Whether you're a seasoned canner, a once-in-a-while canner, or a canning-scares-me-so-I-buy-my-cans type of canner, pay attention. I have a FABULOUS book for you. All of you.
Not Your Mama's Canning Book: Modern Canned Goods and What to Make with Them is a brand new cookbook by my friend Rebecca Lindamood.
Before I get into the book, let me tell you a bit about Rebecca. I love this woman. We first met in Oklahoma...on Ree's ranch...for an absolutely magical few days where a group of us became friends for life. Rebecca is the mom to 5 boys...FIVE. She's gorgeous, elegant, whip-smart, hilarious, and a killer cook. Killer. (Her blog is Foodie with Family.)
On this trip was the first time I'd ever seen anyone CAN anything. Rebecca and Ree canned up a bunch of jars...now I can't even remeber WHAT they canned...but I remember I was in awe of how it was second nature to both of them. They knew what to do, how to do it, and it didn't look scary at all. In short, Rebecca knows her stuff.
Not Your Mama's Canning Book starts with the basics, everything you need to know...the how, what, and why of canning. Supply lists, step-by-step instructions, everything.
Then, we get into the canning recipes. Y'all. I'm not kidding when I say I want to make and can pretty much everything in this book. There are jams, pickled things (please tell me you're as obsessed with pickled red onions as I am), sauces, syrups, soups, condiments (hello, cranberry ketchup!).
THESE vanilla fig preserves are calling my name, BIG TIME. Doesn't it just look so dreamy?
Now, in addition to the canning recipes, Rebecca includes almost 40 recipes for USING what you just canned! Remember I said that Rebecca is a killer cook? Well, you're about to be one as well when you make her recipes.
......and THIS! I think about this recipe A LOT. More than is normal, I'm sure.
As a non-canner, I can say that I've been converted. I'm off to order jars and supplies...and I'm making those vanilla fig preserves, pronto.
Not Your Mama's Canning Book: Modern Canned Goods and What to Make with Them by Rebecca Lindamood. This is going to be your go-to book on canning.