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: Della Evans | Sep 24, 2010 12:38 AM | Permalink
The farners Market along w/ the market coupons have been a great help for me. I do not do any canning any-more however; I do cook down tomatoes w/seasons for spaghetti sause, sometimes I add a small can of tomatoe paste to thicken up the sauce but it is stillcheaper & handi to have on hand in the freeezer. We live outside of town & in the spring i watch for the blooms of the blackberries' so when they rippen & I pick ,clean & freeze as many as possible. I am dietbetic & am looking for a low sugar Jam receipe to to make for my self. I have been following this site most of this season & have found many helpful hints.; Thank you... Della Evans

By: Debbie Emholtz | Sep 24, 2010 12:30 AM | Permalink
Hello, I have canned over the years, some years more than other years but I've canned enough to be comfortable and ready to can when the need or my desires arise to can. I have yet to master a crisp, crunchy hot pepper like what comes canned in the stores. I'd also like to can my pickled eggs. The shelf life is one to two weeks in the refrigerator and would love to know how to can pickled eggs to store on the shelf for 6 months to a year. Love, Debbie

By: | Sep 24, 2010 12:27 AM | Permalink
I used to can a lot when the kids were small but now I would like to can salsa but waiting to get a food processor first to make it much easier. I used to do it by hand.

By: | Sep 24, 2010 12:25 AM | Permalink
I am a newbie wantna be canner. i use to watch my grandmother and mother can a way the nite. i wish i had paid more attention, at the time. i would love to can beans esp purple hull peas love um.and what every else i can get my hands on.

By: Bill Nunes | Sep 24, 2010 12:23 AM | Permalink
I can some tomato sauce and occasionally a few other things. But my favorites are pomegranate jelly and quince jam. They bring back the flavors of my childhood when my aunt used to make jars and jars for the whole family.

By: sara | Sep 24, 2010 12:20 AM | Permalink
I love canned Hungarian peppers and garlic, they're great on homemade pizza throughout the winter.

By: | Sep 24, 2010 12:14 AM | Permalink
i love canning tomatoes! they are SO much better than from the store. they taste yummy in soups, sauces, etc., all winter long. debbie hansen seemamago_in_tx@hotmail.com

By: | Sep 24, 2010 12:13 AM | Permalink
I am SO amazed...after growing and processing the vegetables from my garden for my daughters and their families , as well as my husband and myself, one of my daughter has tried her hand at canning this year, She was so excited at her success, she has decided to grow a vegetable garden with her seven year old son this coming year. And the 'beat goes on'. It is so rewarding to see the next generation, with all the high tech available today, show an interest in the 'grassroots' of gardening and canning. I am so blessed! Enough blogging...time for me to get back to the dehydrator!

By: victoryfarm | Sep 24, 2010 12:13 AM | Permalink
When we had a big garden, I made lots of pickles, and loved doing that. But it was making piccalilli to go with my mother-in-law's Tourtiere (Canadian meat pie) that probably gave me the greatest pleasure. She found canning too much work as she got older, so it was very special to be able to help her out. She would "gift" all the relatives with her frozen pies, and jars of my piccalilli.

Other than that, I've always loved dehydrating fruits - the smell is wonderful! :-)

By: Leslie Hoyt | Sep 24, 2010 12:13 AM | Permalink
Jam! Who doesn't love it?

By: | Sep 24, 2010 12:12 AM | Permalink
We are taking the season off from farmers' market this season because our twins are due in a few weeks. But I did make some time to can, and we have many favorites- and that doesn't count the three chest freezers and fermenting! This season's favorites have been canned nectarines (no peeling required!) with lemon verbena, pluot cinnamon jam, and of course the Barbara Kingsolver all-in-one-day tomato based sweet and sour sauce, BBQ relish, and chutney. The last thing on our list will be pear and applesauce, and hot sauce! Love this new book - currently have it borrowed from the library! Kirsten Arcadia Farm

By: | Sep 24, 2010 12:07 AM | Permalink
I would like to know how to can those wonderful small prune plums and apricots ....

By: | Sep 24, 2010 12:05 AM | Permalink
pickles are awesome! canned, refrigerator, sweet, dill, bread and butter. YUM

By: | Sep 24, 2010 12:05 AM | Permalink
Green beans! My Mom canned all kinds of things. Green beans were my favorite. You can't buy 'em like she made 'em. I don't can but would like to learn. Hope there are some classes around Ky. Thank you for the information and the give-away.

By: chuck katzenbach | Sep 24, 2010 12:04 AM | Permalink
I enjoy freezing rasberries. So simple. When picking take your time to get the best fruit with the fewest spiders. Then line a tray with wax paper and pour the fruit out in an even single layer. Cover with wax paper and put into a plastic bag. Put into the freezer. When frozen bag or put into another container in the fridge. Pick and repeat. Berries are whole and keep well this way and hopefully you haven't hurt the spiders. Chuck Katzenbach, Sweet Sourland Farms

By: | Sep 24, 2010 12:08 AM | Permalink
i HAVE ALWAYS BEEN FASCINATED BY IDEA OF PRESERVING FOODS GROWN YOURSELF OR ON FARMS. IN MY CHILDHOOD IN BROOKLYN, NY, MY ITALIAN GRANPA GREW ALL SORTS OF GOOD THINGS . HE WOULD PLANT A TREE FOR EACH NEW GRANDCHILD - MINE WAS PEACH. ONCE OLD ENOUGH WE WOULD CLIMB UP AND GET THE FRUIT OF "OUR TREES". .I THINK,MY LOVE OF GARDENING COMES FROM THIS GRANDFATHER.

UNFORTUNATELY, NONE OF MY ELDER RELATIVES ARE AROUND TO ASK. THIS BOOKS SOUNDS LIKE IT WILL FIT THE BILL!! AND NONE TOO SOON EITHER GIVEN THE ECONOMY >>

I LOOK FORWARD GREATLY TO SEEING THIS BOOK AND LEARNING HOW TO.

By: Paula Johnson | Sep 24, 2010 12:02 AM | Permalink
Last year I started canning and made jams and lots of applesauce. My kids could not get enough of the homemade applesauce! This year I canned peach jam, carrot cake jam and basic tomato sauce. I think basic tomato sauce will be my favorite - no more canned tomato sauce from the store - but it is apple season, so we'll be making and canning a lot more applesauce over the next couple of weeks. I don't want to run out by November!

By: Len | Sep 24, 2010 12:02 AM | Permalink
Well I'm a guy so don't laugh. I've never canned or preserved anything, but now that I'm retired I really do want to learn how. It looks like fun and I hate spending money for the garbage they sell in the store. There are some good products but on fixed incomes they are just to expensive.

By: Vicky McGarrity | Sep 24, 2010 12:02 AM | Permalink
I love opening up a jar of homemade apple sauce or apricot preserves. I grew up in a family that canned everything from our garden and fruit trees so it is something I've always enjoyed doing. Starting with the picking parties with everyone picking cherries or apples from the back of a pickup or on a ladder and the pitting and canning of the fruit. Harvesting has always been a family endurance event!

By: Sarma Ilgenfritz | Sep 24, 2010 12:00 AM | Permalink
I used to can apple/cranberry sauce, which is always a hit with Thanksgiving turkey. This year I froze corn for the first time and I'm going to try freezing pesto. I love the idea of eating local food I have preserved myself - all winter loooooooooong. Thanks for a great newsletter and the opportunity to get what sounds like a wonderful book!

By: DIANE HOLBY | Sep 24, 2010 12:00 AM | Permalink
I love to make soups and I recently made a wonderful tomato soup with roma tomatoes straight from the garden. It is gone! it was so good. I'd like to make another batch or two and put it up for the winter months.

By: Jan Dawson | Sep 23, 2010 11:58 PM | Permalink
I have friends that every summer stand sweating over the stove making spaghetti sauce to can or freeze. I keep telling them ... Run those tomatoes through a strainer and can the juice the quickest way you can and move on to other things. This winter, when you won't mind the heat in the house, start making your spaghetti sauce. It's crazy to spend the time and heat up the house in the middle of summer for all the time it takes to cook. Save it for winter!

By: Cheryl Kammerzell | Sep 23, 2010 11:57 PM | Permalink
My favorite fresh produce to can is green beans. I pickle them and then use them for presents during the holidays. Everybody loves them and looks forward to them. They are tasty and extra crisp because they go right from the garden to the jars with the pickling brine.

By: Beth Spaugh | Sep 23, 2010 11:53 PM | Permalink
I am busy raising organic veggies and pastured poultry for a living so summer food prep is minimal. Therefore, sauerkraut is my favorite because I can make it after things slow down.

By: | Sep 23, 2010 11:44 PM | Permalink
It has been a long time since I have done any canning but I would love to get back into it. I am living in Indiana now but back home i Oregon we would buy fresh Tuna off the boats at the coast and take them home and can them. I would have to say thats my favorite thing to can. Fresher and tastier than anything in the supermarket. (And yes, I wrote this once already but I didn't have my name listed and I REALLY want to win that book. LOL! wink)

Hmm...not sure why my name is not coming up. ((Tami Shaw))

By: Debbie Allen | Sep 23, 2010 11:45 PM | Permalink
New to canning; I'd love to make the crispy, sort of bitter/salty baby cucumber pickles my mom used to make. I have no idea where to start.

By: Barbara langdon | Sep 23, 2010 11:41 PM | Permalink
My favorite vegetable to can is Green Beans. They taste soooo good when they come from the garden especially in the winter months. We had our own garden every year when I was a child and I always looked forward to eating those yummy green beans!

By: Mandie Myers | Sep 23, 2010 11:40 PM | Permalink
I'm just starting to learn about canning and freezing. I joined a CSA this year and sometimes get more produce than I can handle for just me. And, I'm hoping to start gardening next year. Figured a slow start would be better than a garden full of tomatoes and no idea how to can. I'm hoping to win this book, as I could use all the resources and help I can get. Now, if I could just find a local class on canning.

By: | Sep 23, 2010 11:38 PM | Permalink
It has been a long time since I have canned anything but I would love to get back into it. I am living in Indiana now but back home in Oregon we would can Tuna. Buy fresh tuna from the boats at the coast and bring them home to can them. Fresher and tastier than anything at the supermarket.

By: Jennifer Hamilton | Sep 23, 2010 11:38 PM | Permalink
A Canning newbie would live to learn preserves.

By: Monica Johnson | Sep 23, 2010 11:38 PM | Permalink
I've been canning the basic for years but recently came across a receipe in an old cookbook I'm waiting to try: Red Onion Jam! That sounds so interesting but the onions aren't fully grown as yet so I'm impatiently waiting for them to mature..

By: Dianna Holland | Sep 23, 2010 11:37 PM | Permalink
I would love to know how to can tomato sauce , there is so much sodium in the canned sauce. Thanks you

By: Kent Roberts | Sep 23, 2010 11:37 PM | Permalink
I do alot of pickling and freezing, but I think my favorite is pickled summer squash. Tried last year for the first time, you don't know what you are missing. Surprisingly the squash actually stays pretty crunchy. Would love to win this book!!

By: Judy Dennison | Sep 23, 2010 11:37 PM | Permalink
My daughter was married on May 15, 2010. To make the hospitality baskets for out-of-town guests and the bridal party really personal and representative of the families involved, we decided each family should add items that represent who they are and where they live. My partner and I live in southwest Florida so we made Florida Orange Marmalade and Plant City Strawberry Jam. It was our first real canning experience, though I grew up in a household where canning was an annual event. The personal touch was appreciated by all.

By: Sheila Graham | Sep 23, 2010 11:32 PM | Permalink
I really got into canning pickles this year. With a bumper crop of cucumbers, I made both bread and butter pickles, and dill. It takes time, but using my mandolin to help slice them to the perfect size, really helped.

By: | Sep 23, 2010 11:31 PM | Permalink
i love to pickle radish!!!

By: Wysteria Jackson | Sep 23, 2010 11:29 PM | Permalink
This year is the first year I've done any canning. My grandmother has been canning forever and I was exposed to it a lot as a child but never did it myself. This summer I did tomatoes and sauce, and green beans. We just went apple picking and I will be doing some apples soon! I love it. I also do a lot of lacto-fermenting. My favorite was definitely the tomatoes! They are so beautiful! I also enjoyed the sauce, just wizzed it in my vita-mix and then cooked it down, skin, seeds and all. It was fantastic! I would love to see what else I can can!

By: | Sep 23, 2010 11:29 PM | Permalink
Tomatoes!!! Last year, I lost all my tomatoes to disease =( Not this year! I grew 7 different varieties of organic heirloom tomatoes and I wanted to preserve that wonderful taste so I can remember summer all winter long. This year was the first year I have actually canned (usually, I freeze). In the past, canning intimidated me, but I decided to dive in and give it a try. Short of 1 small disaster (1 bottle broke in the water bath and all the sauce leaked out) it went fairly well. I will definitely can again and would love to learn more about canning.

By: Chris Noel | Sep 23, 2010 11:28 PM | Permalink
We've been farming for 2 years now, and for 2 years I've been saying I want to learn to can! I've been able to freeze some tomatoes, but there's only so much room in the freezer. There can be nothing better than opening a jar of fresh homemade salsa in January while cooped up during an ice storm!

By: | Sep 23, 2010 11:24 PM | Permalink
I have always wanted to learn how to can! My mother canned tomatoes and strawberries every year, and they were so delicious in the wintertime. I would love to can tomatoes and strawberries and remember my Mom.

By: Ellen Barr | Sep 23, 2010 11:20 PM | Permalink
I love this site and because of it I have become more interested in putting things up! This year were putting up tomatoes and now that I've seen the suggestion, apple sauce. This is my first year, but my entire family is on board and loving it!

By: Susan and John Kopacz | Sep 23, 2010 11:15 PM | Permalink
I make a mean tomato sauce, if I do say so myself! This year, my husband got into the swing of canning, and ended up with some outrageously good pickles. All the friends and family are asking for more! Peaches (and peach pie filling) are another summer favorite.

By: Carol Elkins | Sep 23, 2010 11:06 PM | Permalink
I grow and preserve almost all of the food I eat. This year we've had a horrible grasshopper plague, and I have no carrots or cabbage to preserve. But I'm canning tomatoes and I've juiced about 6 gallons of apples this week. Next week, Pueblo chilis!

Carol

By: | Sep 23, 2010 11:03 PM | Permalink
i definitely a canning newbie, and really want to learn! my top things to can would be dilly beans and pickles (i LOVE the stuff!), saurkraut, raspberry jam and fruit (pears, peaches and cherries most of all). this is such a great giveaway... i'm crossing my fingers!

By: | Sep 23, 2010 11:02 PM | Permalink
I would love to learn how to "put up" veggies. We are always missing our tomatoes by late fall and it would be WONDERFUL to have some fresh tomatoe sauce in the winter. Also, I just bought some absolutley AWESOME strawberry preserves from Mrs. Dotty and would love to know how to create something that tasty! Thanks. Teresa

By: Karen Kimball | Sep 23, 2010 10:58 PM | Permalink
I like to can though finding time is hard every thing happens at once the garden has many things ready to put up and I am a beekeeper and I am pulling off honey supers also. I try to use as much native products as I can in my kitchen so having my own native honey is a plus. This season I have made mustard pickles, bread and butter pickles and one of our favorites, piccalilli. I freeze allot of tomatoes whole to use through the winter and make apple sauce, fruit jelly's, elderberry syrup the list goes on. Any thing I can get in to the pantry now is less I have to purchase this winter and all the better we eat. It is all about having real food!

By: | Sep 23, 2010 10:45 PM | Permalink
I am a community gardener in Las Vegas NV and also help others to set up their gardens in the desert. I do an abundance of canning with 15 fruit trees and 50 tomato plants plus everything else I grow. Now people are asking for me to teach canning and I have given two classes. I would love to have a copy of the book to use with my classes.

By: | Sep 23, 2010 10:44 PM | Permalink
I like to can applesauce. The stuff you can buy at the grocery store just doesn't compare. I also can caramel apple butter, and my husband cans chunky sweet relish that our friends and family love.

By: Traci Dominguez | Sep 23, 2010 10:44 PM | Permalink
We LOVE fresh applesauce, especially when it is still warm! Last year we also loved making grape juice. This year I have a juicer so it will make it SO much easier. Easy to freeze, too!

By: Laurie Buske | Sep 23, 2010 10:44 PM | Permalink
I have been canning since I was 12 and actually won blue ribbons at the county fair. The season would not be complete if I didn't can dill pickles. I have canned tomatoes, beets, jam, jelly, sour kraut, dilly beans and peppers. L Buske

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