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    A to Z Canning and Preserving for Total Beginners : The Essential Canning Recipes and Canning Supplies Guide

    Food that last forever Includes links to 50 Healthy Mexican Recipe Videos Preserving food to last through the cold months or packaging or bottling it to travel long distances has long been a concern. Napoleon stated, “An army travels on its stomach.” He was referring to the problems involved with transporting sufficient food to keep his men fed. The Napoleonic soldiers were often hungry, thanks to the difficulty of transporting fresh food. Just to show that he was serious about solving this problem, he offered a reward of 12,000 francs to anyone who could come up with a solution. The award was given to Nicholas Appert in 1810. After trying a variety of methods – including attempting to remove air from his glass jars – he devised a method that worked. The food was placed in a glass bottle, then corked and sealed with wax. The glass bottles were then wrapped in canvas, and boiled in water. The result was bottled foodstuffs that could be transported, even though the jars were breakable. Appert published a book titled, The Art of Preserving Animal and Vegetable Substances. Two years later, Brian Donkin found a way to substitute tin for the fragile glass, and the canning industry was born. It made its way to American, where Gail Borden used the technique to preserve milk so it could be transported to the inner cities. There were problems along the way with this journey toward portable food preservation. The first was the sealant used on the cans. The early ones were soldered closed using lead solder. Of course, if you are on a battlefield where you could be shot down at any minute, lead poisoning probably isn’t high on your list of worries. Second, it took forty years before anyone invented a can opener. Napoleon’s men were forced to use their swords to open the cans, a process that probably didn’t do the sword any good, and no doubt was less than satisfactory for getting those cans opened without spilling the contents. Readers might be wondering at this point why modern home canning is usually done in glass jars, following methods that are similar to the ones Appert developed. The answer is somewhat complex. Canning in metal requires more specialized equipment than canning in jars. Once the cans are filled, the lids must be sealed on. The cans will then need to be heated to destroy bacteria. (The first ones were made fifty years before Louis Pasteur did his ground-breaking work, so neither Appert or Donkin knew why it was that some cans would be just fine, while others would spoil. In early canning efforts, if the can was sealed and did not bulge, it was presumed to be safe to eat. No one knew about botulism, that hidden killer that can lurk in an improperly bottled jar of green beans. The equipment for canning in tins is more expensive than that needed to can in glass bottles. It is also easier to see if the food is still good when it is preserved in transparent glass. Incidentally, “can” is short for “canister.” As we all know, canisters can be made from all sorts of materials, so if you’ve ever wondered why foodstuffs preserved in glass jars was said to the “canned,” rather than “bottled”, that is the explanation. Since this is a book about the very basics of home canning, it only addresses putting up your food in glass. Preserving food in metal cylinders requires a specialized sealer is a technique for experienced food preservers.
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  • Cookbooks

    A to Z Baking Breads for Total Beginners

    Hot, Juicy, Bread( with butter maybe ), You Can do it Too! Bread!We have friends over and want to commune with them; we break bread.The simple act of showing friendship and fellowship. If we are shorton money, we need to make some dough. The simple start to the breadmaking process is synonymous with making our way in the world. If wefind something amazing, it is the best thing since sliced bread.Sliced bread must have been pretty amazing. Was there anything goodbefore it? No one will ever know. If we are celebrating, we make atoast (which I do not think has anything to do with bread, but I wasrunning out of bread-related things to say.) Breadis something we take for granted. It is something which has been partof our culture for thousands of years. It is a part of our dailylife. We cannot go anywhere without bumping into a slice of bread.From the humble cheese on toast to the mighty sandwich, to thefantastic grilled cheese sandwich, bread is everywhere. We cannotescape it. We will not escape it. Nowthat we have that cleared up let’s talk bread. We all know whatbread is, there is no need to discuss it any further. The real reasonyou are here is to learn about how to bake really great bread. Well,I am going to tell you how, and more. We will start with some historybefore we delve into making great bread. From the dough to thefinish, I will tell you everything you need to know about the loaf.From oven baked to bread maker, we will go through the variousmethods at your disposal. From recipe ideas to what you should dowith your stale bread (hint: don’t throw it away), we will learnabout the versatility of this humble yeasty treat. Thereis so much that bread can do and so much that you can do with bread.The ingredients are endless, the recipes are endless; thepossibilities are endless. Come on a journey with me as we bake somebread.
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  • Crafts, Hobbies & Home

    A-Z Guide How to Make Bath Bombs: The Easy Guide on Masterfully creating beautiful bath bombs

    Make Your Own Bath Bombs Right at Home Make Your Own Bath Bombs Right at Home You get home from a long day of work. Your shoulders are achy; your back is sore, you have tension, stress, dry skin in places, oily skin in others, sinus pain, fatigue, and nausea. There are only two cures for you. Either you have a demon inside, and you need to call an exorcist, or you need to have a nice long soak in the tub. You decide on the second option. You draw a bath and begin to relax as the water begins to steam. You start to undress to get in when you look around for the missing ingredient. A bath bomb. Then you realize that you are out of bath bombs. You try and phone your partner, but they are not answering. You need a bath bomb! You get dressed again and leave the house. You drive to Lush and buy some bath bombs. You are a little annoyed at the price, and your shoulders begin to tense again, but you know that you need to pay a little extra if you want a quality bath product. You get home and are beginning to feel a little relieved. You smile at the thought of a long and luxurious bath. You get to the bathroom, and it is locked. You knock. Your partner is in there, taking advantage of the bath you had drawn for yourself. You wait, but they take forever. When they are done, most of the hot water is gone. You try to run another bath and drop the bath bomb into it. It fizzes half-heartedly and drops to the bottom. You get into your tepid bath and wash yourself. You go to bed that night and have two thoughts stock in your head. Your first thought is that this was "the worst day ever". Your second thought is "if only there was a better way, a way to get luxurious bath bombs at a fraction of the price, have them on hand when I want them, exactly suited to my needs, and ready to drop into my bath, solve my problems, and the problems of the world". You drift off to sleep without hope. HEY! Wake up! Do not go to sleep just yet, for I have the answer. There is a better way, and this book is going to show you what you never thought possible. Come with me to the land of dreams; where bath bombs are at your fingertips. With a few simple ingredients, most of which you will have in your home already, some tools, which may be in your kitchen, and a little effort (I have absolutely no doubt in your level of effort), you can create your own bath bombs. Don"t believe me? Well, boy are you about to be wrong.
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  • Crafts, Hobbies & Home

    A to Z Gardening for Beginners

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    Crafts, Hobbies & Home

    A to Z Gardening for Beginners

    Gardening might seem like an easy thing to do. Buy a plant, dig a hole in the ground, drop the plant in it, and cover it up waiting for blooms to suddenly appear. If only it were that simple. The overall idea of gardening is basic, but gardening is very intricate. It’s not as simple as just buying a plant and planting it. Gardening involves pest control, weeding, knowing the needs of each plant, soil types, etc. But if you’ve just started to become interested in gardening, there’s a lot to know. It can be easy to get excited and buy everything you see garden related, but take it slow. This guide will help you know all the basics of gardening. Everything from types of gardens, how much sunlight plants need, companion planting, essential gardening tools to have, and much more. When you’re done reading, you’ll be fully prepared to create your garden and make it one of the best. The Benefits of Gardening So, you decided to give gardening a try. That’s great! Gardening has many benefits for your health. It can not only help to improve it, but it has the ability to reduce stress and anxiety and works to keep your mind active. It also good to help relax. Relax? Yes, gardening can lead to relaxation in many ways. One is that you’re outside and in nature. It’s been scientifically proven that being outside can help give you daily doses of Vitamin D, help improve your mood, and give you a better night’s sleep. The other way of relaxation is just that, sleep. Working in a garden can help give you a better’s night sleep. So, before you decide to take other means to fall asleep, try spending a day gardening instead. These benefits are just a sample of the happiness and fulfillment that gardening will give you.
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