Its Earth Day and I get to gush about a book (and host a giveaway) that inspires and educates folks on the ins & outs of putting fruit up, whether that’s in jam-form, syrup-form, frozen-form or or or…the sky is the limit! Growing your own fruit or buying fruit from your local farmers market or picking it directly at your favorite farm, and then using it in a mariade of ways so that you can savor the flavors throughout the year is at the heart of Earth Day: Sustainable, clean, limited waste, and self-sufficient.
Sherri Brooks Vinton‘s first book, Put ‘em Up, was litterally one of the very first ‘real’ posts I added to the site back on July 10, 2010. Sarah F, one of FSC’s founders, did the same, on the same day. Then on August 10, 2010, we had our very first giveaway on the blog… guess what book? You guessed it.
Sarah & I beyond were over-the-moon that a book, so complete in its detailed information, that both of us could learn to can, and preserve in general, from start to finish. From.A.Book. We used it, over & over again. That summer of 2010, I believe Sarah & I tried 70% of Sherri’s recipes from that book. We were in love.
We are still in love. Now, as a waterbath canning teacher at The Arts Center and beyond, I will ALWAYS put Sherri’s first book on the short list of beginner preservation books that are a must. I still use her book over & over & over again. The pages or torn and have a multitude of water strains. Its very well loved.
Put em Up! is everything you want in an instructional book: detailed & clear instructions, with lovely drawings that do show important points of the process and then the great recipes.(my 2010 review has tons of pictures of Put ‘em Up’s beautiful pages) What I also loved about her first book was that the recipes were alphabetized by the main ingredient; whether that be cauliflower or onions or sweet peppers. That detail seems small, but when you have a what seems like a metric ton of a certain vegetable or fruit and you need to ‘put it up’ fast, you can quickly flip to that item ASAP without using an index. Its the little things that make this book, and now PeU:Fruit, a constant companion in my kitchen.
Sherri has brought along all of these key elements from her first book into Put ‘em Up, with Put ‘Em Up Fruit: A Preserving Guide & Cookbook. Creative Ways to Put ‘em Up and Use ‘em Up. (check out the link: great instructional videos w/ recipes!!!! Gah! Delightful!) She has also added the most amazing, next-level element: Use it Up! Ways to put those canning recipes to sue besides throwing that jam on a piece of toast or using in a cookie from Fish Poached in Tomato Sauce to Turkey with Quince Glaze to Cinnamon Rice with Pickled Plums. She has created a preserving guide AND a cookbook. Genius. I love Sherri & her writing style all over again with Put ‘em Up! Fruit.
I’m so happy to have this book in my hands and can not wait to give a copy to one lucky reader! Its a must-have for the food preservationist and home cook.
FSC is the last stop on the Put ‘Em Up Blogger Train, so yes, you can enter the giveaway below but before you do so, take a gander through all these blogs that I truly love, read word for word and are truly inspirational. Each give their own thoughts & ride through Put ‘em Up! Fruit.
- April 8: Food in Jars
- 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
- and on Earth Day… Us!
Storey Publishing not only provided us with one review copy, but also a copy to give away to one of our lucky readers! The winning comment will have their copy sent straight from the Storey HQ just in time to begin preserving early summer goodies!
To enter to win, leave a comment telling us about your love for fruit: in jam, as soda syrup base, poached in wine, used on meat, in a salad, etc.
- One winner will receive a copy of Put ‘em Up: FRUIT by Sherri Brooks Vinton, to be shipped directly from the publisher, Storey Publishing.
- Open to US Residents only.
- Giveaway ends at midnight Saturday, April 27th, 2013. The winners will be notified via email and announced on this post on Sunday, April 28th, 2013.
- We will pick the winning comments, randomly via the always random, random.org.
- All entries must be in the form of ONE comment below. Comments posted on Goodreads, Facebook and Twitter will NOT count towards this giveaway. Good Luck!
Disclosure: Storey Publishing, based very close by in North Adams, MA, provided a review copy and a giveaway copy of Put ‘Em Up FRUIT at no charge. We were not paid to participate in this giveaway. Oh, and my opinions are my own. I love Put ‘em Up book 1 & 2 and that’s that!