I recently read through The Organic Canner by Daisy Luther. I have to admit, I was already a Daisy fan after reading her book The Primed Pantry, but I was hoping this one also measured up. Not only was I not disappointed, but I was absolutely thrilled with this book!
Do You Know Daisy a.k.a The Organic Prepper ?
She rocks, no really she does! But first, let me go ahead and share her bio:
“Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor who lives on a small organic farm in the Pacific Northwestern area of the United States . On her website, The Organic Prepper, Daisy writes about healthy prepping, homesteading adventures, and the pursuit of liberty and food freedom.”
See, told ya !
Now back to The Organic Canner…
I already l-o-v-e canning so any book about canning really kinda hooks me right way. This book is no exception, but it’s definitely more than just a “how-to-can” book. Well, I should say those instructions are in there too, but what I really enjoyed was the ‘beyonds’ as I’ll call them.
One thing I love about Daisy, is the way she writes. The tone and verbiage is real, informal and down to earth. I for one, really appreciate that because it makes you feel like you're right there just talking with a friend.
No worry newbies, she’s got you covered with the different equipment it takes, altitudes, what to pressure can and what to water bath can it’s all there in the “Canning 101” section. (pssstt…it’s terrific btw)
Now on to what I particularly loved…the recipes! Daisy has some great original recipes here, and many that I would have never thought of. Let me share a few examples:
Renegade Taco Sauce
Barbeque Canned Beast
Bestern Southwestern Chicken Soup
Deep South BBQ
and SO many more!!!
If you think those sound fun, get a load of just a few of her chapter titles: We Be Jammin’, Just Call Me Condimental and Are You Nuts. All fun aside, Daisy also has terrific information on removing pesticides from produce, proper tomato prepping, and fruit & vegetable canning charts.
The Amazon description says:
"From time immemorial, preserving the harvest was a vital preparation to face the barren winter months ahead. Different methods have been used throughout the ages and many of them, although modernized somewhat, are still used today. Canning is the perfect solution for those seeking natural food sources, for gardeners, for those seeking a more self-reliant life, and for those interested in preparedness. Declare your independence and free yourself from the toxic grocery store items that are masquerading as food. Learn to preserve the bounty from your garden and local farms, savory hormone-free meats, and nourishing meals created from your own carefully selected ingredients. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced home canner, you'll love the easy-to-follow instructions, delicious recipes, and directions for safely preserving your own creations."
Oh and one more note: it’s also written in larger print so whether you have poor eyesight or (are like me) and like to prop open a cookbook to follow along while cooking, you’re gonna love it!