Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round

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Running Press, May 22, 2012 - Cooking - 240 pages
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Popular food blogger Marisa McClellan takes you through all manner of food in jars, storing away the tastes of all seasons for later. Basics like jams and jellies are accompanied by pickles, chutneys, conserves, whole fruit, tomato sauces, salsas, marmalades, nut butters, seasonings, and more. Small batches make them easy projects for a canning novice to tackle, and the flavors of vanilla bean, sage, and pepper will keep more experienced jammers coming back for more. Sample some Apricot Jam and Rhubarb Syrup in the spring, and then try your hand at Blueberry Butter and Peach Salsa in the summer; Dilly Beans and Spicy Pickled Cauliflower ring in the fall, while Three-Citrus Marmalade and Cranberry Ketchup are the harbingers of winter.

Stories of wild blackberry jam and California Meyer lemon marmalade from McClellan’s childhood make for a read as pleasurable as it is delicious; her home-canned food—learned from generations of the original “foodies”—feeds the soul as well as the body in more than 100 recipes.


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Review: Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round

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Unique jams with delightful flavors. Tried 10 different recipes and loved them all from this book. A must have for anyone who likes canning & trying new flavors not found commercially. Delicious! Read full review

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I found this book really misleading: additional ingredients are found in the directions; some ingredients are not mentioned at all; or 'add 3 and divide evenly among 4 jars'; and the size of canning ... Read full review



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Marisa McClellan is a former writer and editor for Slashfood, and has a master’s degree in writing from St. Joseph’s University. These days, she writes about canning, pickling, and preserving at Food in Jars (twice nominated by Saveur magazine for a Best Food Blog award). She lives in Philadelphia with her husband. Visit her at

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