Canning Kitchen Blog Tour & Give-Away

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.

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.


Here’s How to Enter the Canning Kitchen Give-Away

There are two ways to enter from my postings:

  1. 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!
  2. 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 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


  • Great post. Now I want to make my famous chili sauce again as it was been years since I did a batch. It was so good on everything. I used to take make a harvest weekend to do canning. Might just start up that tradition again.

    “Honey I need more mason jars” will be shouted out in many kitchens due to this book that I would live to win.

    Cheers Jo-Ann Blondin

    Jo-Ann BlondinAugust 12, 2015
    • I see a canning party in my near future Jo-Ann. The recipes in this book are excellent. Can you say “Hellooooo farmers market!”

      OrganicExpertAugust 12, 2015
  • I made my first cooked jam this year….Strawberry Vanilla. Why was I afraid of this for so long! ;)

    JenniferAugust 12, 2015
    • Yum yum. Strawberry vanilla is such a good combo. “You CAN can!” That’s my new battle cry. Thanks for entering Jennifer :)

      OrganicExpertAugust 12, 2015
  • I already gave her wonderful book however would love to win one for my sister. You are a solutely rght Bout the excitment of hearing that famous “think” it’s the sound of success. I have already made several recipes and I think my next one wi be the pizza sauce.

    ClaireAugust 12, 2015
    • Awwwhhh – what a great sister you are! I’m all about the ‘tink’ Claire. My daughter came into the kitchen while I was processing my second batch so she could hear the lids seal. After each ‘tink’ we would do the seal squeal of delight :) Thanks for entering and good luck :)

      OrganicExpertAugust 12, 2015
  • I enjoy canning. My best ‘projects’ have been crabapple jelly, pickled beets, zucchini relish…and my very fav and popular – fig jam. I being able to gift or pull out one of my canned projects out of season!

    LesliCAugust 12, 2015
    • Whoa, you’re a canning pro! It is pretty nice to have a collection of canned projects available all season. There is no hostess gift that is nicer than receiving preserved goodies – well, wine is a close second :) Thanks for entering Lesli – good luck!!

      OrganicExpertAugust 12, 2015
  • I used to can quite a bit, but since I’ve had kids it seems time gets the best of me. I’m now feeling the bug again and looking for inspiration to get motivated to get back into it again, for my family’s sake. Winning a new canning cookbook, from a local none-the-less, would be awesome!

    SonjaAugust 12, 2015
    • Those darn rug-rats slowed down my cooking adventures for a while too. I started to dedicate Sunday’s for batch cooking and my kids even got involved. With canning it’s a bit more complicated with little helping hands – especially with the sterilized jars and boiling water going. Maybe they could help you wash the fruits and veg – or maybe make super cute labels for the jars? For getting going with canning again, the recipes in Amy’s book will surely inspire you. Thanks for entering the contest – good luck!!

      OrganicExpertAugust 12, 2015
  • I used to can all the time, in fact, I still have a few jars left from a few years ago (don’t know if they’ll still be good it’s been so long). By the way, how long can you keep jars (mine are peaches) if the top is still sealed?

    connie maglingerAugust 12, 2015
    • Hmmm – clearly I’m no canning expert here but I would open them up and give it a sniff. If the lid was still sealed you should be good to go. My mom canned peaches once and they were spectacular. She made upside down cakes with them. Thanks for entering Connie! Have an awesome day :D

      OrganicExpertAugust 12, 2015
  • We spent 7 years building a garden, which sounds crazy, but: deer, ground squirrels, and soccer matches. Our first season and I’ve been canning tomatoes and freezing blanched shredded zucchini like crazy. It looks like we have a second wave of tomatoes coming in, so I’m very interested in new recipes and small batches. And I am happy to find your website!

    MarjorieAugust 12, 2015
    • Wildlife in the backyard is great – until it starts eating your produce! What do you make with the shredded zucchini when you thaw it? Soups? Can you still use it in muffins and such or is it to wet? Inquiring minds need to know :) Thanks for entering and checking out my little bloggity-blog. Good luck!

      OrganicExpertAugust 12, 2015
  • I haven’t canned in years, and my experience is limited. I’ve made freezer jam in the past, and canned salsa (as a Christmas gift) and jalapeno jelly. I think that is it! Thanks for the chance, I’d love to get into canning again!
    andrea_hockeygirl at hotmail dot com

    • Mmmmmm freezer jam. I used to make strawberry freezer jam all the time. So easy and delish too! Yes, you need to get canning again Andrea :) Thanks for entering and best of luck to ya!

      OrganicExpertAugust 12, 2015
  • I love to can most everything…..fruits, jams, veggies, salsa. Always looking for new recipes so this book would be great to have.

    patriciaAugust 12, 2015
    • Hi Patricia! Thanks for entering the contest :) Now canning some salsa next sounds like a darn good idea – thanks for that inspiration!! Good luck!

      OrganicExpertAugust 12, 2015
  • My husband is also into canning now! We and our adult family all love pickled jalapenos but not the store bought one so he has a recipe in his head that he uses to make these and we can a bunch to keep the family in stock of them.

    Wendy JensenAugust 13, 2015
    • Well, your hubby sounds like a keeper for sure!! It must be so much work prepping the jalapenos! Thanks for entering – good luck Wendy!

      Anita GriffinAugust 13, 2015
  • I have done a few refrigerator canning, but don’t consider that true canning. My first “true” canning experience was for cooked tomatoes but only some cans worked. I didn’t consider it a success. :(

    janet @ the taste spaceAugust 13, 2015
    • Well Janet, I think you need a copy of The Canning Kitchen girl! Amy does a really good job of walking you through the steps to properly process your goodies. Here’s hoping you win :) If you don’t win, really, the book is great – I’d totally suggest picking it up if you want to learn how to can. Thanks for entering!!

      Anita GriffinAugust 13, 2015
  • I canned years ago and would love to try it again with the kids and what we harvest out of our backyard garden!

    gene dAugust 13, 2015
    • Nothing like a backyard garden to get one canning! Good for you thinking about getting the kids involved too! Best of luck and thanks so much for entering the contest Gene :)

      Anita GriffinAugust 13, 2015
  • My husband helped me can pears for the first time last year. He almost got emotional in the middle of the night as we heard all 6 of our jars “ping.” We were very proud!

    Love your site!

    JoEllynAugust 13, 2015
    • The couple that cans together stays together :) I know what you mean about the ‘tink’ of the lids sealing. I do the ‘seal squeal’ each time I hear it happen. I might even dance. Thanks for sharing your story and entering. Good luck!!

      Anita GriffinAugust 13, 2015
  • I don’t have an anecdocte but like to can my fruit ketchup in the fall.

    Helene PeloquinAugust 13, 2015
    • LOL! I’m going to try making carrot ketchup this weekend Helene :) Thanks for entering and best of luck to ‘ya!

      Anita GriffinAugust 13, 2015
  • I absolutely love canning – last year I processed 230 lbs of tomatoes, four different ways. But no pizza sauce! Must add that to my repertoire this year.

    karengreenersAugust 14, 2015
    • Holy moley – 230 pounds! That’s a lotta’ blanchin’ and a peelin’ Karen. I’m impressed and a bit overwhelmed by that number. Amy’s pizza sauce is great – tangy and light. Thanks for entering and best of luck!

      Anita GriffinAugust 14, 2015
  • I’m a huge fan of canning (just finished several rounds of peach salsa) and I’d love to try more recipes… relish is next on my list :). Great post!

    Cherish, My LoveAugust 14, 2015
    • Mmmmmm – salsa means nachos! I just made a fennel thyme relish from Amy’s book. It was fab :) Thanks for entering and good luck!

      Anita GriffinAugust 14, 2015
  • i am a canning newbie..never canned but have always wanted to learn..this book would be ever so helpful in teaching me all i need to know

    Lisa NeutelAugust 14, 2015
    • Good for you for wanting to give it a whirl. This is a great book to get started with :) Here’s hoping you win! Have a great day Lisa!

      Anita GriffinAugust 14, 2015
  • I haven’t canned yet, but I got a new canning kit and plan on buying a bunch of peaches at the market to can. I tried a friend’s canned peaches last winter and they were so delicious I had to try myself.

    LindaAugust 14, 2015
    • Canned peaches are yummy! My mom used to make them and then make peach upside-down cake. Thanks for entering Linda and good luck!

      Anita GriffinAugust 15, 2015
  • I’ve only ever made pickles – that was a few years ago – I made so many – and space is an issue here. I’d love recipes for small batch canning

    FrancineAugust 14, 2015
    • There is such a thing as too much of a good thing – even pickles. I’ve even halved one of Amy’s recipes and it worked out just fine. Thanks for entering Francine!! Best of luck to you :)

      Anita GriffinAugust 15, 2015
  • I make tomato jam every year and give jars of it away. I bet my friends would be very happy (or relieved, maybe) if I added some new recipes to my repertoire.

    whatfoodimadeAugust 15, 2015
    • Amy’s book has lots of good ideas to add to your recipe file! Thanks for entering and good luck!!

      Anita GriffinAugust 15, 2015
  • Our family loves Lady Ashburnham Pickles so I hope to make a big batch this fall!

    MonicaAugust 15, 2015
    • I’ve never heard of that type of pickle – I’ll have to look it up! Thanks for entering Monica :) Good luck!

      Anita GriffinAugust 15, 2015
  • The recipes in Amy’s book sound amazing! I would LOVE to make canned pizza sauce. That is something I’ve not thought off.

    catfromhellAugust 15, 2015
    • We’ve already used 3 of the jars! It’s light and tangy – you can really taste the tomato. I’ll definately make another couple of batches before the fall. Thanks for entering and good luck!

      Anita GriffinAugust 15, 2015
  • I was canning yesterday with a friend who had never canned before. It was really exciting explaining all the steps to her. We made salsa, pickled beets and pickled carrots. And now she’s thinking of getting her own canning equipment!

    MadeleineAugust 15, 2015
    • Wow, you’re my kind of friend to have Madeleine! Salsa, carrots and beets OH MY! Thanks for sharing and entering the contest – good luck!!

      Anita GriffinAugust 15, 2015
  • I remember all the canning that my Mom used to do. I’ve always wanted to follow in her footsteps, so this book would be a great start.

    Carol MAugust 16, 2015
    • Amy’s book is certainly a good step in the right direction Carol! Thanks for entering and good luck!

      Anita GriffinAugust 16, 2015

    Anita GriffinAugust 17, 2015

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