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Title:
Mrs. Wheelbarrow's practical pantry : recipes and techniques for year-round preserving
Author:
Barrow, Cathy, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]
Physical Description:
428 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Summary:
A "collection of essential preserving techniques for turning the fleeting abundance of the farmer's market into a well-stocked pantry full of canned fruits and vegetables, jams, stocks, soups, and more"--Amazon.com.
Language:
English
Contents:
The basics of water-bath canning: answering the siren call of seasonal abundance -- Canning under pressure: groceries you'll never have to carry home again -- Salt, water, smoke, and air: alchemy in the kitchen -- Curds and whey: why buy the cow?
Genre:
ISBN:
9780393240733
Format :
Book

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In Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry, food preserving expert Cathy Barrow presents a beautiful collection of essential preserving techniques for turning the fleeting abundance of the farmers' market into a well-stocked pantry full of canned fruits and vegetables, jams, stocks, soups, and more.

As Cathy writes in her introduction, "A walk through the weekend farmers' market is a chance not only to shop for the week ahead but also to plan for the winter months." From the strawberries and blueberries of late spring to the peaches, tomatoes, and butter beans of early fall, Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry shows you how to create a fresh, delectable, and lasting pantry--a grocery store in your own home.

Beyond the core techniques of water-bath canning, advanced techniques for pressure canning, salt-curing meats and fish, smoking, and even air-curing pancetta are broken down into easy-to-digest, confidence-building instructions.

Under Cathy's affable direction, you'll discover that homemade cream cheese and Camembert are within the grasp of the weekday cook--and the same goes for smoked salmon, home canned black beans, and preserved and cured duck confit.

In addition to canning techniques, Practical Pantry includes 36 bonus recipes using what's been preserved: rugelach filled with apricot preserves, tomato soup from canned crushed tomatoes, arugula and bresaola salad with Parmigiano-Reggiano and hazelnuts, brined pork chops with garlicky bok choy.

Tips for choosing the best produce at the right time of season and finding the right equipment for your canning and cooking needs--along with troubleshooting tips to ensure safe preserving--will keep your kitchen vibrant from spring to fall.

Whether your food comes by the crate, the bushel, or the canvas bag, just a few of Cathy's recipes are enough to furnish your own practical pantry, one that will provide nourishment and delight all year round. Canning and preserving is not just about the convenience of a pantry filled with peaches, dill pickles, and currant jelly, nor is it the simple joy of making a meal from the jars on the shelf--creating a practical pantry is about cultivating a thoughtful connection with your local community, about knowing exactly where your food comes from and what it can become.


Author Notes

Cathy Barrow is the author of the food blog Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Kitchen. She has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Garden and Gun, Southern Living, and NPR, among others. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, Dennis, Louie and Morty, the two terriers, and an all-white cat.


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Booklist Review

Cooks faced with a need to put up a garden's bounty for future consumption are well aware that summer's end signals a lot of kitchen activity with sterilizing jars, pureeing fruits and vegetables, and managing huge canning pots on the stove. Barrow's recipes for jams, jellies, and tomato products rely on simple but pristinely fresh, ripe fruits and vegetables. Barrow moves beyond mere garden produce to preserve all sorts of foodstuffs, including meats and cheeses. Not content with making relatively easy ricotta, she moves into the sophisticated realm of iconic Camembert, presenting the obsessive home cook a significant challenge. Drafting particularly lucid prose, Barrow is explicit and prescriptive as one must be when talking about canning and preserving's technical aspects, where missteps can lead to all sorts of mischief, from exploding jars to serious food poisoning. She manages to make all those caveats less threatening and appear simply self-evident and natural.--Knoblauch, Mark Copyright 2014 Booklist


Library Journal Review

On her blog, Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Kitchen (mrswheelbarrow.com), Barrow shares recipes, tutorials, and glimpses of her life and the way she stocks her own pantry shelves. Here, in her first book, she expands on her website's offerings with a collection of almost 140 recipes for canning and preserving. Explaining how the practices fit into everyday, busy life, Barrow takes readers through the basics of canning (both water bath and pressure), fresh cheese making, and other preserving techniques such as brining and air curing. Each chapter follows a similar format: beginning with information about safety, equipment, and techniques, and neatly finishing with a wide range of recipes for both preserved foods and dishes and meals that use preserved ingredients. Selected resources and a bibliography round out the manual. This clear, informative volume does not skimp on style; beautiful photographs and attractive design enhance the content. Recipes range in skill level from beginner to advanced. VERDICT Barrow offers a well-rounded look at home preserving and this book will appeal to those looking to expand their pantry.-Kristi Chadwick, Massachusetts Lib. Syst., South Deerfield (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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