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 08:11 PM | Permalink
Just getting started canning. This summer I made 10 pints of tomatoes (hot pack), 22 pints of spaghetti sauce! YUM! Will do applesauce cause I like it!

By: Neil | Sep 23, 2010 08:11 PM | Permalink
I'm staring down about 40 lbs of heirloom tomatoes that need preserved this weekend. The effort will all be worth it come winter!

By: Queen Anne Mama | Sep 23, 2010 08:11 PM | Permalink
I've made strawberry jam, and a strawberry/cranberry blend. This year I'd like to do applesauce, apple butter, and pumpkin! Yum.

By: Nicole Schossow | Sep 23, 2010 08:10 PM | Permalink
While freezing and dehydrating take care of our surplus, canning has always intimidated me. There are so many things I would love to can, the list is endless. However, when I was young, my mother always canned pickles. Sweet, spicy, garlic, and, my favorite, dill. What a treat for all of us if I could figure it out!

By: | Sep 23, 2010 08:11 PM | Permalink
A yummy Mango Chutney has kept my hand in the canning pot periodically for the past few years. But this year, I branched out and did Fig Preserves and Nectarine Jam (just used the Peach Jam recipe from the pectin recipes), and they both turned out delicious. A freezer favorite is what my Mama calls Stir-fried Okra. Cut the Okra into 1/2" rounds and put into a hot cast iron skillet with a good tablespoon or three of bacon drippings. Salt a little. Turn the heat down and cover. Stir and turn periodically till it all cooks down into a nice side dish. Freezes in bags well and warms February. Feels so good to connect in this small way to the land and to my forebearers.

By: Tracey Graham | Sep 23, 2010 08:10 PM | Permalink
I love to can all kinds of things. If I had to pick a single favorite, it would have to be peaches. I love eating as many fresh local peaches as I can cram in my mouth during peach season, and can as many as I can possibly find time for as well. Then in February I get to open a jar and have summer on my tongue while there's snow on the ground.

By: Michelle Parsneau | Sep 23, 2010 08:09 PM | Permalink
I don't know ANYTHING about home canning/food preservation, and have been too intimidated to start. I'd love to learn about it so that I could.

By: Brandy Brandy | Sep 23, 2010 08:07 PM | Permalink
I am a newbie, but would love to learn how to can chicken broth or salsa.

By: | Sep 23, 2010 08:06 PM | Permalink
I've blanched and frozen some green beans and have also frozen a few whole tomatoes. And I've cut up some zucchini and frozen it as well. I haven't done any canning, but would like to. I even have some jars, seals, and lids in the basement, but I haven't "dared" by myself.

By: melanie gonzalez | Sep 23, 2010 08:06 PM | Permalink
I freeze just about anything I can , but have never tried canning or preserving! Would love the cookbook to get started :) Thanks!

By: Stephanie Shapiro | Sep 23, 2010 08:03 PM | Permalink
I love to put away peaches (frozen in syrup), raspeberries (whole with a bit of sugar on top), strawberries (sliced with a bit of sugar on top), and blueberries (whole). In the middle of winter, we pull these out and mix them together for a 'blast of summer.'

By: | Sep 23, 2010 08:06 PM | Permalink
I am kind of a Newbie & also have had some success & some failures. Corn cob has been frozen, red & green peppers and also tomatoes. I"m fearful of going any further due to lack of knowledge. Being a cancer survivor I want to know for sure that my canning , jarring & freezing methods are safe & free from bacteria. I look forward to winning. Cooking is my passion and I love Local Harvest. My very best wishes to everyone.

Best Regards, Ginny

By: | Sep 23, 2010 08:06 PM | Permalink
My favorite food to can is applesauce. For me, it's the welcoming of fall. There's nothing like the smell of apples cooking on a cool Saturday morning. It has become a family tradition for our family to picks our own at an orchard. If you're pressed for time and you don't have time to process a bushel, apples are forgiving and will paitiently wait a weekend or two until you have an opportunity to can again. It's easy, the kids love it and it's nutritious.

By: | Sep 23, 2010 08:01 PM | Permalink
We've been canning, drying & putting food by for over 25 years and still enjoy finding new recipes and ways to enjoy our garden year-round. Our favorite jelly is our own invention which we sell from our farm: Blackberry Jalapeno, just a hit for everyone!

By: | Sep 23, 2010 08:01 PM | Permalink
Basil Pesto - I made some from my garden this year and it was so good, but it doesn't last long. I would like to learn how to preserve it to last all year! I grew up canning and freezing with my mom, but am just now wanting to do it for our garden. My parents are retired now, but they are still avid gardeners!

C. Strang, TN

By: | Sep 23, 2010 08:00 PM | Permalink
I just started growing vegetables last summer. And since Iive in the San Francisco easy bay I can grow different veggies alll year round. But I would love to be able to preserve some from each season to use when they are not available. I retired early last year and now have the time to can and preserve and would love to be able to do that with as many vegetables as possible!

By: Mary Shaw | Sep 23, 2010 08:00 PM | Permalink
Hi my name is Mary,

I grew up watching my mother can every summer, but as I became an adult I never had any interest in canning. However, this summer I got a strong desire to can - so I canned Tomatoes, Stewed Tomatoes, Plum Jam, Peach Jam, Strawberry Jam, as well as Plum and Peach Sauces and Fig Preserves. Then I really go the bug for canning, so I went on to can Cucumbers/Pickles, Corn and Corn & Tomatoes. I also decieded to freeze corn on the cob and peaches.

I took great care to label my products - making a beautiful pictured label for each product.

Everything came out beautifully - so I spreaded my canned products around by giving large gift bags of the products to family, friends and co-workers, even to my lawn serviceman.

Everyone was so impressed and many have already started eating the products - and I received wonderful comments about how delicious the products are.

This was my first time at canning, but it will not be my last.

By: | Sep 23, 2010 07:57 PM | Permalink
I grew up in Kansas and canned with my mother, aunts, and grandmother. Everyone lived on farms and had huge gardens. I am returning to canning as a recently retired grandmother helping my daughter feed her family locally and as organically as possible. Love jams, tomatos and green beans. Nothing like seeing those jars lined up in the pantry waiting for a delicious meal on a cold winter night.

By: | Sep 23, 2010 07:55 PM | Permalink
I'd like to make sugar-free preserves using organic fruits and stevia (powdered). Any thoughts on how to prepare for the most successful results.

Many thanks for your suggestions.


Sandi Echelle

By: | Sep 23, 2010 07:53 PM | Permalink
My favorite stuff to put up is corn on the cob, traditional pickles, often using my families recipes, jams and jellies, and applesauce for that divine smell of cooking apples. My husband loves to make salsa and what he calls "simmer sauces", which you then add whatever meat, beans, tofu, etc to for a quick meal later one or simmer in the crockpot.

By: | Sep 23, 2010 07:52 PM | Permalink
I have been canning for over 30 years and love it more and more every year. I started out with fruits and veggies but now can soups, jams, meat . My favorite is just plain peaches or apple sauce because my granddaughter, Emily, who is now 18, has helped me with those for several years. The days of home preservation will be coming back full force. I like to make up baskets of canned goods and give them to friends when they are in need. What a great feeling!

By: geniene pernotto | Sep 23, 2010 07:52 PM | Permalink
I'd have to say tomatoes. Yes, very basic but being of Italian descent, I make many, many dishes with a tomato base and there is nothing better than tomatoes from the garden!

By: | Sep 23, 2010 07:48 PM | Permalink
On June 6th (my first canning day of the season) I loved plums in heavy syrup with bay and lemon and the cherry pie filling. July it was my strawberry basalmic jam and the first of the dill pickles. August my chocolate fig jam and roasted tomato basil soup. Today I have to say it's the honey cinnamon apple sauce and the apple lemon jelly I just put on the pantry week it will be the butternut squash for pies and the last of the elderberry syrup....for everything there is a season and a favorite.

By: | Sep 23, 2010 07:46 PM | Permalink
My most successful preserving experience this season (thus far) has been red plum - vanilla jam. It's SOOOO good, you have to eat another biscuit! But the most popular canned item I ever made was Radish Relish. People went wild for it!

By: | Sep 23, 2010 07:47 PM | Permalink
I love to can and to teach about canning. And I can always use some new ideas to expand my creativity and to share in my workshops. This year I was excited to make fig preserves with thyme. Savory and sweet! Thanks for the opportunity to win Put 'Em Up. My few canning books are well worn and dog-eared. It would be great to add a new voice to the bunch. Cheers!

By: | Sep 23, 2010 07:44 PM | Permalink
I like to put up spaghetti sauce and salsa. The taste is so much better than the store bought.

By: | Sep 23, 2010 07:45 PM | Permalink
I have been preserving food for a many years but am always up for learning new things. I freeze most of my garden produce but can tomatoes, pickles, jams & jellies. This year I am venturing into using the pressure canner for potatoes, wild game, and salmon. Living in Alaska presents abundance as well as challenges.

By: Margaret Sakagawa | Sep 23, 2010 07:45 PM | Permalink
I'd love to win Sherri Brooks Vinton's book on canning! I've only ever made jam and I am looking to can and prepare more healthy meals for my family. What I'd really love to learn to preserve are summer fruits to have in the cold winter months and pickles! I'd LOVE to make my own pickles to compliment hearty sandwiches - my all-time favorite comfort food! Thank you Local Harvest!

By: Denise Wentz | Sep 23, 2010 07:43 PM | Permalink
A long time favorite has been raspberry jam. This year, though, I used my new strainer to make seedless jam. Very nice!

By: | Sep 23, 2010 07:43 PM | Permalink
I remember when I was a child going to the cannery with my mother and aunts. I've never done home canning but am eager to try!

By: Mary Rahn | Sep 23, 2010 07:42 PM | Permalink
The wild gooseberries were fabulous this year. I made 40 jars of jelly and won a first place ribbon at the local fair with one. I am also trying to re-create the chow chow relish that my mom used to make. I'm always interested in a book on putting food up.

By: Christine Murphy | Sep 23, 2010 07:41 PM | Permalink
I am definitely a newbie to canning! As we eat better it makes more sense to make my own and have it all season. What a great way to eat healthier!

By: | Sep 23, 2010 07:40 PM | Permalink
Canning is great but I truely love preserving. Pumpkin butter is great this time of year! We have a great new restaurant in Brenham Texas called the Cannery! They can everything the locals bring in and serve as well. I am eating there Friday eve for the first time. I will let you know! M

By: Elaine Nichols | Sep 23, 2010 07:37 PM | Permalink
I've never canned before, but I would love to learn... on my list is...tomatoes, chutney's, jams, nut butters, salsa, pickles, asparagus, applesauce, etc.

By: Peggy Sisson | Sep 23, 2010 07:38 PM | Permalink
I have been canning for a few years, but my favorite thing has to be tomato sauce and bread and butter pickles, which my husband loves.

By: | Sep 23, 2010 07:40 PM | Permalink
I did my first solo canning yesterday - green beans (half from a local CSA) - after taking a class with the NM State Extension Service two weeks ago. Had a few missteps, but the jars really SEALED and they look ready for a meal this winter. In a couple weeks I'll be working with a friend to put up an assortment of apple recipes. Very satisfying.

By: Nina | Sep 23, 2010 07:37 PM | Permalink
I use to do a lot of canning but haven't recently. I'd like to get back into it.

By: | Sep 23, 2010 07:35 PM | Permalink
I'm terrified of canning anything, so have stuck to the freezer so far. I have loads of peaches, berries, zucchini, green beans and such, just waiting to be put in our smoothies and soups throughout the winter. We have apple trees that are producing apples for the first time this year so would love having this book on how to put 'em up! As a Holistic Health Counselor, I love your website.

By: | Sep 23, 2010 07:34 PM | Permalink
Growing up on the farm meant LOTS of canning and freezing every summer and fall! However, since those childhood days, I have not had the inclination to get back to those roots. NOW, I find myself much more interested in Organic and Local foods, and I think that the "Put 'em Up!" book would serve to get me "re-educated" and back on course!

Isn't it interesting that we travel back to our roots as we attempt to boost our health and save money too!

By: | Sep 23, 2010 07:33 PM | Permalink
My new favorite thing to can is Blackberry Jalepeno Jam!!! it is so yummy over cream cheese with crackers!

By: | Sep 23, 2010 07:31 PM | Permalink
I'm a canning newbie, but I have been putting up pickled rosemary green beans, peach rosemary jam, blueberry lime jam and some other goodies. Trying to get some tomatoes up before it's too late! Would love this book to expand my knowledge! My Bday's the 5th so hopefully luck is on my side :) thanks for the chance to win!

By: ann hagen | Sep 23, 2010 07:32 PM | Permalink
Whole Tomatoes!!!! I could go through 1000 jars a year if not more.ann

By: | Sep 23, 2010 07:31 PM | Permalink
I haven't begun yet but my mom sends me tomatoes, jellies, salsa (my favorite!), applesauce and fruits! I can't wait to learn!!

By: | Sep 23, 2010 07:30 PM | Permalink
I have never canned but do a lot of freezing my own sauce as well as my homemade babyfoods. Canning is definitely on my future to do list and the possibilities are endless!

By: | Sep 23, 2010 07:29 PM | Permalink
My grandmother taught me to can many years ago and my favorite is still applesauce - but not the smooth kind, it has to be really chunky - more like canned apple slices and heavy on the cinnamon...

By: Catherine Miller-Smith | Sep 23, 2010 07:49 PM | Permalink
While I have made jams, jellies and apple butter, canned pears, peaches and tomatoes, my favorite is zucchini relish. It stays as nice right after it is canned as it is does when opened a year later or more!

I would love to try canning so many other things, especially enchillada sauce and marinara so I would LOVE to win this book. I have lots of recipe books, even a few canning but they are so very basic they are boring ... and I love out of the ordinary!

Thanks for bringing such a great site to the general public and having great things to win ... what a bonus!

By: Georgia Denman | Sep 23, 2010 07:26 PM | Permalink

My favorite food to can is Zucchini pickles. It is a great way to use them, either quickly or through the Winter.

My favorite to freeze, which may also be canned, is applesauce. We make it a bit chunky. EVERYONE loves homemade applesauce.

By: Kelli Loux | Sep 23, 2010 07:26 PM | Permalink
I am not so new to gardening, but very new to canning. I really need to learn to can so I can preserve my abundant harvest each year!

By: Ken and Jan Dickson | Sep 23, 2010 07:26 PM | Permalink
I get the greatest joy out of filling my pantry with jars of our own garden Roma tomatoes -- I put up 71 pints this year, hopefully enough so that I do ot have to purchase canned tomatoes before the crops of 2011.

Wild plum jelly also is great fun to put up, friends and family love when I share.

By: Trudy Garvey | Sep 23, 2010 07:25 PM | Permalink
I was excited to can several rounds of spaghetti sauce this year. It's an old family recipe that is definitely a favorite!!

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