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Kitchen Know-How

The kitchen is probably the most used room in a home. In it, we spend time cooking, baking, overseeing homework at the table, or just sitting down with a cup of coffee and a slice of cake to visit with a friend. I spend most of my time in the kitchen not only preparing daily meals, but processing food for late use. It makes my heart sing when I run across a book that has all the things I love to do in one place. So, when I saw this book in the store, I knew it had to become part of my library.

Between the covers, Andrea Chapman covers all the skills you will need to know. She begins with Setting up the Homestead Kitchen (Chapter 1), and covers everything from handling, harvesting and cooking fresh vegetables to curing meats and making sausage. She not only tells you how to make cheese, maple syrup and how to harvest honey, but she also gives you tips on how to pair them.

In the Food Preservation chapter, she offers a great chart on how to store specific Fruits and vegetables, including the best storage conditions, the length of storage and some added comments for each one. I can’t wait to make her Dill Chips recipe. She offers a recipe for making just one pint, which is ideal for determining whether you like them or not. If you do, she states that you can easily multiple the amounts to make as big a batch as you need or want.


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