Friday, 18 November 2016

Book Review: A Year in a Bottle - Sally Wise

A Year in a Bottle is a collection of over 100 recipes for making your own preserves and conserves - jellies, jams, chutneys, pickles, drinks, fruits pastes, sauces and vinegars.

The book begins with a section on practical tips and advice covering topics like sterilising jars and bottles, pectin, and testing jams and jellies for set. Included here are a few recipes for sugar free jam.

The two main sections of the book. One is focused on jams, jellies, maramaldes and conserves. The other chutneys, relishes, pickles, sauces and vinegars.

A useful troubleshooting section follows.

There are also short sections on freezing and bottling. Near the end of there is a selection of favourite recipes including soup, curry paste, potted meat, rhubarb cake and fruit shortbread.

The recipes in the book are well laid out, with clear instructions. I've made several of these recipes with great results - including Homemade Lemonade, Apricot Chutney and Onion Marmalade. As well as the usual recipes covering stonefruit, berries and the like you'll find recipes for pickled walnuts, sloe cheese and rosehip syrup. I'm planning to make the intriguing sounding Tomato Jam soon! 

If you're interested in preserving - either as a beginner or as an experienced bottler looking for new inspiration - A Year in a Bottle is definitely worth a look.




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10 comments:

  1. Thank you for introducing me to this book. I doubt that I will be able to try this at home since i have VERY picky eaters at my house, but if I never need to learn more about preserving things I'm sure that this will be first place I'll head to!

    Thanks so much for posting this to the #fandayfriday link party! I've been loving all your posts there so far!

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    1. My picky eater is late teens now and has become a lot more open to new tastes and foods just lately, so there is hope for your picky eaters :)

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  2. Just what I need. I've always wanted to try making preserves but the thought of sterilizing the bottles puts me off. If I do it wrong everything will go to waste and home made is always best made. I need to check if there's a kindle version, it sounds like I could learn a lot.

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    1. It's really satisfying making your own preserves and sterilizing the bottles is pretty straight forward once you've done it a couple of times. There's a link to the Kindle edition just under the photo in the post :)

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  3. What a beautiful idea for a book! This would make a great gift.

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  4. Thanks for being apart of Homestead Blog Hop. Hope to see you this Wednesday!

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  5. This sounds like a book I need to add to my personal library! Thanks for sharing it with us at the homestead blog hop!

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  6. I know my sister would love this book. Thanks for the great gift idea!
    #TrafficJamWeekend

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  7. Interesting book title - it made me click on this post.

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