Synopses & Reviews
Capturing garden vegetables at their best for year-round enjoyment.
Pickling is one of the oldest and most inexpensive methods of preserving foods. Families would gather over mounds of vegetables and huge steaming pots, producing savory and delicious pickles and chutneys. Home pickling is now enjoying a resurgence, as the cost of food and the desire to know where and how foods are prepared increases.
These wonderfully inventive recipes feature modern methods and equipment in accordance with the latest food-safety standards. The book also includes classic and unusual international ingredients. Newcomers to the art will find step-by-step techniques and details of specific equipment needs.
Enjoy wonderful foods year round with recipes such as:
Kosher dill picklesAunt Thelma's bread and butter picklesPretty beet and radish picklesGingery cantaloupe picklesWhite balsamic and pepper pickled strawberriesClementine pear chutneyPineapple lime tomato salsaSmoky three-pepper cucumber relish.
The author specifies manageable sizes for average households, and there are serving suggestions and quick recipes for dishes that use the preserves for top flavors.
"Home economist MacKenzie (The Dehydrator Bible, Complete Curry Cookbook) gives kitchen canners plenty of reasons to get their water boiling in this terrific collection of 250 pickles, sauces, chutneys and relishes. After a thorough explanation of canning techniques, MacKenzie rolls up her sleeves and gets to work with seven variations on dill. In addition to popular pickling candidates like cauliflower, carrots and garlic, MacKenzie shows readers how the technique can be applied to sweet foods like cherries, peaches and pineapple, as well as the ultimate DIY for the avid pickler, canner or drinker: martini olives (brine-cured green olives married with gin and dry vermouth). Even readers without an appreciation for the tang of a good pickle will appreciate MacKenzie's 50 chutneys, including variations such as Sangria Citrus, classic cranberry and peach, pineapple ginger and spiced tomato; six chili sauces; 18 salsas; and home-made ketchup. If the prospect of keeping five pints of taco sauce on hand is intimidating, MacKenzie at least offers preserving methods for all the recipes, as well as suggestions for complementary dishes." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)