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Does the thought of canning, curing, fermenting, drying, how to properly freeze and storing fresh food intimidate you?

10 Must have Canning Tools for Preserving Food

How would you feel if there were an easy to comprehend guide available to move you through each phase? What if I told you that canning is not as confusing as it is made out to be? Or that fermenting food and drink will help improve your gut from the inside out? And that the process of fermentation is extremely easy to achieve? How would you like the opportunity to cure meat at home without the use of nitrates? Whereas, the traditional root cellar is not needed for the storage of apples, winter squash, potatoes, and onions.

Are you prepared to learn how?

From gardening to raising your own livestock to preserving it is something you can do. Whether it is grown on your property, purchased from the farmers market, or working with local small farms in your area. It can be done.

From Joel Salatin, Polyface Farms
I guarantee that anyone taking Ann’s hand, following her through this harvest preservation journey, will agree that this effort offers the greatest return on investment.  Food security, safety, and satiation all begin with personal responsibility and kitchen accountability.  Whether you grow it or purchase it from someone who grows it, you can join this healing team.  Thank you, Ann, for guiding us home.  Your readers will love where this book takes them.  Welcome home.”
My book, The Farm Girl’s Guide to Preserving the Harvest, will help to get you there.

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There was a time, not long ago, when I was a suburban housewife. The concept of consuming a clean food source through growing, raising and preserving food was not something I often thought of. Through years of research and living a life as sustainable homesteader I was able to achieve these goals. And so will you.

Gathering the necessary information needed to preserve foods can be a daunting task. Not to mention often confusing to comprehend. The Farm Girl’s Guide to Preserving the Harvest contains all the necessary information needed to begin each phase of home food preservation.

From Jill Wigner, The Prairie Homestead

Books on canning and preserving are a dime-a-dozen, but from the very first page, I could tell this one was different. Rather than approaching the topic with the usual textbook formality, Ann brings a human touch to the subject and makes me feel like I’m in her kitchen chatting about preservation methods over a cup of tea. From canning to root cellaring and everything in between, I will wholeheartedly be recommending The Farm Girl’s Guide to Preserving to anyone ready to start taking charge of their food supply and preserving their harvest.”

Preserving Methods
  • Canning – Whether you are hot water bath, steam, or pressure canning it’s important to know and understand why traditional methods work hand in hand with science.
  • Drying – One of the easiest methods for preserving foods, though if done incorrectly can cause spoilage. Let how to ensure foods are thoroughly dried for long term storage.
  • Fermenting – One of the oldest preserving methods across the world, but also one of the least practiced. Learn how fermentation is beneficial to your health and the simplicity behind preserving the garden harvest.
  • Curing – Whether you are raising your own meat or purchasing it from a local small family farm, the art of curing foods is a returning practice for many. Traditional methods without the use of nitrates can be achieved, let this book show you how.
  • Fresh Food Storage – Though a root cellar is ideal for storing fresh foods it is not necessary. Learn how to store foods in a cold storage space and what produce can be kept in a cool environment.
  • Freezing – Freezing foods properly for long term storage is a method which many utilize. However, are the practices you are using able to keep your foods preserved for its maximal amount of time?

From Laurie Newman, Common Sense Homesteading

Ann is passionate about home food preservation, and her enthusiasm shines through in ‘A Farm Girl’s Guide to Preserving the Harvest”. This book covers a range of techniques to encourage and inspire both new and experienced food preservers. She shares her journey from military brat to avid homesteader, encouraging readers to “become their own grocery store”. Preservation techniques covered in the book include water bath, steam and pressure canning; dehydrating and freeze drying; curing and smoking meat and fish; fermentation; root cellaring and freezing. Dive in and enjoy the peace of mind that begins with a well-stocked pantry.”

Our Favorite Recipes

In addition to learning how to preserve foods, I’ve included many of my family’s favorite recipes. Consider it a gift from our farmhouse to yours.

  • Blue Ribbon Pickled Asparagus
  • Maple Bourbon Bacon Jam
  • Homemade Bacon Rub
  • Jerky Seasoning
  • Seasoning Blends
What Others are Saying about My Book
From Stacy Lyn Harris,

The Farm Girl’s Guide to Preserving the Harvest is a book written after my own heart. Ann has beautifully incorporated real life on the homestead in this quintessential book and guide for all-things preserving. She has left nothing out – canning, dehydrating, freezing, freeze drying, curing, fermenting. She has a very real connection to the land and a drive to teach all her vast knowledge in a simple, straight-forward, easy-to-undertand way. This gorgeous book is a must-have for anyone who gardens, or shops to farmers markets for fresh produce and wants to be a steward of the land.”

From Amy Fewell, The Fewell Homestead and Founder, Homesteader of America

There’s no other food preservation book you need when it comes to down home preserving the harvest on the farm. This book is inspiring and packed full of information, whether you’re a seasoned canner, or a new fermenter. Everyone can learn something new from The Farm Girl’s Guide to Preserving the Harvest!”


The Farm Girl’s Guide to Preserving the Harvest 
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