The Complete Guide to Preserving Meat, Fish, and Game: Step-by-Step Instructions to Freezing, Canning, Curing, and Smoking
ISBN #: 9781601383433
$24.95For more than 8,000 years humans have been preserving meat and fish through canning, curing, smoking, and freezing, use techniques that remove the moisture and make it possible to keep meat for much longer than its natural shelf life. However, improper preservation of meat leads to more than 40% of all reported cases of food borne illness according to the Center for Disease Control, meaning it is necessary for everyone to carefully, effectively practice safe storage practices and ensure the meat is well preserved.
This book will show any potential meat preserver how to go about the process of storing meat for long term use in a variety of methods, while constantly keeping an eye to the possibility of food borne illness and the loss of freshness. You will learn everything you need to know to start the process of setting aside and preserving your meat, fish, and game. Starting with a series of charts and basic details about different kinds of meat and fish, from venison to beef to salmon, you will learn which animal products store best with which methods, which methods must be avoided, and which diseases are the greatest risk when you store meat. With this information in hand, you will start learning how the freezing, canning, curing, and smoking processes work. You will be given detailed outlines of each process starting with what equipment you will need.
Experts in meat preservation have been interviewed and their insights have been included here to provide a detailed and full overview of everything you can expect in the process. From these interviews, you will start the process of understand what you need to effectively preserve meat products. You will learn what can lead to failure for all four methods, what the best possible storage locations are for each, and what materials should be avoided at all costs. Learn how smoking works and the timelines for every form of storage from the moment the animal is butchered to the moment it needs to be preserved. No matter what kind of animal you are preserving, this book will provide the details you need to effectively store the meat for later use.
The Complete Guide to Making Cheese, Butter and Yogurt at Home: Everything you Need to Know Explained Simply
ISBN #: 9781601383556
$24.95Since the earliest human civilizations in the west, milk has been gathered from domesticated animals such as the goat, sheep, and cow to create a wide variety of high protein and tasty foods including cheese, butter, and yogurt. With more than 3,000 kinds of cheese registered to the FDA and dozens of different recipes for butter and yogurt available, many people see great opportunities both to save money and to make a little profit in creating their own milk based products. The secret to making these products all lies in the recipes you have and the steps you take though.
This book was written to provide every prospective cheese, butter, or yogurt maker the tools they need to prepare, create, and enjoy their favorite dairy products from the comfort of their home. You will learn everything you need to know about the various dairy products found in cheeses, butter, and yogurt to start creating your own at-home dairy goods. You will learn which ingredients are used for these assorted dairy products and what at-home equipment you will need to start benefiting from your own recipes. You will learn how to clean and care for your equipment, making sure everything remains sanitary and that your dairy products are always safe. You will learn the myriad of basic techniques necessary to understand the dairy product process, starting with raw milk and continuing until you make any number of soft, hard, or Italian cheeses.
Dozens of top cheese makers and home dairy aficionados have been interviewed for this book and provided their experiences with dairy products. You will learn from them and this book the basics of creating queso blanco, fromage blanc, ricotta, feta, cheddar, gouda, Monterey jack, mozzarella, parmesan, and many other cheeses in addition to sour cream, yogurt, and butter. For anyone with a desire to start experimenting with dairy products at home, this book is the ideal starting point.
101 Recipes for Making Cheese: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply
ISBN #: 9781601383563
$24.95There are more than 3,000 different kinds of cheese currently registered with the FDA, and hundreds more made in small villages, towns, and back countries around the world. Since the earliest record of milk cultivation, humans have been creating new kinds of cheese and today it has become one of the most used, popular food items in the world. Rich, creamy, sharp, or spicy – cheeses can add a bit of zest to any meal and with the right recipes and the tools needed to make your own, you can start enjoying the joy of cheese from your own kitchen. Learning how to make your own cheese starts with knowing the differences and necessities for each kind of cheese and then adding a bit of your own creativity to the mixture.
This book provides 101 of the most popular, well known cheese recipes in the world into one, easy to follow resource designed to help even the most unpracticed of cheese aficionados start creating at home. The basics of making cheese will be covered from the start, giving you a detailed walkthrough of everything you need to create your own dairy products, including equipment, products, time, and money. You will learn the basics of food safety in regards to cheese and what parts of the product you can use and what you must discard. You will learn the essentials of what each different kind of cheese entails, including hard, soft, and Italian cheeses among others. With recipes gathered from top resources around the globe, you will then be able to start making cheeses for yourself, ranging from the creaminess of fromage blanc to the sharp bite of cheddar or smooth meltiness of mozzarella. For every cheese lover out there who has dreamed of making their own cheeses at home, this book is for you.
The Complete Guide to Making Your Own Wine at Home: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply
ISBN #: 9781601383587
$24.95Wine has been a staple of tables around the world for more than 4,000 years and in that time has developed into one of the most widely recognized and highly cultivated beverages in nearly every civilization on earth. From the rice wines of Asia to the grape wines of Europe or honey wines of Africa, wine is enjoyed by billions. For that reason, many people seek out ways to make and enjoy their own wine from the comfort of their homes, growing their own grapes and experimenting with a wide array of ingredients to facilitate one of the world’s oldest domestic processes. Yet, without the right instruction and resources, wine making can result in just another pile of sour grapes.
This book walks every potential winemaker through every process necessary in creating and enjoying wine from the comfort of your own home. From the basics of distillation to the ingredients used, homemade wine can be on your table and wowing your guests in no time. You will learn all of the basics of home wine making, starting with the wide array of ingredients available to you, including grapes and berries. You will learn what all is required to start and operate a home winery and what you may be missing right now. The basic aspects of all red wines and white wines will be detailed for you, giving you every bit of information you need to fully understand how the body and bouquet of each wine is supposed to taste and feel. You will learn how the grapes are pressed and how long you must wait between the pressing, the addition of other ingredients, and the bottling of the wine.
For this book, more than a hundred wine makers, winery owners, and home wine experts were interviewed to gain a general overview of how wine making is done, with details about the difference between each wine, the right mixture of ingredients, the better wine taste, and the testing and trying of new things in each bottle. You will learn how to measure and affect the sulfur dioxide levels in your wine and ultimately how to take control of every aspect of your wines, from taste to dryness to odor and color. Everything you could possibly want to know about wine making and much more is presented in this complete guide for anyone with an eye for the hobby.
101 Recipes for Making Wild Wines at Home: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Herbs, Fruits, and Flowers
ISBN #: 9781601383594
$24.95Wild wines around the world have been created since the dawn of time, with nearly every civilization and culture on earth developing their own means of fermenting and distilling various fruits and grains into aromatic, strong spirited drinks that have graced the tables of kings and peasants alike. Making your own wild wines, using some of the most popular recipes in the world can be a fun, highly rewarding project that allows you to take full control of the taste and body of your favorite dinner side drink.
This book will show you more than 100 recipes for wild wines, using the best herbs, fruits, and flowers to create some of the most beloved drinks in the world for you and your friends and family. The basics of wild wine recipes are laid out here in great detail, providing you with everything you need to know to both understand and start making your own wines in no time. You will be shown the basic information or dozens of varieties of herbs, fruits and flowers, including how they are best used in wine recipes, what you need to do to them to prepare them, and how they will taste, feel, look, and smell in a finished product. You will learn what you can do to promote the integrity of your wine and how many different ways there are to vary the aspects of both white and red wild wines without sacrificing taste.
After learning the basics of wild wine making, you will be shown through the process of making each of 101 different recipes that have been received well around the world. Expert interviews have been conducted and included to provide you with insight into special tips and tricks you can utilize to perfect your wines and to ensure the best possible wine is produced every time. For every aspiring amateur wine maker out there, this book is an absolute must.
The Complete Guide to Food Preservation: Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Freeze, Dry, and Can and Preserve Food
ISBN #: 9781601383426
$24.95Storing food can be a major challenge for any family or individual who wants to increase the amount of food available without spending additional money. With rising food costs, the advent of at home gardening and the potential represented in storing your own food, it is no wonder that freezing, drying, and canning are becoming much more popular. Freezing alone, which the National Freezing and Refrigerated Foods Association has stated can add as much as 600% to the lifespan of many common refrigerated foods, is an easy, available action to anyone, but only if it is done properly.
This book will show anyone interested in storing food for future use how to do so to optimize the amount of money saved and minimize the risk of damaging food or spreading food borne illnesses. You will learn how to grow for harvest and how to subsequently handle that harvest with this book’s crop by crop guide of everything that you might possibly want to store away. You will learn how freezing works and how to go about organizing your freezing. You will learn the various methods of freezing and why failure occurs. In addition to freezing, you will learn about canning and preserving and how each technically works and what problems you may encounter. All of the equipment you may need is laid out in easy to read charts and you will be shown the various final products you can expect.
Experts in food preservation and storage have been interviewed and their commentary has been included here to help you understand what all you will be able to expect from your preserved foods. Learn how to create jellies and jams, pickle vegetables and fruits, dry foods, juice them after storing, and even how to create a simple root cellar for long term storage. No matter your situation, this guide will help you learn how to store multiple forms of vegetables and fruits and to understand how they perform, why failure occurs, and what you need to be successful.
101 Recipes for Preparing Food in Bulk: Everything You Need to Know About Preparing, Storing, and Consuming
ISBN #: 9781601383600
$24.95Food is expensive these days; in fact, in the summer months of 2008 alone the cost of food went up by almost 2 percent according to the Federal Reserve because of inflation and rising food transportation costs. These numbers continue to rise and even those who were once able to feed an entire family on less than $10 per day are finding it hard to make ends meet. One of the best ways to combat these rising food costs is to start making food in batches, buying in bulk and cooking food that can be stored in dry or frozen storage for later eating. Saving money and eventually time, this method of food preparation has been popular for ages, but to be truly cost effective, you need to know the right recipes and tips.
This book will guide you through every aspect of preparing, storing, and consuming food in bulk to save you time and money. You will learn everything you need to know about making food in bulk, starting with the core ingredients that will be included in the most easily stored foods. In addition to these basic details about what your bulk foods will include, you will learn how the preparation process is completed for each type of food, including various different storage methods such as freezing, canning, smoking, salting, and pickling. You will learn how foods are stored and how they decompose as well as which foods are hardest to store and what errors and possible failures you might encounter.
Dozens of experts from the food service industry and home cooking have been interviewed and have provided insight into the nature of bulk food preparation; these insights are presented right alongside each of the 101 recipes provided in the book, amounting to a complete compendium of recipes, storage methods and profession tips and tricks to keep your food fresh and tasting good as long as possible. For anyone who has ever considered creating and storing their own bulk foods, this book will give you everything you need to get started.
The Complete Guide to Drying Foods at Home: Everything You Need to Know about Preparing, Storing, and Consuming Dried Foods
ISBN #: 9781601386021
Food dehydration is not just for prunes and raisins any more; a recent U.S. study revealed that the dried and dehydrated food industry made more than $6 billion in revenue in 2009 alone. Thanks to advances in technology, dehydrating foods at home has become easier than ever, allowing you to lock in food s nutritional value while eliminating the water content that causes foods to grow bacteria and mold. Drying foods also gives you a source of raw, nutrient-rich food that is easily available and requires no additional preparation. The Complete Guide to Drying Foods at Home provides you with all the information necessary for drying fruits, vegetables, meats, herbs, grains, and even dairy products. This book will provide you with instructions on how to dry foods using a food dehydrator and will also offer you simpler alternatives for how to dehydrate foods using an oven, microwave, or even the sun.
You will learn what equipment you need to get started and how to properly store your food to ensure optimal freshness. This book also provides you with recipes for any meal of the day, whether you are looking for an easy breakfast alternative or a quick soup you can prepare for lunch. You will even learn how to prepare foods for young children and pets. Drying your foods will not only provide you with timesaving options for ways to prepare your meals, it will also allow you to reduce the amount of food you throw out each month. Researchers at the University of Arizona found that the average family wastes 14 percent of their food purchases; learning how to dehydrate and store dry foods can ensure the money you spend on groceries will not be thrown out with the trash.
We have spent hundreds of hours interviewing dozens of experts who will provide you with all the information you need to start dehydrating your foods. We ve spoken with nutritionists and busy parents who advocate drying foods as a way to save time and still prepare healthy meals. This book is filled with delicious recipes and practical tips to help you and your family enjoy the economic and health benefits that dehydrated foods offer. Whether you are looking for money-saving dinner options or a quick recipe for a high-protein trail mix, The Complete Guide to Drying Foods at Home offers you all the information you need to start cooking and eating smarter.