The weather is warming up, seeds are sprouting and soon it will be time to start harvesting and preserving our homegrown food to feed our family for the next year. It’s time to dust off the canning pots, stock up on canning lids and get those canning recipes organized! This is the perfect time to learn some new canning recipes to add to your repertoire. I’m excited to share with you this great new canning book I’ve added to my collection, The Organic Canner by Daisy Luther. This is not your mother’s canning book! This cookbook if filled with over 200 pages of delicious, unique recipes that will add pizzazz and excitement to your home canned goods.
I grew up in a family who canned and preserved the majority of the foods we ate. Looking back now I realize just how lucky I was to have been raised that way, although back then I often took it for granted. For me it just seemed the norm since I grew up in a rural farming community. While the foods we ate were wholesome and healthy, they were your typical meat and potatoes meals. There wasn’t a lot of spice or flavorings beyond salt and pepper.
When I first began canning on my own as a young adult, I used a lot of the same recipes my mom, grandmother and great grandmother used. Then in my travels as a young adult, I began to experience cuisines from other cultures and my taste buds longed for more flavorings and spice in my foods. I’ve been looking for more canning recipes that incorporate more flavors and diversity in our foods. I hit the jackpot when I got my hands on a copy of The Organic Canner!
This book is filled with 200+ pages of unique, delicious canning recipes for jams, condiments, fruits, vegetables, nuts, meats, pickles, beans, soups, and meals in jars. A few recipes I’m looking forward to trying this summer are Honey Vidalia Barbeque Sauce, Ginger Peach Jam, Peachy Keen Salsa, Pleasantly Pickled Red Onions, Carrots with Honey, Deep South BBQ, and Boston Baked Beans.
There’s a chapter explaining the basics of water bath canning and includes an altitude chart which I really appreciate. We live at a higher elevation and in the past I always had to go online to search for an altitude chart so having one available in a cookbook I’m using is quite convenient!
While I grew up water bath canning and have a lot of experience in that area, I’ve never used a pressure canner. I’ve owned one since last summer when my husband bought one for me but I’ve been too intimidated to try it (terrible, I know!) I’ve read the instruction manual several times but haven’t had the confidence to try it yet. There is a section in this book where Luther explains how to use a pressure canner and after reading it I feel so much more confident about giving it a try soon!
At the end of the book, Luther explains how to figure out a safe method to can your own favorite recipes. This is something I’ve been wanting to learn how to do for a while, especially now that I have a pressure canner. We use our large chest freezer to preserve a lot of our foods but we want to reduce our dependence on electricity and start canning more of these foods instead of freezing them.
Overall The Organic Canner is a great book to have in your collection whether you’re new to canning or a seasoned canner!
The Organic Canner author Daisy Luther provided me a copy of her book in exchange for my honest review.
Luther also graciously provided an extra copy of the book to give away to one of our readers! To enter for your chance to win, leave a comment below and tell us why you want to win. The giveaway will end on May 22, 2015
The giveaway for a copy of the book is now over. A winner was randomly selected (thank you random.org!) from all the comments below and the winner has been emailed. Thank you all for participating!