{FSC Book Club} …Round 4 BEGINS!

FSC book club

We read, we cook, we chat.
That is the FSC Book Club.

Round 4 of the FSC Book Club has begun! We  are reading and and cooking our way through Put ‘Em Up Fruit: A Preserving Guide & Cookbook. Creative Ways to Put ‘em Up and Use ‘em Up by the incredible Sherri Brooks Vinton. It’s a gorgeous book filled with great recipes for preserving and using up all of the delicious fruit you can think of. Learn more about the book at our announcement post.

fsc book club put em up fruit

Here’s how this round will work:

Sherri has already divided the book up beautifully by fruit. For FSC Book Club, we attempted to line up fruits with their growing season, at least for the growing season here at FSC headquarters in upstate/Eastern NY. It’s not perfect, but it’s a start. Most of us in the northeast probably aren’t growing our own grapefruit, for example, so we are just tackling those recipes when we can. If you are completely overrun with, say, peaches and we tell you to make something with blueberries… ignore us! Let the FSC Book Club be a fun way for you to push yourself to try new recipes, explore different fruits and sharpen your food preservation skills. Don’t let us box you in– if you are on a tomato kick all through August don’t wait for us to catch up in September- just start canning & share it with us anyway!

Every other Monday, we’ll post new questions and challenges over at Goodreads. You pick a recipe or two to try and then check back in with us during those two weeks. Maybe the challenge will be to take a photo of the finished product or to invite a friend over to join you in eating it! Some weeks, we’ll just pose questions for you to think about as we cook our way through the book. You can ask advice, get inspiration, share tips, trade stories and brag about your new fruit creations.

Fall behind on the book club assignments? No worries! We keep the discussion forums open, so you can always pop into a past “assignment” and chirp up. Don’t like a particular fruit? Going away on summer vacation? Skip that week! No stress! No worries!

Since this book has both fruit preservation recipes AND recipes that include those preserved fruits, we will all be circling back often to past chapters. I might choose to make the Quick Rhubarb Jam this week but later in the summer use a jar of it in the Skillet Cornbread with Rhubarb Orange Sauce. That’s awesome! So I can keep checking in with how I’m doing all summer long.

Tweet, tweet! One of our goals is to be a lot more active on social media this round- Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Stop in at Goodreads to chat, but by all means, keep the conversation flowing on your social media platform of choice. Use #FSCBookClub so we can see all of your check-ins.

Our (Tentative) Reading Schedule:

{MEETING 1} Monday, June 24

  • Rhubarb
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries

{MEETING 2} Monday, July 8

  • Blackberries & Raspberries
  • Oranges

{MEETING 3} Monday, July 22

  • Peaches
  • Plums

{MEETING 4} Monday, August 5

  • Blueberries
  • Apricots
  • Lemon

{MEETING 5} Monday, August 19

  • Grapes
  • Grapefruit
  • Quince

{MEETING 6} Monday, September 2

  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Tomatoes

Join us!

  1. Get your hands on a copy of Put ‘Em Up Fruit!  You can visit the FSC Pantry on Amazon to buy a copy of this book and all other book club selections. A small portion of sales from our shop will come back to FSC to help support our free book club. Think of it as a tiny tip jar to keep everything running smoothly.
  2. If you aren’t a member yet, sign up for a free account at Goodreads! That’s where the book club is hosted & where the bulk of our conversation takes place. Sign up for an account (learn more here) and poke around!
  3. Introduce yourself. Stop by our welcome discussion board on Goodreads and tell us who you are, where you are from and what you are looking forward to making! Feel free to also let us know where we can find you by posting your social media user names, blog address, etc.
  4. Follow FSC Book Club on social media! Follow @FSCBookClub on Twitter and “Like” FSC Book Club on Facebook too. You can also use the hashtag #FSCBookClub on Instagram & Twitter so we can see your updates.

Questions? Check out our Book Club FAQs right here. If you still have questions, leave a comment or post it on the GoodReads forum


13 Comments Add yours

  1. Hi All, I found your bookclub via @SaltedPlates Blog and decided I’m going to join in on the fun. We canned tomato and peach last year for the first time in many moons, so I’m excited to find some new stuff this year.

    1. Welcome, Deborah! Glad you are joining us!

  2. Lynette says:

    This is fantastic! I love eating all my moms home-canned fruits and veggies, but have never done it myself. I can’t wait to see what you guys do.

    1. Christine says:

      Join us if you’d like & then you can preserve your own fruits & veggies 🙂

      1. Lynette says:

        I would but I don’t have the supplies and can’t afford to buy them right now. But I will keep checking back in to see the progress. 🙂

  3. Jeni B says:

    yay! Very excited!

  4. Gina M says:

    Cherry picking starts tomorrow in my neck of the woods, so I know what I’m going to do for the first project!

  5. Jeni B says:

    FYI Hashtags are now working on Facebook.. not sure if they work on Pages or not.. I’m going to need to find out.

    1. Christine says:

      I think hashtags ARE working on pages… so awesome. #FSCBookClub forever!

  6. Lynette says:

    Reblogged this on Momisms – My Moments in Motherhood and commented:
    It’s Whats to Eat Wednesday and my kids are gone, so my cooking has been a bit pedestrian lately. So Im sharing this great post I found yesterday. With people building great gardens and going to the farmers market, I thought this was a great fit; a book filled with home canning ideas! Some of the best food Ive ever eaten has been my moms home canned food. It is time intensive, but so great to be able to feed your families healthy food where you know ALL the ingredients and can pronounce them too. I need to focus on studying for my test in September while the kiddos are away. I don’t already have the jars or other supplies for canning, and can’t really afford to buy them this summer. So, I won’t be following along except vicariously through the website. But if you do have the supplies and the time, I highly recommend participating in this book club. I looks like fun!

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