Oh friends, I am very excited to share this book with you! It’s Sherri Brooks Vinton’s newest work and I have a feeling you are going to love it. Called Put ’em Up! Fruit, it is filled with recipes on how to preserve fruit and then use up those preserves. If you’ve ever wondered what to do with your jams or chutneys once you’ve made them, this is the book for you.
I have long recommended Sherri’s first book (Put ‘Em Up) to people looking for a comprehensive canning book and I’m happy to find that this new edition is equally useful. The first 40 pages of the book are devoted to setting canners up for success.
There are tips on kinds of fruit that work best for preserving, a definition of terms, detailed information on pectin, a primer on achieving set for jams and, of course, everything you need to know about safely canning your food.
From there, Sherri moves her readers into the recipes. These are organized alphabetically by kind of fruit (it starts with apples and ends with tomatoes). Within each section, there are both recipes for preserves using that fruit and recipes that help you use up that preserve.
This means that the recipe for Classic Cherry Jam is nestled up against a matching one for Sautéed Duck Breast with Cherry Reduction and the Dried Apricots (done in the oven) are paired with Wild Rice Salad that features dried fruit.
I’m looking forward to cherry season, so that I can make the Cherry Ancho Chile Jam and the Pulled Pork Tacos that feature that preserve! Sherri has made several videos to go along with this book. They’re fun, because you get a chance to see her make a preserve and then use it right in a recipe. There’s also one there that features the basics of boiling water bath canning, which is certain to be useful to some of you.
I am one of a number of bloggers who is going to be featuring Put ’em Up! Fruit over the next couple weeks. Make sure to check out the rest of the folks in the coming days, to learn more about their experiences with the book and see the recipes they share.
April 9: Punk Domestics
April 10: Autumn Makes & Does
April 11: Local Kitchen
April 12: Mission: Food
April 15: What Julia Ate
April 16: Tigress in a Jam
April 17: Daily Dish Recipes
April 18: Shockingly Delicious
April 19: The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking
April 22: From Scratch Club
Thanks to Storey Publishing, I have one copy of this book to give away. If you want to enter for a chance to win, here’s what you do:
- Leave a comment on this post and share your favorite way to use a fruit preserve in a recipe.
- Comments will close at 11:59 pm on Friday, April 12, 2013. Winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog that evening.
- Giveaway open to US residents, only (so sorry, further-flung friends, I’m not in charge of the shipping).
- One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.