Book Review: Beginner’s Guide to Canning 90 Easy Recipes to Can, Savor and Gift by the Canning Diva, Diane Devereaux

The Beginner’s Guide to Canning: 90 Easy Recipes to Can, Savor, and Gift by Diane Devereaux

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Canning is becoming a lost art. While it was a normal activity less than 75 years ago to grow as much as your own produce as possible and then preserve the seasonal produce for the off-season and the rest of the year, it is not a normal thing to do now. Most people weren’t taught by their parents and grandparents and take for granted they will be able to purchase their favorite delicacies in the grocery store at any given time.

However, as I am writing this, we are in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis and going to the store and expecting anything to be stocked on the grocery shelves is almost a privilege of days not far past and if we are lucky enough to find what we need, there is surely a limit on what we are allowed to purchase. My local grocery store allows customers to purchase 2 cans of corn, green beans, peas, etc., if you have a need for more than that, what are you to do?

I started canning for the first time last year as a part of my journey to be more self-sufficient. I wish that when I started I had this beautiful book by the Canning Diva, Diane Devereaux. When I opened this book I was pleased to see that the first pages explain water bath canning and pressure canning and the difference between the two, the supplies needed for both, and the differences between the raw pack and hot pack. These were all bits of important information that I had to search out in different places when I started canning and because of that, I was less confident in the products I was canning in the beginning.

As I read through the rest of the book, I was pleased to see that it was full of tips to make the recipe easier, tips on how to enjoy the recipe and how to adapt it for the reader’s own tastes. The recipes are practical and easy to follow and although it is the “Beginner’s Guide to Canning”, the book is full of recipes that belong in any canners kitchen, whether beginner or expert. At the beginning, I pulled out my tabs to mark the recipes I was eager to try and about halfway through I had to laugh at myself, I had marked every page. I don’t know many cookbooks even in my own kitchen that I have been able to claim that bragging right.

This book is simple to read with easy to follow instructions and no “noise”. It is a practical book that will guide beginner canners through to becoming experts and add to the expert canners recipe arsenal. I look forward to making the recipes in this book over the next few months and to becoming more self-sufficient looking to the shelves of my own home before looking to the grocery store shelves. I recommend to everyone they pick this book up and do the same.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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