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Food preservation is one of the most intimidating aspects of homesteading, yet one of the most important. Although many websites, books, and blogs are dedicated to learning how to preserve the harvest, people must search multiple places to gather the necessary information. For a beginner new to preserving, this frustrates them and discourages them. The ideal tool for a newbie is a detailed reference guide, such as The Farm Girl’s Guide to Preserving the Harvest, that shares the basics of canning, dehydrating, freezing, fermenting, curing, and smoking, and how to use the right tools for each method.

A Farm Girl in the Making’s Ann Accetta-Scott guides readers at the beginning, moderate or advanced levels of preserving. Newcomers to the world of preserving can start with a simple jam and jelly recipe using a hot water bath canner. In contrast, others may be advanced enough to have mastered the pressure canner and are ready to move on to curing and smoking meat and fish. The progression in this book will help the home preserver build confidence in the most common preservation methods.

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