If I can do this – anyone can. I canned my very own pizza sauce for the first time – with a little help :)
A few weeks ago I was invited to participate in the Food Bloggers of Canada Canning Kitchen Blog Tour to help support the launch of Amy Bronee‘s first cookbook The Canning Kitchen: 101 Simple Small Batch Recipes. Amy’s not only a brand new cookbook author, she’s also the proud mama of the Family Feedbag blog. Her website is a collection of stories, recipes and images from her family kitchen in Victoria, British Columbia. Amy’s blog is full of delightful homemade food ideas and beautiful photography – and her cookbook is pretty awesome too!
That’s Amy ⇓ down there ⇓ and the cover of her first cookbook :)
As part of the blog tour I was gifted a copy of The Canning Kitchen by Penguin Random House Canada. As an avid cookbook collector and reader – my ritual to welcome each new cookbook to ‘the library’ is to grab a cuppa’ jo and my collection of cute stickie notes and hunker down to read and flag recipes to try.
After a reading the book I was stoked to get canning. Here’s why…
Amy made me feel like I can do it!
Pfffft – no prob!
I got this in the bag – er, I mean can.
Here’s what made me feel this way:
- Amy has written excellent step by step instructions for the basics of canning. I haven’t canned in YEARS so the initial thought of getting back on the canning-train was tad intimidating but after reading the basics in the book I was ready to blanch, peel and preserve my little heart out!
- The equipment list rocks. Must haves, nice to haves – she’s really broken it down. I knew I had everything in the house I need to make this all happen.
- The processing check list takes the stress out of exactly what you need to do when processing your jars. OMG, there is nothing more satisfying to hear that little ‘tink’ when the lid seals! Am I right?!
- The recipes are all for small batches – there’s just enough to use for your home and share a jar with a special friend. This also means you can make a recipe pretty fast – it’s not a whole day affair. Amen Amy! Amen!
- There’s classic stand by recipes like Red Pepper Jelly, Pickled Beets, Ketchup… Hey, all the more reason to visit your local farmer’s market.
- There’s some super creative recipes so you can unleash your inner foodie – the next recipe I’m trying is the Fennel Thyme Relish (um – YUM!) The Raspberry Coca jam looks divine too. I could go on…
- And of course – there’s great photography so you have a good visual of what your finished product will look like.
All I have to say is…
“Honey – we’re gonna need more mason jars!!”
On to the canning ⇒
I decided to make the Zesty Pizza Sauce. We love pizza around here and always make our sauce from scratch. Having some ready to use in the fruit cellar could only be a good thing and encourage more pizza eating.
Like I need that.
I’d canned tomatoes before but I had not learned the tip of cutting an X at the bottom of the tomato before blanching it. Turns out this tip is just B R I L L I A N T! The tomatoes peeled lickity-split and there was minimal waste.
It took under 90 minutes to make the sauce from start to finish. The processing part added a bit of time but while the canning magic was happening I washed everything up and made my jar labels with my Brother Personal Labeler – cause I’m a bit of a nut and I love having tidy labels – on E V E R Y T H I N G. Then is was down to the fruit cellar with the finished Zesty Pizza Sauce.
Coincidently, there was just enough sauce left over for me to make a personal size pizza – to help celebrate my first canning venture in ages. Needless to say, the pizza was delicious!! The sauce was tangy, bright and light.
Welcome to The Canning Kitchen Blog Tour.
There are 9 other fab food bloggers participating in the blog tour and we’re all trying recipes from Amy’s book and sharing canning stories. As everyone’s articles go live, I’ll add a link to them but in the meantime, feel free to check out their awesome websites by clicking on the name of their site.
Now for the super exciting news – each of us are also a hosting a give-away for a copy of Amy’s book – YIPPEE! Details for how to enter is at the bottom of this article. Be sure to visit everyone’s website for 9 delicious opportunities to win!
Click on the website name to go to their home page and click on the recipe to go to the contest entry page.
- Kitchen Heals Soul – Sweet Thai Chili Chutney
- Bridget’s Green Kitchen – Apple Butter
- The Brunette Baker – Strawberry Rhubarb Jam
- Food Whine – Strawberry Jam
- Faithfully Gluten Free – Pink Lemonade Jelly
- Eating Niagara – Blueberry Lime Jam
- Try Small Things – Thick Cut Orange Jelly
- Kelly Neil – Hot Dog Relish
- The Tiffin Box – Sour Cherry Jam
At the end of the week, our blog tour hosts at Food Bloggers of Canada will do a round up all our posts. If you enjoy reading food blogs, you should take some time and explore the Food Bloggers of Canada site and if you are a food blogger – consider joining this friendly and generous community.
— GIVE-AWAY IS NOW CLOSED —
CONGRATS TO CHERI FROM KITCHENER, ONTARIO
Here’s How to Enter the Canning Kitchen Give-Away
There are two ways to enter from my postings:
- Leave a comment below sharing a short anecdote about canning. How you’re going to give it a whirl, what you’ve canned in the past, what you’re excited to try canning – you get the idea. Remember to include your email address so I can contact you if you win!
- Leave a comment on the Canning Kitchen post on my Instagram profile (@OrganicExpert) with the hashtag #CanningKitchen .
Contest closes on Sunday, August 16th, 2015, at 11:59 PM. Winner will be chosen at random via random.org. Contest open to residents with a Canadian mailing address. Sorry, this contest is not open to residents of Quebec. No purchase necessary to enter. Penguin Random House Canada is generously supplying and shipping prizes.
Here’s to preserving some lovely produce from your local growers.
If you pick up Amy’s cookbook, be sure to post pictures with the hashtag #CanningKitchen – we’d all love to see them!
Disclaimer: A copy of The Canning Kitchen was supplied to me free of charge by Penguin Random House Canada. The opinions in this post are sincere and mine. Penguin Random House is providing the cookbook for the give-away and is responsible for supplying and shipping of the product. Emails collected via give-away entries will not be used for any other purposes – I respect your privacy.
Photo credit: Photo of Amy Bronee via FamilyFeedbag.com