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 01:07 PM | Permalink
I am a canning newbie! We have a strawberry patch and always too many cucumbers and tomatoes than we know what to do with! Would love to start canning them - but no idea where/how to start!

By: Pat Johnson | Sep 24, 2010 01:05 PM | Permalink
I'm on the old side of young and I can remember my grandmother boiling jars for hours. The prep work I don't recall as much but I do remember how steemy the house got!

I just grew my first batch of tomatoes and ate them already, but if I could remember how to do the prep, I would have saved some......

By: Nina Hyre | Sep 24, 2010 01:04 PM | Permalink
I grow basil and make pesto to freeze and I freeze local fruit to use during the off season. But, I want to learn how to can so I can eat more local produce year round.

By: michael rountree | Sep 24, 2010 12:57 PM | Permalink
southern oregon must be the wild blackberry capitol of the world. where else can you pick a gallon of blackberrys in less than 1/2 hour. the hardest part of making jam (for me ) is knowing when you have reached the "gel point". this year i put up 8 pints. i also put up 1 1/2 gallons in the freezer. also, over planted everyone we know, & some we don't got a "big bag" of them....froze all we could....guess its time to invest in a larger freezer. canning has been great for us, and will continue to be a staple for us for years to come........michael rountree............kerby, oregon

By: Nichole Schaad | Sep 24, 2010 12:50 PM | Permalink
We have a small garden and I usually only have enough surplus to can a quart or so at a time, but I know I will look forward to having a jar of fresh salsa come December!!

By: | Sep 24, 2010 12:44 PM | Permalink
I am a newbie to canning. I have made jellies and preserves. We had a garden this year and a bounty of tomatoes and pepers. I would really like to begin canning tomatoes and other vegetables to enjoy all year.

By: | Sep 24, 2010 12:39 PM | Permalink
My husband and I can together every year. Our favorite is a family recepie for relish handed down by his great-grandmother. I also made blueberry jam this year that is out of this world!

By: | Sep 24, 2010 12:42 PM | Permalink
I have been canning for 20 years. Canning can be overwhelming when you are first learning. When I first started, I learned how to can, freeze, or dry one new food every year. I can green beans and tomatoes mostly--salsa, spaghetti sauce, and "V-8" juice. I'm not good with pickles so I make Squash Relish that my family loves.A bought a Squezzo Strainer years ago and this is a very good piece of equipment for making applesauce and V-8 juice. It is worth every dollar. When my children were home, I canned a lot more than I do today. I have become too busy. That is no excuse. In our world today we just do not know where our food comes from and how it is grown. It is important to stick to the basics. I like to can or freeze my vegetables that my family eats....corn, beans,peas, potatoes, tomatoes,onions...that covers me for most or all my meals for the year. Just learn to cook simply. Thanks for all your inspiration.

By: Star Algermissen | Sep 24, 2010 12:26 PM | Permalink
I have canned only once before. It was for the Y2K scare in 1999. Gees that sounds like soooo long ago. My husband would not eat a single thing I canned because he thought I didn't know what I was doing. I ate some and they seemed ok to me, but others were just nasty. So perhaps I did not know what I was doing. I was kind of winging it. Even so, I'd like to do it again but find a way to give my husband confidence in my canning.

By: Liz | Sep 24, 2010 12:23 PM | Permalink
I'm new to canning, I started last year with my mom holding my hand the whole time! LOL This year I've canned grape preserves and apple butter, both from my own garden. I just love canning jars, you can even freeze in them! I also do gifts in a jar for the holidays, such as cookie mixes. I have some frozen blackberries begging to be made into jam, which is my next project!

Liz of Fool's Grove Homestead

By: | Sep 24, 2010 12:19 PM | Permalink
Wild guavas come in late August in Florida and usually last only a month or so. We compete with bears, racoons, and hogs for them. We like to make surup, jell,y and cobbler so we like to get and freeze as many as possible.

By: | Sep 24, 2010 12:13 PM | Permalink
I've been canning for many years, but my favorites are always pickles. There are so many kinds and flavors, from sweet to briny to sour and they are so colorful on the shelf . They are great for gifts too.

By: Pam Johnson | Sep 24, 2010 12:10 PM | Permalink
I love putting up tomatoes! There is always an abundance in the garden, they freeze especially well and are so easy to do even for newbies.

By: | Sep 24, 2010 12:08 PM | Permalink
I started canning many years ago, when the Extension Service offer a Master Canner certificate. I have always done tomato puree like other folks have said - puree it, skins, seeds and all, cook it down to get out a lot of the water, then freeze it to deal with and can in a calmer winter. Frees up a lot of freezer space. Fruit for jelly much the same. Fruit and tomatoes are the safest things to start with. They can be done in a BWB (boiling water bath) they don't need a pressure canner. Check the recipes in the BBB (Ball Blue Book) for up to date safe recipes.

This year I did can salsa for the first time with all fresh veggies from my garden. I used Annie's recipe (doesn't everyone?). The GardenWeb Harvest Forum also has a lot of recipes and discussions with lots of good safety advice. Try Googling it to get yourself started with the most up to date versions (like this year's!) for Annie's.

For all you new canners, PLEASE be careful. A lot of older recipes are no longer considered sae or have been so "adapted" that they no longer meet safety standards.

By: Paula Larson | Sep 24, 2010 12:08 PM | Permalink
I grew up with my mom canning, and now, at 30 years old I am realizing the greatness of all that work she did and still does!

Since I am a newbie at this, apples are my favorite to preserve. I just peel and core them, cook them down with cinnamon and make applesauce to freeze. It is lovely smelling and lovely tasting! It just feels like fall when I make applesauce and the whole house smells like cinnamon and apples.

It is wonderful to know where the food comes from and what is in it and not in it (in the case of the applesauce, no added sugar!). I like being able to pull it out from the freezer for a tasty treat.

By: | Sep 24, 2010 12:01 PM | Permalink
I remember my Mom used to can SO much when I was younger. I miss the taste of my great-grandma's recipe for canned chili sauce (that stuff goes great on everything!). Or canned pickles/onions/ good! Of couse, there were the crates of tomatoes she used to buy when we lived in Utah. She'd spend hours blanching, peeling, cutting and canning. It made a great base for spaghetti all year long.

I hope to someday be as great as my Mom; to preserve food and instill good eating habits for my children-to-be.

By: | Sep 24, 2010 11:57 AM | Permalink
I'm relatively new to canning, but I just put up 24 pints of pickled okra. Our CSA had an overrun of okra and offered it up for free. How could I say no?!

By: Sarah Kenward | Sep 24, 2010 11:57 AM | Permalink
I only bought a water-bath canner 2 years ago for peaches, my favorite. On cold, snowy days the peaches are so light and sweet!

I'll be trying apples and maybe pears this year. I've tried tomato sauce but like chunky vegetable kinds which probably need a pressure canner, and haven't been able to justify the cost and space because for many years I've been freezing vegetables.

By: | Sep 24, 2010 11:47 AM | Permalink
I just love making pickles, and jams. I have done green tomato relishes too. It's so satisfying to see the jars all lined up providing a glimpse of summer in the middle of January. The book sounds great.

By: | Sep 24, 2010 11:41 AM | Permalink
Love to freeze sweet corn cut from the cob. Nothing like pulling that out of the freezer on a cold winter day. My mother used to can green beans but I don't remember the whole process and would love to do it for my family.

By: | Sep 24, 2010 11:20 AM | Permalink
I have never canned a thing but we've started growing our own garden and your enchilada sauce sounds fantastic. I am a very willing canning convert!

By: Robin Forbes | Sep 24, 2010 11:03 AM | Permalink
Hello! I have always wanted to do pickles. And now I have a wonderful 12 year old neighbor who is also interested in making them. I promised her we would try next year (I'm headed for back surgery) or we would have tried this year. I also want and need to learn how to put up my tomatoes! After having way too many and not enough people to take them this year, I MUST learn to preserve them. Besides, I have always wanted to :) Here is to canning next year!

By: | Sep 24, 2010 10:59 AM | Permalink
I am a kinda canning newbie. When I was a child my mother and grandmother would can veggies from the garden. I can always remember the winters having these wonderful canned goodies. But my all time favorite were the apples that we would drive to Hendersonville, NC and pick right from the tree at my aunt's farm. They would can the apples for the family and as grifts at christmas. Delicious!

By: Ginger Myers | Sep 24, 2010 10:54 AM | Permalink
I preserve lots of fruit and veggies as jams and conserves. I use the preserves in my CSA. Folks love homemade jams. And, I make gift pack for Christmas gifts. That makes my gifts unique to each receiver and they can appreciate that I'm giving a little of my time to them as a gift too. Black raspberry jam on whole wheat toast on a cold winter morning is a "yum".

By: Marcie Adkins | Sep 24, 2010 10:29 AM | Permalink
I have only canned pears and tomatoes. Reason is that I've had those in excess. This fall, I hope to have green beans in excess and to adventure out in to the world of pressure canning!

By: Micah and Bethany Spicher Schonberg | Sep 24, 2010 10:25 AM | Permalink
We're vegetable growers so canning season hits right at the height of our work season. I stay up late with the speckled canner - dreaming of winter when we'll get to read books and pull dinner out of the freezer and root cellar! My new favorite food to preserve is roasted tomatoes - I'd been drying and saucing them, but they're so good oven-roasted for 8 hours at 225 (brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and herbs). I make a batch in the evening, sleep while they roast and bag them up for the freezer in the morning.

By: | Sep 24, 2010 09:48 AM | Permalink
Hello, I havent canned since I was a boy with my mother on a farm in Oklahoma, and after joining the Military for many years I realize that my wife enjoys canning so i was talking to my father about it and laughed because a city girl from Philadelphea knows more about canning that I do and he laughed because I then found out his favorite things to cann are Jalapenos and Applesauce and their is no stopping him mom said! so here I am looking to get into canning I spent my whole life in that house and could not have told you my Father knew how to cann a bean let alone Jalapenos. Thank you!

By: Paula Hilbert | Sep 24, 2010 08:30 AM | Permalink
I would be considered a "canning newbie," even though I 've been wanting to learn to can for many years.

My grandmothers had their own gardens back in Illinois and I can remember when we went back to visit as a little girl, the food from their gardens were exquisite. Here in Florida, we haven't had much of an opportunity to garden, but all of that is changing now that I am reaching my mid-50's and my life is slowing down a bit.

I want to learn how to garden, harvest and can or freeze tomatoes, okra, snap peas, peppers, strawberries and blackberries, just to name a few. We have been going to our local farmer's market all summer and will continue to throughout the fall and winter. I've been interested in either starting or working with a co-op, help bring gardening back into fashion with my community,raise awareness to the fact that if we are to create sustainability, we must eat local fruits and vegetables as well as eat only grass fed beef and free range chickens.

After watching Food, Inc., the documentary, I am sickened by what is happening with big agriculture, and if we are going to make any changes, we must start in our own back yard.

Paula McClellan-Hilbert

By: | Sep 24, 2010 08:07 AM | Permalink
Last year I canned my tomato harvest. It had been a long time since I had canned anything (the 80s) and it was wonderful fun and I am still enjoying the fruits of my labor. No garden this year, but plans are plentiful for next year. I would love to have the knowledge that this publication would provide. Carolyn from Eastern Washington

By: | Sep 24, 2010 07:12 AM | Permalink
I haven't put up food for about 35 years, so feel like a newbie. I live in Florida and need to figure out what to do with all these grapefruits and oranges in my back yard. I'm thinking marmalade. I also want to be able to take advantage of the farmers market which will be starting soon down here and do some canning and freezing of all the veggies which will be available.

By: Robert W Jakubik | Sep 24, 2010 05:56 AM | Permalink
My all-time favorite food to preserve? Hands down, it is beautiful, ruby-red raspberry jelly. It turns any breakfast into a feast and jelly sandwiches on fresh homebaked bread are amazing! It's labor intensive but the smell of warm raspberries and the clear red jelly makes it all worthwhile.

By: | Sep 24, 2010 05:34 AM | Permalink
I love doing pickles. This year I had neighbors volunteer to help that wanted to learn. Did Dill, Sweet and bread n butter pickles. We did 50 quarts before we got worn out on 2 different days. It goes much faster when you work with others and you all have a good time.

By: | Sep 24, 2010 05:24 AM | Permalink
This year was the first for me in canning tomato soup. It turned out great. Also lots of jellies, elderberry, grape, strawberry, blackberry, and rasberry. I enjoy my time when i'm off work canning. My kids are 4 and 5 and they take a great interest in this so we spend time canning. when we are done we sit down and reap the rewards. Thank you mom and dad for teaching me some of your little secrets. :)

By: Rebecca Meldrum | Sep 24, 2010 05:22 AM | Permalink
When I was pretty young, my most favorite gift was strawberry jam that my aunt would make...just recently I asked if she still made it and she said it's been so long! I know would love to make it for my nieces!!

By: Marilyn Wallace | Sep 24, 2010 04:49 AM | Permalink
I have only made strawberry and blueberry preserves about 10 years ago. I eat much healthier now that I had weight loss surgery and would love to learn how to preserve vegetables, chutneys and tomato sauces to maintain this healthy lifestyle.

By: | Sep 24, 2010 04:43 AM | Permalink
for some reason I am afraid of canning. I have signed up for short classes and while they cover making jam, they never seem to cover tomatoes. I NEED a good book and probably a lesson or two on how to can tomatoes. My freezer, 2nd freezer, is full of sauce and soup. And while in previous years I have had good luck with oven drying cherry tomatoes, lately the whole family can't remember to turn the oven off and the little gems are now charred gems. Help, Judy

By: hazel chew | Sep 24, 2010 04:27 AM | Permalink
i own a certified organic orchard here in southern california and grow many different types of fruits. I have been preserving apricots, plums, peaches. asian pears, bartlett pears and fuyu persimmons by making preserves. I will be putting up some tomatoes too this year.

By: | Sep 24, 2010 04:22 AM | Permalink
My mom and I made and canned some applesause a few weeks ago...I definitely need some tips and practice!

By: | Sep 24, 2010 04:18 AM | Permalink
I have many fond memories of making strawberry preserves with my Aunt & cousins. I haven't done much putting up on my own, but would love to grow my own produce & put them up for enjoyment for the rest of the year!

By: Kathy Vimont | Sep 24, 2010 04:15 AM | Permalink
I finally bought and used my own water bath canner this year instead of borrowing my friend's. We are part of a first-in-the-nation movement to create food and job security for our area (the Well Fed Neighbor Alliance). Increasing food production locally and building a secure local economy is what it's all about - decreasing our dependence on foreign food and energy.

With this movement really getting up steam now, lots of people are going back to the land, gardening when they didn't before (3000 new gardens this year in Springfield alone), so preserving the bounty is going to be very popular. I have a second kitchen in my home and I'd like to add canning instruction courses to my cheese-making classes. I'd love to have a new canning book to share information with old pros and first-timers alike.

Thanks for all you do!

Kathy SW Missouri

By: John Bush | Sep 24, 2010 04:08 AM | Permalink
I have put up lots of different foods over the years, pickles, carrots, green beans, okra, corn, etc. I think my favorite one is carrots.

By: Sonja Straub | Sep 24, 2010 04:07 AM | Permalink
Growing up in Switzerland, one of my favorite things to eat as a child was the "ged├?┬Ârrte Bohnen", dried green beans that would be reconstituded and cooked. They were more flavorful than the fresh green beans in the summer. I will want to try to make some myself next year, when I plan to grow more of them in my garden. I can't wait.

By: Shannon Harkness | Sep 24, 2010 03:56 AM | Permalink
I like to "put up" just about whatever I can get my hands on. This year I have been trying my hand at more boutique style canning. The most outrageously wonderful tomato orange marmalade is waiting in my cupboard for a cold, soggy, northwest morning!

By: Judith M. Crummett | Sep 24, 2010 03:52 AM | Permalink
Strawberry jam! Can't beat the smell of it simmering - it warms the whole kitchen, and warms you all through, too. Would love to make Marmalade again, but have found it almost impossible to find the proper Seville oranges here.

By: | Sep 24, 2010 03:36 AM | Permalink
I'm new to canning and would love to learn all about it. I love salsa and tomatoe sauce. Love pickled peppers and would love to learn how to preserve egg plant. When I was a little girl my Dad put them up and we loved to open a jar and eat them. I now wish I knew what he and my Mom did so I could do it to.

By: Holly Dumont | Sep 24, 2010 03:45 AM | Permalink
My first canning was in August 1964. I know this because I just inherited my dad's canning jars. There's my wonky, not very good 5th grade cursive handwriting. Although I've been canning for a really long time, everyone could use a new modern book.

I've made many jams and salsas this year, I really need some good pickle recipes. Also, if I win the book I'll give a dozen quart jars, (all of them vintage) for a new drawing.

I'd love to see some newbie get some of my dad's jars.

By: trudy pearson | Sep 24, 2010 03:34 AM | Permalink
I like it all!!! I love putting food up in the freezer for the winter. It just seems so right.

By: | Sep 24, 2010 03:33 AM | Permalink
I love to make jams using summer berries. I want to try peach next.

By: | Sep 24, 2010 03:29 AM | Permalink
I love canned Mushrooms! Canned Artichokes! Canned Olives! Canned asparagus! There are so many I have yet to try! But most of all I LOVE canned beets! Sooo Yummy!

<3 Jenny

By: Marylou Henderson | Sep 24, 2010 03:26 AM | Permalink
I did my first canning this year and I love it!! My favorite has been making apple butter. Such wonderful flavor bursts, packed in little glass jars. When the snow is flying and I bake biscuits and open a can of my homemade apple butter... I know my family will be very happy!!

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