blueberry jam to canned tomatoes to how to pressure can low acid foods.

I love the fact that everything is explained thoroughly in this book, from the utensils you need and why you need them, to how to correct something that might have gone wrong. And the recipes are varied. It’s not just a jam and pickle book at all.

Here are some examples of the wonderful recipes in this book:

  • Kiwi Daiquiri Jam
  • Orange Plum Jam
  • Tropical Breeze Freezer Jam
  • Lemon Pruned Honey Butter
  • Fig Preserves
  • Habanero Gold (apricot and habanero pepper jelly)
  • Basil Banana Pepper Jelly
  • Red Wine Jelly Sauce
  • Honey Spiced Peaches
  • Tamarind Chutney
  • Chow Chow Relish
  • Green Tomato Hot Dog Relish
  • Roasted Tomato – Chipotle Salsa
  • Apricot Chutney
  • Hot and Sweet Chili Sauce
  • Oktoberfest Beer Mustard
  • Harissa
  • Deli Deals
  • Vietnamese Carrots and Daikon Pickle

This book is not just going to be a cookbook you refer to once in a while. It’s a reference book that you will be using often for the rest of your preserving and canning life. It’s wonderful!

People are talking about Bernardin Complete Book of Home Preserving: 400 Delicious and Creative Recipes for Today. Here are a few reviews I found on Amazon.com:

Because you Can!
By Fred

Remember when you were a young girl, and your mom started you off with her Five Roses Cooking book? Well, this Bernardin book on Home Preserving is just that. It is the book that you will refer to everytime you put away your garden tomatoes, or when you make jams, jellies and pickles. The recipes are all there. Their hints and suggestions make it easy for a beginner and expert, to put away their garden produce safely. This is the book that needs to be bought first. I wouldn`t recommend any other.

The one and all!
By Babbara

When I saw this book on a store shelf, I just looked for a few specific recipes. Since the book seemed to have what I wanted, I went ahead and ordered it. I already owned several canning books that were all lacking here and there – that’s why I had several!

When this book arrived, I started going through it page by page. WoW ~ I haven’t touched the other books since.
The only flaw I found is that some recipes will make far more than indicated, but that seems to happen with all books.

Also worth mentioning is that there is a helpline for Bernardin, so if you have any questions, they’ll provide an answer. I phoned in about a recipe, and customer service went through some searches to provide me with the answer.

So, I don’t hesitate to give a full five stars.

Great place to start
By Megbo Meggins

If you’re new to canning (as I am), this book is a great place to start. There are tons of recipes as well as variations for many of them. It contains a thorough troubleshooting guide and produce purchasing guide. It even has tables that list the altitude for some major cities in the US and Canada.

There are sections for both boiling water bath canning and pressure canning, although the boiling water section is considerably larger.

All in all, a great go-to book that has enough recipes to keep you busy for most of your canning career.

By smak

I’ve tried probably about 10 – 15 recipes in this book so far, and they have all been quite good. I would definitely recommend it.

This is a great book
By William Seabrook

I found the Bernardin complete book of Home Preserving to be excellent! I first picked it up in our local library and after reviewing it decided that I had to have a copy. Its writing is clear and unambiguous.The amount of material covered is is impressive. The techniques used are clearly explained and the reasons for the technique are also explained, and substitutions are suggested for hard get items..And lastly this book contains recipes for pickles I haven’t seen since my mothers kitchen.

Bernardin Complete Book of Home Preserving
By Elaine Armstrong

This book covers everything you need for canning, how to do it and super recipes that I have already tried and enjoyed. If you’re a newbie to canning, this is the book for you. If you’re already experienced in canning, you’ll love the recipe ideas!

Bernardin Complete Book of Home Preserving
By Shelley Koski

The New Preserving Book is filled with great recipes,tips and ideas for home canning. I am very happy with it, I would recommend this book for anyone that enjoys home canning

More and more people are realizing the wisdom of making it themselves, from scratch. That way you know exactly what is, and isn’t, in the products you consume. You can use organic fruits and vegetables and have jams and pickles at a far more reasonable price than from any store. Your final product is free from chemicals, preservatives and addititives. Plus the flavor of homemade just can’t be beat.

Here’s another bonus to making your own jams, jellies and preserves. People love receiving them! For just a few hours of effort you not only get wonderful jeweled jars of pleasure for yourself and your family, you can treat friends to wonderful tastes in your gift giving. A few jars of your favorite batches make a great gift for almost any occasion.

I highly recommend buying this book if you are interested in home canning and preserving. Whether you are just starting out on your preserving adventures or are a seasoned pro, I think you will find lots of interesting ideas, delicious recipes and the information you need to get it right.


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