Canning Book Givaway

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It's time for another LocalHarvest cookbook giveaway! We were especially excited to get a copy of author Sherri Brooks Vinton's Put 'em Up! because it is such a beautiful and accessible introduction to food preservation. Plus, it's a lot of fun. Her conversational style, step by step instructions, and creative recipes all make the book a fun one. Page through Put 'em Up! and you are sure to be inspired to preserve some of the late summer's bounty.

If you'd like to enter our drawing, just add a comment below. Tell us your favorite food to preserve - or if you're a canning newbie, what you'd like to make. Winners will be drawn from all entries on Monday, October 4, at noon PST, and winners will be contacted by email.

By: | Sep 23, 2010 07:25 PM | Permalink
I have made orange marmalade, and chuntney with all the fruit I had peaches,plums,apricots,and some fresh ginger, I use it on chicken and pork. It really is good on toast ! Looking forward to canning more!! This is a great site,learn alot and it motivates me. Thank you!

By: Barbara Kaelber | Sep 23, 2010 07:31 PM | Permalink
I have been contemplating starting a large garden again within the next year, and have been searching for a mentor (either in paper or human form!) for good, logical advice on how to preserve food. I would be "tickled pink" to win the book as it sounds like it would be a very practical guide. Thank you for providing your Local Harvest flock with the opportunity to win such a wonderful prize!

By: Lori Ferris | Sep 23, 2010 07:24 PM | Permalink
Curried Apple Chutney is my favorite. Yummy with pork, chicken, or even all by itself! We're planning to change it up a bit next year and use figs instead of apples. Our fig tree is the mother of all fig trees and provides an abundance of delicous figs each summer.

We can't wait to start offering food preservation classes at our new community garden in Round Rock, TX - Unity Park Community Garden. Many of our gardeners have been asking for workshops on this subject.

By: | Sep 23, 2010 07:22 PM | Permalink
I'm newer to farm food pressurving starting this year. I love freezing, but am interested in starting to canning next year. I would love a good book with great recipes to help get started.

By: | Sep 23, 2010 07:23 PM | Permalink
have tried some freezer jam and vaccumn?sealed steam blanched veggies but no canning, but always have large yields from the garden I would like to put up for later on

By: | Sep 23, 2010 07:22 PM | Permalink
I've canned with my grandma a couple of time when I was younger but I'd LOVE to do it now and be able to present HER with MY canned master piece! Canned corn, jams, and tomatos/ tomato sauces would be LOVELY. THANKS FOR THE CONTEST!

By: | Sep 23, 2010 07:22 PM | Permalink
I'm totally a canning newbie. Have never canned ANYTHING, my mother didn't can ANYTHING. My grandmothers did. I have an old cookbook, from my mother's shelf, but it probably came from her mother's house, originally. I intend to use it--as a starter. My fear is killing someone because I do something wrong, so I'm intersting in reading anything I can get my hands on. This book looks beautiful and sounds like the perfect reference. -- Karen

By: | Sep 23, 2010 07:20 PM | Permalink
i'm a newbie and can't wait to jar applesauce in the fall. i had planned on jarring stewed tomatoes but i didn't have NEARLY enough tomatoes in my garden this year. hopefully next year will be better!

By: Hilda Rudolph | Sep 23, 2010 07:17 PM | Permalink
I love anything pickled ...carrots, beets, green beans and cukes. Also with our bountiful harvest of apricots and plums...we make all kinds of jams and relishes and chutneys....if it can be canned it will be.

By: Frank Grimes | Sep 23, 2010 07:19 PM | Permalink
My mother and aunts all canned when I was growing up, so it naturally rubbed off on me. We have a garden every year as well as run our 5 acre Blueberry farm. We put up Blueberry and Blackberry jelly and jam almost every year, as well as freeze some. We mostly freeze the garden production. We just love having our own "fresh" frozen veggies in the out of season times. I am 74 and still going strong.

By: nancy | Sep 23, 2010 07:17 PM | Permalink
I just canned 28 quarts of stewed tomatoes (great for soups & sauces!) I wish I could say I grew them all, but ended up having to buy them (70lbs of tomotoes!!). Next year we WILL plant more tomatoes.

By: | Sep 23, 2010 07:16 PM | Permalink
We love to experiment with canning.

By: Marlin & Darla Weaver | Sep 23, 2010 07:15 PM | Permalink
I love lactofermenting and canning pickles, sauerkraut, Kimchee. Please enter me into the drawing. Thanks and happy canning.

By: Kathy Youngquist | Sep 23, 2010 07:14 PM | Permalink
Have never canned! We do some freezing mostly cherries and sweetcorn!

By: | Sep 23, 2010 07:14 PM | Permalink
I have been canning for a couple of years now and our yard is full of wild black raspberry bushes so I freeze those when they are ripe. Still looking for new recipes to try but mainly can tomatoes in many different forms. Have also done green beans, carrots, pickles, hot peppers and am looking to expand the garden next year to include more things to put away for the winter.

By: Rosanne Schaffer-Shaw | Sep 23, 2010 07:14 PM | Permalink
I'd like to find a way of preserving and using concord grapes and tiny lady apples, but not necessarily together. I remember as a child eating tiny spiced apples as part of a meal of roasted pork.

By: | Sep 23, 2010 07:13 PM | Permalink
This is my first year canning, and I'm having a great time learning how! My first attempt took many hours, and hardly seemed worth the effort-that is, until we opened up that beautiful jar of strawberry preserves. (Or, should I say strawberry was a little runny, first time and all!) It tasted fantastic.

It's also amazing watching my stash of food in the pantry grow and grow. The jars look beautiful, and I'm proud of my efforts. Can't wait to enjoy the winter of "relaxation" using all my canned foods!

By: | Sep 23, 2010 07:14 PM | Permalink
I have never canned anything before. I lived in a city environment until a few years ago. Now I finally have property that I can have a garden and over the past year, while I love going to local farmers market for all types of things. I would love to learn to make apple sauce and pear and apple butters. I have been using cherry or grape tomatoes to make a very light fresh pasta sauce, however I think it would be awsome to jar fresh tomato for winter use. I would love a copy, as I am sure everyone else does too. Either way if I do not win, I feel like a winner for being introduced to the book. Good Luck everyone! D

By: | Sep 23, 2010 07:14 PM | Permalink
I love to can (bottle) Salsa. It is a recipe I received from a male friend many years ago, I call it "everything but the kitchen sink salsa" as it includes many things that most don't put in salsa! When I serve it at gatherings everyone loves it and wants more, even people that don't normally like salsa. I consider my home canned products more valuable than gold!

Thanks for all your work in keeping this site running for us to read!

By: Gabrielle Majewski | Sep 23, 2010 07:10 PM | Permalink
Love freezing all greens, green beans, cut up squash. Haven't tried canning yet, but love those vacuum seal freezer bags. Food stays fresh for months!

By: | Sep 23, 2010 07:10 PM | Permalink
I grew up making and freezing pasta sauce- mom would bring my brother and I out to a farm in town- every morning around 6am to pick tomatoes, before putting us to work on shopping, peeling, and crushing the bushels! Now that I live in an urban apartment, I no longer have the space for freezing all of that homemade sauce and have taken to canning, while giving up entirely on the tomato peeling process, ha! Having a basic guide to the canning process is such a helpful idea!

By: Mandy McManus | Sep 23, 2010 07:09 PM | Permalink
I am a complete canning newbie..although I remember making jelly and pickles in Home Ec class in middle school! Now as the manager of our local farmers market, I have seen lots of fresh items that i would love to carry over into the winter.

By: | Sep 23, 2010 07:08 PM | Permalink
I would love to learn how to can!! Oh, all the yummy jams I could have!!

By: | Sep 23, 2010 07:08 PM | Permalink
I won't win anything because I don't can, but freezing all these wonderful foods has work fine for my family. I would still like to be in the running for the book , but need encouragement to try canning. I just thought I would let you know I love this website and encourage all I know to buy locally and eat fresh.

By: | Sep 23, 2010 07:07 PM | Permalink
I love making blackberry mead with honey from our bees. Roasted salsa is also a favorite.

By: | Sep 23, 2010 07:06 PM | Permalink
Learned how to can from my Mother and Grandmother since the age of 9. Favorite, is going downstairs and looking at all of the jars of produce that I have canned this yr. and we will eat thru the yr. Also use some for Xmas presents as every one hopes to be on my list for giving.


By: | Sep 23, 2010 07:06 PM | Permalink
As granddaughter of a Romani (Gypsy) healer, I like preserving herbs. My favorite is antibiotic tincture: in apple cider vinegar I toss a few of my home-grown cayenne peppers, 2 heads of garlic with the cloves peeled & cut, dried Echinacea & Golden Seal (bought). Can add Nasturtium flowers too. Shake daily for 2 weeks then strain and at first sign of cold take 2 tablespoons 3 times daily for 5 days (along with gargling and aspirin if needed, of course). Mixture keeps for several years, especially if vodka is used instead of apple cider vinegar. When using vinegar, I break open 4 Vitamin E gel caps and squeeze in as a preservative. We also use apple cider vinegar for making pickles with our home-grown cucumbers. I just add garlic and pickling spices and water. Yum!

By: Joanna Huffman | Sep 23, 2010 07:04 PM | Permalink
I just canned my first batch of anything at the very end of August - applesauce. Great learning experience & your sure aren't kidding about the time investment! I did two batches, one plain, the other spiced. The spiced is somewhat reminiscent of pumpkin pie - can you say Yum?!!! I am still very much a novice, but looking forward to putting up my own food for the enjoyment of it, nutrition value, and the self-sufficiency (which is priceless!)

By: Heather McEnnerney | Sep 23, 2010 07:02 PM | Permalink
Well I'm pregnant, so pickles of course! I grew up around canning, but never acquired the skill because once I was finally done helping my mother string the green beans, I was ready to go play! I'm pretty much a newbie!

By: Kathryn Blesener | Sep 23, 2010 07:02 PM | Permalink
Freezing raspberries is my favorite. Summer all year-around!

By: | Sep 23, 2010 07:02 PM | Permalink
I used to can lots of things...tomatoes, beans, jams, jellies and apple sauce (one of my favorites). I have gotten away from it and have the longing to start again. It is such a rewarding way to be creative. :-)

By: Erica Frenay | Sep 23, 2010 07:01 PM | Permalink
Canning elderberry syrup is my new favorite Fall preserve - we mix it with seltzer water for a homemade medicinal soda that keeps our whole family healthy through the long winter!

But I'm always looking for other creative food preservation ideas and am excited to see all the different responses shared here!

By: | Sep 23, 2010 07:04 PM | Permalink
I canned for the 1st time this summer. Living in the Apricot Capitol of the World, it would be a sin not to save some of my favorite fruit for winter! I processed over 150 aprocots and got 3 qts. Now that I've gotten a taste of canning, I could sure use an expert's advice right here next to me!

By: | Sep 23, 2010 06:57 PM | Permalink
I learned to can from my mother and grandmother! My favorite foods to can are pickles, berry jams, apple and fig butter and tomato sauces for soup. I love to see my pantry walls lined with home-canned foods!

By: | Sep 23, 2010 06:56 PM | Permalink
I'd especially like to learn different ways to utilize peaches, apples, and grapes in sugarfree jam-type recipes, as well as canning zucchini.

By: Aine Slabaugh | Sep 23, 2010 06:53 PM | Permalink
So far, my favorites to can have been pear almond butter & wild plum jam. I still have lots of tomatoes to can this season....

By: Amanda deColigny | Sep 23, 2010 06:55 PM | Permalink
I love making jams. Last year I found a recipe for strawberry/jalapeno jam and tried it. I used jarred preserved jalapenos and fresh strawberries. It was DELICIOUS, so this year I expanded and added fresh jalapenos to plum, peach, and blueberry jams. I used less of the fresh hotter jalapenos than I used of the preserved jalapenos last year with a result of a bit more bite but not excessive. I look forward to serving over cream cheese on crackers. Also I imagine them as a glaze for meats that are mild like chicken and pork. I also made a bunch of various fruit and ginger jams. The strawberry jalapeno jam last year made an awesome PB&J sandwich. I plan to put up some jalapenos this year so that they will be ready when the fruits are next year.

By: The Tailings Ranch & Vineyards | Sep 23, 2010 06:57 PM | Permalink
As of tomorrow I will be 54 years young, and learned to can at my late Mother's knee! Raised 12th child in a family of 13, food raised on the family farm back in WI was always preserved in HUGE quantities.

Now, with only myself and my spouse here in CA, I still can the usual beans, tomatoes, etc. But have branched out to include my own recipes for canned pasta sauce and canned pizza sauces. While it doesn't really fit in the canning area, we also maintain large home vineyards and produce Grape juice and Vint Wines. In addition to my own grape jellies, I also have Peach, Apricot, Plum, Pluot, Pear, and several varieties of Apple trees; whose fruit I make into various preserves and canned whole fruits, as well as home dehydrated fruits and raisins, too!!

In case you wondered, I am a man of many interests-I also find time to run the place and am a member of the Handyman Club of America. I only wish there were more hours in a day! Keep canning and preserving-that way YOU know what is in the can, as it were!

By: | Sep 23, 2010 06:53 PM | Permalink
Now that we have the gardening practise put in place - minus the rabbits! - we'll have more veggies next year to "put up". I have frozen peaches and tomatoes, but would like to learn how to make a tomato sauce, spaghetti sauce, and salsa. Also, would like to learn how to can more fruits. It's so rewarding to grow your own and learn how to preserve the goodness!

By: | Sep 23, 2010 06:48 PM | Permalink
Hi Ya'll, I would have to say the best fruit I canned was "pears" in a very very light syrup. Very tasty. My children always had fresh garden veggies and fruit. They always had home baked sweets and breads.And I assume that is why they were and still are very heathy.

I even dug up the sassafras root to boil for tea. My father helped me plant my gardens and one day he said he would plant the green beans. Oh,NO. he planted three 100 ft rows and yes I had alot of beans. He helped me peel apples for pies and sauce and yes,he helped snap beans. We were garden and cooking buddies. And my two children helped also in the garden even if they didn't like it to well. But they sure loved eating all the great food. Hardly a run to the grocery store for us except fro personal stuff and flour.

I also tried one year and made my own relishes like green tomato and pickle relishes. Funny a girl raise in a big city wound up in the country and loving it.

By: Slide Ranch | Sep 23, 2010 06:46 PM | Permalink
Although a native Californian who grew up with access to year round produce, I learned the necessity and fun of food preservation one fall while working on a farm in Vermont, putting up green beans, tomato sauce, pickles, and all sorts of things for the coming winter. I found a weather-beaten, sauce-stained copy of "Putting Food By" in a little bookstore and used it, as well as guidance from seasoned Vermonters. Now back in Ca, I realize that canning is just as useful and delicious here!

By: Joanne Johnson | Sep 23, 2010 06:45 PM | Permalink
I've been to Sherri's classes before and love her apple chutney! It's a fun, spicy way to use up fresh apples and makes almost any dish taste a lot better. I also love her simple solutions for a lot of food, like fresh corn. With enough freezer space, fresh summer goodness is right there for you in the dead of winter! I'd love a copy of her book!

By: Michele Wessler | Sep 23, 2010 06:45 PM | Permalink
I remember helping my grandmother put up corn, applesauce and tomatoes when I was 10! We were in southwest central Illinois and to be up to midnight in the basement with grandma and grandpa putting up applesauce was a treat! What other 10 year girl could look out the window and see the moon and stars, munching on apple peels and mashing the fruit through the sieve? I was the luckiest girl in America!

I am getting ready to put up apple butter and preserves to ship off to my daughters in college this fall. Homemade tomato sauce for pasta and blueberry jam for winter mornings are favorites. Our daughters think they are the luckiest girls in America to receive their "care packages" from home, when the packages come wrapped in bubble wrap, and jars of apple butter sit nestled underneath.

Here's to all the "luckiest girls" in America, wherever they may be!

By: Jennifer Kongs | Sep 23, 2010 06:44 PM | Permalink
I started canning with my grandma's pickled beet recipe, and haven't stopped since.

By: Brad Salyers | Sep 23, 2010 06:44 PM | Permalink
We just moved to a 5 acre farm which has an orchard, berry bushes and grapevines. I just made and canned pear butter (my very first canning experience) and blackberry jam. Can't wait until next year to plant a garden and do lots more canning! I would love to have a copy of the cookbook...

By: | Sep 23, 2010 06:44 PM | Permalink
I make spaghetti sauce with my own homegrown tomatoes, onions, peppers and spices ., and salsa, ketchup and tomato soup. We freeze green beans and any other vegetables we grow. the advantage is no preservatives!

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By: | Sep 23, 2010 06:43 PM | Permalink
I have never canned anything, but would like to. I especially want to can products made from tomatoes.

By: Linsay Cochran | Sep 23, 2010 06:44 PM | Permalink
In the fall I dry all I can accommodate at a time in my food dehydrator (an Excalibur). More nutrients are preserved in veggies and fruits when they're dried at low temperature (ie- raw) than canned in high heat conditions. Drying is also an economical way to store fruits & veggies, because when dried, they're a fraction of the size they are when fresh (or frozen or cooked:). You can make delicious concoctions in the dehydrator like raw kale chips, which keep well in a mason jar or bag. Also, I dry herbs and freeze them as well--- most freeze easily and beautifully, are wonderful to use all winter. Wishing all happy times preserving the bounty!

By: | Sep 23, 2010 06:39 PM | Permalink
I remember my mom canning when I was a kid, but I wasn't much help at the time. I have just moved to a place where I have room for a garden. So NEXT year I expect to have a harvest I'll want to preserve! Thanks!

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