During our great road trip/camping adventure we stayed overnight in South Baymouth, Ontario where we would board the Chi-Cheemaun ferry that would take us across Lake Huron to Tobermory. The weather was cold and damp but we still took a walk-about before settling into our room for the night. Across the main road from our motel we had a lovely view of the Chi-Cheemaun dock. Scattered across Ontario there are a multitude of small, one room schoolhouses that have been converted into homes. A few have been rescued and preserved as museums. Such was the case with the was The Little Schoolhouse and Museum beside the motel to the north. Unfortunately, we could only peer in the the windows for a glimpse of the past as the museum was closed.
These types of recipe books are a treasure not only from a cooking perspective but also are of interest to family historians and genealogists. For example, several recipes in this book have the contributor's name followed by 'sister' of so and so, giving valuable relationship connections useful in family history research. Quite often recipes are contributed in honour of a loved one no longer living. From a culinary perspective, these are very much home style cooking recipes. Recipes contributed tend to be family favourites and family signature recipes, some handed down from generation to generation. One thing I have found too, is the recipes submitted tend to use easily accessible ingredients.
I shudder when I see this type of thing. Improperly home canned food is nothing to fool around with. It really is like playing Russian roulette with your's or your loved ones' lives. This recipe book was published in June of 2013 so there really is no excuse not to use current safe canning methods. Honestly, I wish they would just refrain from publishing home canning recipes in these types of publications. That being said, an experienced home canner can convert most of these recipes into safe-to- can simply by comparing them to tested home canning recipes, making the necessary adjustments then processing using the appropriate method.