Giveaway: Preserving Book Bundle

preserving books

Friends, so many good preserving books came out in the last year. Truly, I feel like we’re in a golden age for jams, pickles, chutneys, ferments, and even low acid home canning. For this week’s giveaway, I have a short stack of recent preserving releases that would be a fantastic addition to any DIY library.

Now, just to be clear, this is not my definitive list of the best preserving books to hit the shelves this year. I just happen to have extra copies of all three of these books (thanks to the publishers who helped bring these works into the world) and thought it would be nice to bundle them up and give them away to one of my readers.

Asian Pickles cover

First up in the giveaway stack is Karen Solomon’s excellent book, Asian Pickles. I wrote a bit about this book last June and the longer I have it in my collection, the more I love it. Truly, anyone who wants to expand their understanding of home picking should pick up a copy post haste.

Fermented Vegetables cover

Next is Fermented Vegetables, which has been out just over a month now. Written by Kirsten and Christopher Shockey, this book is one of the most comprehensive and user-friendly books on fermentation that I’ve seen recently. The pictures are beautiful and lend additional clarity to step-by-step recipes that might otherwise be troublesome.

Last month, I used their recipe for brined dilly beans and I was so pleased by the results that I started entertaining the idea of getting myself a mini-fridge so that I could make more.

Mrs. Wheelbarrow's cover

Last in the stack is Cathy Barrow’s much-anticipated book, Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry. This is such an amazing book for home cooks who want to start building up a pantry filled with homemade staples. Sure, it has plenty of boiling water bath recipes, but it also deals with pressure canning, charcuterie, basic home dairy, and smoking. Anyone who likes a food project should have this one on their shelf.

There will be just one winner in this giveaway, who will receive a box with these three books in them. Here’s how to enter the giveaway.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and share your favorite food preservation resource. It can be a website, book, online video, or person. Share the love so that we can all expand our knowledge.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm east coast time on Saturday, November 29, 2014. The winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog by Sunday, November 30, 2014.
  3. Giveaway is open to all.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left on the blog, I cannot accept submissions via email.

The winner of this giveaway is #380/Tina! Congratulations Tina!

Disclosure: All three of these books were received as review copies. No one paid me to say nice things about them. Additionally, Karen and Cathy are both friends of mine. However, they did not ask me to run this giveaway or say these things. I do it because I like to share the good stuff with you guys.  

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479 Responses to Giveaway: Preserving Book Bundle

  1. 451
    Natalie says:

    My mom. I also use Pinterest websites.

  2. 452

    For canning – Food Put By
    For fermenting – Wild Fermentation
    For drying – common sense and tasting for dryness
    For freezing – the internet for blanching times

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    Lolo Robison says:

    So hard to pick just one favorite resource. is definitely one of my all-time favorites, and Canning for a New Generation: Bold, Fresh Flavors for the Modern Pantry by Leana Krissoff. My mama and my mother-in-law have been enormously helpful as well. Thanks!!

  4. 454
    Brighid says:

    I’ve used your book Preserving by the Pint a ton this year, ever since my library bought a copy. For those unusual sorts of preserving questions, I turn to

  5. 455
    Juli J says:

    When I first started canning, the only resource I had was the Ball Blue book. Then the Internet came along and I found this wonderful site, which also had links to a lot of other canning websites. Suddenly I had access to a whole amazing community of canners! Food in Jars is still my favorite.

  6. 456
    Melissa says:

    I first purchased the ‘Ball Blue Book’ a few years ago but remained fearful about canning. It was purchasing ‘Canning for a New Generation’ and using it this past year that really made canning accessible. I am so excited about my canning experiences and can’t wait to expand my horizons even more!

  7. 457
    Maryann says:

    I use Preserving by the Pint a lot since I bought it. I also use the Bell preserving book.

  8. 458
    Rita says:

    my favorite resource is ‘food in jars’ both the books and the website as you make everything so beautiful and inspire me to work with wonderful seasonal goodies,

  9. 459
    April says:

    My favorite resource is the library. I get to try read old and new books. My Mom canned and preserved when I was young but she only used recipes from her Mom and didn’t experiment. I like to try new things.

  10. 460
    katklaw777 says:

    My 75 she has a wealth of knowledge to share with me.

  11. 461
    MzTallulah says:

    It’s a lovely collection of books; I actually have more than one favourite – I really like your blog and often follow the links you provide to other sites to try out new things; but I also frequently refer to my copy of my grandmother’s recipe book – not just preserves, but lots of them, even though some begin with, “take 10 kilos of good beef”… Thankyou for the giveaway!

  12. 462
    Krissy V. says:

    America’s Test Kitchen DIY Cookbook. Delicious duck prosciutto, vanilla extract, wine vinegar, and giardiniera have all come out of the kitchen this fall!

  13. 463
    KathyD says:

    My go-to book is still your first book, Food in Jars; I also like Canning for a New Generation, which my husband gave me last year. And I like older editions of classic cookbooks – Joy of Cooking, the New York Times cookbook, etc. – these often have good tips and recipes from the days when everyone canned.

  14. 464
    jill says:

    Your book inspires me. Also my friends at the farmer’s market who supply me with my produce. They are always willing to answer questions

  15. 465
    Mindy Sue says:

    This woUld be amazing!!!! Love the collection!! What a great way to get inspired to try something new!

  16. 466
    ktr says:

    My favorite canning resource is my mom. She has been canning for years and even when I’m following a recipe I find myself calling her with questions.

  17. 467
    Becca says:

    Food in jars and the ball blue book and my mom.

  18. 468
    Robyn says:

    My favorite food preservation resource is Food In Jars—the blog and the cookbooks. Thank you for sharing your wisdom so generously!

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    Carolsue says:

    My mom has taught me most of what I know about canning and preserving. I also find lots of recipes on Pinterest and products on the Ball website (

  20. 470
    Nancy G says:

    I have learned a lot from two friends, Kathy M (about fermenting) and Paula JM (about canning).

  21. 471
    Nancy says:

    My starting point is usually the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving. The book giveaway looks wonderful — thanks for the chance to win!

  22. 472
    Caitlyn says:

    For canning, Stocking Up from Rodale Press has always been my go to. I love that their recipes tend to use honey instead of sugar and it’s a good book to consult when I have a whole bunch of something and am looking for suggestions on how to preserve it. And for fermentation, Wild Fermentation is my go-to book. But I’d love to explore some others!

  23. 473
    Tonya says:

    Well preserved- as a reminder that small batches are easy and great! I use the many bloggers that share their canning, homemade and fermenting recipes For great variety!

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    Emilie in MN says:

    I am just starting out, so I use your first book and a few others often.

  25. 475
    Cheryl says:

    Who ended up winning this? I never did see a post for it.

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