Preserving with a Purpose Cookbook Review

Preserving with a Purpose Cookbook Review

Title: Preserving with a Purpose: Next-Generation Canning Recipes and Kitchen Wisdom
Author: Sarah Thrush
Published: July 30, 2024, Harvard Common Press
No. of Pages: 304
Cover Price: $27.99 Paperback, $14.99 Kindle

Although most of us from the older generation grew up canning and preserving foods, it’s nice to know that there are more modern methods that save time and effort. Those who want to preserve their garden bounty, or their specialty sauces and other foods, will want to pick up Preserving with a Purpose: Next-Generation Canning Recipes and Kitchen Wisdom, by Sarah Thrush, who is an expert on preserving and is featured on her popular TicToc channel, @peeliesnpetals.
This isn’t your everyday canning book; rather, it takes modern foods and shows how to preserve them. This isn’t just canned peaches and tomatoes, it’s spaghetti sauce, salsa, pie fillings, chicken tortilla soup (and others), sloppy Joes, Cincinnati chili, sauces like Peruvian sauce, and lots of unique meats, poultry, and main dishes that you’ll want to keep on your pantry shelves, and most importantly, your family will actually want to eat. Thrush has included detailed instructions in the beginning chapters to make anyone into a seasoned canner.

The recipes are written in the traditional manner with the ingredients listed first, followed by step-by-step instructions. This makes it easy for beginning canners, as well as those who have been doing it for years.

Another good thing about this cookbook is that it includes beautiful, professional photographs of many of the recipes. This is not only helpful, but makes us feel that we know what our finished products should actually look like.

All told, this is the best modern canning and preserving cookbook I’ve seen of late, and it is highly recommended.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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