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Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon (+ Giveaway!!!)

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We’ve all heard about how much children are like sponges, soaking up whatever they’re exposed to. And now that I’m a parent, I know just how true that is. I’m astounded by just how much Huxley parrots us, or tells me later in the day about something we were reading, or that he saw, or maybe overheard. Lately, he’s even taking to giving me some of my own advice. I taught him awhile ago to stop and take a deep breath whenever he’s crying, to clear his emotions so he can communicate effectively whatever it is that’s bothering him. The other morning, when I was feeling spectacularly miserable, Harold, one of our eternally mischievous cats, was being particularly naughty. In a moment of less grace they I’d like to hold myself to, I yelled at him, um, loudly. Without missing a beat, Huxley turned to me and said, calmly, “Take a deep breath, Mama.” That’s my boy!

My point is, children are watching, and learning, and storing deep, deep in their growing minds all of our behaviors. As a child, I watched my grandmother, Nanny, can, and garden, and keep chickens, and own and operate a blueberry farm. In my case, the hens, as it’s said, really did come home to roost. My body of work revolves largely around skills and activities I witnessed her performing when I was just a wee one. Whatever Glenn and I do now is without question leaving an indelible mark on Huxley, a fact I don’t take lightly.

Jessica DeMarco knows just what I’m referring to. The owner of Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon, a Western N.C.-based line of homemade, natural, local jams, pickles and artisan foods, grew from a child surrounded by food & farming to one running a business based around these pursuits. As she details it on her website:

Growing up our home was filled with family food and farm tradition; visits to our grandparents was spent playing in the fields or sprawling backyard gardens, picking berries or helping in the kitchen. Our grandparents stored and put by the bounty of vegetables grown in their own yards — local food was not the latest trend, but simply a way of life.

As I grew a love of these traditions led me to pursue a food career. My path led from home to culinary school, then into busy restaurant kitchens across the country. Over the years working in the food and hospitality industry I always nurtured a dream of owning my own business — an opportunity to return to my heritage, celebrate a simpler way of life and preserve a legacy from generations past.

Each of our products is a reflection of the traditions we value. By using only the freshest local produce we capture the flavors of every passing season, preserved at their peak of ripeness; pure, natural and delicious. Small-batch preparation and classical culinary methods ensure that each of our artisan foods is of the highest quality, with all natural ingredients and maximum flavor in each batch.

We wish you enjoyment of our products and hope they inspire you to find a way in your own home of “Preserving Tradition.” 

Jessica reached out to me recently, asking if I thought small measure readers might be interested in a giveaway featuring her products. Her query was met with an enthusiastic “YES!”, and that’s just what I have for you here today. One lucky reader will receive a gift package of goodies, to be heartily slathered, spread, crunched, and munched, from Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon‘s kitchen, to your very own. The generous gift pack will include three Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon products nestled in wood shavings and tied with raffia ribbon in a branded kraft gift box. Included in the gift pack are:

*One  jar of Limited Edition Sunchoke & Carrot Mustard Pickles–some of these crisp and crunchy root veggies were grown in their own garden and the rest were generously shared by one of their farmer’s market friends. According to Jessica, “they make an incredible and unique pickle packed in a saucy, slightly sweet, lightly spicy mustard brine.”

*One  jar of Honeyed Citrus Marmalademade with organic orange & grapefruit with local NC honey. “A perfect breakfast jam on sourdough toast or a fresh biscuit.”

*One jar of Oven Roasted Tomato Jam with Garlic and Herbs — recently featured in Garden & Gun magazine’s Made in the South Awards this savory spread is “great on roasted veggies or meats, or try serving atop flat-bread with shaved asiago cheese.”

Jessica’s business will be launching a kickstarter campaign the first week of March. The fundraiser will help Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon raise the capital they need to hire employees, purchase needed equipment and increase distribution, all while maintaining small batch preparation and their commitment to supporting local agriculture in the Western Carolina region. I invite you to visit their Facebook page for additional discounts and giveaways they’ll be hosting over the next several weeks.

Otherwise, to enter the contest, let’s talk canned goods! Just leave a comment telling me your favorite thing to can. If you’re not yet a canner, say the thing you’d like to learn to can. I’ll run the giveaway for one week, concluding next Thursday, March 7th, midnight EST. In your comment, please, please leave a way of contacting you, either via your email address or a link back to your website or blog. This contest is open only to U.S. residents (sorry, international buddies!).

Either way, check out Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon‘s website and blog. They’ve got a great thing going, preserving tradition and flavor in each delicious jar.


188 Responses to Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon (+ Giveaway!!!)

  • Tammy says:

    Not a canner yet, but one day. My mom canned jams, pickles, beets, carrots, and tomatoes. She passed away before I was old enough to learn myself, but one day I will make her proud!!

  • Rachael says:

    I love to can peach butter, and my favorite way to eat is on a buttered, toasted English muffin. It’s a great way to get back at eternally grey February skies.

  • Melanie J. says:

    How lovely! I haven’t canned yet, but once the strawberries really come in this year, your book’s getting some use! Thanks for the opportunity, Ashley!
    P.S. I’ll never nag you about blog posts again…got my first freelance article!!! Such a great feeling, but balancing it with my regular work has me freaked!

  • Jennifer says:

    My favorite is ginger pear jam – perfect on french bread with some brie!

  • Karen says:

    I love making jams!

  • Madeline says:

    Not for the contest because I’m from north of the border….. But apple beet chutney all the way !

  • Liane says:

    I love to can pickles and strawberry jam using ingredients from my garden:)

  • Sarah says:

    I had the best luck canning some apple nutmeg conserves this year. They were so spicy and clean tasting at the same time!


  • Abby says:

    My husband and I help out on our friends farms during the spring-fall, we love it and can’t wait to have a small farm ourselves one day! We all get together and can from the abundance of the growing season; pickles, whole peeled tomatoes, strawberry jam, rosemary lemon cherry tomato jam, pickled beets, pickled garlic, salsa, apple sauce and more! We are enjoying that last of our hard work from last year and can’t wait for the growing season!
    It would be hard to pick a favorite, perhaps the ginger apple sauce!

  • Megan says:

    The best things I’ve made so far have been peach bbq sauce and maple spiced pear butter. Both are outrageously good.

  • Amanthus says:

    I love canning delicious, ripe tomatoes to be enjoyed in foods when not in season. Pickled and canned asparagus is great to have on hand for Bloody Marys made from the juices of talked about canned tomatoes. I also like canning cauliflower, if I don’t eat it all first.

  • Dana says:

    Blackberry Jelly! Followed closely by dill pickels. We hoard them and savor them all winter long!

  • Becky says:

    I love canning all the bounties of summer and fall! It’s so rewarding to have all of that delicious surplus taken care of with love! I also love that I know exactly what goes in to each and every one of the jars and in turn, what my family is getting in their belly. It’s hard to choose just one favorite, but for now, my favorite thing to can is apple butter or pear butter, it’s so easy and so great on chilly winter morning with warm toast and coffee! That’s what I had this snowy Idaho morning!

  • Katie says:

    So hard to choose just one thing, but I’ve narrowed it down to tomatoes. Plain canned tomatoes. Open a jar in the dead of winter and the scent of summer fills the room.

  • Ouida Lampert says:

    My favorite has to be, simply, tomatoes. They just taste better to me than anything I can get commercially.

  • Rachel Schindler says:

    My SIL has been canning for years and it is something I have wanted to tackle for along time. Last year, I decided was the year to start jamming. I made raspberry, blackberry, Pioneer Woman’s jalapeno peppers, and fig. I just have to say I am hooked. Until I read further down in your post, I kept looking for a link to buy her products. They look yummy…

  • Emily says:

    What a lovely giveaway! My favorite (and only) canning experience so far was using your recipe for Strawberry Jam. Absolutely delicious, and especially fun as was doing it with my husband, sipping cold home brewed beer, at ten at night after our little daughter was in bed. Great memory. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  • Tina C. says:

    So far I’ve only canned fig jam, but I have fond memories of canning tomatoes.

  • Beth says:

    My favorite thing to can is orange marmalade, or really any kind of citrus marmalade. The Meyer lemon marmalade I did one year was so, so good! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Lisa K says:

    Although I can a lot of fruit products, my favorite canned item is spaghetti sauce. I enjoy it almost weekly with pasta or as a pizza sauce.

  • Marla says:

    There is nothing I love more than canning – really! The satisfaction of opening a jar of cherries (that were canned during peak perfection in July) in the middle of February is almost as good as the cherries taste! And to be able to share my canning with friends and family is truly a gift made with love! Here’s a little tip: dump the boiling-hot water from the canner on those pesky weeds growing in the cracks of the sidewalk – kills ’em dead on the spot and how environmentally friendly is that! Can on, my friends, can on!

  • Kaitlin Jenkins says:

    Canning tomatoes is my favorite because I always get the most use out of them, and they’re easy! I know its the best thing I can do to care for my family. I must say, if I won, I would be dying to try that Sunchoke & carrot mustard pickles. I’ve never tried sunchokes before and am really interested in crossing that off my list!

  • jonquil says:

    My favorite thing to can are jams :)

  • Teri Reynhout says:

    This will be our first year with a “real” garden. I’ve yet to can but I am seriously looking forward to putting up some kim chee and salsa!

  • Kira says:

    Well, I guess my favorite is blackberry jam from blackberries growing right next to my property. But I’ve also been having a lot of fun with pickles lately. It’s made me appreciate what a real pickle is supposed taste like!

  • Shelby at Fresh Eggs Farm says:

    This year, we’re planting 40-60 tomato plants (depending upon how many survive) – I’d love to can homemade spaghetti sauce for the very first time this fall.

  • steph says:

    Not a canner, but I loved the pickles I bought in college from an Amish family near campus. Boo to the govt for not allowing them to sell them anymore!

  • Hollie says:

    I just started canning last year, and besides homemade Jam I am in love with any simple pickled veggie. Asparagus is at the top of the list!

  • Jessica Minguez says:

    I canned for the first time this summer! I put up strawberry and straw-rhubarb jam, raspberry syrup, and froze some pesto cubes! I’d like to try to can some veggies this year, like pickled green beans, or can some of the salmon we catch. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • jen says:

    I still haven’t learned to can, but if I can get a handle on this having a kid thing, I might just talk my mom into using some of her visit this summer (during my maternity leave) to teach me the basics. My favorites are wonderful SC peaches in their own juice, Western NC apples into sauce and the bounty of summer (tomatoes!!) in every form. I was so spoiled growing up to have canned goods at my disposal. Wish I had thought to embrace that knowledge when I had it closer by!!

  • Sarah R. says:

    I’ve only tried canning applesauce so far, but I’d love to try salsa or pasta sauce next year!

  • Jenn says:

    I learned to can from my grandmother, and each time I hear that satisfying “pop” of the lids sealing now, I think of her – she would smile so beautifully every time she heard it! I can everything from jellies and jams to pickles and sauces. Planning a big garden this year, too! I do love your site, what a beautiful family you have. xxoo

  • Kate says:

    I love to can jams, jelly and pickles, but my favorite is pickled garlic scapes.

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  • Jennie says:

    I love canning jam and tomato relish :)

  • Ann says:

    I love to can grape juice. To see the dark purple jars all lined up for winter warms my soul!

  • sweta says:

    my biggest hit this year was by far sungold tomato jam. We’re on the last jar now — I can’t wait for tomato season again!

  • kelli says:

    my gran’s bread and butter pickles….onion, vinegar, sugar, mustard seeds, and other spices….and kirby cukes…homegrown and homemade…the only way to eat!!!!!

  • Jennet says:

    I want to attempt canning this year! It is one of my resolutions. I want to start with canned dill carrots. My mom used to make them when I was a kid and they are my favorite, for their yummy taste and the nostalgic factor. featheredneststudio [at] gmail [dot] com

  • Kelli says:

    I would reeeeeally love to learn to can pickles!

  • sharon lindsay says:

    I canned applesauce and tomatoes last summer for the first time and am loving the results of both! thanks for the giveaway!

  • chandra says:

    I like to can tomatoes (although, I probably enjoy it much more since my husband is the one who gets the peels off). I bought a little pressure canner at a garage sale, but haven’t used it yet.

  • marissa says:

    Canned Apple Butter for the first time last year. Hoping to try some different things this year!
    Thanks for inspiring me, Ashley!!!

  • Kadi says:

    I’m not a canner – not because I don’t want to be… simply because I have a galley kitchen in a tiny little studio. I want to be able to enjoy the experience, so I’m waiting until I can stretch out in a bigger pad. However, I’ve always had the urge to try canning/fermenting/growing after watching Alys Fowler’s “Edible Garden.” The sauerkraut looks absolutely delicious. I’d love to try my own brew of something quirky and truly learn some of the “old world” methods of things we take for granted. I love that series to pieces (just as I bet I would love these canned goods :) )

  • Allison says:

    I have only had one canning adventure thus far: dilly beans! And boy , are they a delight: crunchy, spicy, garlicy, and of course dilly-ey(?). Anyways, YUM!
    This summer I plan on trying out canning all sorts of tomato products. I miss fresh tomatoes so much in the winter!

  • Tara says:

    I started canning a few years ago and love to make peaches packed in honey (their remaining juice with Prosecco on winter weekend mornings when we have house guests is divine!). Tomato jam is another one of my favorites, although I’m the only one in the house that likes it. Recently, I had my first canning disaster. I tried to make cara cara orange marmalade for my mother, mother-in-law, aunts and all of the other lovely women in my life for Valentine’s day. I instead made some sort of orange rock candy disaster…. All of the little marmalade jars are still sitting on the counter filled with this inedible solid… mocking me! :-) (

  • Cindy says:

    I have many fond memories of my mother canning jams – strawberry mostly. Once we came home from a vacation and our neighbor had canned our tomatoes for us – said she couldn’t stand to see them rot on the vine – what a great lady! We don’t do a big enough garden to can much, but hope to expand soon – I have a serious desire to make my own pickles.

  • Lindsay says:

    Tomato jam has become a recent favorite.

  • MaryEl says:

    I love to can blueberry jam w/mint! Just made some 1st time orange marmalade, which I’m quite proud of. I’d like to give chutneys a try sometime.

  • Hannah says:

    Dilly beans are my favorite.

  • Jodie says:

    Ohhh I love a giveaway and this sounds too yummy to pass up. I love this kind of shop and would love to support our North Carolina products. I love canning pretty much everything that can be canned. But my favorite is probably soft fruit like strawberries and blueberries, because they are in abundance when they are in season! Thanks for a chance to win!

  • oukay says:

    I like to can lots of things, but I am happiest when my son makes a peanut butter and strawberry jam sandwich and tells me that I make the best strawberry jam!

  • Molly says:

    I like to can jams and marmalade. They are easy, fun, beautiful, and so sweetly delicious.

  • Amy Fitzpatrick says:

    I grew up in a house dominated by canning. Beans, tomatoes, squash, apple butter, grape juice, and even SAUSAGE. My mom would make the patties out of the sausage meat from our hogs, fry them lightly and then can them. Awesome.


  • Elisa says:

    I think there are few smells as pleasant than apple butter reducing in the oven. I have not yet had the opportunity to can on my own, but I have enjoyed canning tomatoes, apple sauce and butter, plum jelly and strawberry/rhubarb jam with my mom.

  • Laura says:

    Strawberry jam as it reminds me of my wedding day, which was perfect, simple, and sweet. Plus the fact that a dear friend and I canned over 60 (?) small jars of jam two days before my wedding (was supposed to be a week before, but the latest ever strawberry harvest in our region bumped us to two days before). Thanks!

  • cyndi says:

    I love to can jams of all sorts, one of my new favorites I canned last year was Italian Plum Jam with Balsamic. It’s so good on
    toast, muffins or with cheese. Can’t wait to try some of these goodies.

  • Zac says:

    I have been all about the condiments lately. Generally I ferment but I love me some bread and butter pickles, rooster sauce (fermented hot sauce) and mint chutney. Yum.

  • Mollie says:

    My favorite thing to can is anything tomato- whole w/ basil, salsa, stewed, jams, etc. We are nuts for organic, homegrown
    tomatoes to use throughout the winter. YUM.

  • Patrick Farrington says:

    I canned pickles for the first time last summer and hope to do more this summer, though a planned move may interfere. Many years ago I had a sage and onion jam that I would love to figure out how to make.

  • Courtney says:

    I have only done tomatoes and cherries but would love to learn pickles and salsa.

  • Patty says:

    I like to can sausage, venison, sauces, and soups! Not typical, but nothing like pulling a meal off the shelf with no preservatives six months later!


  • amanda (sweetpotatoclaire) says:

    blueberry jam with lime, and roasted tomatillo/serrano salsa verde. her products look amazing! can’t wait to see what all she has in store~

  • Hugh says:

    My favorite thing to can is small batch jams.

  • Michelle P says:

    I just canned up some meyer lemon curd that turned out fantastic… excellent for some scones or to mix with greek yogurt. Yum-o!

  • Kat says:

    I have made refrigerator jam, bread and butter pickles, and pickled red onions in a small-batch method. I would love to learn to can and keep that goodness all year round!

  • Kim says:

    Always my favorites are……figs, pickles and various relishes. the makings of vegetable soup mix, a first last summer …..grout cherry tomatoes, and the best is rhubarb. Thank you for this kind offering.

  • Marie says:

    My grandmother always made the best strawberry preserves, to go along with my granddaddy’s homemade bread that he baked each morning at 4:00. It was the best combination! They have both since moved on, but my brother has mastered the bread recipe. I’ve been dreaming of learning to make the preserves. Hopefully when the berries are at their best I can make some preserves to save and give to relatives, along with a loaf of my brother’s bread, at Christmas. It won’t be the same as my grandparents’, but hopefully it will be close!

  • Julie says:

    Jalepeno relish is the favorite in our house. A close second are dilly bean pickles. My family never canned when I was a kid, but I have to say that its a handy trick to know now that I am married and have kids, especially when you’re short on cash!

  • Jessica says:

    As humdrum as it sounds, probably tomatoes. They’re so pretty in their jars and the smell when I open them up . . . mmmm, August in a jar. You just don’t get that in “boughten” tomatoes. (Or maybe you do; I’ve not opened a can in so long I can’t remember.)

  • Steph Hinz says:

    I really want to learn to put up my own tomatoes and tomatoe juice. I love me some homegrown ‘maters!

  • Emilie Ritchie says:

    I used to can tomatoes. I would like to start that again. That way my girls can learn when they are little, just like I did.

  • Tia Bednar says:

    I love to can tomatoes, not because they are exciting, but because it is what I use to help my grandmother with in the kitchen when I was young. Nothing can replace the warm memory of canning with her, and I now use her canning tools to do my own.

  • Hannah says:

    Tomato jam! It’s the best with cheese

  • Cindy Bandemer says:

    I am relatively new to the canning business, but this year made two highly successful batches of Meyer Lemon & Ginger marmalade from our own lemon tree and garlic refrigerator pickles. Yum!

  • Natalie says:

    I have been freezer preserving the fruit from my cherry tree, but this summer it’s ON! I’m not only going to can, but I’m making pie filling to have on hand for any sort of apocalypse! :)

  • Caroline says:

    rhubarb jam! and pickled watermelon rinds! yum!

  • Jocelyn says:

    I love canning mustard pickles…mostly because I love eating them so much! Our family has discovered that fiddleheads with mustard pickles is an amazing combination!

  • Sara says:

    I love canning jams of all kinds! And trading for more jams at food swaps!

  • Nerissa says:

    I love to can peaches. I haven’t gotten the hang of it yet but someday my peaches will be beautiful.

  • Anita says:

    I love canning tomato sauce! Yum.

  • Tanya says:

    I enjoy canning and then eating the fruits and veggies of my labors all winter long, and it’s very hard to pick a favorite. Some of my favorite things actually go in the freezer, pestos and curds, and slow roasted cherry tomatoes in olive oil..YUM!

  • KJ says:

    I love that there is a magazine called Garden and Gun……….and the jams look amazing!

  • Dawn says:

    I love to can strawberry jam made with berries from a farm just around the corner from mine. I also make blackberry jam from foraged berries on our property. All of the sctraches on our hands are so worth it when we tast that bit of summer caught in a jar. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Lilly says:

    I’m not a canner myself, but an enthusiastic consumer of my husband’s canning productivity! I love seeing all the rows of applesauce and tomatoes in our pantry!

  • Mary says:

    Dilly beans! I never can enough of them and its a long wait until July.

  • ashley s says:

    my favorite thing to can, by far, is hot sauce :)

  • Chip in SC says:

    We love to can chicken soup or turkey soup most of all. Best for a winter evening… but pickled okra comes in a close second!

  • Cynthia says:

    I like canning dill pickles.

  • Morgan says:

    I love canning, especially with friends. Most successful (so I suppose my favorites) has been a pear ginger compote and an old fashioned pickle-relish. On to the new season!

  • Barbara says:

    I love making dilly beans!

  • Sarah Randall says:

    Oh, I love to can! My favorite jam recipe is rhubarb-ginger, and I discovered a recipe last fall for pickled pears that will become an annual tradition.

  • Jennifer says:

    I wish I canned-But I do freeze. And Pesto Sauce is my favorite item to preserve. Homemade basil with either walnuts, pinenuts, pumpkin seeds, etc. olive oil and parmasean cheese. I had about 12 jars in the freezer and ran out in January. Doubling my basil planting this year as pulling a jar out of the freezer just turns a blah winter dinner into a breath of summer.

  • Mandy says:

    Pickles! I made a dozen jars from garden cucumbers and I have exactly one pickle left. I’m already looking forward to July. :)

  • Joeby says:

    I love canning! I especially love making jam and pickles :)
    I love your Small Measures blog!

  • Megan says:

    Bread and butter pickles for my partner.

  • Carly says:

    Favorite thing to can…
    Rhubarb jam. It’s so deliciously tart and I love the pink color! Applesauce is another favorite, also when it turns out pink!

  • Sarah K. says:

    I plan to start canning this summer. The very first thing I want to make is pickles. I know they would be the biggest hit with our family.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway! I’m a new follower.

  • Sarah K. says:

    P.S. – Sorry, I forgot to leave my email:

  • Cary Bradley says:

    I love making Lebanese turnip pickles. I guess they aren’t technically canned, although they are stored in canning jars, so I’ll give myself some leeway ;). Thanks for introducing this terrific sounding company!

  • Stephanie Fisher says:

    Just canned my first lemon curd. Can’t wait to try a jam next =)

  • MIchelle says:

    Pumpkin Butter is a major canning project here. We run a ‘Pumpkin Patch’ for the kids fundraiser every year and I make sure nothing goes to waste. So when the Christmas Trees are selling we have Pumpkin Butter as a Holiday Gift Giving Idea to raise a little extra funds.

  • Antoinette says:

    I love to make homemade jam. I make a several batches a month, just to give away to friends and family…I love the process of chopping and peeling the fruit, letting it slowly bubble into a sticky, sweet gel, and then pouring it into the little jars. The satisfying pop of the lids sealing as they sit, jewel-toned and gorgeous on my counter….magic!

  • Claire says:

    Luv 2 can pie filling!!! Nothing feels better than opening a jar of summer in the dead of winter :)

  • Meg S says:

    What a wonderful reminder from your little one.
    Right now, my favorite thing to can is marmalade. Blood orange marmalade. Yum.
    In the summer, it’s Asian spiced plum sauce. It goes with everything!

  • Deanna says:

    I just bought my first canner last year and canned tomato/basil sauce and some jams. It’s fun!

  • katie says:

    My absolute favorite is green pepper jam.

  • Darla Shannon says:

    I like to can beans. Would love to win this!

  • Sarah says:

    I love to can pickles, especially spicy ones!

  • Susan says:

    For me, it’s a tie between peach butter, mustard and salsa. All three are delish and make easy kitchen work with their quick processing times.

  • Karen says:

    I love canning jam – especially strawberry!

  • Stephanie says:

    Love to make and eat Peach Spice Jam and Granny’s Zucchini Relish!
    Would love to make/can a fig spread in the future.

  • Solducky says:

    Green beans! I am growing several kinds to can this summer, including purple podded pole beans, rattlesnake, and dragon’s tongue!

  • Vanessa says:

    I love canning jams!

  • Sandee Wright says:

    For me, it’s all about the apple butter… with just a touch of cranberry brandy…

  • Emily says:

    My favorite things to can are whole tomatoes and green tomato pickles. I also enjoy figuring out how to make chutneys and preserves with veggies & herbs from the garden.

  • Heather says:

    My favorite thing to can are tomatoes, green, red, salsa, sauce, soup… Tomato lovers for sure.

  • JudyKiger says:

    Will definately be checking you blog now that I have found it, & also The Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon site. Love to do very small batch things, especially fruits with herbs such as rosemary or thyme added to give a subtle hint of ‘what did you do?’ Cherry Rhubarb is a current favorite jam, but also ginger peach preserves. Either one on crusty toasted bread…. My mom & grandmother sang & cooked in the kitchen…..a great way to grow up loving good food. Thanks for your blog!

  • Kitty Schane says:

    I have just started canning the last two years. Applesauce the first year and pickles dill and sweet, tomatoes, and sloppy joe sauce,last year which tastes the best of any I have had.

  • mama bird says:

    I too LOVE tomato jam and I also love making my Mema’s Pepper jelly. March 7th is my 40th Birthday so I HOPE I WIN!!

  • Tanya Poterack says:

    I’m new to canning- since learning I’ve been a canning fiend and have more stickies sticking out of cook books. So far my favorite has been a toss up between Meyer Lemon Curd and Pear Cinnamon jam!

  • kimpeck says:

    i love to make peach jam & raspberry jam, with fruit grown locally. oh the taste is just heavenly!
    i would love to win…thanks for the opportunity! and make sure to let us know about the kickstarter campaign!!

  • k a t says:

    Anything with strawberries or tomatoes, I can’t get enough of them here in the NW in the Summer much less the Winter. I have made Tomato Jam, Tomato Sauce, Strawberry Jam, but I’d like to get more creative with these ingredients. Maybe this Summer will be the one to explore. :)

  • Annie says:

    I love to make my own canned pickles. You just can’t beat picking your own cukes and spices.

  • Kyna Marie says:

    I love canning fruit butters. Blueberry butter is probably my favorite, especially with spices and fruit juices added!

  • AbbyK says:

    I love canning jelly, jam, salsa, pickles – just about everything I can, well, CAN. Lol. TY for the giveaway!

  • melissa says:

    i love to can jam and fruit butters!

  • Michele J. says:

    I love canning all kinds of things from my garden, but I guess my favorite thing to can is jam. There are endless possibilities and combinations, so much fun!

  • Jen says:

    I love my canned tomato sauce!

  • Erin says:

    Ginger-tomato chutney is probably one of my favorite canning projects so far.

  • Jen says:

    I love my canned tomatoes!

  • Gail Lloyd says:

    my absolute favorite thing I can every year is tomatoes. I love using them in the cold winter months. There is just nothing quite like home grown tomatoes!!
    thank you. gail

  • Carla says:

    I can jam and fermented pickles. I don’t have a pressure cooker so am limited as to what I can can!

  • Jenifer says:

    Now that I have found the correct pectin I would really like to try my hand at a no sugar added jam.

  • courtney says:

    Sweet and tart here! I love to can apple butter and green tomato pickles!

  • lindsey says:

    Cherry amaretto jam. No, wait, sweet relish. No, fig and plum jam. No, spiced plum butter…I like canning almost anything!

  • Amy L says:

    I like to can applesauce and apple butter. Also Blacberry jam.

  • Susan says:

    I love canning the plums I pick off the tree in my back yard.

  • heather says:

    my absolute favorite is my curried green tomato pickles! the aroma fills the house and its so yummy to snack on with crackers and goat cheese waiting for it to cook down (and all winter long!) thanks for the giveaway y’all!

  • Rachel Wertheimer says:

    I tried to make citrus marmalade earlier this week. It was a challenge, but I enjoyed it, even though it didn’t turn out quite as I expected!

  • Rachel Wertheimer says:

    I’d love to win! I tried to make marmalade with a bushel of citrus I stumbled upon earlier this week, with limited success, but looking forward to trying more soon.

  • Peggy says:

    Spicy Tomato-Apple Chutney, Tomato Marmalade, Pickled Beets with Garlic and Cumin, Pickled Asparagus, Applesauce of various types, Pear Butter with Cardamom…..the favorites thus far….want to do more more more!

  • Amy Myers-doyle says:

    Oh what an awesome book and giveaway!

  • Ginger says:

    I’ve canned blueberry jam and strawberry jam, but this year I have big plans to can an absurd amount of tomatoes and tomato products!

  • Jennifer L. says:

    Our current favorite is the Vanilla Rhubarb Jam w. Earl Grey from the Food in Jars cookbook! This year, I would also love to experiment with different types of pickles.

  • Carissa R. says:

    Fresh, homemade salsa is what I’d love to learn to can.

  • Katherine M says:

    I love making blueberry jam or sweet jellies in general. They remind me of comfort, especially on a piece of toast.

  • Elizabeth F says:

    I like to make pickle relish or cucumber relish, whatever you want to call it. But it tastes so much better than the store stuff that has chemicals and artificial colors and preservatives in it. fishea52atgmaildotcom

  • Jen Beckett says:

    I love to preserve fresh figs!

  • Kat says:

    Strawberry jam!

  • Liz says:

    I love canning strawberry rhubarb jam.

  • Elena Vo says:

    Not a canner (yet) but I’d love to learn how to can strawberry jam!

  • Kelly says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE canning jams, chutneys, Marmalades & fruit butters, especially hot, spicy and peppery ones!

  • Rebecca says:

    Hard question…I love making jam- any kind of variety, but I really like just making recipes up with whatever fruit I have on hand!

  • Megan says:

    I haven’t canned before, but once we move into our new home this year, I definitely plan on learning!! I thought something simple and delicious would be a good start….nothing beats yummy canned peaches!

  • Jen in TX says:

    I’m a wanna-be canner. Tomatoes would be the first thing I’d like to learn to can.

  • Danielle says:

    Canning pickles is at the top of my list right now. Maybe bread and butter! :)

  • Katie says:

    I just tried canning for the first time – blueberry pineapple jam. Yum! Definitely ready to try more projects!

  • emily english says:

    Just finished up a huge batch of delicious jams…cleaning out the freezer for next year’s picks. Up this canning session were strawberry jam, peach-fig-muscadine juice jam, blackberry jam, and fiery jalapeno pepper jam. Copper Pot and Wooden Spoon’s goodies sound amazing…especially those pickles!

  • Ixoj says:

    Applesauce, hands down, followed by jam, and pears.

  • Tabitha says:

    I love making blueberry jam. It has been such a big hit with my family. I want to try strawberry jam, and a citrus marmalade this year!

  • Diana says:

    My only canning experience is with beets. I love beets and they are so easy to can! Recently we ran out and, in desperation, tried store beets. Total fail! Once you’ve had a great homemade batch of your favorite food – there’s no going back!

    San Francisco

  • Barbara Foster says:

    I canned for the first time last year. I did tomatoes and pickles. It actually was my first garden, also. I would love to can the citrus marmalade you show. Looks yummy!

  • Jamie says:

    Would love to learn how to can fruits and make various spreads! Great giveaway, fingers crossed!


    Jamie (

  • Becky says:

    My favorite memory of canning is peaches. Huge, luscious, softball-size locally grown peaches. I was a single mom with four little boys in years past and didn’t learn to can until I became single. When my youngest boy was 7, he informed me it was his job to help me can peaches because they were his favorite (they all helped in various canning endeavors) and we spent many happy hours together canning peach halves, peach butter, peach jam, freezer jam, all the loveliness of that beautiful fruit. I don’t can now, I’m in my sixties, working full-time, kids all living elsewhere, but when I retire I intend to get back to it on a smaller scale. I enjoy your blog, thanks for sharing with all of us out here. Blessings on you and your family.

  • felicia n says:

    Honestly, I love canning just about anything, but mostly end up doing fruit jams and pickles (besides cukes, versions of carrot, onion and grape…that’s right, pickled grapes!). This year I’d like to try again to replicate my Aunt Nellie’s pickled beets – they were sweet and sour, just a little spicy, with cloves and cinnamon and other mysteries I’ve not yet successfully deciphered.

  • Sarah W says:

    I love canning spiced peach jam and peaches. I was very pleased with the pickeld beets I put up last fall.

  • Arleen says:

    Never had the time to “can” but now find it an absolute necessity. always looking for ideas and info.

  • DeeKay says:

    The very best thing I have ever canned was a tarragon jelly. It took a bit of time to set up, but once it did, the jelly was just wonderful – very honey-like. I’ve come close but never quite achieved that level of perfection again.

  • Leslie L says:

    I haven’t tried canning yet, but do freeze many of the vegetables from my garden.

  • Heather says:

    Pickles! I make jams, can fruits (peaches, cherries), tomato sauce, salsa, and I do love all of it. But my favorite is lacto-fermented pickles. Thanks for the great giveaway and the fun blog!

  • Jessica says:

    I love preserving anything in season and found on the ground. Lately I”ve been playing with spicy jellies and marmalades. And a couple of weeks ago I tried lime curd. Never going back to lemon. Well, I guess I shouldn’t say that, but holy cow was it good.

  • Amanda says:

    I love to can local organic strawberries into jam! ( and i must confess I have never canned anything besides jams so far!)

  • Rebecca Hill says:

    My grandmother makes peach jam from the peaches that grew on her property. Sometimes she even put hot peppers in for extra kick – magical. On customs labels she always listed the value as “priceless”. It would be a sweet thing to know how to do that.

  • KarlaJ says:

    My first experience canning was last year. I made Candied Jalapenos. It actually worked! They tasted great new years eve over a block of cream cheese with crackers. I have BIG plans for my tomatoes and green beans this year. As a child, the whole family helped my mother put produce up every fall. I’m not sure why this was my first solo try at it. Her pickled beets and mustard pickles are my favorites.

  • Sage says:

    Pickles, pickles and more pickles!

  • Chris B. says:

    Well, it’s the standard thing, but you really just can’t beat red raspberry jam made from raspberries you and your little urchins have picked yourselves. In the doldrums of winter, remembering those sunny days is wonderful.

  • Jeanne says:

    Pickles of all types. Cheers.
    dibellaj (-AT-) gmail (-DOT-) com

  • Georgette says:

    After being inspired by one of your posts I decided to try making grapefruit marmelades. I have a dwarf grapefruit tree, she produced several hundred delicious fruit and as I gave them to friends and family plus saved some for preserving. Several friends joined me in this undertaking and we had a great time in the kitchen. So far I have made four marmelades of grapefruit and two of orange. I learned it is best to make smaller batches and I want to figure out how to use less pectin. Several batches turned out too soft so I recooked them. I am now hooked on making marmelades.

  • rachel says:

    I want to make jam!

  • Jens says:

    I spent my childhood helping my mom with canning, though I don’t do it any more. I always liked the jams and jellies the best–sweet treats! Nowadays I just freeze things, but I would like to give canning a shot again.

  • Susan McArthur says:

    I used to can a mixed vegi pickle recipe and would give as Christmas gifts. Also a hot pepper jelly. My brother has a hot pepper relish that he cans that will make you cry not only from heat but the flavor is amazing! I will be canning again this spring!

  • Chris Brooks says:

    Awesome giveaway!

    I am growing 2 types of cucumbers and am going to try canning this year for the first time!

    I’m so excited!!!

    Thanks for the giveaway and good luck everyone!

  • Alison says:

    My most favorite thing to can are peaches & pears. Especially when we have a good year (not every year here in the North) and have an abundance that isn’t gobbled up fresh from the picking.

  • Deirdre says:

    I love making peach butter from freshly picked summer peaches! However, this summer I made large batches of tomato jam and can’t wait to make more this coming summer!

  • Yasmin says:

    I’ve only canned jams and chutneys but would love to can pickles and tomato sauce!

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing says:

    It’s crazy but I have yet to can. I would love to can salsa though…and homemade pasta sauce…and peppers!