Urban farmers, foodies, and cooking enthusiasts of all ages are taking matters into their own hands when it comes to food preservation. For those wanting to preserve garden-fresh vegetables at home, Canning, Pickling and Freezing with Irma Harding offers modern techniques and tasty recipes from heartland farms. In Canning, Pickling and Freezing with Irma Harding, Austin writer Marilyn McCray leads readers through step-by-step techniques on how to preserve fresh foods and offers great tips for preparing tasty recipes provided by food artisans, chefs, and farms from across the country. The book not only explains canning, pickling, and freezing but goes further to cover smoking and curing of fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats as well. Readers are guided through the book by Irma Harding, a fictional spokesperson for appliances produced by International Harvester during the 1950s. The book features vintage art and photographs of Irma back in the day, as well as a brief history of Irma and her ever-so-collectible vintage appliances and memorabilia. Most importantly, this cookbook is packaged with timeless step-by-step techniques and tasty, interesting recipes.