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First, this is an inter­est­ing book…  I 5‑Minute Microwave Can­ning to see if there was a short­cut  to can­ning, and to help me under­stand if you could can/jar using a microwave.  If so, what foods you can can/jar.  My first dis­ap­point­ment was not with the book itself. It was because you could not can or jar tra­di­tion­al veg­eta­bles unless you were pick­ling them.  My sec­ond, was there were no meats either.  This is most­ly because the method out­lined in the book is a method that there are no acids in the process for meats or veg­eta­bles to help them to be pre­served.  My bad and lack of knowl­edge in this area allowed me to think it could be done.  It is what it is.…

That said, what this book taught me is that you could can any­thing from home­made peanut but­ter to toma­toes… That said, this is a “good times”  method.  What I mean by that is assum­ing the pow­er does not go out, this is a method that can be used every­day as long as the microwave is run­ning… The down­side, is that if the pow­er is out, you are out of luck and will have to use a more tra­di­tion­al method of can­ning / jar­ring foods.

The recipes in this book look good as well.  All of which are also all all pre­pared in the microwave.  Direc­tions are sim­ple to under­stand as well, and none of them look like they should take more than 40 min­utes or so, mak­ing most can­ning jobs just an hour or so in length for you.

There is also a bonus sec­tion about dry­ing fruits in the microwave.  Who would have thought?

In all, this was a pret­ty good book and if you want to can fruits, chut­neys, sauces, pre­serves, and more, via the microwave, this was a pret­ty good book.  If you are going to use it in prepa­ra­tion for the future, and don’t mind the miss­ing meats and veg­eta­bles, pick it up at

Now on to learn­ing how to do it the tra­di­tion­al way…

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