canning-book giveaway, and top canning sources

canning giveaway books
LET THE ONSLAUGHT BEGIN—of garden-fresh vegetables, I mean. The trick when it does: keeping up with every last one, getting it onto the table or into the freezer, canning jars or dehydrator in time. I’m offering three chances to win my favorite references on canning, preserving, freezing—all the ways to put up the harvest for delicious future reference: “Stocking Up III,” “Putting Foods By,” and the USDA guide to home canning. Meantime, though, a reference guide to my favorite online sources for food-preservation information anytime.

Win one of three, three-book sets that I’ve purchased to share as prizes—no, not my old food-splattered copies, above, but new ones–the latest edition of each book, promise! All you have to do to enter the random drawing is comment below. All the details are at the end of this post.

First, as promised, the resources for canners and would-be canners so you can get started right away stashing those peaches, plums, cukes, tomatoes and more:


The USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning: The tried-and-true resource, revised in 2009. A must destination for all would-be and experienced canners. (You can buy a print copy from the Purdue University online store.)

The Extension Services

Most state Cooperative Extension Services have extensive online resources; your county office may also have classes available.  Follow that link to locate the nearest office, or scan this list of 27 state links to find an appropriate one as a start. Some examples of the range of materials you’ll find:

Other Sites and Tools Learn what’s in season when and where, and locate u-pick farms with their state-by-state tool, then get easy recipes for putting them up.

Weights and measures: Confused by converting weights and measures? Kitchen Math has a simple online calculator. Fill in any value, hit calculate, and all its equivalencies will instantly be computed.

What is pickling spice? I looked it up not long ago; some facts and recipes.

Using Ball jars? Getting Started Guide from the maker of Ball jars.

Using Weck Jars? They work a little differently; the tops don’t screw on, but rather have clips to attach them. Read up on how they work before using them.

Food in Jars website: A favorite resource for those interesting in putting food up. Blogger Marisa McClellan also teaches workshops, near her Philadelphia home and elsewhere. They have a great Facebook group.

Under Edibles–Recipes & Cooking in my site navigation, you can always browse my ideas for everything I put up one way or another.

How to Enter

TO WIN ONE OF THREE SETS OF THREE BOOKS, simply comment below by telling us what’s coming on strong in your garden or at your local farmstand, and any plans to put up any “extra.”

Feeling shy? Simply say, “Count me in” or the equivalent, and you’ll be entered. Entries close at midnight Monday, August 1, with winners to be emailed the next day about claiming their prizes. Good luck!


July 26, 2011


  1. Wendi says

    Spring and summer were very late here so I don’t have a garden. I do have a couple herbs growing in pots. I hope to find some good deals on cukes so I can make some sweet pickles and I want to make some hot pepper jelly, too.

  2. says

    we’re at 5,550ft el here in the rockies & we’ve had a cool spring so we’re off to a slow start…spring onions, beets, rhubarb & spring greens…heading to the farmers mkt on friday as i hear there will be sour cherries & gooseberries!

  3. Lisa says

    Huckleberries, Carrots and garlic are about the only things that have survived the slugs with the wet summer so far. The Farmers Markets have been my saving grace….berries galor which have made some fantastic jams. Cherries & pickles are just around the corner!!!

  4. Becky says

    I’d love those books! I’ve been making small batches of rhubarb jam from my garden, and am relying on the farmers market for the rest.

  5. says

    the cherries seem to be throwing out their last hurrah, so I’m putting up as many of them as I can before they fade into late summer. then it’s blueberries for the freezer… and peaches in jars… and finally, tomatoes! I’m committed to putting up at least 70 pints of tomato sauce and lots, and lots, of chutney this year.

  6. says

    One of my fondest childhood memories is of the cellar in our old farm house with its shelves lined with jars full of jewel-colored summer produce from our vegetable garden and local orchards – tomatoes, peaches, apple and pear sauce, green beans…what a beautiful display they made. My own little pantry cupboard runs only to zuchinni pickles and cranberry conserve, beautiful, too, in its small way. Inspired by you, maybe I’ll do more this year. ;-)

  7. Eszter says

    Right now: wild plums, and I’m looking forward to sloe in late autumn for a very precious sloe jam.

  8. says

    Count me in! I’ve got tons of the tiniest cucumbers waiting to get to pickling size. And my tomato and pepper plans look about to burst with blossoms.

  9. Laura says

    Lots of green beans ready to pick in my garden. I think I might make dill beans this year. Gearing up to make concord grape jelly from the vine in my backyard and raspberry jam. I can’t wait for my tomatoes to be ready because then I can make homemade salsa :)

  10. Anita Simmons says

    New to your site! Have lots of tomatoes! My Favorite…. Making tomato juice for my sweetie…keeps him coming back every time!

  11. Anita Simmons says

    New to your site! Have lots of tomatoes! My Favorite…. Making tomato juice for my sweetie…keeps him coming back every time! Putting up every bit that *I Can*

  12. Katherine says

    Count me in! I’m still hoping to make peach jam this year, since I’ve long missed the strawberries.

  13. marge klass says

    I’m a veteran gardener but new to canning. Will try canning salsa if I can find an easy recipe! Open to all ideas!

  14. Jessica says

    Just made 5 quarts of bread and butter pickles and have had lots of snap peas which have been canned into Dilly Peas thanks to @foodinjars help. New to canning and would love the books to guide me.

  15. Elizabeth says

    I have been recently diagnosed with food allergies and am now learning about nutrition and the major role it plays in being and feeling healthy. And so I am looking to learn how to store and save up some of the fresh fruit and produce that is abundant where I live. Read your post about the best way to preserve peaches recently and am planning to try that. Picked 10lbs of blueberries last Sunday and put them all in the freezer… I am only a beginning level canner, having done basic jelly in the past; but feel a bit guilty about all the sugar in it, as I like to give it as gifts and several people on my list are now diabetic. Thank you for your enjoyable and informative web site!

  16. Leeann Wright says

    Due to a wicked storm that whipped thru here, I wound up with a small basket of green tomato windfalls. They are now safely in jars with some hot peppers, garlic and bay leaves…

  17. Mandie says

    I’m very new to canning. This summer is the first time I’ve even attempted it. So far I’ve done lots of cherries. Lime Cherry freezer jam, canned cherries whole in light syrup, and my current fave, balsamic cherry preserves. Next on my list to try is some pickled green beans, peach butter, and salsas.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win some excellent resources. Great blog, too!

  18. says

    I’m hoping to try some lacto-fermented pickles this year. And I’m growing ground cherries for the first time and think they’d make a might fine jam.

  19. Judi says

    I would love to win, I have already had my dehydrator going and going and going. Cucumber and zuchini chips, Vidalia onions in jars for when they are out of season. Store ones have no taste. Tomatoes are just starting to rippen here, Today I will make the refrigerator pickles I saw here,,,,yummy.

  20. Sebette says

    Bush beans, squash and all the cucumbers I can eat and pickle are coming up now. I have Cherokee Purple, German Johnson and Sungold tomatoes heavy on the vine that will probably all ripen at the same time so I had better be ready to do some major putting up! Corn, potatoes and sweet potatoes to come. Must get the fall garden in soon.

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