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Dreamers Into Doers (+ Giveaway!!!)

I got my first taste of canning as a wee lass, watching my grandmother “Nanny” (a sassy thing, turning a young 86 in August!) transform her garden cukes into bread & butter pickles and her grapes into violet-tinged juice.


If canning wasn’t part of your family’s culinary background, however, and the recent resurgence of interest in this means of preservation has got you intrigued, I’ve got just the thing for you. The fine folks at Jardin (the maker of Ball canning products) sent me a complimentary assortment of their wares, including all of those pictured above. In case you can’t make them all out, there’s: an impressive jar lifter; a ‘nifty’ (one of my Pop’s favorite words!) canning funnel; a great book of recipes from Ball; sample packets of pectin and salsa seasoning; and a “Home Canning Discovery Kit”, which includes a plastic basket used for lifting jars safely in and out of the boiling water bath and 3 pint jars with lids and screw bands. These items will help transform all of you canning dreamers out there into doers.

And I’m giving it all away to one lucky small measure reader. Even if you’re already deft with a water bath and can wield a jar lifter with the ease that comes from experience, feel free to enter the giveaway. These items will equally inspire, and assist, newbies and old-schoolers alike.

To enter the giveaway, simple leave a comment below describing what tempts you about canning. If you’re already canning, what brings you back? If it’s something you’ve longed to do, why? I’ll go first.

For me, it’s time in a bottle. When cherries are on sale here, or I pick a mess of blueberries from wild bushes up on the Blue Ridge Parkway, or a bumper crop of cucumbers show up at the farmer’s market (or, even better, in my garden), I know just what to do with them. Freezing isn’t much of an option for me. Not only do some things not freeze well, but, having been privy to one too many extended periods without electricity out here, and not owning a generator, a freezer just wouldn’t cut the mustard for my preservation needs (when pine trees fall on power lines during snow storms and you live one mile down a snow-covered dirt road, the utility companies out here, I’ve learned, sort of think you’re the type of person who can handle power outages longer than the “city folk” can). Canning these items, though, holds them in suspended animation, keeps ’em fresh and delicious, and ensures I can enjoy pickled cherries when the snow falls, or slather blueberry jam on my Christmas morning toast. That’s why I answer the siren song.

Et tu? What beckons you? Please be sure to leave a means of reaching you, either by listing your e-mail address or website/blog, in your comment (if your profile link contains that info, that’ll do). I’m open to international commenters if you’re open to considering splitting the shipping costs. The giveaway will run through next Friday, July 29th, at midnight EST.

270 Responses to Dreamers Into Doers (+ Giveaway!!!)

  • Christie says:

    Such a great giveaway! I've always wanted to try canning. I've made and loved strawberry freezer jam, but, now that I live in the land of hurricane-fueled power outages, I too would love to see my pantry shelves (and not my freezer) filled up with canned goodness. Thanks!

  • heather says:

    pear preserves started my love. we would run around as kids trying to find the best fallen pears from my grandmothers pear tree in her back yard. ive found three abandon pear trees here in wnc that ive revisited (on multiple occassions!)the past two years and im able to recreate some of that childhood excitement with my own preserves that i can share with my grandma (mama nelle) now..
    and i just burnt some stuff making peach preserves the other night, so im in need 😉 happy canning y'all!

    ashley- whats going on with your canning class?!?

  • Just received your Keeping Chickens book and am dreaming up our coop as we speak! We just moved to a hundred year old cabin and so begins our homesteading adventure one skill at a time.
    e.

  • Melanie J. says:

    Oh, I would love this giveaway! I want to learn to can, so we can have healthy food on hand any time of year. I want to learn to do strawberry jelly, so I can quit throwing $2.50 at Smuckers every 2 weeks. I want to grow my own veggies soon and know how to preserve them. P.S. I look forward to owning your books someday to assist me in my homesteading efforts.

  • JizzleK says:

    Pick me! I've finally gotten to a point in my life when I can start to learn and practice food preservation. I never grew up with it, so I'm starting from scratch.

  • Amazing giveaway! I am so tempted by the idea of turning an old closet in my basement into a canning pantry and root cellar!

    The basement holds a constantly cool temperature and I can't wait to have jars and jars of canned goods lined up in neat rows…along with potatoes and apples and other food in cold storage. :)

    -Crystal

  • Heather P says:

    I grew up on a small fruit and vegetable farm in Vermont, and now I miss the strawberry jam and other lovely things my mother made. Also living in Texas now I need new recipes!

  • Miss Music says:

    I have made jam in the past, but am longing to get into canning pickles, tomato sauce, and a variety of other things because they remind me of my mom and dad. Dad grew up on a tobacco farm, and always wished he could move to a farm of his own. He turned our suburban back yard into a mini farm, with a huge veggie garden that covered most of the yard, a blackberry patch, peach trees, and bee hives. Mom used to preserve most of what came out of that yard, to help feed her five growing children. We kids spent many hours working in that garden. My favorite part of helping was sitting with mom in the kitchen, snapping beans, cutting up cukes, or pitting cherries in preparation for canning. I miss that good, homegrown food, and I miss my parents. Canning is sure to bring back memories of yesterday for me.

  • El Gaucho says:

    I can not just because of how it makes me feel secure to see all those glass jars lined up in my pantry, but also to help make it through the long North Dakota winters. When it's 30 below outside, I still have a taste of fall apples in my canned applesauce, or beautiful June strawberries in my jam.

  • Alison says:

    I've done a lot of pickles (for my husband–I'm not a big fan) in recent years but I'd love to put up something that I really look forward to eating. I think it's time to try fruit. I usually freeze blueberries and peaches but never thought to can them.

  • eidolons says:

    I'm drawn to canning for financial and environmental reasons. Buying and growing food seasonally and having it all year round is an amazing concept to me. Of course, all I've ever done is fridge pickles because I'm sorely lacking in the supplies and know-how for much else.

  • Anonymous says:

    I've always wanted to try canning because my grandmother used to do it. She would can tons of tomatoes every summer, and we'd have them in dishes all the way through winter. Thanks for the chance to win!

    courtney [dot] elizabeth [dot] foster [at] gmail [dot] com

  • I too am fascinated with canning. It is my dream to have a root cellar filled with roots from my garden and years supplies of jars with preserves from the wild or my garden. I lot all my canning supplies recently when we moved from the beautiful mountains of Marshall NC to hot and sticky Mexico, and while I can harvest fresh food all year round here(once I get a garden growing), I still plan to make preserves and pickles to keep.
    Thanks for this wonderful give away!
    Blessings,
    Christina

  • Carey says:

    I love canning! It is so awesome to give something to your family and know exactly what is in it. I also like having a little piece of summer in the dead of winter. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Jen says:

    I'm drawn to canning because of the feeling of independence I get when I open a jar of tomatoes from my own garden.

  • Ashley W. says:

    Oh I would love to use these! I started trying my hand at canning last summer, but I would like to more easily be able to do small batches!

  • I love to see all those lovely jars lined up on the shelves and thnk of the good meals I can feed my family all year long. Every year I try to can something new; now mastering canning meats.

  • This is my third year canning and I'm looking forward to trying some new things. I think the reason I'm hooked is simply because everything tastes so good (much better than store bought)! Plus, I need a way to preserve my overly abundant harvest (I went a little overboard on the tomato plants this year).

  • Amber says:

    Oh, since I left my home in the country with my parents when I was three, I've longed to have a pantry full of beautiful jars of all colors and sizes, full of food that I know, food that I made, food that can keep my family healthy and happy!

    I was obsessed with Little House on the Prairie books when I was wee, and have always wanted to be self-sufficient in that way.

    I just found a recipe to make Queen Anne's Lace flower jelly, and that's my next project!

  • Meg says:

    What got me interested in canning is its history. People, mainly women, have been doing this for a looooong time. When I was a kid I always imagined I was a pioneer, and I love learning skills that aren't popular anymore. Although things like sewing and canning are getting a lot of attention lately and I think that's wonderful!

  • La Chili says:

    Oh, what a great giveaway, it comes perfect to me.
    I'm trying to can food, this week I'll try it for the first time.
    The thing I most want to do it tomato sauce, because I work on a organic's farmers market on Saturdays (I sell cloth diaper and that kind of things), and some times a particular fruit or veggie is on season, with great price and looking so good, so I wish I could buy a lot and then can it. I don't have a big freezer and I use it for compost, while I make enough material for a layer.
    Also I will like to make my cooking easier, rather than make everything from scratch every time. I will be totally willing to share shipping costs.
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  • I'm just learning the art of canning this summer. We left a busy life in Atlanta to live on a quiet farm in NC. My parents have joined us and my dad has grown a fabulous garden that could potentially feed us all winter. I long to be self-sufficient and go to the pantry for a can of my own tomatoes. Thanks for a chance to enter your giveaway.

  • artmajorese says:

    I am a sucker for all kinds of pickles – water melon rind pickles, dill, sweet, pickled red beets, pickled green tomatoes… it's the main thing I can!

  • Sarbear says:

    My grandmother used to have a tall metal cabinet in her kitchen, filled to the brim with jars of preserved vegetables, fruits, and creations. I would unlatch the doors and take it all in with regularity, and gobble them up with pleasure. I want the same thing for myself, my fella, and our future kiddos. To capture summer in a jar and be able to take it out when those gray skies make their way into the year. There's something sort of magical about that.

  • Awesome giveaway. This is just want my wife needs. (She is asking for these, not me forcing it on her!) Canned green beans! Fresh from the garden all winter long. Can't get enough of them.

    Thanks!
    http://www.concrete2chickens.blogspot.com

  • Leanna says:

    Summers in AL are so hot and humid, so we spent a lot of time in the basement where Mom has a kitchen just for canning. My sister and I would roller skate round and round on the concrete floor, frequently stopping to grab a piece of peach or whatever Mom was cutting up. Of course, we as we got older we were peeling tomatoes and snapping beans, too. It's such great memories and such delicious food! My husband & I are in a small apartment now, but I can't wait to start canning for real!

  • Oh my, this is a wonderful giveaway! My garden is producing a lot this year and I would love to learn more about canning, so I can store everything throughout the year.

    Kate, kmalexander26@gmail.com

  • I love canning summer in a jar! Have a favorite recipe for Plum, crab apple and wine jam!!!
    http://dianalischer.wordpress.com/2010/09/16/102/#comments

    lavignephotography at yahoo

  • We just bought our first ever house, I'm 48. We have about five acres. I want to grow food and can it.

  • Hilary says:

    I can't wait to start canning. I've never done it and dont' have the equipment so this would be perfect for me. I think I'm interested because it's about providing something for yourself and it harkens back to an older age when people were more in touch with what they ate.

  • I've been making pickles with my aunt every year for the past 5 years or so. We set up a day each summer to spend scrubbing, chopping, boiling and laughing the day away. For me canning is wonderful not only because of the end product, but because of the sense of tradition I feel each year during the time I spend with a wonderful woman in my life. I'd love to have some tools of my own to do more canning at home. Great giveaway!
    Kimberly.
    craftylandblog (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Amber says:

    I am fairly new to canning, but I have high hopes of changing that this summer. I am hoping to can tomatoes, jams, pears and apples. Wish me luck!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Amber
    maar04(at)comcast(dot)net

  • Spring says:

    I just, just, just canned for the very first time two days ago: raspberries! I'm sitting on nearly five acres of wild blackberries (the scourge of the PNW) which should ripen in a few weeks. I plan on canning those. Funny thing is we don't eat a lot of jam. I guess they'll be gifts this year. :)

    I just got thirty-five quart-sized jars off freecycle. I plan on canning tomatoes later in the season because we do use those nearly every week.

  • I've only ever made freezer jam, and that is shameful since I come from a long line of canning ladies. I'd love to start canning and keep the legacy alive! I think the thing I'd like most to can would be tomatoes.

  • Jess says:

    I love homemade pickles and have been dying to make my own! Thanks for such a great blog.

  • what a fantastic giveaway! I have always been lured by canning because it is just SO SMART and frugal…I have dreams of living on a small hobby farm and would have to 'get it in gear' as they say and do it. I took a canning class my church offered for free this summer and it was MUCH easier than I expected. It was something that, having never SEEN anyone do it before, always overwhelmed me…but now I know it's just a bit of time and clean utensils :)

    Sarah M

  • I want the same thing! To have summer tomatoes melt in my mouth in mid-february and preserve the CSA vegetables that we can't get cooked quick enough. I want the nutrition of summer fresh vegetables or fruits to last all year long!!! This is exciting!! Thanks Ash!

  • Melissa says:

    I just started canning this spring, and I love it for a couple of reasons. First, I love that I am able to use all the fruit that grows on trees in my yard. I have three trees, and in years past, I'd be overwhelmed with peaches, apricots and figs. This year, the only apricots that went to waste were the few that that birds got, and I guess that's not a waste, cause they gotta eat too! I have big plans for the peaches and figs when they ripen! I also love that I can get fancy with the flavors and enjoy gourmet type food for cheaper than supermarket brands. Can you say oregano jelly, apricot vanilla bean jam, and spicy plum ketchup???? So yummy.

    I really like your blog!!!!

    Thanks,

    Melissa

  • Sara says:

    The whild blackberries that grow on the bike path near my home are calling to be made into everything! I am normally a freezer jam kind of girl, but do not have a big freezer to keep all the potential goodies.

  • Thanks for the great opportunity! I am going to be new at canning in the near future. I have been reading about it but I am more of a learner by doing. I have a toddler now and have a new love of making things. Making things he would love and that I can love giving him. I am not a lover of pickles by my little man is, obviously he didn't get this from me. But he can eat them with the best pickle lover. And I have noticed already that he prefers mommy made things rather than prepared things bought at the store. So he is my motivation and I just think it would be beautiful to have a shelf of mommy made things of many different colors. What an accomplishment that will be some day. Thanks again.

  • I'm tempted by a few things. I like the idea of having food around, and I really like being able to have the best of summer any time I want, but a lot of it comes down to control. I appreciate knowing exactly what goes into my food and knowing that it's as good and healthy as it can be.

  • Jenn says:

    I am looking forward to learning to can my garden's bounty. For me it is all about sustainability and providing for the needs of my family. I am not there yet but hopeful for the days when I can take food straight from my garden, to my kitchen, to my pantry. My grandmother taught me that canning is an act of love when I was very young and some day, I will pass that love on.

  • Lindsey says:

    Every July when the short apricot season rolls around my mom and I make apricot jam. I am starting to be interested in expanding my efforts! I have been reading up on canning the last couple weeks in preparation for tomato season. I would love to can some yummy stewed tomatoes to keep us going all winter long. Wish I lived closer so I could take one of your classes!

  • I love to go to the farmer's market…and I often come hope and wonder how I am going to use all of the bounty I've purchased…canning to the rescue! I'm always inspired by what's seasonal, fresh and local. And I actually started my own jam and pickle business, selling at our local San Francisco Underground Markets.

  • Amy says:

    I love the idea of being able to have my own canned goods on hand for those nights when I want to make dinner quick but also want to be sure that I know what's going in it.

  • Kira says:

    I love that canning is the work of my own hands. I picked the fruit or veggies (often grew it all myself or, in the case of blackberries, grew wildly on my property), washed it, prepared it, stored it. I can remember the peak of summer in the dregs of winter and look forward to the harvest to come in the next year.

  • EricaBee says:

    I enjoy the entire experience of preserving and I do if for many reasons. It makes me feel good because I know where this food came from, it allows me to rely less on our inefficient food systems, it saves money, its entertaining and it happens to taste better than anything I can buy in a store. It is also a way for me to honor my grandparents. My 91 year old grandfather is the greatest gardener I know and my 87 year old grandmother used to make the best pie from home grown/canned fruit that I've ever tasted. I might not be as gifted as them in these areas but learning these skills has allowed me to feel connected to them over the years.

    But foremost, home preserving is a year-round and ritualistic expression of love; It is love to those I share this home grown, home preserved food with and love for myself because of all they joys and benefits I receive in performing this ritual. It starts in late winter when I pour over dozens of websites and catalogs searching for unique, interesting and flavorful crops that I believe my family, friends and I will enjoy. I order the seeds and patiently wait for signs of spring. I then carefully begin starting seeds inside and care for them with faith and patience until I feel it is finally safe enough to let them stretch their roots in the soil and their leaves toward the sun . For the rest of the summer, I monitor the garden's progress every day, hand picking pests from each and every leaf that needs to be rescued, I support my crops with sticks, branches and twine when their branches become to heavy to support themselves, I water diligently when the skies fail to provide rain and I weed, oh do I weed.

    When the plants finally bless me with vegetables and fruits, I harvest each and every berry, tomato, eggplant, green bean, carrot, onion etc., with thankfulness and and pride for all the hard work required by both (myself and the plant) in order for that moment to happen. I take the veggies inside, carefully sort them, wash them and prepare them for preservation. With diligence, I cook, I sanitize jars, I cook some more, I fill the jars, wipe them down and process them again. This may take hours or days, but it is never wasted time, nor does an ounce of the harvest go to waste. What doesn't make the canning cut, or has been peeled off or de-stemmed will go to the compost pile so that in a few months can be returned to the soil to be used as nutrients for the next garden. All these canned veggies and fruits, the sauces, the syrups, jellies, jams and pickles I display like artwork in vintage jars that have survived generations. Jars that rest on open shelves in the kitchen and dining room (out of direct light and heat of course) because they are far to beautiful to be hidden away. some jars will eventually be given to family and friends as gifts or will be served in my own home. Providing for them delicious, healthy, and pure food is love. Love that I planted, nurtured, harvested and preserved with my own hands. There's more than just food in those jars.

    Thank you for this post! What a great opportunity for me to be reminded of why home canning is so special to me.
    ericabruielly@hotmail.com

  • Cara says:

    I have always wanted to learn how to can esp since I moved up to rural ME from the more city like CT. Lots of blueberry fields here so I can't wait to pick fresh blueberries and make some jam. I work at a library and saw your book on the shelf. I have been studying ever since and can't wait to get started. Also I love your blog!!
    Csilly24@yahoo.com

  • Kalyn says:

    I am just now learning how to can and having this fabulous prize package would be wonderful. So far my friends have taught me to make pickled peaches and I've made spiced peach jam and blueberry lime jam. I am hooked!

    babykk@charter.net

  • cynthia says:

    I want to can your relish recipe (I love your book on Pickles) and tomatoes and all sorts of jams.

  • Preserving the fresh produce we get at our CSA to enjoy throughout the year is a canning inspiration!

  • angela says:

    Gifting is why I long to can.
    I am very passionate about giving a unique gift for each person I “buy” for. It is getting harder and harder to find and purchase that perfect gift. Two small children and a full time job don’t leave much time for shopping (which I dread, unless it is w/ a mouse). So last year about this time I was introduced to you. Shortly after browsing your blog for oh, only hours and hours, I became an instant fan. I ordered a few sets of jars from Ball. My intent was to make my chili, and freeze in the Ball jars for gifts. I didn’t want to can b/c it was completely foreign to me. That would be our Christmas gift to everyone on the list.

    Come December, I opened the freezer and looked at the jars. They didn’t exactly look that appealing to present as a gift, even dressed up with a bow. I knew the chili would taste great once defrosted and heated, but I couldn’t go to our holiday party and expect the host to store the gifts for 15 people in her freezer until it was gift opening time. So I scratched that idea and my kids helped me make espresso mint brownies that I packaged in pretty Glassine bags for everyone (but I wasn’t as excited).

    With that said…I loooong to can my chili for holiday gifts. I am scared. I so wish I could’ve signed up for your party and flown from Chicago to attend your canning session. But a book and supplies would be great and help me get on my way to gift giving this season. We purchase our grass fed meat from a small farm in Iowa and all other ingredients are organic. I would feel so great about being able to give this special gift from our kitchen.

    Angela – angelaky9h@gmail.com

  • Samantha says:

    My Grandmother was a master canner. She recently passed away and we are in the process of cleaning out her house. Down in the cellar there are enough can green beans, tomatoes, etc. to feed 3 armies! I have the fondest memories of being with her in her kitchen.
    I have been craving homemade pickles, I think I really might try to make them! Make my Grandma proud!

  • Anonymous says:

    my aunt starts making fruit jams every spring and every time i open a jar it reminds me of the fun we had talking while i watched her stir. i hope to carry on the tradition with my own kids.

    twsadmin@earthlink.net

  • Sparkless says:

    I've only canned a few things. My jelly was a dismal failure twice and never set even though I used pectin. I'd love to make salsa this year. We eat lots of salsa and it would be wonderful to be able to can my own.

  • EV says:

    Learning to can was one of my goals this year. My grandma is teaching me her way of doing things and I am adapting them to my style. I'm enjoying the process so much. It's a wonderful thing to share with my grandmother, and it's fulfilling to be skilled in preserving what I've grown in my garden.

  • Sarah says:

    This will be my first year canning… Which should be interesting. I just got your Canning & Preserving book from amazon in the mail yesterday so I'm sure I'm in good hands. Hope I win!

  • Kendra says:

    Hi Ashley, I wasn't sure how to contact you, but I saw some of your recipes for cleaning supplies on design sponge and I was wondering if I could share them with my blog readers. I will absolutely give you 100% of the credit.

    Thanks!
    Kendra

    kendraardis@yahoo.com

  • Wendy says:

    I started canning last summer because I tried Southern Living's Rosemary Peach Jam. Then I found no pectin, low sugar recipes and I was hooked. I love going to the farmer's market, picking out the produce, poring over my recipe books, planning out an entire day of canning (so I only have to run the stove once a week or so!), spending a day or two chopping cooking and jarring, then tasting summer whenever I open a jar of something I made. But what really makes me want to can is sharing those beautiful, colorful jars with friends and family.

  • saludafarmgirl@me.com says:

    I have been around canning my whole life. I spent equal amounts of time with my two grandmothers. It wasn't unusual for them to put up as may as 100 quarts of green beans each! That was a staple in their homes. I remember summers spent with them snapping beans and watching “Days of our Lives”. I did not begin to can on my own until after my daughter, Sadie, was born. I thought then and still do think that it is important to expose her to that tradition and preserving the fresh vegetables that we gather each year from our garden.

  • Lynn says:

    I used to watch my gramma can and now she is gone I sooo wish I knew how! It would be great to can the case of peaches we have coming! Thanks!

  • Roxy Schow says:

    The rows and rows of colorful jars upon the pantry shelf are what call me each season. My grandma canned everything – her kitchen was always a buzz of hot kettles and some freshly picked produce awaiting to be preserved in a beautiful glass jar. I spent many years with my mother canning in our tiny, hot kitchen – one of the first things I wanted to do when I left for college was can sauces and jellies. I figured I needed food for the year and I wouldn't be canning in a dorm room – ha! I'm a geek!

  • Ellen says:

    What tempts me about canning is the fact that I have these golden fruits put up in jars with my own hands. I read a lot of old books (Anne of Green Gables, Jane of Lantern Hill, Little Women, etc etc) and many of them have these marvelous descriptions of the light bouncing off their canned bounty. It gives me such a fulfilled feeling to be able to look at a shelf full of home-canned LOVE!

  • Shannon says:

    Ashley,

    You may or may not remember me, but I stumbled across your blog through one of my friends. I'm Shannon Newbold (now Shannon Wright) and we went to elementary and middle school together, and I had lots of sleepovers at your house in Richlands. What great memories! I love your blog and am so impressed by your accomplishments, you're a talented lady:) What interests me about canning comes somewhat from my childhood, and how my mother canned almost everything. I have great memories of eating all her yummy fruits and canned veggies. Now, my interest in canning is born from necessity. My husband has Crohn's disease and is on a very limited diet, and so all the preservatives in canned grocery goods he can't have. I need to get started canning so I can build up my food storage for him in case of an emergency. Plus, it's so much healthier for us all! Drop me a line sometime, I'd love to catch up with you.

  • I have always wanted to try canning, but I do not know where to begin. I want to try canning because I don't want any part of my harvest to go to waste as it has in previous years.

  • Anita says:

    I've always wanted to try my hand at canning because both my grandmothers used to do it and there is nothing so great as to be in the middle of winter time and to open a jar of something that takes your right back to the long days of summer.And to be honest, I like the more economical benefits too.

  • Amanda says:

    Great giveaway! I just bought my first home, the empty shelves in my pantry have me itching to fill them with all the goodies I can!!

  • Heather says:

    I'm drawn to doing something that seems to be fading away in time, and also, delicious tomatoes in the winter.

  • Unknown says:

    I want to be able to save all the summer's bounty and be able to enjoy it in the long tasteless winter.

  • Anonymous says:

    I live in the UK. Everyweek when I shop it seems more expensive, I am trying to do my part growing veg drying clothes outside (when its not raining!!) Canning is something I would really like to try have no idea where to start, so think this kit would be a great starting place, then the family could have summer in winter.
    lindsay.james@talktalk.net

  • Anonymous says:

    I have always wanted to can but was scared! Maybe this is just the thing to get me started!

  • Kelsie says:

    I love opening a jar of jam in winter and remembering the sweetness of summer. It always makes me feel good to watch my family eat something I made with my own 2 hands. It also brings so many memories of my mom standing in the kitchen thanking each jar as it seals with a “thank you!”

  • Kathleen says:

    A general fondness for (bordering on obsession with!) jam–especially blueberry–sparked my interest in canning and preserving. I've made my first few jars of jam (actually this past weekend!), but am still definitely a beginner. Thanks for being so generous, Ashley!

    curlygirl8988@yahoo.com

  • Linden says:

    I love canning because it makes me feel self sufficient.

    thanks for the chance to win.

    dorking (at) acsalaska (dot) net

  • Sarah says:

    I tried canning last year for the first time after finding your blog, actually. I picked up your book and did a bushel of tomatoes. The smell and taste of actual fresh tomatoes when I cracked open those jars in the dead cold of February was amazing. I'm hooked.

  • I've never canned before, but would LOVE to learn how! This is my first year with a garden and I've been planning on freezing whatever I could because I don't know how to can yet.

  • The ability to capture that freshness of summer really draws me to canning! i'm so nervous to try.. this would definitely help

  • Elsie says:

    I love the idea of canning as each winter I fret and fritter over the thought of the power going out in a snowstorm and losing all the hard work of the garden season that is in my freezer. Having some canned goods squirreled away in the basement would make me feel that at least there is a back up plan!

  • J and E says:

    What tempts me about canning right now is the opportunity to can peaches here in southern NJ. Can't wait to use the canned peaches recipe in your book!

  • Megan says:

    My aunts taught me how to can a couple summers ago. Our favorite thing is my grandmother's bread & butter pickles. I have just moved to a new city with a zillion farmer's markets, so once the heat gives, I plan on making those pickles, some chutneys, and I really want to make our own ketchup!

    kevmegcorb@comcast.net

  • Jessica says:

    With our short-but-intense growing seasons here in Alaska, I can't wait to try canning to have blueberry jam, syrup, and all sorts of yummies all winter long!

  • I've been canning since my early 20's, when I taught myself from a Ball canning book. My grandmother was organizing political protests in her day and never bothered with canning, so I didn't have her to learn from.
    My new fave is salsa.

  • Deana says:

    This year has been a first for me for a couple of things…I have learned how to can and I planted a vegetable garden. I am so excited about canning that I have been looking on the web every day and WAALAA I found your website. The vegetables can't grow fast enough!! Thank you for your inspiration!!

  • Charlotte Sparks says:

    I started canning {in small batches} last year. I am slowly getting equipment I need. This giveaway would be a great way to add to my “collection”. I am enjoying learning new things and canning new things!

  • Jackie says:

    what a great Giveaway!
    I watched my mom and aunts can when I was little.. I have always loved helping them.. now I do it my self and love every second of it.. I love being able to crack a fresh can of Jam or peaches or pares open in the dead of winter.. just so rewarding :)

  • Anonymous says:

    LOVE canning – both everyday preserving of fruits and veggies in their season and specialty condiments. I just checked out your book at our local library and CAN'T WAIT to try some of your recipes!! Thanks, Leslie

  • I've always been interested in canning. I've never done it. The idea of providing for myself and saving some money definitely appeals to me. I've had the idea of setting up a canning instructional class for those who utilize the food bank services. I just have no experience with it myself and don't know anybody who does it.

  • DeAnna Goen says:

    I would *Love* to win this! My family has never done any canning, but I do make jam in the bread machine. People think it's weird when I say that, but it's true! And tasty, too! It does only make a small amount. I have 20 cups of blueberries in my freezer waiting to be made into jam and syrup. It sure would be great if I can win the prize so that I can get started on that. Thanks.

    deannagoen at gmail dot com

  • I love canning because it is such a creative outlet that brings me closer to my mother and grandmother. I, often, can with friends so it is a great social time for us as we divide tasks and take home our treasures at the end of the day. Family and friends love getting our canned goodies as gifts throughout the year.

  • grow, make, eat = perfection!

  • Brandi says:

    I love canning! I started because I had vague memories of my mom making the best jam ever and I wanted to try my hand at it. My desire was also fueled by my need to be frugal. I hate spending money on over priced stuff. And the jam at the store is usually nearly the same costs (for 8oz) as making a 3 pints of homemade. Not to mention, I get to control the ingrediants now. I can make any strange concoction I want – like fig jello, strawberry banana or black forest. I can do low sugar. I can do whatever I want and I love it. Plus, I love the way food looks in jars.

  • My motto is “Eat what you can, and can what you can't”! I absolutely hate to waste food, which is the primary reason I began canning. As a little girl, I remember both of my grandmothers canning everything from their garden, and it was something that just stuck with me. It's SOOOO satisfying to hear the “pop, pop, pop” of the lids after taking them out of your canner! It's at that very moment, that I'm comforted knowing that the food I canned will not go to waste. :)

  • Cindy Reaper says:

    I love strawberry and raspberry jam in January. I love dilly green beans for Thanksgiving and with turkey sandwiches the next day! I am so grateful my mother taught me the basics. Now I would like to expand my tasty treats!

  • smedette says:

    Really, it boils down to pride for me. I grew it, I saved it and now I'm feeding my family.

  • Sullivus says:

    I actually canned for the first time today! I'm tempted to try canning because of all the great sounding food you can make! And I love the idea of doing stuff myself :)

  • Adrienne says:

    I would love to do pickles this summer! We did refrigerator dills last summer, but they took up so much space in the fridge. So this year I'd like to actually can them.

  • I also live in the mountains of NC and canning is much like a community event in the small town I grew up in. People have butter making parties and swap treats. I live on the coast now and haven't got the canning community but I still have the passion for delicious homegrown, home preserved foods. In this consumers' age isn't it wonderful to share this art with family and friends! Wonderful giveaway.

  • Amanda says:

    What keeps me coming back to canning is the great favors and different concoctions I can come up with. I look at what I have harvest that season and can come up with some delicious can foods! I love how I can make something and have it for later. Though its had to do sometimes we you smell that aroma while making it but patience pays off in the end. 😀

  • Angela Watts says:

    My granparents had a fabulous canning/preserving cellar complete with a rescued dairy double freezer (which hopefully is still there). I get bit by the “pretty jam” bug every year as soon as I see local berries at the store. I'm terrified of pressure canning, and limited by the tiny size of my kitchen, but I keep pushing the envelope and learning new recipes outside my comfort zone of simple jam, frozen veggies and dried herbs/fruit leather.

  • Sarah says:

    I love canning! I get a sense of pride when I look at all of my filled jars in the cabinet. I like being able to provide healthy food for my family. Each year, I keep trying new recipes and thinking of new plants to add to my garden.

  • I love being able to make things just the way I like them to taste. Then I like being able to eat, share, trade, and giveaway delicious jams and relishes that I've made from summer's bounty.

  • Cara says:

    I am fairly new to canning, only blueberries and strawberries into Jam. I would love love love to do some dill pickles!

  • Jeanne says:

    What a generous giveaway. I'd love to get back into canning – did a lot when my daughter was young and now my grandson would enjoy it, I think…
    jburton1114 at gmail

  • Mary Jo says:

    I've come back to canning after several years of hiatus. I love the fresh garden taste that comes with home canned vegetables. I adore the look of the jars lined up on the shelf at the end of canning season. Colored jewels to keep me through the winter season.

  • Aimee Porter says:

    I love canning. There is something so gratifying about making something with your own hands. Add in the ability to have a taste of summer in the winter time and you have a win-win situation!

    aimeerporter(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Jennifer S. says:

    I've never canned but have wanted to try forever! I'd love to be able to make my own sauces and learn the art of pickling. I think this would be a great way to save money and enjoy the bounty of my garden all year round. Fingers and toes are crossed to win!!

  • Nancy says:

    Just something unexplainable about hearing the “ping” of the jars, and seeing them rest on linen towels to cool till the next day. My favorite gift to give is a jar of my jam (pick a flavor!), along with a box of tea, and some crumpets. I am getting ready to make the Blueberry-Lime Jam from the Ball Blue book. My favorite is Peach Raspberry Jam.

  • MsMarz says:

    for me, it's honoring my grandmother. she always canned her own things and always let me help. now, the process of canning is relaxing and allows me to reflect on the past and family and the earth (is that cheesy?) also, i love to be thrifty! get something when it is cheap (or free!) and be able to enjoy it during the year when it's not available or is expensive!

  • Gina says:

    My mother didn't can, but my grandmother did, so I have been learning from her. There is just something about making the most of seasonal foods and appreciating the bounty that really appeals to me. I have brined pickles and canned blueberry pie filling and lemon curd. I really want to get into “real” canning, especially putting up tomato products. I love your books! You are such an inspiration! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

  • Ray says:

    I've always wanted to can and I became interested in canning after I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, which affects all areas of my body at will with pain and fatigue and there is no cure. There were times when I couldn't drive, I couldn't even get out of bed and when I finally had to quit work I was truly scared about what I was going to do if I couldn't afford to buy nutritious food or if I just couldn't drive to the store. Now that I'm on medication that lessens pain, I can get around considerably better – but that fear is always in the back of my mind and I always thought canning as opposed to frozen food like you mentioned would be a more viable solution. I live out on an old farm in a very, very old trailer home and my power goes out every time there is a storm, which is often! Haha, I understand how you feel after the last time I had a freezer full of food go bad!

    GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE! Whoever wins this is super lucky.

    rz228@email.vccs.edu

  • Jessie A says:

    I have wanted to learn how to can forever. Now that I have got the gardening thing down I would love to learn so new things with my fruits and veggies. It would be so nice to be able to have some of our summer harest to eat in the winter.

  • Thank you for hosting the giveaway! I continue to can for many reasons. Probably the biggest reason is that I love providing my family with wholesome food that tastes better than store bought. I also just really find the process fun. Finally, I love how canning links me back to women of yesteryear!
    kriswrite at aol dot com

  • My grandma turned 94 this year and lives so far away. I miss her loquat jelly and plum jelly… I would love to be able to send her a jar of something special while I can.

  • Dunappy says:

    I started really canning just a year ago when I was overloaded with veggies from the garden and I ran out of room in the Freezer. So now I'm ready to get back into canning if the garden will survive this drought and keep growing.

  • Sarah says:

    i am going to start canning this year. this is my first year owning a home–and therefore having land to plant a garden! tomorrow i am making some pickles and canning some crushed tomatoes. cannot wait–would LOVE to add to my canning supply list :)

  • Bev Northcraft says:

    I have always wanted to learn how to can.

  • Annie says:

    I used to have a neighbor who had a huge pantry with walls full of canned goods. Her bread 'n butter pickles were the best pickles I have ever had. I kept meaning to ask her to teach me how to can and then she died suddenly. I so wish I had taken the opportunity when I had the chance to learn someone who had been canning for decades. I still want to learn.

  • Erin says:

    Ooh – I just did a small batch of pickled beets today; that basket sure would have been nifty! Great blog – thanks!

  • I consider myself very blessed to have a Mother & a Grandmother to teach me how to preserve !
    Mom was a master of Pickle Making and her Mom was our family Jelly,Jam & bread maker. Sadly,her bread making skills just never rubbed off on me !
    Truthfully, Grandma's Strawberry Jam,still tastes great on my baked hockey pucks !
    I have since created a few of my own favorite recipes for filling my canning jars.I'm looking forward to passing these skills on to anyone who is interested…I have a few pint sized students of my own now !!!
    Marianne in Pennsylvania

  • I've yet to can anything, but I just came into a pressure cooker / canner, though I lack any of the other supplies. For me it's the tomatoes — I wait all year to eat fresh tomatoes, and I only eat them in summer. I'm thinking that if I canned the ones from my own garden, I could enjoy them in fall & winter.

  • Danette says:

    Wow.. what a awesome give away. Im crossing my fingers for this one for sure. canning brings back so many great memories of my childhood with my whole family. Thanks.

  • Michele D says:

    Canning was a way of life in my girlhood home. All summer and deep into the fall we'd put up food and all winter we'd eat good food we'd raised ourselves. When I got married my parents gave me their old water bath canner. I still use it.

    Really it's hard for me to say why I enjoy canning so much. I love stocking the cellar shelves with neat rows of jars filled for winter. I love sending a jar of something home with folks when they visit. I love that sunny morning in February when we've got four feet of snow on the ground and we open up a can of raspberry jam and suddenly it's August for a minute. Believe it or not in all the years I've been canning I've never made pickles! This year is shaping up to be a crazy year for cucumbers so I'll be making homemade pickles for the very first time. Wish me luck!

  • Anonymous says:

    I would love to have it!!! it looks great!!! Thanks,
    Isabelle

  • Andromeda215 says:

    My inspiration to can comes from the memories of food and family. I love how if I eat a cassia bud pickle, (made from Nana's recipe) it brings me to memories of my mother and of her canning jars of pickles just as Nana had when she was growing up. I also love that if I eat raspberry jam that I made, it transports me to the process of picking the berries. Or of some other family memory that has its basis in the 'raspberry' Like when we would pick gallons of Raspberries at my grandparents, and then go to camp with them in gallon ice cream buckets, and eat them to our hearts content.

  • Rea says:

    I've just been canning since last year and LOVE it. Just like you, we live “out” so preservation is important.

  • My fave, taste of warm summer peaches in the cold days of winter.
    Pickled asparagus wrapped in cream cheese and ham. Reminders of days spent with my Grandma processing the garden.

  • LMZ says:

    i love canning… it's so great revisiting fruits and veggies in the middle of winter – simply by popping open a jar!

  • Amy says:

    Why canning? Why not? I have a gorgeous, large mango tree in the backyard – and I know that my first attempt at mango butter is just weeks away! But I'm also intrigued by mixing up different flavors, doing something that mystifies most, and gaining some insight on how exactly pectin works (yes, totally a girl-geek). To that end, I made some cherry jam Thursday evening, prepped some pineapple-grapefruit marmalade Friday, and re-made some unset Beautyberry jelly that didn't set two weeks ago on Saturday! I've made strawberry jam and tried mulberry jam in past years, too. So, not a total novice, but not anywhere near an expert, but hoping to be and this set would surely help! Thanks!

  • SueB57 says:

    This is a great giveaway! I have been canning for years, but really embracing it the past three years. I'm going to enter some of my jams in a local fair (life on the edge!). I love the feeling I get looking at the shelves loaded with jams and pickles that I've made for my family. Great satisfaction!

  • cforchrissy says:

    Wow please pick me! My BFF and I started making jam last year. We'd love to try other varieties so the recipe book would come in handy.

  • Lynn Daws says:

    I so want to learn to can! I Love the jars! I have some antique ones that I want to decorate with and the newer ones that I have bought at garage sales I want to learn to can in them. So I guess you could say what draws me to canning is the JARS. Good Luck everyone!!

  • Becki C says:

    A few years ago, I started with making cranberry chutney for holiday gifts. This summer, I made up my first batch of jam and a few batches of refrigerator pickles. I love the whole process of canning…it's my therapy when life gets crazy with the kids…

  • Alexis says:

    The thing that keeps bringing me to want to can is a connection to our past. To grandmothers making a harvest last… to slowing down in an overly processed world and taking time to make things with my children. To show them that things don't just “come in jars”

  • I love canning because it's not only fun, it's useful. I recently lost my grandmother who was 93, and my homemade pickles were her favorite thing. The day she was laid to rest I made 10 jars of pickles out of frustration and sadness, and although it made me sad that she'd never say “I LOVE THESE!” to me again when I handed her a jar or two, I know that she loved them while she was here. So I'll make them forever.

    I've made everything from blackberry/raspberry/peach jam to mint jelly this summer, and it's only going to continue as my garden finishes it's growing. My Roma tomatoes are begging to be jarred :)

  • Amanda says:

    I come from a long line of caners, my mother did it for survival during the early years of my life. She taught my sister and I, who are now doing it for our families.

    She still sits buy my side on many occasions to help with the work.

  • Shanti says:

    I started doing it just because I wanted to eat fresh foods without preservatives year round. I also love supporting my local farmers but since I live alone, I usually could not eat all the fruit and veggies I needed to buy when I was there.

  • Meg says:

    I love having seasonal food available to me at other times of the year. I also find that canning seasonal produce is cheaper in the end, plus it tastes better. I've been doing a lot of preserving of all kinds this summer and look forward to doing moe!

  • Andrea R says:

    I grew up watching my mom preserve everything that we had extra of in our garden and trees. I have been on my own for quite a while now and am finally looking forward to starting to preserve our own garden treasures with my children. I started with no-cook freezer jam, and think I'm ready to graduate to canning! Thank you so much for this fantastic give-away! :)

  • Kpabst says:

    This is my first year of canning and so far, so good! my husband and I joined a CSA this year and purchased a fruit share. After three weeks of getting flats of strawberries, I decided to make jam instead of endless batches of strawberry shortcake. I've made 10+ flavors of strawberry jam, 10+ batches of blueberry jam (due to the 30 pounds of blueberries ive received so far this month) and next week on to cherries and soon after, peaches! It is an obsession lately and I'm just a beginner, but I can see this being a staple in my life!

  • carly mae says:

    I love canning in how it can consume you entirely for a few hours and spit you out at the end of it with these vibrant gems of deliciousness captured in smooth jars. I love its exactitude and simpleness and purpose.

  • Melissa K says:

    I really like to can so that my family can have food to eat all year long. Also I love being in control of the contents Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Kim says:

    My canning drive is similar to yours. Though I've recently moved to Eastern NC, I grew up in AK… where the season in which anything fresh is available locally is really quite short. (Not to mention, not nearly the variety of what is available here in NC!)

    Putting up for the winter meant that I could eat delicous produce, without paying the premium it costs to ship things to AK, all winter long. Now that I'm in NC:

    OMG! SO MUCH PRODUCE!!! MUST SAVE IT ALL!!! :-)

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Eileen K. says:

    Lets see…what temps me about canning? I think it's the possibility of tasting the summer in the middle of winter. Yum.

  • kristi says:

    I love that canning keeps me in touch with the local farmers in my area and the fact that I have all my Christmas presents 'in the can' by mid-September doesn't hurt either.

  • Stephanie says:

    I started canning because I hated fruits & veggies. Funny huh? I hated them until I got my first taste of truly ripe fare when I accidentally ran across a farmers market one day. A farmer offered me a sample of watermelon, which I always believed to be a flavorless waste of the sun's energy. Imagine my surprise at the sweet & sunny flavor that burst across my tastebuds! I soon found out why sweet peppers are named such & that tomato sauces shouldn't need sugar if you're doing it right. I knew that summer that I needed to find a way to preserve the deliciousness of summer & spare us from the dreary winter foods available at the grocery store. Enter canning!

  • Kim says:

    I love that it puts me in touch with people of the past. When canning was essential. I also just love the “creations” that I can make! :)

  • kjohnston says:

    I would love to stat canning for my family!! There are so many great items from the garden that we just don't use in time.

  • BK says:

    this is my first summer canning and I love it. I am happy knowing I can store food for my family and I am helping to keep the past alive.

  • Anonymous says:

    Started this summer to make a case if strawberry jams as a gift for my dad. Have made a dozen or so different strawberry jams, peach, plum, fig, & hot pepper jams, peach, plum, & nectarine butters, chicken stock, pickled kumquats & watermelon rind & refrigerator pickles. Thinking of making cantelope & peach jam. It's addictive. One of the neighbors just left saying you always take something home when you visit here.

  • Jerry says:

    I got started canning one summer about 8 years ago when I opened a jar of strawberry jam I bought and the chunks of berry were rock hard. I went out a you-pick place and had jam in jars in 4 hours from starting to pick.

  • Paul 1951 says:

    Paul Says: Deer ! Deer ! Is what I will be stuffing in 52 pints and a few quarts this year !! Canning green beans will save you some pennies !! But the price of Natural Organic Extra Lean Red Meat is in the Big Bucks (no pun) categories !! Those Deer just come and eat my organic corn out of my garden! So in the pot they go. Have not ate a rabbit in 25 years, so cute, they are. The rabbit are safe. I have only canned a little in my 59 years, my mom did a lot tho. So now I go. Did my first Deer in 2003 oh was it 90 minutes at 10 lbs. ??? I will always check before I can. So tender, so good, right out of the jar!!! pbc1951 (at) G Mail (dot) Calm

  • Anonymous says:

    Gift for dad – previous anonymous post
    Kathieadams1@yahoo.com

  • Anonymous says:

    I love canning. I am always looking for something to can. I dont have a very big garden, so i try to can the little I do have. I just love seeing those jars coming out of the canner and sitting on the counter to cool, hearing the popping of the lids.

  • I am starting from scratch and am waiting for my tomatoes to come in from the garden. they are the first food I plan to put up for winter.

    I have made freezer foods for years but I am so excited to start real canning and have food on my shelves.

  • Cyndi says:

    I am brand new to canning & can hardly wait to make refrigerator pickles as well as put up some luscious peaches & berries to use during the cold winter months! Canning, here I come!!

  • missyxray says:

    I grew up in a very small town (117 people + dogs). As a kid I HATED working in the garden-bc we HAD to. I grew up watching my grandma grow & canning her own vegetables. The smell of a cooking beet drove me out of the house on more than one occasion. Oh but what I wouldn't give to have some of my grandma's canned goodness now! I have a small garden now that I am older & would love to start canning my own goodness to share someday w my grandchildren.
    Thanks
    Missy
    missyxray@gmail.com

  • joyce says:

    I have loved canning as long as I can remember. I grew up canning. I tried a couple of new things last year- dilly beans (I had tried them before but they were too salty) They were wonderful. I also tried a couple different recipes for chow chow. I liked the last recipe but I will use powdered spices for the larger seeds.Some how crunchy should be the veggies not the spices.

  • Laura Odom says:

    I've become addicted to canning in the past year. Just last night I did a batch of cherry vanilla butter. Oh. So. Yummy! :)

  • novagardener says:

    I love the memories that I have of both my grandmothers canning. I can see in my minds eye, so many wonderful things in jars, lining their pantry shelves.

    I learned to can this summer from someone in my extended family, and I am so excited to be able to save the tastes of summer for the winter months!

  • novagardener says:

    And by the way, I just read your book this weekend. Great stuff! :)

  • KCrowell says:

    I was introduced to the joy of making jam by a dear friend who worked my through my “fear” of the big, hot pot. Today, I made jam with an office mate and opened the door for her jam adventures. What a wonderful gift to share.

  • kiersten says:

    I started Canning when I moved into my house and on the property is a lovely old Pear Tree.I knew nothing about canning but knew that that tree and I would work well together.I started getting books at the library on how to can.
    The first thing I made was Carmel Pear Butter.Then I moved on to Jams,Fruit Syrups and Pie fillings.
    I love canning and teaching friends and family.It brings us all together.

  • thehandmaid says:

    I turn 46 this August and something recently happened to me- I have discovered a real distaste for, well.. wasted food. Why this happened I don't know but I am grateful that it did- I made my first batch of jelly yesterday: Rhubarb and tonight made a fabulous Rhubarb Custard Pie with the leftovers from the process. I have found a new frugality and canning is the next on my list: I just need some stuff!

  • happysandyh says:

    I love to can. There are so many things I like about it. I enjoy growing our food, and canning it for healthy and inexpensive way to feed the family. I like knowing we have food in jars on our shelves in case of an emergency. And I love the look on my family's faces when they put a bite of some new jam or jelly I've made!! The happy smiles make it all worthwhile!

  • AbbyK says:

    Oh, I am totally with you on the country girl power issues. I guess we can take it though. (lol)

    I started canning because I thought it would be cool to make jam. The first batch I ever made I managed to burn and fill the house with smoke. My husband astutely reminds me of it every year now. Hasn't stopped me though. I think every time I can I get a *little* better.

    Thank you for such a generous giveaway! I'd love to give all the goodies you are offering a go. :)

  • I love canning, I love seeing all those jars lined up on the shelf. I love being able to hand a guest a jar of something tasty to take home.

  • Vallimasoos says:

    It's always been a something to do before I turn 40 thing! Well August is just around the corner and so is 40!! My neighbor taught me an dI love her!! I am hooked! Just made Blueberry Butter!

  • Julie says:

    I've been canning for years. I grew up watching my mother can fruits and vegetables. As a child it was my job to wash the jars. My hands were small enough to fit through the mouth of the jars easily. I prefer canning to freezing for many reasons including a better tasting product and not having to worry about spoilage if there is a power outage. Thanks!

  • FTM Farmer says:

    I love that I can get something out of the garden in July and enjoy it in December. It's a life long pursuit once you start. Please enter me. outofi at yahoo dot com

  • Although I've made lots of jelly, I still consider myself a beginner. Branched out into pickles last year, now I need to figure out some new things to can. Amazing give a way, I'd love to update my supplies!

  • Brenda Morton says:

    I started out with strawberry jam and then pickles..now my garden is getting larger and want to try my hand at canning other fruits and veggies…I Love knowing that what I can is healthy and tastes wonderfully fresh as the day it was harvested!!! This s such a great giveaway for anyone who wants to start canning or has already started and wants to expand the knowledge of properly preserving can items…Thanks for offering this…Brenda

  • Elizabeth says:

    Everyone should learn to can! This kit looks like it would be a breeze for small batches. Too many people say “someday.” ..someday when they have a house, someday when they don't have babies, etc. They reminisce how wonderful if was canning as a child…why did they not continue? There is not that much to “study” …just start with a basic outline book as the BALL BLUE BOOK. It is practically foolproof. Write an entry here but don't sit around waiting to win, go out and get started ASAP.

    I canned for my single self in a teeny apartment, I canned as a young married in a not much bigger apartment, I canned with one, then two , then 3 children , working around work schedules, naps. I still can and freeze 30+ years later, welcoming every windfall, harvest, lucky buy. So I know it can be done. Make “someday” tomorrow.

  • Sarah H says:

    I just started learning to can! I've never been so satisfied as much as I did after I successfully pickled 5 quarts of cucumbers from my garden. I had a smile on my face all day long. I also canned green beans that day and made freezer jam too. I can't wait to get enough tomatoes out of my garden to can sauces!

  • Ode says:

    I wish I'd known you when I lived in NC! 😉

    I need to spend a little more time with your dairy book and start slowly…

  • I love having home canned foods in the pantry,good for you and less trips to the grocery store. esp love to have lots of tomatoes.

  • I learned to can from my great grandma, grape jelly and fig jam among the favorites. I have her old cookbooks and would love to honor her by getting back to it again. Love your blog, glad to find it.

  • I'm new to canning so this would be great! Please let me win!

  • I just started canning, and I don't have most of the “stuff” that goes with it so I improvise (which sometimes is scary and messy LOL). I am loving canning so far b/c it gives me the opportunity to make things fresh for my family (I have 8 year old triplets and a 2 year old), and the more I stock my shelves with handmade, homegrown foods the more accomplished I feel!

  • Rosemeri says:

    So far, all I have canned are jams. Wild blackberry, strawberry vanilla, and peach. I hope to expand on this experience and try some other things too. I really like knowing that I can save my garden crops to enjoy through the winter months. Thanks.

  • Leila says:

    What a great giveaway! There is a trend starting of trying to live off your own land again…hoping to start our garden next year. And would love to learn how to can all that fresh produce.

  • There are so many reasons I love to can. I love knowing where my food came from. I love having the memory of making the food when I open the jar. We often can together as a family, so we have good memories about things that go terribly wrong (like when one of our jars exploded and we canned in watered-down sauerkraut for that batch), or very well (like when we have a bumper crop of tomatoes and end up with gallons of marinara sauce and salsa). It's also fun to have home-made gifts on hand when you're in a pinch. Everybody loves some food in a jar.

  • The thing that really interests me about canning is the ability to have a bigger hand in my meals through the year. I'm sick of buying flavourless fruits and vegetables that have been grown for size rather than taste at the supermarkets, and I finally talked myself into buying a few canning recipe books in order to help shove me over that ledge.

    I'm still in my “let's learn more” phase, especially since I don't feel like I have everything I need to start, but I'm ready to dive right in!

  • SusanK says:

    I once had a canner that sat unused for years gathering dust in the attic. I had used it to make jam and can pears and applesauce but eventually got busy and forgot about canning until recently. I would love to get back into making jam again. I love the pretty colors and opening summer in a jar!

  • My family has been canning for many generations. I started making pickles and jam a long time ago, and then didn't any more until about 4 years ago. Now I can tomatoes with my Mom every year, if Dad's garden produces well we also can vegetables. Canning is so much more fun when you have someone to do it with.

    Recently I've done strawberry jam, strawberry-lemon jam, cherry jam that didn't gel at all, and cherry perserves that failed some how. Yesterday I made pickled green beans, since I only have a water bath canner pickles are the only way I can put up vegetables until I get to my Mom's and can use hers. I'll have to get one for myself eventually I guess. LOL

  • Deb L says:

    It's the sense of preservation and conservation of time and season

  • Eszter says:

    I have just ruined a big bunch of fig-apricot butter. 15 quarts just went bad, and on the top of it, my beloved pot too… but I have to keep on canning, as this is the most amazing way to preserv the summer for the long, cold winter days

  • Johnnal says:

    For me it's the intense joy that comes from watching my kids devour homemade preserves when they will barely touch store bought. The heartache when something runs out, knowing that I have to wait for next season. The intense longing for canning season to start up again. I LOVE canning, even though this is only my third year, I plan for it year round. I have been just using what I had, because I spend all my money on jars and fruit :) so I would love some of these cool gadgets that would make my canning so much easier.

  • Sarah says:

    I hart started canning yet but want to preserve my gardens bounty this year!

  • Meridith says:

    I'm a cheap cheap woman and I love to get things when they are in season and we can pick them at the farm. I like them even better when they are free from someone's yard. Even my four kids can't take down the 30+lbs we end up getting. Plus, they really like the popping sound the jars make when they seal.

  • Heather says:

    My mother canned when I was a child and I love canning knowing exactly what I'm feeding my family.

  • Helois says:

    oh I love this… we just moved to a farm and have started an orchard. THanks

    Helois
    heloiswegrzyn@yahoo.com

  • cozmofaerie says:

    Great giveaway!! Unfortunately this oppressive heat is seriously hindering my creativity. C'mom rain!!

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  • amizercooks says:

    I have recently started canning with WECK jars – the only type available here in England for canning and haven't been able to find a company yet that will ship the Ball, Kerr or Mason jars overseas, so this is possibly the answer to my prayers! I would love a couple of jars and the right equipment to can safely! I have been quickly dipping my silicone glove into boiling hot water to scoop up lids, seals and jars! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • amizercooks says:

    I forgot to mention that what tempts me about canning, is the opportunity to savor something I have grown in my garden. I am successfully growing five tomatoes and plan to make salsa with the tomatoes, onions and cilantro that I am growing – and I have a green-black thumb so being able to keep some salsa in the pantry to revel in until the next seasons tomatoes are ready would give me just the motivation I need to continue to learn how to grow my own garden!

  • Chantal says:

    Ever since reading Little House on the Prairie as a child, I knew that I was destined for some level of self-sufficiency. I have made both freezer jam and refrigerator pickles, but I have yet to try any water bath canning. I am so so interested and this year we have doubled the size of the garden so this could not come at a better time! What a fantastic prize, thanks for the chance!

  • I've been contain-gardening in student housing and apartments for years, and I've been intrigued by the possibility of saving some of what I grow for later. I've been playing with pickling this year, and I'm loving the tastes of pickled beets and pickled okra!

  • Melody says:

    I really enjoy canning, I love seeing the rows of jars lined up in my cabinet. I'd love to win your giveaway. My sister in law wants to learn to can so I'd send it her way and pass the knowledge on.

  • Brenda from SC says:

    I canned years ago, got out of the habit, but now i'm back into it for my second year and i'm loving it. Medically, I should not be canning, because of the heavy lifting, and the time it takes, but I don't mind paying the price of a little bit of pain and desperate need for resting for a day or two after, in order to provide for my family. Hubby and I have a HUGE garden full of organic, fresh veggies and I look forward to canning them each year. We converted a small closet in our spare bedroom just to hold the canned veggies, fruits, and supplies, and I love going in there and just looking at all the bounty we have! Thanks for this giveaway!

  • Barb aka daMama says:

    I've been 'jamming' since June 1, & knowing that I can make such an assortment of flavors & products for my many family members & friends, that the cost isn't prohibitive, and having a creative outlet all make canning a very positive experience for me. I've made fruit butters, jams, & honeys, both stovetop & crockpot…Right now, the most gratifying sound in the world is the “pinggg” of jars on the counter after I've taken them out of the hot water bath, I sit and count the pings as the jars seal & am happy to hear that my day's (or evening”s) work has been successful… To see my family's faces as they taste the freshness, to know I can eliminate some of the chemicals in the family's food — I just LOVE canning!!!

  • Judy R. says:

    I canned with my mom, so many years ago. Recently went to the farmers market and bought some blueberry lime jam. It was oh so good. With mom, I never remember doing jam. I have the bug to go buy a canner and try my hand at it.

  • Anonymous says:

    Nice giveaway! I have been canning forever…my hubby grows a huge garden so I can to have the wonderful veggies in the cold winter time. I love the colors of beets and pickles in the jars all lined up on the selves on display. And love jams and jellys from my grapes and blackberrys!
    Happy Canning!
    debbie@mobil1.net

  • Scott says:

    My wife and I have only canned once and it was fresh blackberry jam a few weeks ago. When I was a kid I remember my grandmother always has jars of greenbeans and tomatoes in the pantry. Her nieghbor had a huge garden and they always had extras. These days you dont see it as much and I long for the days of a simplier life. Canning makes me feel like I'm going back in time a little bit.

  • Andi Rockz says:

    I'm pretty new to canning and am so excited by it. For me its an increase in a sense of pride and even self-esteem. This summer I have a shared garden with a friend. And as we are getting cucumbers, tomatos, and peppers, it feels like such an acomplishment to taste them right away and also to can them, knowing that I will be able to eat them and share them with friends througout the year. Additionally its a fun challange! Figuring stuff out, what recipies work or that I enjoy most, and then thinking creativly about what I want to make. When a jam or pickle comes out just right it feels like a REAL accomplishment!

  • Anonymous says:

    BEETS!! Pickled beets are my favorite, can't get enough! I have fond memories of canning with my mom when I was a kid; tomatoes, salsa, corn, green beans. YUM! I would love to win my own set of canning tools.
    rachel(underscore)pantos(at)yahoo(dot)com.

  • Liz says:

    We've been canning for just a year, but are smitten and planned our whole garden this year around things we can can (ooh la la!). We've already put away a half bushel of pickles and have our eyes on red onions for relish, blackberries for jam, and of course tomatoes for sauce and ketchup. We're also learning to make the most of our freezer, putting away basil, garlic scapes, squash and more.

    I love that canning allows us not only to extend the season and remind ourselves of what a beautiful thing it is to garden and preserve, but also to share all that tasty goodness with friends as host or holiday presents. Hooray for canning!

  • evonne says:

    i think i've got good handle on water bath now…. just gotta get the garden growing again…. i NEED a pressure canner… is it christmas yet??? lol…

  • Angel says:

    I have been canning for years. There is nothing more satisfying than spending a couple hours chopping and filling jars and then hearing that ping of a successful seal!!!

  • Ally says:

    Canning's a great excuse to invite a friend (or friends) over and catch up on our lives while making loads of delicious jam or tangy pickled goods. Fun and tasty, how can you go wrong?

  • I love canning. Because I always get slammed with a surplus from my small garden and huge CSA share, I love to can and preserve so I can have a taste of summer in the dead of winter. Plus, home canned things just TASTE better!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

    amymisha at comcast dot net

  • NicoSwan says:

    I've never been able to can. I've always lived in extremely small spaces, or too many roommates, or moldy corners in the kitchen, etc.
    Now, no more excuses!
    I can realize my canning dreams. We now live in a small space but that has very little mold issues and with no roommates.
    I dream of making Borage and Elderflower jelly and pickled Chanterelles with Day Lillies and Raspberry Marmalade and Plum and Lavender Honey Syrups and and and.
    With the freezer packed with experimental popsicles and the last of Springs chicken stock. And the fridge now full of fresh greens and our Kombucha and Chia seed concoctions.
    I need to connect with my inner canner and get pantry with it all.
    I'm loving this opportunity.
    Peace!

  • Jackie says:

    I'm new to canning, but I really like the idea of being able to resurrect a skill that has been lost by so many people in our current society. I'm also eager to save money by canning my own foods as well as put food away into long-term storage. Plus it all just seems like fun!

  • Mia says:

    Filling a pantry with something I've touched every portion of is what draws me to canning. I like knowing what's going into my kids and keeping healthy foods available year round :)

  • Marissa GF says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE canning! Already underway! Peaches, apricots and pickles in the pantry. Ginger beer brewing! And 60 lbs of peaches coming next weekend! YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Can't wait! I am always looking for more good recipes and canning tools! Making due with what I have thus far :) This is a great giveaway and would be greatly utilized!
    Many thanks!

  • Kristin C. says:

    I'd love to win this! My sister is my inspiration for canning – she's been making her amazing jams, pickles, etc. for about a year now, and loves to share. We recently moved across the country from her, and luckily she still mails us jams. But I'd love to learn how to make some of my own, too!

  • I love winter but the food options in the winter always make me sad. I'm hoping that canning the summer bounty will give me something to look forward too during those months. I love eating seasonally, but I can't quite do that all year round and my storage options are limited. So, canning it is!

  • laura says:

    This is the first year I've ever canned but my Mother always did. I remember as a child she would make us stand outside of the kitchen when she put on the pressure canner! She was so afraid it would explode on us! (it never did thank goodnes)…Because of this I was always scared even bother with canning. I have since learned that there is so much you can do without having to use one so…So far this year I've canned blackberry jam, zucchini relish, hot cucumber relish & lots of pickles.

  • Cat says:

    what a great idea for a giveaway! I'm new to canning this year, mostly to preserve the stuff we're growing in our garden. I'm so looking forward to making preserves now that I'm past the pickle stage. :)

  • It reminds me of wonderful times in the kitchen with my now 94-year old grandma. I have all her hand-written canning recipes and instructions… now I need the hardware. Thanks for this opportunity! XOXOXOXO

  • kdpicou says:

    i love pickles! and i like knowing exactly what is in my jam!

  • loridean says:

    Love to can to try to make cooking easier and to eat healthier. Been trying more recipes for instant meals lately.

  • Tracy says:

    I've started getting serious about gardening and would love to eat my bounty all winter long.

  • andy says:

    What beckons me to canning is the accomplishment of taking the produce from plants that I have nurtured and watched grow. It is about knowing you are offering of yourself. It is very satisfying to open up a jar of sauce, pickles, peaches, jam or whatever it might be and share that. It feels good in the middle of the winter especially!! Canning is back to basics for a huge reward. Love it!

  • Hannah says:

    I just started canning around May. I never imagined that I'd get addicted to it. I've even convinced my Lovely Hubby to install storage shelves in the basement for me! I can't wait to watch it progress through out the years!

  • Nancy says:

    I can…do you? What a dreamy give-away! New equipment…oh such a lovely thought. Watch out corn, it's almost time…
    So interested in what you have to say about canning,chickens,homesteading and just gettin' along. Keep bringing the info and the ideas. My rural roots love reading it!

  • Sara says:

    I think it's the comforting idea of having all that food there. It's also comforting memories.

  • Mary says:

    I try to eat fresh, local and seasonal as much as possible, but I really miss the summer tomatoes and berries in the winter! I love the idea that canning lets you have all the good stuff without sacrificing the principles. But I've been too intimidated by canning to actually try it yet!

    mberghaus(at)hotmail(dot)com

  • I have some equipment but have not yet started canning – I am waiting for my garden to give up its bounty. What I think I will love about canning, is preserving the yield from my garden to eat in the dead of winter – the freshness and flavor will bring back the memory of those hot summer days spent watching my garden grow. I also love the idea of being self-sufficient, and would love to move to a nice big piece of land where I can grow everything we need.

  • Anonymous says:

    I can because I have 35 fruit trees and berries, grapes, vegies, etc.

  • Sandra says:

    Even though I grew up with gardeners and food preservers (mom and grandma) I never really was into canning until I retired at 65.
    Beside all the usual benefits of canning is the canning containers themselves, i.e. glass jars that can be used and reused over and over, and not having to worry about what may be leaching into food that is stored in plastics and metal containers that will also clog our landfills.

  • Anonymous says:

    There is such an abundance of fresh garden produce where I live – it seems a waste not to preserve it for the “off season.”
    Martha

    mfm22[at]juno.com

  • ~Hammerson says:

    My mother was an avid canner/preserver when I was growing up. We all seem to take away certain gifts from our parents as we grow, and this has been mine. I am constantly looking for new recipes and experiences for canning.

  • M Wehr says:

    I love to can because it brings family together. Nothing is better than canning with my sister-in-law and sharing stories of her canning with her grandma and mom when she was growng up (and sharing secret canning recipes!).

    Ok, maybe there's another reason why I love to can…when the seals go pop! so does the wine cork!

  • agnes says:

    I started canning last year trying a few recipes, but without most needed equipment, specifically a jar lifter…caused a few burns! Your book has been a great help Ashley! Thanks!

  • Jesse M says:

    Canning draws me because I love the idea of being able to create healthy, delicious food from locally grown produce!! Thank you for an opportunity to win a great prize, I am hopeing to start canning this year – I did my first batch of pickles last night :)

    jlmorcom at msn dot com

  • cozette says:

    Finally the first year with my very own little garden and I'm ready to preserve this summer bounty! I've never done it before but I too love the idea of a little jar of goodness – a little time machine – back to summer during the long new england winters.

  • Denise says:

    Strawberry season always gets me itching to can! I'm hoping to try making marmalade later this year.

  • Lisa says:

    Part of why I'm drawn to canning is the sense memories of putting up jam with my mom & grandmother. Part is that I think that homemade foods just taste better! And another big part is that it's becoming more important to me to know what's in what I eat. “You are what you eat” — and where what you eat came from — seems truer than ever to me. I've only done a little canning, but would like to do more — and have the tools to do it!

  • Michelle says:

    I want to learn how to can so that I can make treats like applebutter (yum), pickles (salty, yes!) and strawberry jam (oh my!) :) I can't wait to learn!

  • Sarahbeth says:

    Would love some kick in the rear to get me canning with some ladies in Rutherford. ( ya wouldn't even need to mail it…. I could just meet up in Ashe-vegas)

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  • Wendy says:

    In the past few years i've gotten serious about mason jars. My minimal 'canning' attempts (squash pickles (fail) and jalapenos (win)) need some practice. In previous years I decided that with my 20×20' plot in the community garden, a farm share would provide me with too much food. This year I'm determined to preserve that bounty if it's the only thing I do this summer!

  • Jen says:

    I love growing things in our garden and then turning them into something my family can enjoy all wintry long. There's nothing like having toast with home made strawberry jam in the middle of a cold December morning. Or fresh tasting tomato soup during a time of year that our garden is under four feet of snow.

  • meredith blouir says:

    We love canning, love to give my family and kid the fresh flavor with out all the additives. Love in the middle winter watching the snow come downa and be eating the fresh taste of summer out of a jar. Adds a tad of warmth and love to the house

  • FarmerChic says:

    It's something my husband and I do together. We started with discovering an 'Early Richmond' cherry tree on our little hobby farm when we moved here. Then the garden came and I resurrected some old canning books I had, but never used. Now, we are canning addicts!

  • Danette says:

    Wow! I would love to win this. I grew up with a family that loved canning. Oh the smell brings back so many happy memories. I have never tried it yet but been wanting to for the last few years. I got my canning pot but thats all. I wish and hope more people would start canning. To me its history from our grandparents and just knowing you did something healthy and good for your family , well that just says it all. Thanks. :)

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  • Courtney says:

    I'm planning to start canning this summer! My mom and grandmother are city folks (myself as well at the moment), so I'm starting from zero and would love some encouragement along the way. Mostly, I want to can tomatoes. We eat them all winter and I expect so many from my little community plot.

    courtney[dot]a[dot]behrens[at]gmail[dot]com

  • I am the mother of 6 children.I struggle with feeding my children commercially processed foods.I want more for them. I have also become obsessed with stocking up and having a “surplus” to easily access.Over the years my family has been slowly moving towards the self sustainable movement.I recently, and by recently I mean like 3 days ago canned for my first time. so I started canning after a lot of thought and planning. The canning process seemed so overwhelming to me. so many steps and if you mess up you could make your family sick. so I procrastinated for about two months. but 3 days ago my blueberry bushes were over filling with blueberries. so me and the kids picked them and I decided I had better do something with them. as I skimmed through my book I saw that Blueberry Jam was a very easy recipe. I figured why not. It took us a total of 2-3 hours I think but I ended up with 4 pints of Blueberry Jam.It was late and all the kids had fallen asleep except my 11year old son. he stayed and canned with me like a trooper. I am so proud and excited. I have showed everyone and of course no one is as excited as me. so now I am constantly thinking of all the things I could can.If only I could win some time too…

  • Natalie says:

    I love this giveaway! I am a novice canner as I've canned about 4 or 5 times and what I love about it is time w/my young daughter while we learn together. She a great helper at 6 years old! I would love to make enough to last the winter from tomatoes in my garden.

  • sherice says:

    I began my affair with canning 8 years ago when my husband and I moved into his grandparents house. I never got to meet them, they passed about 15 years ago. However, I felt his grandmothers spirit in this house. Her canning room is now my laundry room. Her shelves were ceiling high and the length of the house. I felt her need to take care of he family, the love and tenderness she had. I learned to can only this june but had always been fascinated by the process and supplying my family with all natural, homemade, chock full of love canned food that they could enjoy whenever. Her spirit is is in me, im possessed with passion to learn more and do more! I want to teach others and become certified in this art! Thank you so much for the knowledge and courage to do this!! -sherice

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  • Luvs2stamp says:

    I have made 1 batch of jalapeno jelly. It turned out really jelled.

  • bridget says:

    I just started canning this summer and love the challenge. I decided to can as I learned more about whole food cooking and emergence preparedness.

  • Anonymous says:

    To me, canning takes me back to my childhood. I watched my entire life as my grandma lived on a dairy farm and canned everything you could possibly think of. vegetables, fruit, veg soup…everything was delicious! When I bought my first house last year with a decent sized yard, the first thing we did was put in space for LOTS of garden and started growing. I used my grandma's canner (who passed away 4 years ago) to make my first batches of pickles, salsa, and hot sauce (habeneros)which turned out to be a huge hit with family and friends. I have people requesting more salsa already this year! I pretty much learned as I went. Some turned out, and some didn't, but I'm excited to can again this year and try some new things!

    mel24dog@yahoo.com

  • Nan says:

    I have been canning for many years and I love knowing what exactly is in the jar. I love the feeling of accomplishment when I hear the “pings”. And I love looking at my beautiful shelves filled with jars of all kinds of goodies. Mostly though I love that my family thinks it is actually all called “love in a jar”

    nono916@gmail.com

  • Allie says:

    My 100 year old great grandmother is my biggest inspiration. Even at 100 she's still gardening and canning. I remember as a child being amazed by her wall of jars on the basement shelves. As a new gardener myself, I'm hoping to carry on the family tradition of growing and preserving quality foods. I think that's what's kept Gram going all these years!

  • Charlotte Sparks says:

    I would love to win this! I have made a few jars of peach, apple and grape jelly. A couple jars of tomato sauce and pepper butter.

    Email:suprwman316@yahoo.com

  • Homebody says:

    I grew 20 tomato plants this year with the intention of canning tomatoes and tomato sauce for the first time. I hope my venture turns out successful. :)

  • Peggy says:

    Peggy Little at peggy@rickylittle.com

    I love to can. The taste of food is so much better and I dislike all the chemicals used. Most of the chemicals are not even needed. The manufacturers also have the need to add too much salt and always sugar. Why do they do that?

  • Kim Stewart says:

    I love canning! It skipped a generation in my family; both my grandmothers canned but not my mom so I am self taught! I've been doing lots of peach and blackberry jam and different kinds of pickles!I always say it's summer in a jar!

  • Tanya says:

    Hello, neighbor! I am new to all this canning stuff….and could use all of the above. I just had someone give me a water bath canner..but that is all, I have nothing else. I live in mills river, NC which is only a few miles from you. Would absolutely LOVE to chat with you and pic your brain about canning since I am just getting going. Thanks, Ashely

    Tanya Nareau tnareau@gmail.com

  • erinz451 says:

    I have been really curious for awhile now, started researching, then bought your book! I mostly want to can because I want to take charge of what my family and I eat, and know where it comes from. So after growing our 1st garden this year and making homemade meals, I realized what better way, than to also can own foods! Wish us luck!

  • Amanda says:

    I'm just learning how to can and this would be a huge help!

  • I want to learn to can because I have so many old family recipes that I would love to try. We're getting more proficient at gardening on our little plot and it would be great to be able to make the harvest last. Anyway who wouldn't want peach salsa or blueberry jam to brighten up the doldrums of February? Summer in a jar! Thanks for the fun giveaway! :)

  • Jennifer says:

    i have 24 tomato plants in my garden – so i am hoping this will be my year to start canning. i love your book! thanks for the giveaway!

  • Anne-Marie says:

    I am planning and hoping to start canning this summer– I have frozen a lot, but never canned. I'm trying hard to make some changes in our environmental impact and putting up more of our own food is one of the solutions to that. My mother in law is lending me her canning kettle so there's a start. :)

  • Meg says:

    The reasons for my love of preserving are numerous, but I shall name a few: I find comfort in knowing exactly what is in that jar of relish, peaches, etc… The taste is unbeatable. But even more, I think it's about preserving a way of life, not just food. You can find out more on my blog: The Coop

  • Sharon says:

    I started cooking 17 years ago with my high school sweetheart. Together we dived headfirst into cooking soups, pasta dishes, and desserts. His mom grew up on a farm, and he frequently talked about visiting his grandparents' house which was full of wondeful preserves and sauces that were stored year after year in their cellar, all made fresh from their harvests each year.

    Ever since he painted such a beautiful picture I have been wanting to try creating my very own stock of preserves, sauces and pickled items. We are now happily married and what a wonderful thing to be able to bring out some fresh tomato sauce one night to make us his spicy meat sauce he taught me over 17 years ago.

    Wonderful blog btw! Check out my new blog:

    sugaroverlord.blogspot.com

  • LEED AP says:

    I just took a canning class in Austin with Kate Payne and Stephanie McClenny! We made fig jam and now I'm hooked! I'm having dreams about getting a group of people together here in Austin to pick up fresh fruits and veggies on Saturdays at our local markets, prepping the fruits and such overnight, and having canning parties Sunday mornings! I'm so excited about all the possibilities!