The Farmer’s Wife Canning & Preserving Cookbook

The Farmer's Wife - COLORADO URBAN HOMESTEADER  

This book I saw while shopping around Amazon, and I just had to have it. 

I love that it is a collection of recipes that were published in The Farmer’s Wife magazine between 1893 and 1939, and have been reprinted.  Since food regulations have changed and safe canning practices, the book still includes the original recipes that are still considered safe to can using the current canning methods.  But also include original recipes that are not considered safe for canning anymore but just tell you to freeze the item instead and it will be safe for consumption. Each of the freezer recipes are denoted with a snowflake in the upper left corner of a grayed out box.The Farmers Wife - COLORADO URBAN HOMESTEADER

The Farmers Wife - COLORADO URBAN HOMESTEADERI love to forage for wild edibles.  Here in Colorado we have a lot of Crab Apples and Wild Plums.  This book has a bunch of recipes that specialize in the wild varieties, since many times they are smaller than fruits you find at the grocery store or ones that you grow in your garden.

BUT the best part of the book is the following passage from their magazine.

“See Our Shelves Filling With Summer’s Priceless Fruits” by Lucy D. Cordiner  August 1920

Is it not a delight, some early autumn evening, to take Father and the Boys down to the cellar to show them the shelves well stocked with jellies, jams and marmalades, with canned fruits an canned vegetables in every kind and combination, and to hear Father say in his most appreciative manner, “Well Mother, you’ve already done more than your share to supply us with food for the winter,” and then to hear one of the boys say “I’ve read that we must eat vegetable and fruits if we are to keep very well and strong, we should be the ‘wellest’ family in the township next winter, Mother,” and then the baby–“Gee, marmalade!”

I just LOVE that passage.  It makes me smile every time.  The book has a bunch more gems like that too!

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