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Review and Giveaway! “Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round” by Marisa McClellan

September 25th, 2013 by Lisa


Wednesday, October 2, 2013.  This giveaway is now over.  Thank you for all of your comments!  Looks like there’s a lot of you who want to learn to can!  The winner has been randomly chosen and notified by email.  Congratulations Kenneth G.!

Lisa Irvine writes at Lisa’s Blogety Blog. You can find her at @Lirvine98 on twitter. If you have an idea for a giveaway, please let her know!

I love this time of year.  The farmers’ markets are full of fresh fruits and vegetables.  Don’t you wish you could have all of the delicious, local produce all year long?

You can!

Author Marisa McClellan shows you how in her new book, “Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round”.

I remember my grandmother, standing in the kitchen, canning tomatoes, making pickled cucumbers, delicious corn relishes and cinnamon apples!  It all looked so complicated to me as a kid and I admit I never even wanted to attempt it as an adult.

Now that I am older, I sometimes wish I had paid a little more attention to grandma!  Now that I have a copy of “Food in Jars”, I may give canning a try!

The best part of this book, is that Marisa gives you recipes for small-batch preserving.  I don’t have a big kitchen, so this would definitely work better for me!

I love strawberry jam, so the first recipe I want to try is Strawberry Vanilla Jam.  YUM!!!


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There are too many great recipes inside this book to list them all, but here are a just a few.

  •  Spiced Plum Jam
  • Small Batch Mixed Stone Fruit Jam
  • Honey Lemon Apple Jam
  • Mulled Cider Jelly
  • Apple Pumpkin Butter
  • Cranberry Conserve
  • Rhubarb Chutney
  • Tomato Ketchup
  • Pickled Zucchini
  • Bread-and-Butter Pickles (my favorite!)
  • Roasted Corn Salsa
  • Caramelized Red Onion Relish


Don’t they all sound yummy!

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This is a lovely, hardcover cookbook full of wonderful photos.  You can  also check out Marisa’s blog HERE for lots of canning ideas!

You can purchase “Food in Jars” easily online at or at any of the places Marisa lists HERE!


Would you like to win a copy?

I am happy to be able to giveaway a copy to one very luck reader!



You may garner bonus entries by:

  1. Liking Food in Jars on Facebook.
  2. Following Food in Jars on Twitter.
  3. Going to the Food in Jars site and subscribing to Marisa’s blog feed.



This giveaway will run from today (Wednesday, September 25, 2013) until Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 4pm Pacific Time.

The winner will be notified by email.


Thanks so much for checking in and good luck!





247 Responses to “Review and Giveaway! “Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round” by Marisa McClellan”

  1. Love you blogs and look forward to more

  2. Love the idea of small batch canning!

  3. Love to win this book! Looks great!

  4. Recipes sound delicious!

  5. Have tried some of Marissa’s recipies and love them. Like her on FB and get her emails.

  6. I’d love to win this. Since my kids have moved out, there’s not a need for me to can huge batches of food. This book would come in handy.

  7. I love the idea of using jars and preserving home grown vegetables

  8. the jars are so cute. I have a slight obsession for collecting jars

  9. I follow Food in Jars on Twitter

  10. I like Food in Jars on Facebook

  11. I subscribed to the e-mail update for Food in Jars

  12. I would love to put something yummy in these jars. Hope I win!

  13. Would love to try some of the recipes! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  14. What a great way to preserve food!

  15. Would love this book – like your page on Facebook and subscribed to your blog. Thanks for the opportunity.

  16. Ooh, I would love to own this book!

  17. I like Food in Jars on Facebook too.

  18. I would love to check this book out. I need some help & recipes with canning.

  19. Follow Food In Jars on Facebook. Stephanie H***** Olmsted

  20. I love all things cooking, canning and baking! Your book looks perfect!

  21. I could soooooo use this! Thanks! I liked on Facebook! :)

  22. This would be great! I subscribed to the blog/website. 😀

  23. Love putting stuff up and enjoy learning new recipes.

  24. This book looks just incredible.

  25. Looks like a great idea/book

  26. I liked Food in Jars on Facebook!

  27. I followed on Twitter!

  28. I subscribed to Marisa’s blog feed :)

  29. This sounds perfect for my kitchen!

  30. Just right for one older lady!

  31. I too didn’t start canning till older! Just started this year and I’m loving it! Just liked you on FB!

  32. Can’t wait to read this book! I signed up to follow your blog!

  33. Just started following on Twitter!

  34. Love it

  35. Love Food in Jars! I’ve been canning for years now and alway find something new.

  36. Thanks for the giveaway.

  37. Went to Amazon to buy your book “Food in Jars” and found it out of stock. Winning this book sure would brighten my day…..

  38. New to canning.following on FB, don’t Tweet. Lol Would love your book!

  39. I am a busy lady and love to can. Small batches sounds perfect! Would love to win!!

  40. I love Food in Jars. It would be great to own a copy of Marisa’s book.

  41. Love to can.

  42. I’ve read great reviews of this book. Thanks for sharing. :)

  43. This would be such a helpful resource. I’ve never canned before, as it seems intimidating. Starting with small batches would be perfect!

  44. i’ve followed food in jars for awhile – would love the cookbook!

  45. i follow food in jars on facebook.

  46. i follow food in jars on twitter.

  47. Ready to can!