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 10:41 PM | Permalink
Lots of good things to can not only for the food but for the memories. Glad to hear it is making a comeback. When I was a kid we'd can pickles, tomatoes, peaches, rhubarb, and jelly. It was a great mother daughter time for me! And we enjoyed the fruits of our labors.

By: | Sep 23, 2010 10:36 PM | Permalink
I have never canned. I actually planted a small vegetable garden this summer and enjoyed it.

By: Carolsue McCue | Sep 23, 2010 10:36 PM | Permalink
For years I've been wanting to learn to can, but keep hearing my mother's words in the back of my head....'Oh, that's dangerous and people get sick from canning.' Well, I'm now a grandmother and want to shake those words and learn so I can teach my own granddaughters. I make marinara sauce and freeze it and also freeze corn kernels, but that's pretty pathetic! The abundance at the local farmer's markets is beautiful and I want to put up as much as I can soon. Cs

By: Ann Patsis | Sep 23, 2010 10:22 PM | Permalink
I am a great grandmother of 14, canning for as long as I can remember on our farm. It would be great to get this new book with, I am sure, many great new ideas.

By: | Sep 23, 2010 10:19 PM | Permalink
I'm curently participating a second year with my local farmer' s market and would love to have the new cookbook to encourage others to keep the enthusiasm! I so enjoy the website nd thak you for your ongoing work.

By: | Sep 23, 2010 10:16 PM | Permalink
I have only canned tomatoes and made jams and jellies. I would love to be able to preserve foods like my grandmother did. In this economy, that would really be a blessing to our family.

By: | Sep 23, 2010 10:14 PM | Permalink
I would love to learn more about canning. I made my first batch of jam this summer, strawberry lemon just following the instructions inside the package of pectin.

By: | Sep 23, 2010 10:11 PM | Permalink
Food preservation goes hand in hand with growing food; because so much can be grown and stored. I have had a great love with growing my own food, eating fresh from the garden. The truth be known, I have had little experience in canning, but a desire to find a mehtod to preserve the food. I am eager to learn how to preserve and store food that will sustain a family or even a community for the winter months when you just can't eat out of the garden. I know I would truly enjoy the book, and would love to teach others about canning and growing a victory garden. I believe that In the future, as it was n the past, it may be a necessity and not just a luxury to do this. i

By: Hector Lucero | Sep 23, 2010 10:12 PM | Permalink
I ran across the local harvest website a few months ago looking for sources to buy blood oranges and after a few minutes of discovery, got myself signed up. I love the site and learn something new every time I visit the site.

I've never canned, but love the idea of being able store the foods you enjoy for ease such as myself, a working parent of three children, or, just being able to enjoy out of season produce anytime of the year.....especially when you find the perfect peach or blueberries. Would definately like to take a crack at canning beans...kidneys, chickpeas...wouldn't have to wait to soak and cook...they go great with olive oil and fresh basil. Apple sauce sounds like a simple starter....my 18 m/o loves apple sauce.

Anyway, love the site and the canning book would be a bonus.

By: Lynne Nielsen | Sep 23, 2010 10:13 PM | Permalink
I've been canning for years - first helping my parents can, and also eating canned foods that Grandma and an aunt shared with our family. As a young married, I helped my dad can after my mom passed away. Then, when we began to grow a garden, and plant fruit trees and berry bushes and grapes, etc., Dad came to help me can, and he enjoyed canning with me, and having canned food to eat, well into his mid-80's. This has been a year without fruit on the trees here, but last year was a bumper crop of everything, and we canned lots, and shared lots. I love to give home-made jellies, jams, syrups, and canned pie fillings for gifts, especially at Christmas, but for any occasion. I just finished preparing raspberries that someone shared with me - they will be frozen, until a cold, winter day, when I can spend time making many batches of jam. My daughter who visited this summer took home many jars of canned fruit, especially to use as baby food, but her others won't stay out of that canned fruit! She also gardens and cans, and her girls enjoy helping her, too, learning this great life skill.

By: Jennifer Holland | Sep 23, 2010 10:08 PM | Permalink
I do love putting things up from the harvest for winter. This year, my favorites are basil pesto, apple sauce, apple butter and blackberry, strawberry and mulberry syrups!

By: | Sep 23, 2010 10:08 PM | Permalink
I just canned my 1st 4 jars of tomatoes. Mother did such things when I was a child but all I did to help was listen for the lids to pop. I had no confidence to do this but it went very well. The thing I'd like to make is pear sauce. I've only had it once, but it was wonderful and I know where to get the recipe. It makes a nice change from applesauce and is a novel treat.

By: | Sep 23, 2010 10:02 PM | Permalink
My favorite thing to have on hand that I can is chili starter.

By: | Sep 23, 2010 10:01 PM | Permalink
I love to jar the jam I make from grapes!! Cab jam, Zin jam. SO YUMMY all year round.

I also make tomato pasta sauce with my tomatoes.

Fig jam is a favorite in our house too!

The fall season is so much fun - long nights!!

By: | Sep 23, 2010 09:56 PM | Permalink
When apple season hits, I'll buy a couple bushels of apples and make my own seasoned, no-sugar-added, apple butter. All my friends and family wait for Christmas when I hand out jars along with bread or scone mix. It has become a family tradition!

By: | Sep 23, 2010 09:53 PM | Permalink
I've never canned anything but I'd love to be able to can tomatoes, purple hull peas and okra. This book sounds like a good one to start learning with!

By: Carol Perrine | Sep 23, 2010 09:51 PM | Permalink
This year I established a new veggie garden to give my 88 year old Dad some gardening enjoyment. We planted it together and are harvesting the rewards daily. I am in need of a little inspiration in order to get started into canning but I would love to put up tomatoes, jams and peppers.

By: Diana Armes Wallace | Sep 23, 2010 09:52 PM | Permalink
My favorite thing to can is the good ol' tomato. I have so many uses for canned tomatoes that I cannot imagine being without them. All kinds of soups, stews, chilies, and meats can be cooked with them. How many different pasta dishes, pizzas, calzones and focaccias? Add them to sauteed mushrooms, garlic & onions for an appetizer. Render them down for tomato sauce or paste, or make ketchup. The lists goes on and on, so no point in elaborating any more. Simply go can more tomatoes!

By: Paula Devlin | Sep 23, 2010 09:52 PM | Permalink
Love to can, pickle and make jams. They vary with the harvest.

This year I put up some mango jalapeno jam and Cajun apple jelly. I forgot to make an altitude adjustment (6500') for my Cajun apple jelly, so it has to go back to the heating stage. I just hope the pectin doesn't protest! Those are both good with cream cheese on crackers.

I also put up bread & butter pickles, corn relish and cucumber relish (after I saw the HFCS in all the store brands). We eat the B&B pickles right out of the jar.

I did manage to squeeze out 3 qts of apples and of peaches. Seemed like a lot of work for a small return but I am looking forward to peach cobbler in January.

A number of jars of beets were frozen as were several jars of Hubbard squash. I would like a pressure canner for some of these low acid items.

The applesauce is waiting to be canned... I just "ran out of gas"!

In the past I have made jerky - which has a life span of about 3 seconds... I even made goat jerky and that was palatable.

Tonight I am ready to start on some apple wine, in anticipation of making applejack. Maybe it will last that long...

Then there are the millions of carrots... should I just get a juicer...?

I have been using a Ball recipe book from 1972 for most of my recipes.

Oh, and I almost forgot the Rock Cornish hen X's we got on August 3 and put in the freezer 4 weeks later. That made us feel like real homesteaders!

By: | Sep 23, 2010 09:46 PM | Permalink
Canning is an old skill that deserves new attention. I'd love to win this book, I need some canning help too!

By: | Sep 23, 2010 09:46 PM | Permalink
I haven't canned in a long time, but I remember the days of canning with my grandmother at the nursing home she ran. It was always, tomatoes, peas, beans, peaches. pears, corn and I could go on. With the elderly and sometimes poor, she managed to feed them and run the nursing home with great efficiency. I learned a great deal from this experience with a lot of fond memories and sore thumbs!! I hope to be canning during the next harvest. I suffered a stroke not too many months ago and simply fell behind on my gardening chores. So I am looking forward to the new Spring, the new garden and my shelves full of thoughtful memories and good food!!

By: Darryl & Teresa Kukowski | Sep 23, 2010 09:42 PM | Permalink
Canning was just part of life when I was a kid. Now (at nearly 50), I'm not a canner, but I freeze and dehydrate. I freeze beans, corn, stuffed peppers (great for lunches at work!), tomatoes, cabbage, and probably more I'm not remembering. I dehydrate herbs and for the first time tried dehydrating tomatoes this year to replace sauce and paste. Verdict is still out on whether I like them! My big freezer is my friend all winter long!

By: | Sep 23, 2010 09:40 PM | Permalink
It has been a while since I have canned, but I really enjoy doing it. I have been searching for a recipe for sweet onion jelly. I can no longer find a suppy of it pre made, and I love to eat it on bagels with cream cheese. YUM!

By: | Sep 23, 2010 09:40 PM | Permalink
Today I just did tons of tomato sauce.......... I will most likely freeze that. I am a little nervous about the canning process so this book would be very welcome to my cookbook library.

I would love to learn how to make jelly.

By: Laurel Chamber of Commerce | Sep 23, 2010 09:39 PM | Permalink
This year I had a lot of jalapenos. I am going to try canning some jalapeno jelly. Can't wait.

By: Kirk Laskowski | Sep 23, 2010 09:39 PM | Permalink
I have had good success freezing my produce thus far. However, this fall I froze so much produce that I filled all our freezers. Now, I am out of freezer space for the 25 broilers I'm about to butcher next month. I have to start canning next year. We have 9 children eating our food, and THEY ALL HAVE FRIENDS!!!

By: kathleen freeman | Sep 23, 2010 09:37 PM | Permalink
I made chili sauce with my Mom this summer, it was her great aunt recipe I think. Turned out great!

By: erica stagg | Sep 23, 2010 09:34 PM | Permalink
I haven't started canning YET! Because we keep eating all the gorgeous tomatos in the garden! As well, I'm still 'collecting' all the various canning things I will need. But - I cannot wait to begin!

By: | Sep 23, 2010 09:32 PM | Permalink
I've been canning for many years. My "can't do without" items are tomato sauce and green beans, but have done pickles, peaches, salsa and a few other things over the years. We had a big garden when I was growing up and my mom canned or froze just about everything, she even made mincemeat.

By: | Sep 23, 2010 09:32 PM | Permalink
This is the first time I have ever tried canning. The first attempt was pickles, with very mixed results! But my second attempt was making applesauce. That was a big hit at our house! Very little was actually canned because everybody wanted to eat it fresh. Applesauce is so easy to make too!

By: | Sep 23, 2010 09:31 PM | Permalink
I am late to the canning party, 53 years old and just canned my first batch of grape jam. I am hooked! Also made Grape Ketchup that I think will be wonderful on meats and brie. Next project - low sugar apple butter!

By: Anna Pound | Sep 23, 2010 09:34 PM | Permalink
I dry my apple mint so I can enjoy a hot cup of tea on a cold winter day.

By: Shelley Friel | Sep 23, 2010 09:25 PM | Permalink
I am a newbie hooked with the canning bug! Learning from my husband who grew up canning with his mom on a farm. I started with tomatoes and peaches, moving onto apples. What a great hobby!

By: Terry Osborn | Sep 23, 2010 09:24 PM | Permalink
Making jam is part of the summer work around our farm. We make over 200 jars of all kinds of berry jams and hot pepper jelly . Our two new favorite varieties are a hot raspberry and an orange berry with raspberries and blueberries. Our jam is made with everything grown on our farm and sold at the local farmers market.

By: | Sep 23, 2010 09:20 PM | Permalink
I have been canning and freezing for a few years but mostly the average stuff like tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, jams and jellies, and gotta have applesauce!!I have a lot to learn but I am really interested in learning to dry foods. I had great luck with kale and apples but my beans didnt look so appetizing. Thanks for putting up this site! I love it!!!

By: Alan McDowell | Sep 23, 2010 09:20 PM | Permalink
I love canning grape juice. It is so much healthier than what you can buy in the store.

By: | Sep 23, 2010 09:21 PM | Permalink
I like to can a mixture of sweet and hot banana peppers to eat on sandwiches. I also try green tomatoes each year but never have been happy with the results. I hope I win the cookbook!

By: Dian Poitras | Sep 23, 2010 09:18 PM | Permalink
I have been canning and freezing for years learning from my grandmother, mom and aunt. Of course, things have changed since then, but the end is still wonderful.

By: Kelly Davis | Sep 23, 2010 09:17 PM | Permalink
I want to start canning more varieties of fruits and veggies. It's so much tastier and fresher with a lot of vitamins and minerals retained.

By: | Sep 23, 2010 09:16 PM | Permalink
I love tomatoes. I grow them and save the seeds. Also am a contributing member of SSE. My favorite preserved item is Salsa and I usually have many different peppers to use, especially some from the Southwest. One of my tomatoes was just awarded first place "for the largest" in our local "street fair."

By: | Sep 23, 2010 09:16 PM | Permalink
I have never canned before, but would love to learn.

By: | Sep 23, 2010 09:15 PM | Permalink
I make pickles every year with my friends. We now share a large garden and want to learn how to can more stuff

By: Ann E Panepento | Sep 23, 2010 09:14 PM | Permalink
I'm a food preservation newbie - this year I made freezer bread and butter pickles AND I learned to can. I canned dilly beans, peaches, pears, tomatoes and will be doing applesauce. I also am learning to dehydrate - peaches, raisins, tomatoes. I guess I've been bit by the preservation bug - we had to put up a new shelf.

By: Teri Kavakos | Sep 23, 2010 09:13 PM | Permalink
Canning was a way of life when I was young and living on a dairy farm. But so many years have gone by and this year I have a bumper crop of squash. Since I don't recall how to can I have dried the squash and then placed it in the freezer.

The fresh mushrooms I ordered through a Local Harvest farmer were the best and I dried some for use this winter.

Would love to learn how to can food also. My favorite would have to be tomato sauce.

By: | Sep 23, 2010 09:11 PM | Permalink
I am experimenting with dehydration and freezing and would love to expand my knowledge and abilites!

By: Elizabeth Laur | Sep 23, 2010 09:12 PM | Permalink
Canning is something our entire family contributed to; when I was a young girl. This year, my daughter wanted to plant a garden with lots of tomatoes and peppers for salsa! Yes, we were caught off gaurd by a bountiful harvest here in Michigan. With no canning preperations or know how, we shared our harvest with friends, which I enjoyed tremendously. Next summer we really want to experience the pleasure of enjoying our horn of plenty during the winter season. Canning salsa tops our list as well as tomatoes,peppers,beans and beets. Some pickled and some not. So we are motivated but need the know how. Winning this book would give us the winter to study and develop our "Canning Confidence"! Happy Harvesting!

By: | Sep 23, 2010 09:10 PM | Permalink
I have made orange marmalaid in the winter in Florida. It is a 3 day process and it is exceptional.

In Indiana I make fast pickles. I use my food processor to cut up cucumbers and onions. I make a vinegar and sugar and tumeric juice to put on the pickles and put them in the refrigerator and we have fast pickles.

I make fast jam with strawberries and use apples for pectin with some knox gellatin

By: | Sep 23, 2010 09:08 PM | Permalink
I thoroughly enjoy taking my kids to a local farm to pick blueberries. We then make and put up jars and jars of delicious blueberry syrup that we have available to put on pancakes, waffles, and ice cream until the next season. Delightful!

By: Brianne rohrer | Sep 23, 2010 09:08 PM | Permalink
I just made jam for the first time this summer. I recently bought some ball jars for cheap and am wondering what I should do next! Any suggestions?

By: Cyndi Daugherty | Sep 23, 2010 09:07 PM | Permalink
I am new to canning. I've canned tomatoes before, but that's it. I had a terrible time this year with grasshoppers in my garden. So, not much to can. I think I just may make a trip to a local farm and purchase some goodies to can with! :o) Y'all are making me hungry! Tee hee!

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