I’m excited to see that this book is out in the print version and that 3 of them are being given away!
I really enjoyed this book for although it has recipes, it’s more a guide on how to take the harvest (big or small), and preserve it in ways that make it easy to produce quick, wholesome meals all year-long. Although our grandmothers or great-grandmothers (and those before them) knew all about doing this, the prevalence of processed foods and grocery stores in recent generations has meant that many of those skills were not passed down. I’ve wished many times that I could go back to my great- grandmothers farm, and see just how she managed to feed her family (they didn’t have a nearby grocery store that she could conveniently visit).
So, for those of us that missed learning those basic homestead preservation and cooking skills, Carol’s book begins to fill the void and teaches us how, simply and easily. It describes basic techniques to best preserve what is coming in (be it vegetable, meat, grain, or fruit) so that it can quickly be utilized in many ways later on. And, it also provides numerous suggestions for how the preserved food can then be used and combined to produce quick, nourishing, chemical-free meals for your family.
I’ve been trying to perfect that art for quite a few years, so I was really surprised by how much I learned from this book. It’s not full of fancy photographs or illustrations, but it quickly convinced me that I needed to get that pressure canner that I’ve been putting off. And, that pressure canning was one of the smartest and easiest ways to always have a well-stocked pantry no matter what was coming in from the farm.
If you’re interested in learning how to produce great meals for your family from your own well-stocked homestead pantry and freezer (without killing yourself trying to do it) then I highly recommend this book. I wish that Carol had written it many years ago, it would have saved me countless hours, but I’m thankful that she’s written and published it now.
Carol is generously giving away 3 copies of the print version, just use the form below to enter. And if you don’t win, consider picking up a copy anyway – it deserves to be on every homesteaders bookshelf.