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How to Store Your Garden Produce: The Key to Self-sufficiency [Paperback]

Piers Warren , Tessa Pettingell
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27 Mar 2008
What can you do with a glut of tomatoes? How do you bottle plums and string onions? What can you do that is interesting with all those huge marrows? How do you keep potatoes through the winter? With less than an acre of garden you can grow enough produce to feed a family of four for a year, but as much of the produce will ripen simultaneously in the summer, most of it will go to waste without proper storage and you ll be off to the shops again. How to Store Your Garden Produce the key to self-sufficiency is packed with ideas for making your produce last for months and helping you embrace the wonderful world of self sufficiency. Here are simple and enjoyable techniques for bottling, clamping, fermenting, drying, freezing, salting and vacuum packing, as well as delicious recipes for jams, jellies, pickles and chutneys, relishes and ketchups, fruit butters and cheeses. With this book, you will know where your food has come from, you will save money, there will be no packaging and you ll be eating the best produce you can eat your own.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Green Books; 2 edition (27 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190032217X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900322171
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Piers Warren is a wildlife film-maker and author living in rural Norfolk. He has walked the African plains with Maasai Warriors, tracked tigers in India on elephant-back, explored the Amazon rainforest, swum with sharks, trekked across Tanzanian deserts on a camel and filmed cheetahs hunting in Kenya. But his favourite place is the North Norfolk coast, where he spends his time capturing the flora and fauna on film... and looking for pawprints in the sand.

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"There are so many benefits to 'growing your own', and as more and more of us get bitten by the bug this is the kind of book we'll need to give us storage tips in order to prevent all that unnecessary waste." The Cottage Gardener

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A HUGE sense of satisfaction - of self-reliance - that you alone can provide the most important need of your family.

Home-grown fruit and vegetables are far cheaper than shop-bought (if not free).

Eating food you have produced in your own garden is the most environmentally sound way of doing things. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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77 of 79 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative 17 Jan 2009
I've often regretted planting so much of certain foods in the past and wondered what to do with them once harvested. But now armed with this fine manual I can go to war against the hordes of veg that try to overpower my little garden !!

This is the revised and enlarged edition and it happily answers a lot of the questions that I've been too embarrassed to ask. From apples to turnips and everything in between this book reveals the secrets to successful storage and throws in quite a few nice little recipes as well, the mushroom ketchup being my personal favourite. Incidentally there's a recipe here for " spitfire sauce " and I can safely say "ya wont only spit fire ......" Anyway I highly recommend this book to both the seasoned gardener and the enthusiastic amateurs like me.
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79 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable guide 19 July 2008
How did I manage without this book? My colleagues at work regularly share our surplus produce from our gardens and allotments. This book has provided much needed inspiration for us. The plum chutney recipe is a real winner! The second edition is much improved with many more recipes.
I shall not be short of ideas this summer!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This did not break the bank and has lots of interesting recommended varieties, but has been shelved for occasional reference. I was excited on first look but after reading it cover to cover my enthusiasm dwindled. I'm not keen on the way its laid out...what you want to know is always detailed in another part, and a lot of the recipes are not specific (which as an improvisor used to making chutneys etc I don't mind but drives some of my friends batty). I feel a bit like the recipes are written for people who are already skilled in preserving (no pictures or step by step), but that if you are skilled then the recipes are decidedly unchallenging, and not overly a lot of the timings are off or not included..(I liked the mushroom ketchup but found a few others i tried fine but nothing special...for example I found much better and simpler way to make quince cheese). Be sure to study in more detail the process of bottling, as I like another reviewer felt that his guide was too simplistic, and it is imortant to get this right...botulism can be fatal!
I live in on a smallholding in central portugal (without a freezer!)and am constantly in need of new ideas to preserve our produce. Some nice ideas here but pales beside the likes of John Seymour and Bob Flowerdew, who on reading their advices you know they have done it a thousand times before year after year, and impart that confidence for you to go forth!
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars no better than your standard recipe book 9 Sep 2009
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There are only 20 pages of methods such as drying, smoking, fermenting, etc. Few descriptions go into enough detail that I would feel confident about trying them. You still need other books which cover the details of these processes. The rest of the book has recipes but a lot of them again fail to be specific enough for you to actually make a particular jam or chutney etc. You're better off with a dedicated preserves cookbook.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent suggestions for storage 16 Jun 2010
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Have managed to read most of the ways to store garden produce suggested in this book. Nothing outside the realms of possibility, very clearly written advice. The suggested recipes for chutney, jam, wine, etc. are easy to follow, although you do have to refer back to the advice in the first half of the book, but once you get the hang of it, it makes sense. I would recommend this for those who are new to home production of fruit and veg, and don't want to throw anything away.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sloe and apple jelly 30 Jan 2011
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I made the sloe and apple jelly, which takes quite a bit of time with the collecting, boiling, straining and sterilising. Then there's the cost of the sugar. The problem is that it tastes quite a lot of sloes and if you've ever tried eating one you'll know it's almost inedible. Apparently you're supposed to freeze them before you use them but the book does not say that. Not very impressed. I have 5 big jars of something I can't eat.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a helpmate 28 Aug 2011
By Tricia
As a new allotment holder, I was overwhelmed by the amount of produce I raised. This book is jam packed with ideas and advice as to how to store, cook and preserve. I have used it so much that I think it will fall to pieces soon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 4 Mar 2010
I've found this book absolutely clear & informative for step by step procedures for storing & preserving excess garden produce. It's easy to understand, even for the novice gardener like myself - none of the instructions are too complicated to follow from storing potatoes to wine making.
It covers produce that are commonly grown to today's gardens/allotments however large or small the plot may be.
The recipes are wonderful & are certainly worth a try even if you aren't a gardener.
I would recommend this very clever book to gardeners & cook's alike.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
Disappointed with this book not what I was hoping for
Published 1 day ago by Mrs. J. S. Sims
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very informative book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A 'Good Life' resource-worth every penny.
Published 11 days ago by Kaz
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Peter K
4.0 out of 5 stars a must have reference
A simple reference manual. Very practical and I expert to refer back to it over and over. Should be on every veg growers shelf.
Published 5 months ago by Caroline Whyte
4.0 out of 5 stars Jars of fun.
as an allotment holder it is important to know how to store you produce. we have times when there are surplus amounts and the correct way helps to extend the crops, a good... Read more
Published 6 months ago by debra hambleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know
I bought this book after several years of abundant crops from my husbands potager. The majority of over supply has usually ended up in the freezer & getting thrown away later in... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Maggie Collins
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent reference book
with such a glut of fruit and veg this book has helped produce some fantatsic produce to enjoy throughtout the year.
Published 8 months ago by A. Robbins
5.0 out of 5 stars Not wasting fruit and veg
I wanted a book that gave me ideas of how to store fruit and veg in different ways (not just freezing) . Also it gives recipes for chutneys and jams. I have just got into this. Read more
Published 9 months ago by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful
We are looking at growing our own vegatables and just wanted some tips in storing the food, full of very useful information
Published 11 months ago by Jane Forrester
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