I'm sure many of you are reaping the bounty of your harvests this summer! It's always a fun and busy season when that produce starts kicking in and the “preserving” season has begun.
It can also be a stressful time, though, and that's where a great book to guide you makes all the difference. We have 2 amazing books on food preservation - The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest by Carol W. Costenbader AND Put 'em Up by Sherri Brooks Vinton - which often leads people to wonder which they should choose.
When we go to Garden Shows or Expos, I have been asked many times, 'What's the difference between the two?' or 'Which one do you like better?'
So I thought I would compare the two and share what each book has to offer.
Lets talk about PUT 'EM UP:
1. Includes step-by-step instructions for freezing, drying, pickling, and canning.
2. Covers 33 different vegetables and fruits.
3. Easy referencing. For example, when you find yourself in abundance of tomatoes, you only have to look under the “Tomato” section and find recipes like “Heirloom Tomato Salsa” or "Easy Bake Tomato Paste". Just simply look up your vegetable or fruit, and find the recipe you are looking for.
4. You can also find different preserving recipes for whichever vegetable you are working with. Just choose the method that is right for you.
5. No need to be an expert! The recipes are easy to follow.
6. Practical recipes with basic ingredients.
7. Includes a great resource section in the back of the book about local, sustainable farming and home preservation.
Now let's talk about THE BIG BOOK OF PRESERVING THE HARVEST:
2. Gives information on when to harvest and what to look for when produce is ready in the garden.
3. Step-by-step instructions.
4. Divided into sections such as “Canning” with all the instructions followed by several canning recipes. Then you'll find the“Drying” section, followed by several drying recipes, and so on.
5. Easy to follow. Packed with a lot of “extra” information, including hundreds of “tips” throughout the book.
6. Learn how to make your own vinegars and seasonings.
7. Several fun ideas for gift-giving your preserved food.
So even though both books teach us how to preserve our food, both have a unique spin and give us something special. And each one is FULL of valuable information, whether you are a beginner or an expert.
What is your "Go-To Book" when the produce starts filling up your kitchen? What's your favorite way to preserve food?
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