Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry: Recipes and Techniques for Year-Round Preserving

Norton. Nov. 2014. 448p. photos. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780393240733. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780393245868. HOME ECON
On her blog, Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Kitchen (, Barrow shares recipes, tutorials, and glimpses of her life and the way she stocks her own pantry shelves. Here, in her first book, she expands on her website's offerings with a collection of almost 140 recipes for canning and preserving. Explaining how the practices fit into everyday, busy life, Barrow takes readers through the basics of canning (both water bath and pressure), fresh cheese making, and other preserving techniques such as brining and air curing. Each chapter follows a similar format: beginning with information about safety, equipment, and techniques, and neatly finishing with a wide range of recipes for both preserved foods and dishes and meals that use preserved ingredients. Selected resources and a bibliography round out the manual. This clear, informative volume does not skimp on style; beautiful photographs and attractive design enhance the content. Recipes range in skill level from beginner to advanced.
VERDICT Barrow offers a well-rounded look at home preserving and this book will appeal to those looking to expand their pantry.
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