The Prepper's Canning Guide, a review

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I'm a confirmed book-aholic, and I'm quite eclectic in my reading tastes. Books on livestock care share shelves with gardening how-to's, works of fiction, my Icelandic dictionary and a wide variety of cookbooks.

The Prepper's Canning Guide, a guide to stocking a deep pantry with healthy and delicious foods you've canned yourself.

Among the latter are quite a few canning books. I do love putting food in jars. Opening the pantry door and gazing on shelves of vegetables, fruits and sauces gives me a great sense of accomplishment and peace. We'll have blackberry jam in January, and sweet corn in the depths of winter.

When Ulysses Press offered to send me a copy of The Prepper's Canning Guide: Affordably Stockpile a Lifesaving Supply of Nutritious, Delicious, Shelf-Stable Foods by Daisy Luther AND give one away to my readers, I couldn't wait to read it and share it with you.

NOTE: I was given a free copy of The Prepper's Canning Guide so that I could write 
this review, however all opinions expressed in this post are my own. 
I will only review items that I'm sure you will love!

Pressure canning carrots from the garden.

Don't let the name of this one scare you off. Homesteaders and preppers have a lot in common: both desire to be self-sufficient. Both strive for a deep pantry, and we as homesteaders know that the easiest and least expensive way to build a pantry is to can that food ourselves, whether we grew it or bartered for it with friends and neighbors or purchased it at the local farmers market.

One way to build a deep pantry is with expensive freeze-dried foods and with processed foods purchased from the grocery store using sales and coupons. While these items have their place in a deep pantry, you can affordably stock up on nutritious and healthy foods by canning, using both the water bath and pressure canning methods.

Water bath canning or deep kettle canning.

Even if you've never canned before, Ms. Luther does an excellent job of laying out the basics of traditional canning for beginners, from the equipment you'll need to safety concerns and how-to procedures.

If you're an old hand at canning, you'll appreciate the practical alternatives she has included in The Prepper's Canning Guide (affiliate link), such as how to can without electricity. (If you have a gas stove, you'll probably need electricity to ignite the burners, did you know that?)

Pressure-canned carrots and water-bath canned apples.

And we all know that a power outage, no matter what its cause, can result in the loss of all of the meat in the freezer. Whether that meat was bought on sale, home-raised or harvested during hunting season makes no difference; it must be preserved immediately or it will be a total loss. Ms. Luther tells you how to do that, and even where to begin.

Better yet, safely preserve that meat in jars before the power outage ever happens. You'll sleep better at night.

Water bath canning pears from the orchard.

As well as the steps you'll need to take to safely can your food, The Prepper's Canning Guide (affiliate link) also includes a wealth of canning recipes for jams, condiments, produce and meats. My favorite chapters tell how to make the most of your leftovers and an entire chapter on canning main dishes such as Apple-Spiced Pork Chops and Sweet and Sour Chicken. Imagine opening a jar of Beef Burgundy and warming up dinner. How easy is that?

Now, on to the giveaway!

The Prepper's Canning Guide review and giveaway

One winner will receive a paperback copy of The Prepper's Canning Guide: Affordably Stockpile a Lifesaving Supply of Nutritious, Delicious, Shelf-Stable Foods (affiliate link) written by Daisy Luther and published by Ulysses Press. Giveaway begins Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 5:00 AM Central Time and ends Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 9:00 PM Central Time. Open to readers ages 18+ with a mailing address in the continental United States. Winner will be notified by email at the address used to enter the giveaway, and will have 48 hours to respond. If winner does not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be drawn. Prize will be shipped directly by Ulysses Press. Good luck!

Congratulations, Tauna!

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1 comment

  1. Michelle8:35 AM

    Okay, I know everyone who enters says this but OH I HOPE I WIN!!! :-) thanks for offering such a great giveaway Kathi!!


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