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Pre-Order Naturally Sweet Food in Jars

Naturally Sweet Food in Jars cover

Nine weeks from today, Naturally Sweet Food in Jars hits bookstore shelves. I have had a single physical copy in my hands for a little over a week now and I could not be more pleased with how beautifully this book has turned out. I think you’ll find it’s pretty useful as well.

Sized to match my first two books, this new volume contains 100 recipes that are sweetened with honey, maple, agave, coconut sugar, dried fruits, and fruit juice concentrates. The recipes are a combination of old favorites (like a honey sweetened version of my beloved pear vanilla jam) and brand new things (like a strawberry cocoa jam sweetened with coconut sugar).

stack of three books

I feel extraordinarily proud of this book. It was some of the hardest work I’ve ever done. There’s not a lot of existing information out there in the area of preserving with natural sweeteners and so at times, I felt like I was breaking a very small area of new ground. That’s both exciting and just a little bit scary.

If you think that this book is going to be something you want to add to your library and your budget can handle it, I would so appreciate that you pre-order a copy. Pre-orders help my publisher get an idea of demand and whether they need to order another printing.

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Thanks friends!

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Canning Class with the Swarthmore Co-op

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It has been a very quiet January around these parts, but I’m slowly starting to come out of my hibernation to teach a few classes. I have one next week that I thought you Philly-area folks might like to know about!

On Thursday, February 4, from 7-8:30 pm, I’ll be teaching a demonstration-style class at the Swarthmore Presbyterian Church. The class is being put on by the nice folks at the Swarthmore Co-op and costs $25. I’ll show everyone who attends how make a batch of honey-sweetened pear vanilla jam using Pomona’s Pectin. We’ll go through the canning process and I’ll answer every question that I can.

At the end of the class we’ll dig into the warm jam, and I’ll have some copies of my first two books for sale and signature. Registration information at the bottom of this page.

Speaking of classes and events! I’m starting to put my book tour schedule together for the spring and summer. I’m trying to keep things a bit saner than last time (I did more than 110 events with Preserving by the Pint, which was too much). That said, I am still taking suggestions for cities and venues to potentially add to my tour. Please let me know if you have good ideas for me for book stores, kitchenwares stores, libraries or other venues that you think would be good for me to consider as I plan out my travel.

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Upcoming Events: Fayetteville Roots Festival & Williams-Sonoma in Rogers, AR

Maine blueberries

Friends, this summer has worn me down to the nubbin. I want to be posting more recipes and canning tutorials, but it seems that I can only summon the energy for giveaways and event reminders. Thank you for being patient with me. And remember, even though I’m not producing as many recipes as is my norm right now, there is a very deep archive of recipes appropriate for this time of year. I suggest the Lazy Peach Preserves and the Honey Sweetened Tomato Jam.

Now, for some event reminders. I’m on my way to Fayetteville, Arkansas right at the moment (I’m sitting in the Dallas/Ft. Worth airport as I type) and I’m doing a pair of events that are very much worth your time if you’re in the area.

Saturday, August 30
On Saturday morning, I’ll be at the Fayetteville Town Center from11 am – 1 pm, leading a massive pickle making workshop. No registration is required and the materials fee is just $5 per person. Show up and I’ll walk you through the steps of making your very own batch of refrigerator cucumber pickles. I’ll also have books for sale and signature, if you’re interested. Details here.

Sunday, August 31
I will be demonstrating my small batch jam making technique at the Williams-Sonoma in Pinnacle Hills. There is no fee for this event and it runs from 11 am – 1 pm. I hope to see some of you there!

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Jam Demo and Book Signing Today at Local in Brunswick, Maine

Local window Brunswick

Just wanted to remind folks that if you’re in the area of Brunswick, Maine, I’ll be at Local (148 Maine Street) today from 5-7 pm, making jam and signing books. It’s a lovely store, chock full of canning jars, Falcon Ware, regionally made preserves, wines, and other wonderful stuff.

Swing by, have a snack, see me make some jam, and pick up a book!

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Upcoming Events: Vermont and Maine

All set up to demo at the @ballcanning International Can-It-Forward. Join us via the livestream!

As you might have noticed, I’ve been traveling a lot this summer. I’ve been up and down the west coast, spent two weeks driving around the south, and flew to Chicago twice. One portion of the country that I’ve pretty well neglected has been New England. However, all that changes this week. I’m going to be doing events in Vermont and Maine and I hope that those of you who live up there will come, bring your books (or buy one!) and say hi!

August 19 – Waterbury, VT
I’m kicking off this New England trip with a canning demo and book signing at Bridgeside Books. The event runs from 6-8 pm and is free and open to all.

August 20 – South Burlington, VT
On Wednesday night, I’ll be VT Food Swap at the Healthy Living Market in South Burlington from 6-8 pm. My demo will kick off the evening, and then the swap will take place immediately after. Registration is required to attend, but is free, so don’t let that stop you. Sign up here.

August 21 – Falmouth, ME
On Thursday I head to Maine to teach a canning class at University of Maine Cooperative Extension Regional Learning Center. The class runs from 7-9 pm and just is $15 and you can sign up here.

August 22 – Brunswick, ME
I’ll be rounding out my trip up north with a canning demo and book signing at Local from 5-7 pm. This is another free event, so please come, hang out for the demo and pick up a book!

After the events are over, Scott and I are spending the weekend in Portland just to hang out and relax. If you’ve got any Portland, Maine must-sees, please let me know!

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Upcoming Events: Chicago!

jars at GHE

Attention mid-west canners! I am heading out to see you next week! I’ll be in and around the Chicago area and here is where you can find me!

August 11 – Highwood, IL
I’m teaming up with the nice folks from the Canning with Kids program to teach a canning with kids pickle making workshop at the Highwood Bocce Courts, 2:30-4 pm. Find your favorite kid and click here to sign up! It’s never to early to impart a love of canning!

August 12 – Gurnee, IL
I’ll be at the Warren-Newport Public Library from 7-8:30 pm to demonstrate how to make one of the small batches of jam from Preserving by the Pint. Afterwards, there will be tastes of jam and books for sale and signature. Click here to sign up!

August 13 – Glen Ellyn, IL
I’ll be at Marcel’s Culinary Experience from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. I’ll be making jam and pickles and will be signing books. I promise, a good time will be had by all. Click here to sign up!

August 14 – Lake Forest, IL
I’ll be teaching a hands on canning class at Sunset Foods from 6:30 – 9 pm. We’ll make tomato jam and dilly beans and everyone will go home with jars of each. Click here to sign up!

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