Not Your Mama’s Canning Book: praise from a devotee
My working knowledge of canning food stems from vague childhood memories of Mom and Grandma canning peaches and pears … and that one time I ate a 4 oz. jar of Grandma’s [foamy] strawberry jam because I thought it was Jell-O … and someone’s homemade ketchup. The ketchup was riddled with whole cloves and I wanted it nowhere near my tater tots!
Then there were those mysterious shelves behind a plastic curtain under Grandma’s basement stairs. She had a treasure trove of canning jars and who knows what else back there! Grandma’s sister, my great aunt Martha, taught us it’s proper to holler “Hallelujah!” when jars emit their telltale ping. It’s a tradition my sister and I uphold.
I Think I Can.
At least I thought so — pie filling, applesauce, salsa, sauce. I make jams — strawberry and peach — and I’ve been doing it all wrong. Not Your Mama’s Canning Book: Modern Canned Goods and What to Make with Them is the authority on best practices AND delectable recipes. I’m enamored with it. I think you will be, too!
Rebecca’s writing is witty and the recipes are stunning. The book includes additional recipes featuring the fruits (or vegetables) of your labor. You could can Brown Sugar Bourbon Peaches in July, and enjoy a Drunken Peach Milkshake in August! You could preserve Whole Grain Dijon Mustard, then open a jar for Chicken Apple Sausage with Roasted Vegetables and Pierogies. There’s a recipe for Smoky Roasted Salsa to later be used in sandwiches, tacos, chili, soups — and there are recipes for each of those in the book as well. This cookbook is the bomb … and yes, there’s a recipe for Herb Bombs, too!
Author Rebecca Lindamood writes,
“A beautiful jar of something sitting on the shelf doesn’t do anyone any good unless you know how to use it! When I decided to write a canning cookbook, I knew I wanted to provide a solid recipe to go with each of the canned goods …”
Prepare the foods listed in part one of the book; then enjoy meals throughout the year featuring those gorgeous jars of preserved goodness. It’s genius — and so appetizing!
I met Rebecca at a gathering of food bloggers in Wooster, Ohio. I realized three things almost immediately: she has a wicked sense of humor; she is an exceptional cook; and she emits joy, inspires smiles, and made me yearn to be her next-door neighbor. I was eager to review her book, and now I’m over-the-moon excited to fill my shelves with yummy delights!
Not Your Mama’s Canning Book will be released on Tuesday, July 19. Click the link to pre-order now and receive the lowest price from Amazon, or purchase from most anyplace books are sold. Also? Consider stocking up on canning jars this weekend. You’re going to need them!
Get to know Rebecca and her beautiful family, plus enjoy her recipes and stories, at FoodieWithFamily.com. Be sure to let me know if you order the book. As soon as our county fair is over, I have big plans for those Bourbon Peaches!
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