About Food in Jars

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About Marisa

Marisa McClellan is a full-time food writer and canning teacher, and is the sole blogger at Food in Jars. She is the author of Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round (Running Press 2012) and Preserving by the Pint: Quick Seasonal Canning for Small Spaces (Running Press 2014). Her writing appears regularly on The Food Network, Saveur’s website, Table Matters, and in Food 52’s Small Batch series. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Portland, Oregon, she now lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Scott.

You can also find her on her personal blog and a variety of social media channels.

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About Food in Jars

This site was launched in early 2009 to give Marisa a place share her interest in canning and general obsession with canning jars of all shapes and sizes. It regularly features canning recipes, giveaways of canning and culinary-focused products, cookbooks, interesting ways to use preserves, and other posts that Marisa deems appropriate and useful.

Frequently Asked Questions

If I have a canning question, can I email you directly?
You are absolutely welcome to get in touch. However, please know that I get a lot of email and though I try to respond in a timely manner, I can’t always respond as quickly as is ideal. I will always try to respond eventually.

Can you tell me if my canned goods are safe? 
I am not a canning oracle. I cannot judge the safety of a product by reading a description of how you made it or looking at a photo of the jars. If you doubt the safety of your homemade products, do not eat them. To be safe, only use recipes from reliable sources and bring yourself up to date with the latest canning guidelines before embarking on a preserving project.

Do you teach classes?
I do! I offer both regular group workshops as well as private classes. Click here to view my upcoming classes.

Do you write anywhere else?
I do indeed! In addition to writing this blog, you can also find my stuff on Table Matters, the Food Network’s FN Dish blogSimple Bites, Food 52, and the Mrs. Wages newsletter, as well as in the pages of Grid Philly Magazine. I also occasionally post something on my original, personal blog, which is called Apartment 2024.

When does your book come out?
My first cookbook, called Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round was published by Running Press in May 2012. My second book, called Preserving by the Pint, is currently available for pre-order and will be published (also by Running Press) on March 25, 2014.

Who designed your logo?
The Food in Jars logo was designed by my friend and former co-worker, Roger Estes. You can find more of his work here.

What other canning blogs do you recommend? 
You can find a list of my favorite food blogs here.

What kind of camera do you use?
99% of the time, I use a Nikon D7000 with a 35mm fixed lens. Once in a great while, I’ll borrow my husband’s Canon DSLR or use our Canon G10 if I need something portable. We also recently picked up a Sony NEX-5RK and I’ve used it for a few shots here and there. It’s a shockingly great, amazingly tiny camera.

I’d like to buy ad space, send you a product for review or arrange a giveaway for the Food in Jars readers. How can I do this? 
For more information about sponsorship opportunities, arranging for giveaways and reviews (which are only done in conjunction with a reader giveaway), please visit the Food in Jars sponsorship page.

Have a question that’s not answered here? 
Drop me a line via this handy contact form.