Food Preservation

Freezing Food

Freezing is the most recent, simplest, and one of the best methods of preserving food. The kind of freezer you buy will be determined by the size of your family and the space at your disposal. In addition, most refrigerators have a freezing compartment which will keep frozen food for one to three months, according…

Food Preservation

Bottling Fruit

Bottling sterilizes fruit to prevent contamination from micro-organisms. It is an excellent method of preserving fruit — in a sugar syrup for best results — to retain its flavour. Before the advent of freezers, bottling was one of the most usual methods of preservation: it is now popular again. You may flavour bottled fruit with…

Food Preservation

Making Pickles

Pickles are made from vegetables or fruit, preserved in vinegar. To make a spiced vinegar For 1 litre (1 ½ pints) malt, cider or wine vinegar, add a cinnamon stick, and level tablespoons (15 ml) of whole cloves, black peppercorns, allspice berries and blade mace. If you like the flavour, add a dried chilli or…

Food Preservation

Making Jams

The best fruit for jam-making contains a high level of pectin, a substance under the skin which, when the fruit is cooked with sugar, helps it to set. Apples, apricots, black and red currants, plums and damsons and sharp gooseberries are ideal. Among fruits low in pectin are strawberries, grapes, pears, rhubarb and cherries. To…

Food Preservation

Making Preserves

Preserving is one of the most important skills in self sufficient living. It has been used since people first learned to cook. Today it is a way of keeping flavours at their best, but in earlier centuries it was a method of survival. All food is subject to decay from micro-organisms, bacteria, yeasts and moulds….

Storing Meat
Food Preservation

Storing Meat

Without a refrigerator Fresh meat must be kept as cool as possible, preferably in a meat safe which allows circulation of air. Always use meat that was bought minced and cooked meats on the day of purchase. In a refrigerator Keep raw and cooked meat separate and loosely wrapped in foil or film at 2°-6°C…