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 24, 2010 05:38 PM | Permalink
The book sounds wonderful! I would love to learn to can green beans the way my great grandmother did them!

By: Bobbi Spencer | Sep 24, 2010 05:13 PM | Permalink
This books looks fabulous. Would like to can fresh tropical fruits like carambola, jakfruit, barbados cherries, etc. LOVE the cover!

By: | Sep 24, 2010 05:12 PM | Permalink
I canned a few things this year including bread and butter pickles, dill pickles, green beans, corn, and tomatoes. Just a few jars of each as it was my first time canning (I'm not counting the bread & butter pickles I made 30 yrs ago!) Am looking forward to enjoying summer again when we eat these yummy veggies in the winter!

By: Jollen Sprowls | Sep 24, 2010 05:02 PM | Permalink
I pickle everything!

Beans, zuchinni, carrots, cauliflower, beets, onions and more. Some friends like them with chili peppers in them too.

Also, I don't have to use regular canning jars. Any jar with the rubbery seal on the metal lid will seal. Yeah! Cheap Jars.

By: | Sep 24, 2010 04:53 PM | Permalink
Memories of my childhood include my grandmother canning and storing in her yankee basement all types of vegetables and fruits. My favorite was pickled peppers. Of course no one in the family has a recipe for this and I do not know where to begin.

By: | Sep 24, 2010 04:49 PM | Permalink
I am from southern Calif originally and use to enjoy a bowl of hot carrots on every table in every mexican restaurant. Since moving to Oregon the they don't do that here. I googled hot carrots and found a wonderful recipe just like the ones back home. My sister and I made them and oh WOW, they are perfect and we used the carrots we got from our farm co-op box. I have canned apple pie filling and other things since living here and I want to learn to can more, especially saurkraut and pickles. Sorry for spelling mistakes. Cheers, T

By: | Sep 24, 2010 04:40 PM | Permalink
I used to can every year, but got out of the habit. Now I am canning again and love it. I know what goes in the food to begin with and it just makes me feel good about what we eat. My favorite thing to can would be jams and jellies. I can veggies also but the rich colors and scents of the jam and jelly always make me feel good.

By: Linda Lowe | Sep 24, 2010 04:37 PM | Permalink
My favorite growing up was Caponata. An Italian mix of eggplant and diced tomatoes, garlic, onions, basil and pine nuts in an olive oil and vinegar mix.

By: catherine post | Sep 24, 2010 04:37 PM | Permalink
Winter disappears the seond I open a jar of home canned fruits or veggies. I close my eyes and taste summer. Would love to add some new recipes for next year.

By: | Sep 24, 2010 04:24 PM | Permalink
My granddaughter is now old enough to help, so I bought some jars to start doing canning again. Now I need recipes!

All I've been canning the last few years is fig jelly, since we love it and the season for it is so short. It will be fun to do up some vegetables, and, yes, maybe some tomato sauces for recipes.

Thanks for this opportunity.

By: | Sep 24, 2010 04:08 PM | Permalink
Laurie Smith

I started canning last year. I love it. I did some relish and tomato juice last year. This year I ventured out and included pasta and pizza sauces, sugar-free blackberry jam, salsa. next year...repeat all and add pickles!!!

By: Vickie C. King | Sep 24, 2010 03:58 PM | Permalink
I'm a newbie canner but I would love to make pickled okra! Friends of mine used to make these and I always enjoyed my Grandmother's homemade dill pickles! Thanks for the opportunity to win a cookbook to learn more about canning!

By: | Sep 24, 2010 03:51 PM | Permalink
Canned tomatoes for the first time this year. I loved it. Next year, it's dill pickles and peaches, too!

By: Bonnie Smolen | Sep 24, 2010 03:29 PM | Permalink
Tomato sauce, jam, chutney! Learning to can is my next challenge! Those of you who had moms who taught you how to can don't know how lucky you are!

By: Noell Ochieng | Sep 24, 2010 03:21 PM | Permalink
I grew up watching my mom can and freeze---many hours were spent cutting beans for her to blanch (after our daily chores including picking said beans,) picking and washing strawberries, and peeling warm peaches, among so many others. I distinctly remember my 85 year old grandmother walking to the apple tree in her yard and picking a small basket of apples she would peel and freeze, daily all summer long.

Now, with a family of my own, I've started doing the same. We have cupboards with homemade canned goodies glinting at me when I open them. And this year, as I canned peaches for the first time, my sweet four year old daugher popped up beside me with her little apron and began peeling the warm blanched peaches. She was so proud, and loves to point out that she made our peaches in the cupboards, too.

I have a long way to go until I'm as adept as my mother and grandmother, but every year I add a couple more items. Hopefully someday, we won't be so reliant on the grocery store!

By: | Sep 24, 2010 03:08 PM | Permalink
I just plain love pickling anything. Cauliflower, cucumbers, peppers hot or not, onions, radishes, carrots, pea pods, broccoli etc. Nothing could be more taste and delish plus entirely natural with no preservatives when you make it on your own. I recently made a large jar or cucumbers, jalapenos and cayenne peppers from the ones in my backyard. I can not wait until they soak up the flavors!!!

By: | Sep 24, 2010 03:06 PM | Permalink
I would love to learn how to can tomato sauce! :)

By: | Sep 24, 2010 03:02 PM | Permalink
My favorite thing to can is hot pepper jam. I use whatever peppers are ready or left over and everyone just loves it! You can eat it on toast, bagels, over cream cheese as an appetizer or use it as a glaze for cooking roasts or pork tenderloin i the crock pot. Yummy Stuff and not super spicy! I can and freeze and lot and the jam is flexible (time-wise) because the peppers can stay ripe on the vine for a while. Thanks!

By: | Sep 24, 2010 02:56 PM | Permalink
Just finished putting up several quarts of a chili stock recipe that I have been tweaking almost 20 years. Fun to read my stack of tomato-splattered, hand-written notes each year when creating a new batch. Also canned a sweet pickle recipe from my husband's grandmother that I entered in the Minnesota State Fair and received 2nd place!

By: Arlene Mobley | Sep 24, 2010 02:53 PM | Permalink
I love making strawberry jam every summer!

By: Lily Frazier | Sep 24, 2010 02:53 PM | Permalink
I have learned and enjoyed learning about natural foods, natural growing, herbs and medicinals. I've really had a good time! I have a few small lots that I have planted into sustainable agriculture and am impatiently waiting for the coming harvest- this should be the year! My first experience canning and my first grape vines, black raspberries, and hopefully jellies and maybe wine. I still have so much to learn- but just cant seem to get enough information taken in. For me- gardening and health for my family has become such a passion and joy in my life. My father always had a garden (in jersey) and I have many fond memories of helping him . He passed this June- but his flowers and love for gardening lives on and on. As a new grandma, I am hoping to instill my love for the earth and nature to my grandson Joseph. He is only a year old- but he goes to the garden with Nanna and helps taste the greenbeans to see if they are ready. He loves them !. I have planted apple trees from seed, pecan tree from a 12" start that is 5 foot tall now, and because of my schooling at the Herbal Healer Academy- (Im enrolled in the Naturopath course ) I have learned the life of plants, love of nature, and proper careful use of medicinals. I have an herb garden of valerian, chamomile, yarrow, marshmello, slippery elm, wormwood, and so many more to name. The list keeps getting longer and Hopefully- Hopefully-And God willing- I will find the cure to end the nerve damage for MS sufferers like my life partner. My passion for healing, massage, natural therapies, nutrition and the love of gardening- have to make a difference in the health of those with chronic illnesses or ailments- I guess it is the love for gardening because of my father, the love for nature because of my schooling, and the desire to heal from the love of my partner and the love of nutrition for the grandbaby and everyone elses families too. I guess this all brings out my ability to gab too. Thank You! Lily Frazier (Lilys Green Garden)

By: Amanda and Joe Jones | Sep 24, 2010 02:51 PM | Permalink
This year we made bread and butter pickles, and pear mince meat for our holiday pies- yummy! We are always looking for more excellent recipes to save some of our garden surplus for the leaner months of winter. Thank you! Amanda

By: S. M. GUBERT, M.D. | Sep 24, 2010 02:51 PM | Permalink
The mom of a friend of mine is in her 80's. We were visiting one weekend, and she was canning green beans. I offered to help, and I was hooked. We had a blast. Her daughters are not interested in canning. She said she is giving me all her canning stuff when she gets a little older and retires from canning. With her energy, I can't see that ever happening. She is a pistol! It didn't hurt that green beans are my favorite veggie. Now, I am always asking her son, "When is your mom canning again?"

By: | Sep 24, 2010 02:47 PM | Permalink
I have canned tomatoes with friends and enjoy both the food and the company. I want to learn to do more, especially pickles. The book looks wonderful, thanks for this contest.

By: | Sep 24, 2010 02:46 PM | Permalink
I'd love to learn to can just to make the Watermelon Rind Pickle my grandmother used to put up. I have her recipe!

By: | Sep 24, 2010 02:46 PM | Permalink
Our family enjoys visiting the local orchards getting seconds of peaches, apples, and pears. We freeze, can, make jams, jellies, and butters, and are going to try our hand this year at dehydrating! It will be a bountiful winter full of fruit!

By: | Sep 24, 2010 02:33 PM | Permalink
Spiced Peach Preserves is my favorite. It's so good I'd sneak in for a spoonful by itself. Strawberry preserves is always good and sometimes add a little lemon for a tangy refreshing change. I'd love to find a good Kosher Dill Pickle recipe. It's a good family activity that brings up memories all year.

By: | Sep 24, 2010 02:31 PM | Permalink
Miraculous Mirabelles: In the backyard of my new house I found a fruit tree that didn't produce its small plum-like fruit every year, and since I had never canned before, I didn't investigate the fruit. This year, a friend showed me how to can, so when the fruits on my tree matured, I tasted one and finally identified it as a mirabelle plum. I made the most delicious jam with a recipe from Europe, thanks to the internet. Now, I will look forward to every other year when I can make more mirabelle jam.

By: Nancy Ahrens | Sep 24, 2010 02:28 PM | Permalink
My husband and I got together with some friends just last weekend and canned Guava Jelly, Grape jelly and Mango Jam. All from there garden. Oh my they are so good. The Mango is wonderful on Ice Cream. I had learned to do this as a child with my mother. brought back wonderful memories. I think people should do more of this together. Proactive while visiting.

By: Nancy Rosenthal | Sep 24, 2010 02:25 PM | Permalink
Favorite canned items probably include, tomatoes, applesauce, oven dried tomatoes and hot pepper jelly. This year I tried pickled beans and discovered a new world of deliciousness. Plans for next year will include extensive pickled veggies - only 11 more months to go- yummmmm. More time now putting up these goods means less time later preparing great fresh food and the flavor during the long cold days of winter brings me right back to the harvest of summertime!

By: Ann Iijima | Sep 24, 2010 02:27 PM | Permalink
This is my first season canning. My wild blackraspberry jam worked great and will definitely make an annual appearance. My sauerkraut was much better this year, but I freeze, rather than can it, hoping to preserve more of the probiotics. Probably our favorite put-up food, though, are the dozens of frozen bags of kale (or other greens) that have been sauteed in olive oil with garlic.

By: Becky Abel | Sep 24, 2010 02:43 PM | Permalink
I used to help my grandmother can tomatoes, okra and watermellon pickles. Need a refresher so I can remember how to do it again - 40 years later!

By: | Sep 24, 2010 02:11 PM | Permalink
I've never canned before and would love to know how to do it. This spring my preschoolers and I planted an organic vegetable garden and we had fresh organic delicious vegetables. I would love to take it a step further and be able to plant more and to can the extra for the winter. I would especially like to can spaghetti sauce since we love spaghetti!

By: | Sep 24, 2010 02:08 PM | Permalink
I am with the person whose favorite food to preserve is pesto! We grow rows & rows of basil for that purpose alone, and even after freezing jars and JARS of pesto I still love the scent of basil. We also freeze jars & jars of cilatntro pesto, to stir into Cuban black bean soup to warm us from the inside out in winter.

By: Carol Tendrich | Sep 24, 2010 02:05 PM | Permalink
I am a newbie to canning! I spent a month in Virginia this summer and made sweet pickle relish, canned tomatoes and green pepper jelly!! Very satisfying! Loved it so much I'm headed there again to help with the fall harvest at my sisters organic farm! She's new to farming, so I'm going to teach her everything I know!? Could really use a good book to guide me!

By: | Sep 24, 2010 02:03 PM | Permalink
I began canning about 5 years ago and enjoy every aspect of the process. There have been times where a certain food was canned one year and not the next for one reason or another- but when that happens, the particular crop is sorely missed by myself and my family. I try each year to do potatoes, blueberry jam, raspberry jam, strawberry jam, tomato sauce, and chili sauce. I would love to find people in my community that would be interested in assembly line canning with everyone taking home their share. It seems like it would be a great way to share recipes, ideas, and the work load!

By: | Sep 24, 2010 01:57 PM | Permalink
I love making pesto using various kinds of basil as well as nuts and then freezing in an ice cube tray. I would like to learn more about how to freeze kale/greens.

By: | Sep 24, 2010 01:54 PM | Permalink
Been canning a few years now and love it!! It's such a satisfying feeling to have that connection to the food we eat and to our ancestors. Nothing finer than cracking open a jar of summer beans in the middle of January!

By: | Sep 24, 2010 01:51 PM | Permalink
I'm new to canning but I'd like to try to make a few jams!

By: Carol Acree Cavalier | Sep 24, 2010 01:50 PM | Permalink
At 48, I am embarrassed to admit that I figured out only last year that spinach and grapes are not in season all year long.

Until moving to a farm community in the Midwest, I never thought much about where food came from: I just bought my family's same favorites at the grocery store week after week. Then once we got here, I couldn't figure out why the produce in the store looks exactly like the produce in the grocery store in the Southern state we had moved from, even though the soil here is black like coffee grounds, not the hard clay I was used to. That's when I began to pay attention and learned that the grocery store produce here looks like the grocery store produce 1000 miles from here because it all comes from the same faraway place! And much of the agricultural produce from the farmlands around us is also shipped far away to be made into processed food or livestock feed.

Eating locally grown foods was the first step for me, followed by the next obvious fact that foods have a season. At the time it was winter, and I had no clue what was in season then. We ended up eating lots of cabbage and root vegetables and apples. So that's what root cellars were for!! It's been a history lesson as well as an agriculture and gastronomy lesson. I started looking for old cookbooks from before the days of standard refrigeration and processed food, to see how people cooked when they had no choice but to eat in season, and I found on Ebay a 1905 cookbook from the White House that tells how to make butter and lots of other things. But I haven't yet tried preserving food. I did buy a deep freeze with plenty of room for whatever I can figure out to put in it. It's an evolving adventure.

By: jjat | Sep 24, 2010 01:56 PM | Permalink
I used to can brandied peaches and apricots, make jams and jellies, and create vinegars with garlic, basil, rosemary, and tarragon. We sould save some for ourselves and send some of these goodies as Christmas presents. Each year I would send something different. Then the summer heat began to get to me and I changed from canning to freezing.

With a local farm down the road a bit, I can pick fresh everything I cannot grow in our small garden. We live on a rock, basically, so our gardening space is limited to a few areas and pots into which we put composted soil. My favorite thing to freeze now is corn, picked fresh from the nearby farm the day we freeze it. It is an all day job.

When it comes out of the freezer in the middle of winter, it tastes fresh picked. We have a taste of late summer and the memory of the warm day we picked, shucked and froze the corn. What a great feeling that is. We know where the corn was grown, the wonderful people who grew it, and we were all a part of the process which put the corn on our table.

By: Angela Padgett | Sep 24, 2010 01:40 PM | Permalink
It is very satisying knowing what your family is eating when you grow a lot of your own foods. We raise our own vegetables,berries,fruits,herbs,chickens and eggs. I get our beef from a certified organic farmer. I use natural cleaning products. Try to lessen our carbon footprint.

By: kristi Capone | Sep 24, 2010 01:37 PM | Permalink
I'm new to canning, but have successfully made dill pickles, hot peppers, garlic and now just canned some cherries . It's really a lot of fun!

By: | Sep 24, 2010 01:38 PM | Permalink
This is my second season of canning. My husband says that canning is my new "hobby"! I cannot think of a better hobby to have! It is fun, creative and rewarding in so many ways! Then end products are beautiful - you know where what you are eating came from and it gives one a wonderful sense of accomplishment! I am constantly looking for new recipes and spend alot of time reading my canning books! Everyone who has seen my "canning" closet (where I keep my finished products) say they know where to come if we ever have a food shortage! What a compliment!

By: Dave Simms | Sep 24, 2010 01:30 PM | Permalink
Collards and more collards. More than you could ever really want or use.

By: Karen Bentivolio | Sep 24, 2010 01:31 PM | Permalink
I have been canning on and off for the last 30 years. One of my favorites is canned peaches, using our own honey, to make a very light syrup. They are so good in our Michigan winters. My family also likes the strawberry jam my husband and I make. This year we had a large bounty of tomatoes so I made tomatoe sauce and tried for the first time-ketchup. The easiest way I have found to make applesauce is in the crock pot. Just core ,peel, and cut up apples(coarse chopped) put into crock pot with a little water on low all night. In the morning I add cinnamon and nutmeg after I blend the softened apples with a stick blender. My grand kids and husband seem to eat it faster than I can make it. My daughter is now becoming interested in preserving and canning foods. I have thought about giving a class to her and her friends(they are in their early 30's) as well as some of the young women I work with at the hospital. It is great that an older,time proven technique is having a come back. Karen Bentivolio, Milford, MI

By: Erika | Sep 24, 2010 01:30 PM | Permalink
I am a newbie! Last spring I went to a pick your own strawberry patch and came home with a lot more than we could eat fresh. I froze the surplus, then decided to try my hand at making homemade strawberry jam. I just followed the directions on a package of pectin (and canning advise from my grandmother!) and it was the BEST jam I have ever tasted! And it was a lot easier than I thought it would be. I gave most of the jars away, since I was so proud of my little experiment. Next I want to try spaghetti sauce.

By: | Sep 24, 2010 01:27 PM | Permalink
i have canned green beans peas but would like to make salsa if anyone has a good recipe.

By: Linda Erday | Sep 24, 2010 01:22 PM | Permalink
I love canning a pickled veggie mixture at the end of the season. I choose veggies of contrasting colors, and the results are great tasting and colorful -- so you can enjoy them from the moment you make them!

I also love to put up stock after I make a turkey -- I'm usually turkeyed out after Thanksgiving, so the thought of soup, then, is not too appealing. However, using that canned stock in February ... now that's another story!

And it is *so much fun* to enter my stuff in the county and state fair -- and to look at those ribbons!

Linda - canning for about five years

By: Joey Robison | Sep 24, 2010 01:15 PM | Permalink
We freeze berries and red peppers because they are so easy. Next year I hope to make more time and do more pesto, marinara, and now that I've read your story, apple sauce!

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