Homemade Living: Canning & Preserving with Ashley English: All You Need to Know to Make Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Chutneys & More by Ashley English. Lark Books (April 6, 2010)
I was originally drawn to this series of books because of the groovy retro styling of the covers. And the fact that I have chooks and want to learn more about canning. I was not disappointed once delving into these books a little more and want to congratulate Lark on the quality of these books which are printed using sustainable recycled materials.
Ashley English is a homesteader who is learning as she goes and passing on her knowledge to the rest of us. Canning and preserving is a fabulous resource – it is more than recipes, it is also a primer for troubleshooting, tips and tricks and the all important preparation of food preservation. There is a bit on the chemistry of preserving, the importance of a sterile clean environment, what materials and equipment you need – and of course the ingredients. Ingredients are discussed in terms of the seasons – and there are some delicious looking recipes – from jams and marmalade, to pickles and sauces and relishes – lots to explore here.
Homemade Living: Keeping Chickens with Ashley English: All You Need to Know to Care for a Happy, Healthy Flock by Ashley English. Lark Books (April 6, 2010)
Keeping chickens, is a beautiful book for those with chickens already and those thinking of starting up a flock. From all the things you need to consider before getting chooks (like space and neighbours) to what sort of chooks to get, where and how to get them and raise them, where they are going to live (some lovely hutch ideas and project how-tos) to feeding and hatching babies and raising chickens. As well as all about eggs and how to cook them! This book is going to be read over and over by the whole family.
[check out Ashley English’s homesteading blog]