Giveaway: Deluxe Fermenting Tool Set From Masontops

Pickle Pipe Set - Food in Jars

With the days warming and spring produce is starting to appear, there’s no better time to get a couple jars of fermented pickles bubbling away in your kitchen. And today, I’m featuring some terrific tools to help you do just that!

Our friends at Masontops have offered up one of their Deluxe Fermenting Tool Sets for this week’s giveaway. This set includes four of their wide mouth Pickle Pebbles (designed to fit smoothly into a wide mouth jar and keep your produce comfortably below the liquid line), a three-pack of their Pickle Pipes (the easiest airlock ever!), and their Pickle Packer (never has it been simpler to tightly press sliced, shredded, or chopped veg into a jar).

carrots in a jar

The folks at Masontops produced a really terrific Fermenting Guide during their Kickstarter campaign and have kindly allowed me to reprint their recipe for Gingered Carrots, which you’ll find after the jump. I didn’t manage to make these carrots before I left on book tour, but they’re top on my list for when I get home!

Also, if you feel that you can’t live without your very own Deluxe Fermenting Tool Set, the nice folks at Masontops have given me a code for 15% off any purchase on their website. Just use “FIJ15” during check-out to get the deal!

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Bay Area Events for Naturally Sweet Food in Jars

Bi-Rite fruit

Hi friends! The book tour is going hot and heavy for the next ten days, so I’ll be dropping in each morning for the next few days to spotlight the three regions where I’ll be. First up? The San Francisco area!

Monday, April 11 (Half Moon Bay)
Come see me at the New Leaf Community Market in Half Moon Bay (150 San Mateo Road) starting at 4 pm for a canning demo and book signing. No pre-registration is required and it’s a free event.

Tuesday, April 12 (San Francisco)
I’ll be at 18 Reasons (3674 18th Street), co-teaching a canning class with the delightful Shakirah Simley, Canner-in-Residence for the Bi-Rite Family of Businesses. We’ll make two recipes from my new book, and there will be a goodly amount of hands on involvement. The class starts at 6:30 pm and costs $55-65. Register here.

Wednesday, April 13 (San Francisco)
I’ll be at Omnivore Books (3885 Cesar Chavez Street) at 6:30 pm, demoing a half batch of strawberry cocoa jam, and signing books. There will be samples and they will be delicious.

Thursday, April 14 (Berkeley)
Join me for a Meet and Greet at Books Inc. (1491 Shattuck Avenue) in Berkeley from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. I’ll do a short demonstration, have some jam samples for tasting and will be available to answer all canning questions.

 

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Links: Dilled Carrots, Pickled Eggs, and a Winner

Matt's Kitchen

I am very happy to report that after nearly a week of being very under the weather, things are starting to look up. I got myself from LA to Santa Cruz on Friday, and my Saturday demo at Chefworks went very well (if you’re in the area, they have half a dozen signed copies of the new book). I spent the rest of the weekend hanging out with my very oldest friend (we first met when he was five and I was just a few hours old), in his charming apartment. That’s his kitchen pictured above. I covet both the build-in and the giant old sink. Now, some links.

Stir Paperback Cover - Food in Jars

The winner of last week’s giveaway of Jess Fechtor’s Stir is #45/Lyra Leigh. If you didn’t win, please do try and get your hands on this book. It’s such a good read.

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Homemade Fig Mustard

Finished Fig Mustard - Food in Jars

I’ve been in California for the last week and I’ve spent most of that time sitting on my best friend’s couch, trying to recover from the flu. This was supposed to be the triumphant start to my book tour, but instead I’ve been forced to lay very low.

It’s been a lesson in flexibility and surrender, as well as a reminder that I’ve pushed myself too hard over the last year. However, thanks to a cocktail of antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, decongestants, and Tamiflu, I am starting to feel human again. And so I thought I’d drop in to talk about mustard.

Fig Mustard in New Persian - Food in Jars

Mustard has long been one of my favorite condiments. I learned to love it when I was very young as an accompaniment to hot dogs and turkey bologna, and as an adult, eat it with cheese, sausage, and cold turkey. And I do so love a toasted cheese sandwich with spicy, flavorful mustard.

Dried Figs - Food in Jars

The inspiration for this particular mustard came from Louisa Shafia’s wonderful book, The New Persian Kitchen. I revisited my copy earlier this year because Joy and I were featuring the book on Local Mouthful and this mustard practically leapt off the page at me.

Toasted Mustard Seeds - Food in Jars

I marked it a couple months ago, but finally made it just a few days before I left for this trip (admittedly, I was stockpiling recipes so that I’d have some things to post here while I was away). I ended up tweaking the ingredients a little and streamlining the process.

Fig Mustard in Pot - Food in Jars

I increased the amount of acid a bit, both because I wanted the finished flavor to be a bit tangier and because I wanted to ensure that it would be safe for canning. I also opted to use an immersion blender for the pureeing process, rather than transfer the mustard to a blender or food processor. Beyond that, the recipe is all Louisa.

While I haven’t dug into my jars yet, I feel certain that this mustard will be magical on turkey sandwiches. I bet it would also work nicely as a glaze for roasted chicken legs and thighs.

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Giveaway: Paperback Edition of Stir by Jessica Fechtor

Stir Paperback Cover - Food in Jars

One of my favorite books of 2015 was Jessica Fechtor’s Stir. It is memoir-with-recipes that tells of her brain aneurism at the age of 28, and her grueling but successful recuperation. An avid cook and joyful eater prior to the aneurism, the book is the story of her recovery and the ways in which food brought her back to herself as her wounded brain and body healed.

Stir Paperback Back - Food in Jars

I read the book in just a day and half last summer, and mentioned it briefly on the blog last fall. Today, the paperback version of Stir came out (complete with a pretty new cover featuring the author!) and when I was offered a chance to give away a copy of that edition, I said yes immediately. After all, I’m always delighted to have a chance to shine a light on work that I love.

Stir Paperback Spine - Food in Jars

I have one copy of this wonderful book to give away. Here’s how to enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me something you’ve read recently that you loved.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm eastern time on Saturday, April 9, 2016. A winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, April 10, 2016.
  3. Giveaway open to United States only (so sorry!). Void where prohibited.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.

Disclosure: Avery (the publisher) sent me the copy of the paperback you see here in the hopes that I might post about it and they’re providing the giveaway unit. No additional compensation was provided. 

April Sponsors: Fillmore Container, Harvest Right, Mrs. Wages, Mason Jar Lifestyle

Mrs. Wages pectin

We’re at the start of a new month and so it’s time to thank the people who help support this blog through sponsorship! Please do show them your love if you have a chance.

First up are the lovely people at Fillmore Container. They are a family-owned business based in Lancaster, PA that sells all manner of canning jars, lids, and other preservation gear. Make sure to check out all the new fermentation gear they’re carrying!

New to the sponsorship family is Harvest Right. They make freeze dryers for home use, which is kind of amazing. Previously, it could cost as much as $30,000 to get freeze dryer, but the ones that Harvest Right sells are are 1/10 of that price. I don’t have space for one in my home, but I so wish that I did!

Our friends at Mrs. Wages are back for another season. They make pectin, vinegar, and more canning mixes than I can count. Their website is an incredible preserving resource and I can’t say enough good things about their salsa mixSign up for their newsletter for monthly installments of canning goodness.

Mason Jar Lifestyle is a one-stop shopping site for all the jar lovers out there! They’ve got silicone drink lids, fruit infusers, silicone jar seals (great for those times when you want to ensure that your jars aren’t going to leak), copper regular mouth lids (fun for gifts!), and even pin cushion toppers. The season for iced drinks is coming, so perhaps a new extra long stainless steel straw is in order (they’re designed to be the perfect size for quart jars).

If your company or small business is interested in becoming a sponsor, you can find more details here. I offer discounts for multiple month purchases and am always happy to work with your budget. Leave a comment on this post or drop me a note to learn more!

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