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At Home Canning For Beginners and Beyond Review
Because I didn’t learn to can growing up, I need all the help I can possibly get becoming a better home food-preservationist. At Home Canning For Beginners and Beyond was so helpful to me even though I’ve been canning now for about a decade. Here are some reasons why:
The instruction is clear and Kendra’s teaching style is personable. I feel like I’m right there with her in the kitchen. Canning can be intimidating when you first begin, so I appreciate the straight forward instruction with a smile.
The DVD is easy to navigate and, although the information builds on itself, you can go from topic to topic as you like.
The film quality is very good, too. As are the sound and camera angles – you can see everything she’s doing.
I use this video in my homeschool as canning curriculum for my kids. They have to watch the video before they can help can whichever item we’re working on. This helps them not only be safer in the canning kitchen, but more able to actually help, as well.
No Waste Ideas
The first segment was on apple sauce, which I’ve made before. However, I learned something right off the bat!
When you make applesauce, you need to cook down the apples with water. You end up with quite a bit of water, apple juice and natural pectin that cook out of the apples just laying around in the bottom of your pan. What does Kendra suggest you do with all that? Why, make apple jelly, of course!
She shows you how to make applesauce AND apple jelly.
That may seem pretty basic for seasoned canners, but it’s that kind of training to think in a no-waste way that makes great home food preservationists. There are several instances where the tips and ideas in At Home Canning had me thinking of canning in a new and more useful way.
Not Just For Beginners
If you make applesauce and pickles and are looking for more challenging ideas, At Home Canning is there to show you how.
She can’t cover everything in two hours, but Kendra manages to get in all sorts of items you really want to learn to can like:
- pie filling
- spaghetti sauce
- and more!
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Bottom line, “At Home Canning For Beginners and Beyond” is so worth the modest investment.
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