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Recommended Books

Posted by freegard Australia (My Page) on
Wed, Oct 27, 10 at 20:03

I have been preserving and growing my own produce for years BWB mainly until last year I purchased a PC I also bought a book canning for dummies but not many recipe ideas in that so I will buy a couple of others books here start at $30 and so I need some recommendations please, by the way mason jars are 250ml Regular Mouth Preserving Jar A$29.95 for 12 ,500ml Regular Mouth Preserving Jar A$33.95 for 12 and 1 litre Regular Mouth Preserving Jar - box of 12 A$39.95

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RE: Recommended Books

Hi freegard - I'm not sure about the availability of some of these for you but the ones most commonly recommended are the Ball Blue Book of Canning or the Bernardin equivalent. Then of course the Complete Book of Home Canning published by Bernardin/Ball.

So Easy to Preserve is another great one and is available from NCHFP but the shipping may be high.

The 5th Ed. (2010 edition) of Putting Food By (not the old edition) is also good.

Linked a previous discussion on books below for more suggestions but if you can tell us which one might be available to you locally we can probably provide a yes or no for them.

Hope this helps.


Here is a link that might be useful: Canning books discussion

RE: Recommended Books

  • Posted by kayskats 7 (usda) 8 (arbor da (My Page) on
    Thu, Oct 28, 10 at 14:51

If I lived in your corner of the world, I'd get the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving ... it has metric measurements.

So does Ellie Topps's Complete Book of Small-Batch preserving. Be sure you get the 2nd edition.

Amazon has both, but don't know if their 'book rate' extends that far.


RE: Recommended Books

Thankyou Dave and Kay I will purchase over the internet I priced those books here and the Ball blue book $31 the complete one $49 and small batch one is $39 and I think the postage rates won't make them that price.

RE: Recommended Books

If you go ahead and get the Ball Complete Book one you won't need the Ball Blue Book as most all its recipes are already in the larger book. No need to duplicate. ;)


RE: Recommended Books

I second the Small Batches and Ball Blue Book. I also really like The Joy of Pickling. I use the NCHFP website a lot too. For pressure canning basics it's the best.

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