The Farm Girl's Guide to Preserving the Harvest: How to Can, Freeze, Dehydrate, and Ferment Your Garden's Goodness



Food preservation is one of the most intimidating aspects of homesteading, yet one of the most important. Although there is a plethora of websites, books and blogs dedicated to learning how to preserve the harvest, people must search multiple places in order to gather the necessary information. For a beginner new to the world of preserving this leaves them frustrated and quite discouraged. The ideal tool for a newbie is a detailed reference guide, one such as The Farm Girl's Guide to Preserving the Harvest, that shares the basics on canning, dehydrating, freezing, fermenting, curing, and smoking, and how to use the right tools for each method. Homesteader and blogger Ann Accetta-Scott guides readers at the beginning, moderate or advanced levels of preserving. Newcomers to the world of preserving can start with a simple jam and jelly recipe using a hot water bath canner, while others may be advanced enough to have mastered the pressure canner and are ready to move onto curing and smoking meat and fish. The progression in this book will help the home preserver build confidence in the most common methods of preserving.

Product Details

$24.95  $22.95
Lyons Press
Publish Date
May 01, 2019
7.0 X 0.5 X 8.9 inches | 1.2 pounds
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About the Author

Ann Accetta-Scott is a homesteader and blogger of "A Farm Girl in the Making." She teaches classes in how to grow and preserve food. Ann and her family reside in the Puget Sound area of the State of Washington.


"There's no other food preservation book you need when it comes down to preserving the harvest on the farm. This book is inspiring and packed full of information, whether you're a seasoned canner, or a new fermenter. Everyone can learn something new from The Farm Girl's Guide to Preserving the Harvest!" --AMY FEWELL, founder, Homesteaders of America and The Fewell Homestead, blogger at, author of The Homesteader's Herbal Companion and The Homesteader's Natural Chicken Keeper Handbook--Amy K. Fewell
"Not only does Ann possess a wealth of knowledge on a huge variety of topics, she is charming, relatable, and fun"The Farm Girl's Guide to Preserving the Harvest is the quintessential book and guide for all-things preserving. Throughout the well-designed pages, Ann teaches you how to can, dehydrate, freeze, cure, smoke, and even ferment. Her easy no-nonsense delivery of information in charts, sidebars, and easy-to-implement recipes with gorgeous photos is a must-have on your homestead or in your urban kitchen." --STACY LYN HARRIS, co-host of "The Sporting Chef" and "Rural Heritage," founder, Game and Garden, blogger at, author of Tracking the Outdoors In and Stacy Lyn's Harvest Cookbook
"Ann is passionate about home food preservation, and her enthusiasm shines through in The Farm Girl's Guide to Preserving the Harvest. This book covers a range of techniques to encourage and inspire both new and experienced food preservers. She shares her journey from military brat to avid homesteader, encouraging readers to 'become their own grocery store.' Preservation techniques covered in the book include water bath, steam and pressure canning; dehydrating and freeze drying; curing and smoking meat and fish; fermentation; root cellaring and freezing. Dive in and enjoy the peace of mind that begins with a well-stocked pantry." --LAURIE NEWMAN, founder, Common Sense Home, blogger at
"Books on canning and preserving are a dime-a-dozen, but from the very first page, I could tell this one was different. Rather than approaching the topic with the usual textbook formality, Ann brings a human touch to the subject and makes me feel like I'm in her kitchen chatting about preservation methods over a cup of tea. From canning to root cellaring and everything in between, I will wholeheartedly be recommending The Farm Girl's Guide to Preserving the Harvest to anyone ready to start taking charge of their food supply and preserving their harvest." --JILL WINGER, founder, The Prairie Homestead, blogger at, author of The Prairie Homestead Cookbook