A Peek Inside Preserving by the Pint + Giveaway

Preserving by the Pint cover - Food in Jars

I’ve been showing you all the cover of my new book, Preserving by the Pint, for months now. I thought that since today is its official release date (though Amazon makes such things mostly moot by shipping pre-orders as soon as it has them in stock), it might be fun to show you what it looks like on the inside.

Preserving by the Pint inside spread - Food in Jars

This book is full of tiny batches and was written with farmers market shoppers, CSA subscribers, and container gardeners in mind (though truly, if you’re not among those groups, the book is still for you). All the recipes start with either a pint, a quart, or a pound (or two) because those are the units of measure that so many of us end up with after a trip to the green market, grocery store, or farm share pick-up.

Instead of giving away your excess produce, or worse, tossing on the compost pile, you can preserve it. Make pesto from that giant bundle of Thai basil. Cook excess zucchini down into a creamy, garlicky butter. And transform those alien-like heads of kohlrabi into crisp, tasty pickles.

Preserving by the Pint Spring - Food in Jars

Unlike my first book, which was arranged by type of preserve, Preserving by the Pint is set up seasonally. The idea is that you can start at the beginning with Spring and preserve your way through both the year and the book. As someone who did essentially that while writing the book, I can promise, you’ll end up with a delightfully varied assortment of things in your pantry and freezer when that year is up.

Marinated Sugar Snap Peas - Food in Jars

One thing you’ll start to notice about this book is that while all the recipes do preserve the season, they don’t all do it through canning. A generous handful of the recipes are designed for refrigerator storage and yet others are best frozen. I made the storage choices I did in order to create the best finished product possible.

These marinated sugar snap peas, for instances, are a quick pickle because if you were to process them in a boiling water bath canner, all those spritely peas would lose their snap and crunch. Kept in the fridge, they last a respectable amount of time and are far more delicious.

Pizza Sauce - Food in Jars

This quick tomato sauce is one of my very favorite recipes in the book. Most years, I buy a 100 pounds of tomatoes and spend a week preserving them whole or as puree. However, throughout the summer, there are often small deals on cracked or otherwise marred tomatoes at my local market that I hate to pass up.

This sauce makes it possible to spend a dollar or two, invest a little time peeling and cooking, and end up with two half pints of glorious, flavorful pizza sauce from each batch. Because I make four or five batches over the course of the summer, I end up with enough sauce to last all year, but it doesn’t feel like any work at all and costs nearly nothing.

Sweet Pear Caramel - Food in Jars

In writing this book, I also worked hard to come up with recipes that solved problems. I often hear from people that they wish they could can caramel sauces. While this sweet pear caramel doesn’t have the creamy mouthfeel of a batch made with heavy cream, it’s a really delicious sauce that can be used in place of traditional caramel drizzles (and if you don’t like pears, try it with peach or raspberry puree).

Preserving by the Pint back - Food in Jars

I am really proud of how this book turned out and am so grateful to Running Press for helping me turn an idea into a beautiful, useful thing.

Finally, it’s time for the weekly giveaway to return. I have three signed copies of Preserving by the Pint, liberated from my stash of author copies, to give away. Here’s how to enter:

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me what you think about the new book. Or, if you’re not ready to share your thoughts, tell me about your favorite small batch preserving project.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Winners will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, March 30, 2014.
  3. Giveaway open all.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.

P.S. The new book has gotten a bit of love from some of my local media outlets. Here’s what the Philly’s Citypaper, Geekadelphia, and Table Matters have to say.

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717 Responses to A Peek Inside Preserving by the Pint + Giveaway

  1. 101
    Alexius Melton says:

    I’m so excited!!! With it being only my husband and I in a city, you totally inspire me! My favorite small batch project was the orange vanilla curd recourse from your last book. It was my first curd and turned out fab.

  2. 102
    Alica says:

    It looks like a beautiful book, and I’m sure it’s full of great ideas! I’m always looking for new ways to preserve the things I grow in my garden!

  3. 103
    Matthew Warner says:

    I’m so pleased to see this small batch preserving cookbook. I have another book called (I think) “Small Batch Preserving: A Complete Guide to Year-Round Preserving” that I love, but it is quite old. With just my husband at home, a full canner-load is just too much for most things, and small batches can get us through a year on most items. This time of year, it’s smaller batches ofpickled asparagus or green beans. Later, I will do smaller batches of tomato sauces for pasta or pizza. A few pie filling jars will last us, too, with just enough to take to the fair (blue ribbons matter most of all!). I cannot wait to see the book!

  4. 104
    Nerissa says:

    I made your strawberry vanilla jam last year. Three jars of delicious.

  5. 105
    Cindy says:

    The new book looks great. I really like the first book. I am sure this one will be great too.

  6. 106
    lynn says:

    I cannot wait to see all the recipes in your new book. Your raspberry jalapeño is one of my (and my husband’s) all time favorites!

  7. 107
    Joanne W says:

    I think it is an absolutely great idea, especially for people like myself who would love to try to can, but become overwhelmed thinking about having to do it in large batches. A tool like this would be great for me to learn how to start canning! I would love to win a copy 🙂

  8. 108
    Christine says:

    I love how small batches give me the freedom to try a variety of recipes without investing a lot of money in ingredients or tying up my jars (and storage space) with a large yield. Pint-sized recipes are also perfect for my small kitchen and storage space! Can’t wait to check out the book in person.

  9. 109
    Helen says:

    I am very excited about your book. I did a small batch of strawberry fig jam last year which was so good! Looking forward to making more small batch projects this year. Thank you for the chance to win your book! 🙂

  10. 110
    Andrea says:

    I like to preserve a handful of figs with a bit of sugar to make a fridge jam. Wonderful with cheese!

  11. 111
    Rachael says:

    As a newbie to preserving, I have been visiting your blog frequently for lessons, recipes and inspiration. As a newbie also to gardening year round (instead of being just a summer gardener), I am very excited about the opportunity of combining my two new interests via your seasonal book!

  12. 112
    Christina says:

    I can’t wait to dig into this!

  13. 113
    Colleen says:

    Looks like a fabulous book! I just got started canning last year and, as I live alone in a small apartment, it’s been mostly small batch recipes. The pear caramel sounds divine, a bit like the heavenly pear butterscotch I canned over the summer!

  14. 114

    Would love to read your book! I myself am a small scale preserver, living in a small rental property with a tiny kitchen. Despite this I preserve each season and make my friends and family birthday and christmas gifts. I really like that your book is seasonally themed, I sometimes get stuck in winter…

  15. 115
    Stephanie Fisher says:

    I adore Food in Jars!! I’ve made many of the recipes and can’t wait to get my hands on this beautiful book 🙂

  16. 116
    Becky S says:

    I can’t wait to give your small batch recipes a try and look forward to seeing the book.

  17. 117
    Katie says:

    Your book is beautiful! My favorite part of summer is making loads of strawberry jam with my mom 🙂

  18. 118

    I love the seasonal take on this book. I’ve been interested in expanding my preserving and canning horizons and am excited to try some new things. Congratulations on your beautiful book!!!! I can’t wait t get my hands on a copy.

  19. 119
    Gala says:

    The new book looks lovely, and that Sweet Pear Caramel sounds delicious! Can’t wait to check it out more closely. 😉

  20. 120
    Jodi says:

    It appears that there is no book cover on the book. I LOVE that look!

  21. 121
    Lisa Griffin says:

    The quick tomato sauce sounds like something I would really like. An added plus would be a recipe for easy marinara sauce! Preserving by the Pint is undoubtedly invaluable addition to the home canner’s kitchen. Would love to win a copy! 🙂

  22. 122
    Sarah F says:

    Wow! I’m excited about this new book! I recently just found and am excited to try your meyer lemon jam sweetened with honey.

  23. 123
    Lee says:

    The pizza sauce looks great! And that snap pea recipe… oh, that’d be perfect!

    I’d love to win a copy!

  24. 124
    Cortni says:

    Love the seasonal organization, love your last book, would love to win this one!

  25. 125
    Loes says:

    Your new book was on my wishlist the moment I heard of it. I love your first book and have made many things of it. My husband and I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but sometimes it is nice to have a little fruitsauce with dessert or to make cookies with. So small batch fruitsauces are my cup of tea.

  26. 126
    Amy says:

    I loved your first book and can’t get enough of your posts. Looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of your new book. The caramel sauce sounds delish!

  27. 127
    Kathleen says:

    I love organizing by seasons. Very excited to get your new book!

  28. 128
    Misty in Utah says:

    As a frequenter of the above mentioned markets and a bargain shopper of all things food, I love the process you put behind this work of art. Thank you. It is at the top of my wish list.

  29. 129
    Judy says:

    Looks beautiful! Love the seasonality aspect!

  30. 130
    Lance says:

    It looks wonderful! I have lots of seeds started inside already—I’m anxious to get growing and preserving!

  31. 131
    Britt says:

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this book. I’ve been hassling my favorite local independent bookstore to order it. I adore the idea of smaller batches, and it looks like there are some really fun and unique ideas included.

  32. 132
    Lora says:

    Your new book looks wonderful!

    My Favorite small preserving project is pickles – just stored in the fridge.

  33. 133
    Teresa Palzkill says:

    What a wonderful book. I received my copy from Amazon last week, read it from cover to cover. I couldn’t wait to start in with the Meyer Lemon recipes ( I have a very productive tree). On Sunday I whipped up the Candied Meyer lemon slices- yumm! The syrup is great, lots of uses. I can hardly wait to start the next recipe. I was happy to see the variety of recipes and ways to use the CSA produce in normal size quantities. The tips are practical and helpful. The 4th burner pot is a great idea, no need to pull out the huge canning pot.

  34. 134
    Kim says:

    Congratulations on another beautiful book! As a single person household and avid farmers market shopper I’m in need of a book like this to make smaller batches. Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

  35. 135
    Beth says:

    Wow this looks awesome! I would love to have a copy!

  36. 136
    Debbie says:

    I’m so glad you wrote this book! It is exactly what I’ve been looking for in a book. I have a small garden and I don’t always have enough for big batch preserving. Thank you!

  37. 137
    Anne H. says:

    The book looks beautiful and would love to learn how to preserve my summer crops!

  38. 138
    Savanarola says:

    Congratulations! The book looks beautiful! I haven’t gotten my hands on it yet, but I have Food in Jars. I think it was an outstanding idea to organize by season — a kind of “of course!” good idea, at least for those of us who try to eat seasonally. And are always staring into that CSA box looking to use up a couple of things at once. It is also such an urban approach: canning in my rural childhood was about sudden overabundance and that long winter. Of course there were 50 jars of pickles, and you kept them all year. Now? More people are looking at a seasonal jewel and trying to find new ways to enjoy it. Very, very good idea and a kind of hole in current canning books, I think, to do very small batches and recognize this as a serious segment of the eating world.

  39. 139
    Leesa says:

    I can’t wait to acquire you new book whether I win or not!

    My favourite small batch recipe is the rosemary rhubarb jam recipe you have on your recipe index on your blog. I made a couple batches last summer with the large rhubarb patch and rosemary plant I have growing in my front yard. I was blown away by the wonderful mingling of the savory and sour flavours. I was definitely a happy camper to discover this keeper. I have this recipe along with many others printed from your blog and stuffed throughout your first book, which its pages are covered in flags and sticky notes.

    thanks! Leesa (Sudbury, Ontario)

  40. 140
    Kate says:

    Last year I had a quart of too soft plums that I needed to do something with any made the best vanilla plum jam! I can’t wait to check out the new book!

  41. 141
    K Fischbach says:

    Can’t wait to see this. I loved this first one.

  42. 142
    Nancy A. says:

    Your new book looks beautiful! Such beautiful photographs and the food looks like you could just eat off the page! A book to be cherished and useful! Would love to win a copy and try some of them!!

  43. 143

    Heading over to amazon now to order. Loved your last book and cannot wait to receive this one. Made the mistake of ordering the last one for kindle, not gonna do that again, I want to see all the pretty pictures in my hand.

  44. 144
    Sara says:

    I haven’t gotten my hands on a copy yet, but after seeing the preview I can’t wait to. I’m particularly intrigued by the pear caramel, and I’m curious to see what other inventive solutions to common problems you’ve come up with.

  45. 145
    Kristen F says:

    You should be proud of such an accomplishment! I think the design to address everyday farmer’s market/CSA options in small managable recipes is wonderful.

  46. 146
    Patricia N. says:

    I love making your small batch cantaloupe jam with vanilla. It is delicious on vanilla ice cream. My son bought me your first book for Christmas when it came out. If I don’t win this one, it will definitely go on my wish list.

  47. 147
    Jen says:

    Brilliant! Need to this book. Small batch preserving is perfect for using up extra fruit!

  48. 148
    Jenn says:

    What a brilliant concept, can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

  49. 149
    Johanne Hagar says:

    Sure, I would like to win a copy of the new book! I have often ‘put up small batches’ but the seasonal ideas will be welcome and sound delicious. Love your first book,too.

  50. 150
    Leanna R says:

    I need this so I will quit preserving so much and scale down. With just one person at home now, this would be the way to go.