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22 April 2006 @ 11:23 am
preserving (the) madness  
I've stuck in the middle of Death in Andes by Mario Vargas Llosa for the past two months. It's not bad, it's really easy reading if you decide to go through it, yet I only manage to read 2-3 pages before going to sleep.
then came my new books about preserves. I was always looking for a specialized book on preserving. I have discovered a world of boiling fruits and syrups and jams and jellies and little jars. But without instructions half the attempts are ending in small disasters. Too thick, too thin, overboiled, ruined color and shit like that. So i found the queen of canning. Blue Ribbon Preserves by Linda J. Amendt is a 368 page (!!!) book for preserving. It enlists every fruit you can imagine and some that you won't too, with full instructions on all steps and a big troubleshooting guide at the end. there are simple one fruit recipes and gourmet combos like salsa jam and onion and garlic jam and even homemade ketchup and liqueurs. Contents include jams, jellies, marmalades, preserves, conserves, butters and curds, fruit, vegetables, juices, sauces, pickles, vinegars, syrups and specialty preserves. A save the day cookbook for regulars and not. you never know when you are gonna have 5 kilos of oranges waiting to rot in your kitchen and don't know what to do about it. not to menion that is fun to read because the forementioned lady is a regular at fair competitions and she is quite proud for winning all these blue ribbons. You read it and think of Grandma Duck baking pies in the midsummer heat of missisipi county.
The second book was bought by mistake. I had wishlisted in gemm and george made an order and forgot to delete it. This one Perfect Preserves is out of print. It is not as big as miss Linda's but has some specialty and unique recipes. It makes your saliva drool. Gingered Pineapple, Rosemary-Thyme Jelly, Lemon-Lime White Wine Jelly,Grandmama's pickled watermelon rind.
Anyone who needs help with preserves ask Grandma karmologyclinic.
Whenever a large quantity of jars is made I will let you know, so that i can ship around some of them.
Current Mood: grandmamish
Current Music: Fischerspooner - Turn On
nupnup on April 22nd, 2006 05:17 pm (UTC)
you never know when you are gonna have 5 kilos of oranges waiting to rot in your kitchen
Ummm... I do know!

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The Thief Of Wordskarmologyclinic on April 26th, 2006 08:26 am (UTC)
ti einai chef in love
nupnup on April 26th, 2006 08:28 am (UTC)
Bookstore with books about cooking and utensils and stuff...