Canning Book: Put ‘Em Up (+ giveaway!)

Put 'Em Up

One of the things I love most about the fact that canning and home food preservation is gaining popularity is how it’s meant an increase in beautifully designed, thoughtfully written and downright inspirational books on the subject.

Put 'Em Up

Take, for instances, Put ’em Up!, a new release by Sherri Brooks Vinton. The book bills itself as “A Comprehensive Home Preservation Guide” and covers not only canning, but also drying and freezing. And truly, after spending several days paging through this hefty number, I think she’s managed to cover just about everything you’d want to know on the subject.

Put 'Em Up

I’m particularly smitten with the line drawings they’ve used in place of illustrative photographs. Though I like a pretty food image as much as the next girl, I could see how they could be distracting when your primary goal is to convey deeply useful information in a crisp and intelligible manner.

Put 'Em Up

This isn’t to say that there aren’t any photos in the book. You’ll find pages like this at the front of each section, each featuring a number of quirky and colorful examples of what you could make, should you choose to pick up a copy.

Put 'Em Up

Don’t you just love this two-page spread on how to make fermented pickles! It’s just so helpful! As you can tell, I have something of a crush on this book. Call it my canning companion of the moment.

If you’re thinking that you’d like to make a copy of this book yours, leave a comment on this post. Tell me about your favorite pickle and do it before Tuesday, July 20th at 11:59 p.m. (I’ll be closing the comments at that time). I have two copies of this book to give away (provided by the publisher), so your chances to win are even greater than normal (and, if you don’t win, I’d still recommend picking up a copy. It’s less than $14 on Amazon).

Let the giveaway begin!

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560 Responses to Canning Book: Put ‘Em Up (+ giveaway!)

  1. 501
    Ruth Douglas says:

    Well currently I have been taking the Hot N Spicy Tabasco pickles, (48 oz), throwing away the vinegar, cutting up the whole pickles, add 2 cups (or so) of sugar, and you have the MOST amazing easy quick tasty sweet-savory pickles!

  2. 502
    Amy P. says:

    I’m a big fan of pickled onions. Especially the really, really strong little brown ones. Yum.

  3. 503
    Carly says:

    Pickled beets are delicious and beautiful. I love the pop of color they add to my pantry!

  4. 504
    Sara says:

    I love bread and butter pickles to pile on top of veggie burgers… or a good kosher dill to crunch on after a summer meal. Mmm, pickles!

  5. 505
    Lydia Jean says:

    ’tis the season to pickle peaches! when i was a kid, my parents and i came upon a windfall (literally) of peaches in an abandoned orchard. we studded them with cloves and put them up in a sweet vinegar brine, and man oh man were they good that winter.

  6. 506
    jessica says:

    dilly beans are hands down my favorite pickle.

  7. 507
    Kim W. says:

    Just plain old kosher dills. The basics are best.

  8. 508
    Robin says:

    bread & butter pickles!

  9. 509
    Tara says:

    I love bread and butter pickles in the winter. I just made my first batch of half sours and I am really enjoying those!

  10. 510
    Rachel W says:

    I’d love to start my canning adventures with this book!

  11. 511
    Deb Wolf says:

    My (current) FAVORITE pickle is Sun Pickles found at I learned how to make them last year. They are cold packed in a dill brine, then set in the sun. They got rave reviews, and the recipe is an old-country classic.

  12. 512
    Emily says:

    I never did like pickles, except pickled onions, but I really want to learn to! I’m not sure if it’s the cucumbers (don’t like them in most contexts) or the pickling, but this distaste is limiting my canning and I cannot let that stand. There’s a recipe for pickled cherries (from a can jam) over at that’ll sure make a girl want to like them.

  13. 513
    Tina Kay says:

    I would love to recieve that book. You are so nice to do this giveaway. I want to let you know that I really enjoy your blog.
    Take Care,
    Tina Kay

  14. 514
    Shannon says:

    My favorite pickle is asparagus, which I did for the first time this year. YUM

  15. 515
    Tanya Bos says:

    Love garlic dills, but tried lacto-fermented last year, and they were great! This year I will do both, along with dilly beans. Hope to win!

  16. 516
    Megan says:

    Dill pickles with lots of garlic are my favorites. I love pickles. I used to get caught…and get in trouble when I was younger for drinking pickle juice.

  17. 517

    this book looks beautiful AND useful, can’t wait to take a look. my favourite pickles are the ones made by my grandmother. my grandfather is the gardener… he grows the crunchiest, most delicious lebanese cucumbers which my grandmother then lovingly pickles (of the dill variety).

  18. 518
    TerraTara says:

    My favorites are South Indian fermented chilli lime pickles, but I’m also partial to a good half sour cucumber pickle.

  19. 519
    serina says:

    i love traditionally fermented dill cuke pickles.

  20. 520
    Brenda says:

    Getting back into canning after a long absence. Would LOVE to own this book!!!

  21. 521
    Anna W says:

    I made bread and butter pickles and dilled green beans this Saturday

  22. 522
    Jayne says:

    Oh wow… I’d certainly love to have this book. Being so new in canning and preserving, it would be a great help šŸ™‚

  23. 523
    Jayne says:

    Oops… forgot to mention my fav pickles. Do erase the previous comment then.

    My fav pickles are gherkins. Iā€™d certainly love to have this book. Being so new in canning and preserving, it would be a great help šŸ™‚

  24. 524
    Jeanette says:

    Oh wow! I love crispy dills. I’ve yet to attempt making my own,but soon. . . !

  25. 525

    I love dills pickles. Although, I did make sweet pickles and they were also really good.

  26. 526
    amanda k. says:

    As lame as it is, my favorite pickle is the Claussen kosher dill spear. I’ve been searching for two years now to find just the right replacement recipe — and I’m still looking! I need that crispy crunch and perfect flavor!

  27. 527
    Denise A. says:

    In truth, I cannot stand cucumber pickles, but I dared myself to try pickled asparagus and I fell in love!! Yum!! I am just getting into canning and would love this book!

  28. 528
    Amy L says:

    My favorite pickle is the sweet relish my husband makes from the Ball Blue Book. He makes it chunky, with lots of sweet red peppers. It’s the secret to my potato salad, and is wonderful on hot dogs.

  29. 529
    Sara says:

    My favorite pickle of late is pickled grapes, featured at my local bar. So good on a hot day! I’d love to learn how to make for myself!

  30. 530
    Charlotte B says:

    My favorite pickle has to be pickled okra. I made so much of that last year – I haven’t had a chance yet this year but I’m sure I will soon!

  31. 531
    Kaytee says:

    My favorite pickle is this zucchini dill pickle that my boyfriend’s grandma makes. It was crisp and very dilly. I think it’s better than a cucumber dill pickle. And I’m so making it this year!

  32. 532

    Bread and Butter Radishes…the radishes dye the brine light pink which perfectly compliments the tasty, yellow mustard seeds

  33. 533
    Dani says:

    Dilly Beans – my mouth waters just thinking about them!

  34. 534
    Sarah says:

    I’m not much of a pickler, but quick-pickled ginger is pretty awesome for homemade sushi.

  35. 535
    Ken Foster says:

    This book looks amazing! I am attempting to master the art of pickle making. (and jam, jelly and salsa making, too) This would help.

  36. 536
    KellyC says:

    Yummmm!! I love bread-n-butter pickles, any kind, any place.

  37. 537
    Carolyn S says:

    I haven’t made my own pickles yet. But the some of the best I remember trying were bread and butter pickles from a friend.

  38. 538
    Sarah S. says:

    My favorite pickled item that I have made is a garlicky-bread-and-butter asparagus. Sounds strange, but they are amazing.

    For pickles not made by myself (yet), the half-sour always wins šŸ™‚

  39. 539
    blair says:

    I love pickles, it runs in the family. The first food my son ate was a pickle… but… I have yet to make the perfect pickle!

  40. 540
    galateadia says:

    Ooooh, a new canning book. It’s about preserving and it’s a book, two of my favorite things. šŸ™‚

  41. 541
    Krista says:

    I could always use more information about canning. It is my favorite thing!

  42. 542
    lisa S. says:

    Wow! This looks like a fantastic resource! I’m new to canning so I can see this coming in handy:)

  43. 543
    RisibleRedHead says:

    I love all these fun summer giveaways – and I’m glad my fun summer get-away didn’t mean missing the deadline!
    I love all things dill pickle…I don’t love sweet or bread and butter pickles, or at least, I’ve yet to find the right one.
    last night I was just telling a friend about how reading this blog makes me want to make dilly beans. šŸ™‚

  44. 544

    I love the sweet pickles my grandmother brings to every Christmas or Thanksgiving get together. I wish I could tell you more about what kind they are, but sadly I am a novice at canning and hope this book can help!

  45. 545
    Jenny says:

    My friend Kris turned me on to her grandmother Palmina’s refrigerator pickles. I can make them myself so I guess they’re my favorite. But I also like the pickled cabbage you get in Vietnamese and Thai restaurants. Sweet and savory.

  46. 546

    I’m a beginner canner and your blog is one of the best ones out there! Thanks a bunch for all your tips and tricks. I’d love to be included in the drawing for the book too.

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    Miranda says:

    I adore dilly beans! Are those considered pickled? I ate an entire can at the beginning of summer. Yum!

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    MelissaM says:

    I love pickled okra. We make it every year with homegrown okra.

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    Amanda says:

    My favorite pickle is a bread and butter jalepeno!! So good!

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    Emily says:

    I’m only recently learning to like cucumbers, but I love pickled everything else! Especially spicy pickled carrots, and yummy pickled zucchini.