garden link up

I have a confession. I’m a bit of a book junkie. I love all sorts of books that help me learn how to do things, inspire me, entertain me and teach me more about myself. One of my go-to books during the canning season is my Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving. It’s got over 400 recipes to help you use up all sorts of goodies from your garden and orchard.

Whether you’re just a beginner or have been canning for years, there is plenty to be learned from this book. Not only have they provided all the basic information about canning processes and how to make sure you don’t poison or kill yourself , but there are tons of tips and tricks to be learned along the way as well.

Some of the super helpful resources in the appendix include:

  • The problem solver list to help you figure out where things went wrong in your canning process.
  • A produce purchase guide so you know how much something weighs as well as its volume. So if you need 4 cups of jalepanos, you know that’s also 1 pound or 20 medium peppers.
  • An altitude chart with information about altitudes all over the US and even a few places in Canada.

I’ve learned how to can peaches, potatoes, makes all sorts of sauces, relishes and jellies, meats and much more. All of the recipes are broken down into steps and they give ingredient measurements in both imperial and metric systems.

While I’ve come nowhere near trying all the recipes in  Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving, the ones I have tried have been really good and quite easy. And I haven’t managed to make us sick even once. I highly recommend just about any book from Ball, since they are really a major authority on all things related to canning.

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What is your favorite canning book? Do you grow enough fruits and veggies to put some up? Or do you just try to consume everything you grow as quickly as possible?

Want to join in the garden fun and link to your own blog or images online? You can share about anything related to gardening, old or new posts, from recipes to harvesting to grow reports to DIY projects or inspiration.

Here’s how this works:

PLEASE READ THESE GUIDELINESespecially if you have never linked up before!

  • You are free to join the Garden Life link up at any time. You can also skip a few weeks and then come back. It’s entirely up to you.
  • Please link directly to a post about your garden, a recipe, a tutorial for gardening, an inspirational idea, etc that relates to GARDENING — not your main blog URL.
  • Please only link to your own blog or photos hosted online.
  • You MUST link back to No Ordinary Homestead or a Garden Life link up post in your blog post. This way, if someone else wants to join the fun, they can. You can either link with text or using the Garden Life badge.
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  • I highly encourage you to visit other participants and leave comments. This is a great way to meet new friends and become inspired about your garden! I try to visit all the blogs participating as well 🙂

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