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Food In Jars (+ Giveaway!!!)

You know those bloggers that, whenever they make a new post and it shows up in your inbox, you just can’t wait to read it? Marisa McClellan of Food In Jars is one such person for me. Soon as a new post from her appears in my email, I make a beeline to her site. Whatever new concoction she’s dreamed up, it’s always intriguing, and it’s always good.

Imagine my supreme delight, then, when she asked if I’d be interested in reviewing a copy of her new book. Packed with the best of the blog’s offerings and so much more, Food In Jars is an absolute gem. As we enter into high production season for all manner of foods put into jars, Marisa’s book is resource you will definitely want to have on hand.

The photography is sensational and the chapters offer something for everyone. After an introduction outlining the world of canning for newcomers, Marisa delves into jars to fill your entire pantry: Jams, Fruit Butters, Jellies, Marmalade (Blood Orange Marmalade, YES!!!), Curds & Conserves, Chutneys & Condiments, Pickles, Salsas and Relishes, Tomatoes, Syrups (Blueberry Lemon Syrup, OH YES!!!), Whole Fruit, Granola In Jars, Nut Butters, and Other Foods In Jars. She’s got it all, pretty much soup (-appropriate condiments) to nuts (-butters). 

Even as an experienced canner, I found myself learning from her helpful tips, delivered in her characteristic friendly “let’s do this!” voice. And the recipes presented here are right up my alley, mixing classics with modern twists. It’s a good one, this book, penned by an experienced, personable, true-blue lady.

Marisa and her publisher, Running Press, in addition to gifting me with a copy of Food In Jars, have offered one giveaway copy to a small measure reader. How very lucky for you! To enter, simply leave a comment below, listing something you look forward to putting in jars. I’ll start. Tomatoes. Plain and simple. We use a TON of tomatoes chez English and just planted 38 of the plants to grow, harvest, and can. If I never purchase another jar of far-away-grown-and-preserved tomatoes, I’ll be a very, very happy woman.

Please leave a means of contacting you in your comment, should you be the winner. This step is crucial. If there’s no link to a blog, or website of your own, or email address in your comment, then I’ll sadly have to draw another random number. If you’d rather not leave your email address public, simply leave an anonymous comment and then shoot me a private email with your contact information.

I’ll run the giveaway for a week, ending at midnight EST June 6th. Even if you don’t win, do check out both Marisa’s book and her blog. Whether you’re already a fan of the water bath or just about to get your lids wet for the first time, you’ll be equally smitten. She’s got a good thing going on, which will be evident immediately.


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UPDATE: Thank you SO much to everyone that entered! Anastasia was the lucky winner! Yay!!! 

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