We've been getting steadily more into canning and preserving so this year, I decided to take a slightly more organized approach to it. So I turned to one of my very favorite tools ever, the GoogleDocs spreadsheet and created a handy-dandy little Canning Planning spreadsheet that makes it much easier to map out what I want to preserve, when, how, and what recipes I'd like to use.
It's still early in the season so I've only pickled the ramps, frozen the rhubarb and canned the strawberry jam. There are still many tasty miles to go before winter (and, more importantly, before the baby is born in September since canning and preserving may grind to a halt for a few months at that time.)
Good food is highly seasonal so I encourage you to plan ahead since you'll be more likely to actually make time in the short windows when stuff is at its best to can and preserve the things you'll enjoy eating all year.
Which brings me to the second part of this post - the GIVEAWAY!
I was delighted to receive my copy of Marisa McClellan's new book, Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round, a few weeks ago and it's definitely lit a fire under my ass with regards to this summer's preserving plans.
Marisa has been one of my favorite bloggers for a while now so I knew this was gonna be good. And her book does not disappoint. You really can't go wrong with Marisa's strawberry vanilla jam, rhubarb syrup, boozy canned peaches, pickled asparagus and much, much more...
So I'm giving you all a chance to win your own copy of this petite preserving powerhouse. All's you have to do to enter is:
1. Leave a comment here telling me one thing (or more) that you plan to can, freeze, dry or otherwise preserve this summer.
2. Make sure that you leave at least your first name and email address -- otherwise, I will have no way to contact you if you win, which would be a shame and has actually happened before :(
You can also increase your chances of winning by doing some extra credit (this is completely optional). Here's how it works - you'll get an additional entry in the drawing for each of the following things:
a. Share this post on Facebook and leave me a comment on this post letting me know you've done so.
b. Share this post on Twitter and leave me a comment on this post letting me know you've done so.
c. Write a blog post about the giveaway that links back to this post and leave a comment letting me know.
Feel free to do all your sharing before you write your comment and just fill me in in on your activities in one fell swoop.
3. Entries must be received by midnight on Thursday, June 21, 2012. I'll choose a winner at random (using random.org) and announce it on June 23rd.
4. This giveaway offer is only open to readers in the U.S. and Canada.
I think that is all of the fine print. Good luck!
Two resources you might find useful in your canning and planning endeavors: