Batch – A Book Review and a Recipe

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We have been enjoying the quality content of the Well Preserved blog for some time now, and are so pleased to carry Batch – a very tangible result of Joel MacCharles & Dana Harrison’s adventures with food and preserving.

Batch Cover

In Batch, they have created an incredibly useful & enjoyable resource and have given a new meaning to the term “batch” when it comes to preserving. I honestly didn’t fully grasp the manner in which they used it until I actually had my first copy in hand and spent some time perusing the pages. Don’t be fooled by the amazing images and illustrations by Dana – this is not just another pretty recipe book to grace your kitchen counter or coffee table.

Simply said;  It is brilliant!

In the book, “batch” refers to the grouping of preservation methods or processes for a given item. The 7 processes include both waterbath and pressure canning, dehydrating, fermenting, infusing, cellaring (a variety of cold storage methods) and salting & smoking.

Something that struck me with Batch was its very intentional nature and a more holistic perception of preserving. Yes, many folks are putting up large traditional batches of staples for their pantry, but there are also many  people who are turning to preserving as part of their desire to use what they have in the best possible ways, to add more variety to their preserving, to make more from scratch, to waste less while enjoying the process and not feel like you’ve spent the entire day over a steaming kettle.  It is clear that they want to help you feel very productive and proud of what you’ve accomplished in your kitchen, no matter how humble it may be!

So, how do they accomplish all of this?

Within most sections, you will find the following:  (I’ll use the Peach section as an example.)Batch Fillmore Container

  • Tips on preserving nose-to-tail & storing items for the short term
  • Several processes that can be prepped in 10 minutes or less. (Peach Creme Fraiche, Peach Salt, Instant Hot Sauce)
  • Batch-It recipes:  These are 2 or more recipes that start out with the same treatment (both the Smoked-Dried Peaches and the Canned Peach Slices begin by scorching 8 lbs of peaches which will be divided; 3/4 of them for canning, the remainder for smoking followed by dehydrating…see an example below.)
  • Canning Recipe as a result of cooking down the fruits (Peach-Bourbon BBQ Sauce…see recipe below.)
  • Main dish &/or side or dessert recipe that utilizes 1 or more of the items in the prior preserving. (Finger-licking Ribs with Peach-Bourbon BBQ Sauce, Dr. Stanwisk’s Apple Galette with Peach Creme Fraiche)
Peache Recipes - BATCH

Photo credit: Reena Newman

To celebrate this beautiful book, we’ve received special permission from Dana and Joel to share some of the recipes from the Peach section of the book. This excerpt shows how useful the Batch-It recipes are at teaching you to multi-task preserving efforts.

Batch -Canned Peach Slices2

What’s even better than us trying to describe the genius of this book, is for Dana and Joel to do it for us. Listen to what they have to see in this quick video below.

If you want to hear more directly from Dana & Joel, watch this Facebook Live video of Joel making Kimchi!

Peach-Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Excerpted from Batch: Over 200 recipes and Techniques for a Well-Preserved Kitchen. Copyright © 2016 Joel MacCharles and Dana Harrison. Published by Appetite by Random House, a division of Random House of Canada Limited, a Penguin Random House Company. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.

The smoky flavors in this BBQ sauce come from a combination of lightly roasting the peaches and adding chipotle powder. We discovered  the magic of ground chipotles while on vacation  with our dear friends “the Pauls” a few years ago. This recipe is a tribute to them.

Yield: 4-5 half pint jars

Ingredients:

5 lb peaches, about 17–21 peachesChipotle Peppers & Calicutts Spice
¼ cup brown sugar,  lightly packed
1 cup minced onion
5 cloves garlic, minced
1-inch piece ginger, minced
1¾ cups cider vinegar
½ cup honey
¼ cup bourbon
1½ Tbsp  smoked paprika
2½ tsp salt
2½ tsp chipotle powder (grind whole chipotles if you don’t have any)

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Cut the peaches in half and place on a rimmed baking sheet cut side up. Scatter the brown sugar over top. Roast until the peaches just begin to brown, 35– 40 minutes.Roasted Peaches
  3. Place the peaches, including any peach juice created during roasting, in a large pot. Add the onion, garlic, ginger, vine- gar, honey, bourbon, paprika, salt, and chipotle powder and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Mash the peaches as they cook and keep at a simmer until the sauce reduces and thickens by half, about 15 minutes. Leave the sauce chunky or blend it smooth with an immersion blender.
  4. Prepare your canning pot and rack, and sterilize your jars and lids (see page 17).
  5. Continue to reduce the sauce until it’s as thick as you want it.
  6. Remove the jars from the canner and turn the heat to high.
  7. Fill the jars with the sauce, leaving ½ inch of headspace.
  8. Gently jostle the jars or use the handle of a spoon to release any air bubbles.
  9. Wipe the rims of the jars, apply the lids, and process for 20 minutes (if you live higher than 1,000 feet above sea level, refer to the Adjust for Altitude chart on page 17 for additional processing time). Remove the jars and allow them to cool. Store in a dark, cool place in your kitchen.

Peach BBQ Sauce in JarsVA R I AT I O N S : You can roast the peaches on the BBQ to increase the smoke flavor, but you will lose some of the precious juices. Replace the honey with 2½ cups brown sugar for a more traditional BBQ sauce.

Put this BBQ Sauce recipe to use in Batch’s recipe for Finger-Lickin’ Ribs.

 

 

 

 

 

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62 Comments

  1. Sandra
    Posted July 22, 2016 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Peach-Bourbon BBQ Sauce.

  2. Christianne
    Posted July 22, 2016 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    Their dehydrated blue cheese seems simple, versatile, and unique

  3. Jes
    Posted July 22, 2016 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Smoke-dried peaches

  4. SharonF
    Posted July 22, 2016 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    The Peach Bourbon BBQ sauce would be the first one I would try.

  5. Posted July 22, 2016 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    I’m very curious about the smoke-dried peaches. Using the grill is brilliant to replace scalding.

  6. Theresa Rothweiler
    Posted July 22, 2016 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

    Smoked dried peaches!!!

  7. Alice young
    Posted July 22, 2016 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    I want to learn to can, this would be a great book to own

  8. Peggie
    Posted July 22, 2016 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    That Peach Bourbon BBQ sauce sounds delicious!

  9. Larissa
    Posted July 23, 2016 at 2:02 am | Permalink

    Peach BBQ sauce

  10. Amber
    Posted July 23, 2016 at 6:20 am | Permalink

    The peach bourbon BBQ looks amazing, can’t wait to see their other recipes.

  11. Abbie
    Posted July 23, 2016 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    Peach-Bourbon BBQ Sauce sounds amazing!

  12. Diana Anshakov
    Posted July 23, 2016 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    I think I’d like to try the smoke-dried peaches. Then I’d try mixing them in pulled pork sandwiches and/or cole slaw.

  13. Nancy Burgess
    Posted July 23, 2016 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    peach bourbon bbq sauce sounds delicious I’d try that

  14. Pattie Knapp
    Posted July 23, 2016 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    I have two trees loaded with peaches, but have never thought to smoke them, this year I will give it a try

  15. Janet Brown
    Posted July 23, 2016 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    I would definitely make the BBQ sauce! That looks SO GOOD.

  16. Michelle C.
    Posted July 23, 2016 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    I’d probably try out that BBQ sauce recipe first~

  17. Sue D
    Posted July 23, 2016 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    I would like to make the canned peach slices.

  18. Jonquil
    Posted July 23, 2016 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    Definitely the BBQ sauce!

  19. Jacqueline
    Posted July 23, 2016 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    We have 2 apricot trees that have overwhelmed us thus year with a bumper crop. You name it, I’ve made It! But I would love to learn some new ways/recipes!!!

  20. Diane McGuire
    Posted July 23, 2016 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    I would make the peach BBQ sauce.

  21. Trisha Quick
    Posted July 23, 2016 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Getting ready to make this peach bourbon bbq sauce! Can’t wait!

  22. Cassie
    Posted July 23, 2016 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    I would love to make and try the peach smokey BBQ sauce. THAT would be great to preserve for use and have on hand. 😀

  23. Wendy Burt
    Posted July 23, 2016 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    I can’t get enough preserving recipes!

  24. Andrea Grabowski
    Posted July 23, 2016 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    The BBQ looks great!

  25. Pamela G.
    Posted July 23, 2016 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    Yum! Yum! Yum! FINALLY, a BBQ sauce I can have. Many people don’t realize this, I bet even some who have Celiac disease don’t realize it but in 99% of commercial BBQ sauces there is WHEAT. WHY in the heck do they have to put it (often under the hidden name of “modified food starch”) in EVERYTHING. I’m to the point in life I make homemade just about everything I use. It’s not always that convenient but if I want to feel good I have to do it. If you have friends that have Celiac disease or say they can’t have gluten for health reasons a couple of jars of this made and canned (so it will last) would make a WONDERFUL gift. Not only are you giving them something scrummy and delicious, but its also showing you respect and care about their health situations.

  26. Posted July 23, 2016 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    I love preserving recipes and new jellies

  27. Michelle S.
    Posted July 23, 2016 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    The Peach Bourbon BBQ Sauce looks incredible!

  28. Helen
    Posted July 23, 2016 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    The peach bourbon bbq sauce sounds wonderful!

  29. Janice
    Posted July 23, 2016 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    Since I recently started a Whole-Food, Plant-Based eating plan, I love the idea of smoking and drying peaches. Sometimes veggies and grains need that extra kick!

  30. Cindy
    Posted July 23, 2016 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    the Peach Bourbon BBQ sauces sounds yummy!

  31. Jo'Ann Godshall
    Posted July 23, 2016 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    Peach BBQ sauce

  32. Tammy B.
    Posted July 23, 2016 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    Peach BBQ Sauce!

  33. vickie
    Posted July 23, 2016 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    I can’t wait to try the Smoked Peaches! Sounds so yummy and I’m sure my friends and dinner guests will be absolutely pleased.

  34. Marie
    Posted July 23, 2016 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    Peach BBQ sauce

  35. Tina W
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 2:44 am | Permalink

    I want to try the Peach Bourbon BBQ sauce. Hello BOURBON!

  36. Teruska
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 7:06 am | Permalink

    I would start with the peach bourbon bbq sauce but I think I would smoke the peaches.

  37. Lauren E
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    The smoke-dried peaches sound amazing!

  38. Ruth Miller
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    Peach Bourbon Sauce

  39. JillB
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Judging by how yummy the peach bbq sauce sounds, I’d try any/all ☺

  40. Karen Jeanne
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Definitely want to try the peach slices, BBQ sauce, and instant hot sauce!

  41. Kim Campbell
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    The smoke dried peaches sound very interesting. I would have to try those!

  42. DJ
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    The canned peach sliced sound wonderful.

  43. Shanda
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    Peach Bourbon BBQ sauce!

  44. Rebekah A.
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    Peach-Bourbon BBQ Sauce

  45. Susan Ross
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    Being a good southern girl who loves bourbon, I am making the smoked peach& bourbon bbq sauce! Sounds delish!!!

  46. Emily P.
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    Dried peaches and canned slices. Yum!

  47. Diane
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Peach bourbon BBQ sauce

  48. Nan Bixby
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    I decided that this year would be my year to experience and try different BBQ sauce recipes. I love the sound of this peach/bourbon one.

  49. Susannah Street
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    The Peach Bourbon BBQ sauce sounds great!

  50. Jennifer Essad
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    the Peach-Bourbon BBQ Sauce, I have some sweet lucy bourbon that would compliment this well

  51. Mary Hostetler
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    I can’t wait to try this BBQ sauce.. Thank you for the reicpie and give away.

  52. Stephanie M
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    I can’t wait to try the Peach-Bourbon BBQ sauce sounds amazing! I’m going to try to make it this week! Thank you

  53. Jeana
    Posted July 25, 2016 at 2:05 am | Permalink

    The BBQ sauce looks so good!

  54. Elizabeth
    Posted July 25, 2016 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    The barbecue sauce looks enticing.

  55. Posted July 25, 2016 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    That peach BBQ sauce sounds fab!

  56. Leanne S
    Posted July 25, 2016 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Peach-Bourbon BBQ Sauce looks like it’s super popular here and I can see why – I’d love to try it!

  57. Christina
    Posted July 26, 2016 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    Peach Creme Fraiche

  58. Robin Chesser
    Posted July 26, 2016 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    The Peach BBQ Sauce

  59. cathy
    Posted July 26, 2016 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Wow! peach bourbon bbq sauce looks irresistible!

  60. Holly B
    Posted July 26, 2016 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to make the classic Canned Peach slices.

  61. Shelby
    Posted June 29, 2017 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    Yum!! I need that cookbook in my life…specifically the Peach Bourbon BBQ Sauce!

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