Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning

Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning

Traditional Techniques Using Salt, Oil, Sugar, Alcohol, Vinegar, Drying, Cold Storage, and Lactic Fermentation

Book - 2007 | New ed
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Typical books about preserving garden produce nearly always assume that modern "kitchen gardeners" will boil or freeze their vegetables and fruits. Yet here is a book that goes back to the future--celebrating traditional but little-known French techniques for storing and preserving edibles in ways that maximize flavor and nutrition.

Translated into English, and with a new foreword by Deborah Madison, this book deliberately ignores freezing and high-temperature canning in favor of methods that are superior because they are less costly and more energy-efficient.

As Eliot Coleman says in his foreword to the first edition, "Food preservation techniques can be divided into two categories: the modern scientific methods that remove the life from food, and the natural 'poetic' methods that maintain or enhance the life in food. The poetic techniques produce... foods that have been celebrated for centuries and are considered gourmet delights today."

Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning offers more than 250 easy and enjoyable recipes featuring locally grown and minimally refined ingredients. It is an essential guide for those who seek healthy food for a healthy world.

Publisher: White River Junction, Vt. : Chelsea Green Pub., 2007
Edition: New ed
ISBN: 9781933392592
Call Number: 641.4 P933 2007
Characteristics: xvii, 197 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Madison, Deborah
Centre Terre Vivante
Alternative Title: Keeping food fresh


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Jul 20, 2018

I really appreciated the wide variety of ideas with regard to how each type of food can be preserved. Great book with more traditional methods of preserving food than canning and freezing, which was refreshing. A good way to bring food preservation closer to nature again.

0Charlie Nov 10, 2014

Many of the suggestions are beyond the attention and space of the average eater. I appreciated the recipes that offered solutions in small batches so that there is space to keep them and a chance to try them out to see if my family will enjoy them. Not for the everyday cook.


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