You Can CAN Cookbook Giveaway!

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Are you into canning?  I love it!  I have canned jam, pickles, and salsa in the summer and have given them away as food gifts at Christmas time.  You can store your canned goods for 1 year, so now is the perfect time to can your favorites.  By the way, my Mixed Berry Jam is awesome if you’re looking for a good recipe!

You Can CAN is a great book!  It’s loaded with beautiful pictures and step-by-step tutorials on canning.


The directions are clear and concise.


Different methods of preserving foods are explained, along with many photos of tools and equipment.


There are lots of handy charts.  This one tells you how to prepare, can, and freeze your vegetables.


This picture (from the book) is Chunky Homemade Salsa on page 120.  I tried this recipe so I could have some salsa on hand for our holiday parties.


Here are a few pictures of how I made the salsa!


I started with 7 lbs. of plum tomatoes.


I chopped the tomatoes and drained them for 30 minutes.


I cooked the tomatoes for an hour.


I added the chile peppers, onions, vinegar, parsley, tomato paste, sugar, salt, black pepper, and garlic. Then I cooked it for 10 more minutes.


I processed the jars in boiling water (as directed) with the lid on.


And this is how they came out!  The recipe made 5 pints.  It’s very good!  It’s a little too spicy for me, but my husband and some of my family members will love it that way!  I won’t put as many chile peppers in it next time.


I highly recommend this book if you want to explore canning your own food!  You Can CAN is available at


Would you like to win your own copy of You Can CAN?

Here’s what you need to do!


Mandatory Entry:  Tell me what you have canned before or what foods you would like to can.  (You can only do the mandatory entry one time.)  Don’t forget to include your email address in the designated email box in your comment.


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This giveaway will end on Thursday, August 4th at 5:00 pm EST. THIS GIVEAWAY IS OVER!  It is open to the U.S. only. The winner will be chosen by and will be contacted by email. Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen. To be fair to everyone, the comments not meeting the requirements will be deleted. Good luck!

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  1. 1

    Amber says

    I have planted lots of tomatoes, peppers and zuchinni this year and I would really like to can some of this stuff!

  2. 2

    Kristi M says

    I can all my jams and have tried peaches before. I also do ice cream toppings. I would love to try salsas and spaghetti sauces!

  3. 4

    Angela Oberg says

    Jams, jellies, peaches, apples, applesauce, applepie in a jar, beans, tomatoes (diced, sauces, ketchup), veggies, veggies, veggies! LOVE canning!

  4. 7

    Cathy says

    I have just gotten into canning not long ago. I have been given a lot of blueberries I would like to can somehow to use for cobblers later this winter.

  5. 19

    cassie says

    I became a fan on Facebook via Jill McKeever and also shared on Facebook.
    I have just started canning and LOVE it! I have canned Pomegranate jelly and homemade chocolate sauce ice cream topping. I hope I win!

  6. 21


    I love to can. Here’s what I’ve canned in the past: pasta sauce, pizza sauce, salsa, mustard pickles, tomatoes, cherries, raspberries, jams and butters, dilly beans and probably more!

  7. 22

    Andrea D. says

    I have canned blackberry jam. I would love to learn to do other things. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  8. 28

    Nikki says

    I canned pickles, strawberry jam, and pickle relish so far this year and am waiting for the tomatoes in my garden to ripen so I can make salsa, tomato sauce and hopefully lots more this year!

  9. 33

    Debbie says

    LOVE to can…have canned lots of things but am always looking fo new recipes. Haven’t ever canned salsa because of the hot-water bath vs pressure canner debate but think I will try it this year!

  10. 35

    Sandy says

    I have canned jam (raspberry, strawberry, apricot, apple, and so on) and salsa. I would love to can soup, and maybe pickles sometime.

  11. 40

    Rebecca says

    I have never canned anything. I know my garden is going to have a ton of green beans, so I would love to learn how to can them.

  12. 42


    I’ve been wondering if I needed to add this book to my collection :) At this very moment, I am canning apricots :) Typically, I do tomatoes, peaches, apricots, pears, applesauce, and a few pickles. In the winter, I try to do soups. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  13. 48


    I have never canned in my life, but am wanting to learn. I’ve watched my grandmother can everything under the sun (vegetables, jams, etc.) and my mother can spaghetti sauce, tomatoes, and chicken soup. I want to can tomatoes and spaghetti sauces especially, but also am interested in fruits, beans, and eventually jams and jellies. Anything to help build up a stash for my family. :)

  14. 52

    Steph M. says

    I’m going to learn to can this year; planning on canning come blackberry and blueberry jams, and apple butter. :-)

  15. 57

    teresa g says

    As a child, in vacation bible school, we learned to can apricots and I canned them for years. After that, I canned various jams from fruit off our trees back home

  16. 59

    Jill J says

    I have not canned anything yet but hubby and I both want to learn how - we would love to can things like jams, salsa, and peaches!

  17. 66

    Vonnie Jeffers says

    Last year was my 1st year canning. I canned salsa, tomato relish, chow chow, bread and butter pickles and green tomato chutney. I LOVED canning! I can’t wait to do it again

  18. 69

    Janis says

    I love to can!! I have canned hot peppers, salsa, hot pepper jelly and hot pepper mustard. I have also taught some of my high school students how to can - they think it is so much fun!

  19. 70

    Polly St.Clair says

    I Have A Good Recipe for Salsa And I Canned Those 3 Years Ago And They Turned Out Ok! But I Would Like To Learn How To Can Jellies & Jams! I Done That Also But They Didn’T Turn Out At All So This Book Would Really Help Me Out! Thank You! My Email Address Is

  20. 71


    When I was growing my parents always planned a big vegetable garden in the summer then watermelon and cantaloups later. We always had plenty of plum, peach and apple trees and lots of grape vines. I remember after school we would pick vegetables out of the garden and my mother would can string beans, stewed tomatoes, bread and butter pickles, tomato relish, squash, jams, apple butter and jellies. In the winer time we had plenty of canned vegeables and fruit to eat. My mother would can all summer long but unfortunaely I never wanted to learn how to can. As I’ve gotten older I want to learn how to can especially grape jelly, I love it so much. Funny how time changes your thinking.

  21. 76


    I’ve never canned anything, well except for Hot Coa-Coa mix at Christmas time!!! LOL. BUT, this year is the first year I was able to successfully raise a garden, so I am looking forward to learning how to can my tomatoes! Thanks so much for the chance, I NEED help in that area!!! LOL

  22. 84

    Linda Crowe says

    I have not tried canning, but plan on doing so. I would probably start with tomato something.

  23. 91


    I have canned peaches, apricots, pears, pickle relish, mango chutney, pickled beets, pickled green beans, pickled okra, zucchini chow chow, bread and butter pickles, sweet and sour figs, pickled prunes, sauerkraut, apple sauce, apple butter, a plethora of jams and jellies….plus a whole lot more. I love to can.

  24. 97

    Brynn Dexter says

    I have canned jams before with my mom when I was growing up. Now that I am married and on my own I would love to give canning a try for a lot more things! That salsa is definantly one I will try!

  25. 110

    Joan says

    I’ve canned so many things I don’t know where to start… Some of my favorites are tomatoes, chow-chow, pickles — both dill and sweet and pickled bamboo, Kudzu jelly and many other types of jams and jellies.

    This book looks a great one for new ideas.

  26. 123


    I love to can. I have not done any this year yet but I have lots of tomatoes waiting to be turned into salsa in my kitchen right now.

    I’ve canned only jam and salsa so far. Would love to win this book so I can learn more recipes to try.

    Would love to do pickles and peaches this year.

  27. 133


    My mom and grandmother and I used to make strawberry jelly together when i was a kid but we made freezer jelly…. i’ve never canned before but i would love to learn how (especially since we are looking for a house with more land so i can finally have a garden) and this book looks great to use to learn…. i think my first thing id like to can is jellies… and pickles… mmmmmmm

  28. 139


    I’ve never canned before, but I’d love to learn. I have tomatoes growing right now, and I’d love to make that salsa.

  29. 141


    I’ve mostly canned jams - strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, blackberry and mixed berry! LOVE them. I’d love to branch out and do other things!

  30. 164

    Paula says

    I have canned tomatoes, 5-pepper jelly, pickles, tomato sauce, marinara sauce, and strawberry jam. I would like to learn to can low-acid items with my pressure cooker canner that is still in its box collecting dust because I have an irrational fear of explosions.

  31. 165

    KimW says

    I have canned blackberry jam, peaches and pears, but it has been years ago, so I would love the book to try it again.

  32. 168

    Audrey says

    Tomatoes!! Years ago used to can 50qts. Haven’t done any lately—-but would love to start again. I new book/recipes always gets me started again.

  33. 175


    I’ve canned green beans, beets, carrots, tomatoes, salsa, applesauce and jam. I’d love to try to do more though! Thank you for the chance to win! :-)

  34. 181

    Beth LaShure says

    I can many things from our garden salsa, spaghetti sauce, tomato juice, greeen beans, pickles, relish, apple pie filling, applesauce, apple butter, & anything else I can get my hands on!

  35. 182

    Linda says

    I follow you on Facebook. I teach Family Consumer Science at the the high school level, last year we had access to the towns community garden, so I taught the students how to can-we did salsa, spaghetti sauce and carrot cake jam. The kids loved what we did-the canned items were then given back to the needy families in the community!!

  36. 184

    Christy says

    My Mom and Grandma used to can a lot and unfortunately I hated it. NOW I want to and don’t remember anything they taught me :( I have lots of tomatoes and apricots this year in my garden and would love to cant them. I’ve made lots of freezer jams, but I’d love to make spaghetti sauce and salsa.

  37. 189

    Sonesta N. Gilliam says

    I have canned some cowboy candy. That was my first adventure in canning. I want to be able to can everything! My hubby and I have plans to can again this weekend!

  38. 190


    I follow you on facebook and saw this book give away - I would love any help that I can get in this area. I have been gardening for about two years now and this is the first year that I have tried canning. So far I have a pretty decent recipe for lime pickles and a recipe for garlic refrigerator pickles - so far 15 quarts! Now I have to figure out what to do with all my tomatoes!

  39. 193

    Jessica Cruz says

    I once tried to cann apples . it did not go so well and I ended up have to throw out all my hard work . I would like to give it another try and also do some pickles , and so many other things .


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