Looking for something to give that foodie friend who's kitchen is already well-stocked? Here are some cool gear, cookbooks and ingredients that even the craftiest food preservation enthusiast will cherish.
1. Plastic-free Food Storage and Freezer Containers
2. Tattler Re-useable Canning Lids
3. Italian Quattro Stagioni Canning Jars and Lids
Quattro Stagioni canning jars and lids are becoming almost as widely available as the more familiar Ball Mason and Kerr jars. Although different in jar shape, lid type and canning process, these jars and lids are easy to use and do perform well. Their lids are also BPA-free.
4. Excalibur Economy Model Food Dehydrator
This small dehydrator may be perfect for you if you are looking for something affordable that doesn't take up a lot of space in your home.
5. Harsch Fermenting Crock
Harsch fermenting crocks (also called sauerkraut crocks) are intended to be used to pickle foods using lacto-fermentation. This method of preserving food is the same one that gives us traditional sauerkraut, dill cucumber pickles, and kimchi. It is also one of the easiest and most time-tested methods of safely, deliciously, and healthfully preserving foods.
The simple but effective design of Harsch crocks allows natural gasses that develop during fermentation to escape while simultaneously preventing harmful molds from reaching the food while it is fermenting.
6. Pomona's Universal Pectin
Pomona's Universal Pectin consists of two ingredients that work together to gel jams and jellies with or without added sugar. The main ingredient is a low methoxyl pectin powder made from citrus peels. The pectin powder (different from most other commercial powdered pectins) works in conjunction with calcium powder to thicken the preserves. The result is that you can get a good gel from low pectin fruits even without adding sugar.
7. Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning
This is one of my all-time favorite food preservation books. The long title - Preserving Food without Freezing or Canning: Traditional Techniques Using Salt, Oil, Sugar, Alcohol, Vinegar, Drying, Cold Storage, and Lactic Fermentation - makes it clear that it doesn't include a single canning recipe or tip on freezing foods. What it does include is a wealth of time-tested recipes that are low tech, delicious, and easy for anyone to follow.
8. Putting Food By 5th Edition
This is the book I take down from the shelf when I need to double-check how long to process something in a boiling water bath or pressure canner. It's also a great easy look up for information such as how many canning jars 2 pounds of peaches will fill, or how long green beans need to be blanched before they are frozen.