100th Post Giveaway: Canning For A New Generation – A Giant Reader Thank You!

As I was sitting down to compose a post for today I realized that it would be my hundredth post! I just started this blog at the beginning of the year, and I’ve been blown away by the support of my readers.
So, to say thanks to all my readers who take the time to read, share and comment, I’m giving away a copy of one of my favorite canning and preserving books, Canning For A New Generation: Bold, Fresh Flavors for the Modern Pantry by Liana Kissoff.
My friend Fruit Lady turned me on to this book, which emphasizes less-sugar preservation and creative canning. I love the recipes and the presentation. It is one of those practical books that I can sit down an read for fun, even when there is no canning to be done.
Here are the rules:
To be entered to win Canning for a New Generation, leave a comment to this post. Winner will be decided by a random number drawing. The giveaway is open until Saturday, April 24th at 11:59 pm Pacific Time. Drawing for winner will take place Sunday, April 24th and will be announced Monday, April 25th.
This drawing is in no way sponsored or subsidized. I’m just excited to hit the 100-post mile mark and really grateful to everyone who takes the time to read my blog, so I’m going to buy one of you a great book.
Some of you are reading and commenting from as far away as South Korea, Australia, the Philippines, Europe (tack så mycket and vielen Dank!) and beyond. I love you international readers, but if one of you enters and wins we may have to figure out an alternate prize that doesn’t involve shipping.
Thanks again for making the first hundred posts so much fun!
Edit, very late at night: I realized after I got very excited to do this giveaway that blogger totally punked me. I have 100 posts started including all the random drafts I’m still working on for ya’ll, but only 75 published. I’ve thought about this and decided I really don’t care – I’m still doing the giveaway and I’m still calling it the 100th Post Giveaway. Who’s really counting, anyway?


  1. says

    Congratulations on your 100th (er, 75th official) post! I'm a newbie in blogger-land too and have thoroughly enjoyed the blogging and the reading of the blogging! Thanks for all your writing and thanks for the opportunity to win a great book!

  2. says

    Well, even if I'm not the chosen one in this give-away, I might be looking into this book anyway! I'm not sure I've ever commented on your blog, but I truly enjoy following it.

  3. says

    Enter me in the 100th (or 75th, or whatever) post giveaway! I purchased some canning supplies now I just have to actually USE them!

  4. says

    I love reading your posts thank you and keep them coming. I am just starting my first garden and you have been an inspiration to me.

    The book would be a great help to learning canning to go along with my garden.


  5. says

    I have had this book on my wishlist since before its publication, so even the possibility of winning it is making this Monday morning a whole lot better! Who needs the lottery where there are canning books?!!

  6. says

    Congratulations on your 75th/100th post!!
    This is a wonderful book, I have looked at it numerous times when at my local bookstore—it's on my want list. If I win this book, it would be awesome! Either way, I will have it added to my collection this year.
    I have enjoyed your blog and your facebook page too. Looking forward to your continued posts at both places.
    In peace ~ Ann
    *the e-mail I use is this:

  7. says

    I am making the switch to a locavore diet this year and canning is part of the plan. This book would be a very important resource for my family and help us to reach that goal!!
    Congrats on your success! I enjoy your writing style and I am certain more successes are in your future.
    Have a great day!

  8. says

    What's 25 drafts between friends, anyway? I've been loving your blog since the moment you found it, you are a great communicator, and I would love to see more video posts — you know, when you have time. ;)


  9. says

    I always need new canning ideas and I am certain this book would be a great addition to my homestead. I would like to be entered in the draw, please :)

  10. Anonymous says

    As someone who has struggled with all the sugar that is in a lot of canning recipes, I didn't even know a book like this existed! Would love the chance to win it. (And congrats on your 100-ish posts, all published or not. ;)

    Courtney (from Facebook) magicalcourtney (at) yahoo (dot) com

  11. SapperAngel says

    Oooooooh its my birthday today.. so hoping that gives me the good luck to add this book to my collection.

  12. says

    That's great. ;) I'd totally do that. I'd also really love that book! I've used the Ball Blue book for a long time, and have never gotten around to looking at that one, though I've wanted to for a long while! Part of it is my lame library never has anything I want! So… pick me! Pick me!

  13. says

    I love your blog. I used to can years ago and plan to start again this summer with water bath stuff. I would love this book. :)

    Congrats on 100 posts written. That is quite an accomplishment. :)


  14. sharon miro says

    Funny-I just counted all my canning jars and made sure they were all in good order. This seems to be good timing….someday, we will have to discuss what is "too much" when it comes to home canning.

    75 100–not much difference in the number. The difference is that you are doign what so many people just mutter about!

  15. says

    In exchange for being considered for this excellent contest, I will share what my other chef friend considers an excellent preserving book: "Fancy Pantry". It is out of print but you can get it on Ebay or Powells. Really great. It has stuff like "Potted Ham" even!

  16. says

    What a wonderful start to my Monday! Had no idea this book was out there… one of the reasons I love your posts… always something new =D
    Congrats on hitting your mark… in what ever form it may be!
    Look forward to reading many more posts!!

    Kari Ann

  17. says

    Soo happy to have found your blog! I live in the North West too and its great to find blogs that are about things you love in your own part of the world. I found you through "Take Back Urban Home-steading" on Facebook :) I would love to be entered into your "100th -minus 25 in draft- blogpost giveaway!"

  18. Anonymous says

    Megan who can't figure out how to post a comment properly here said:

    If canning were school, I've been stuck in first grade for ten years or so. I can squish fruit and stick it in a jar. Please help me! :)

  19. says

    I love reading your posts… very inspiring! I will have you know that I now have three homes collecting TP and paper towel rolls for planting seeds. You are making a good impact on our community!

  20. says

    I love reading your blog when I get the chance. And this book seems like a total inspiration. I was a new mom last year, and had to forego canning. But this year, the little Miss and I are going to go on a canning spree!

    Congratulations on your post and keep 'em coming!

  21. says

    This is a great way for me to say thanks for the blog, i'm an older momma, and have been living this lifestyle for a couple of decades now, and i'm stoked that it has become more the norm now, because let me tell you, it was a pretty sparse population in the late eighties, early nineties when i was a new mom!

  22. says

    hooray for posts!
    and hooray for amazing book giveaways!
    last year i put up around 1500 jars… i'd love to add this book to my collection.

  23. says

    Kristen turned me onto your blog. The last time she was visiting Spokane she talked all about you, and then told me I should check out your blog. Glad I did. I've really enjoyed all the outdoor inspiration.

  24. says

    Erica, my husband and I have such a blog crush on you! Would love to be included. Just canned my first fruits last year and looking forward to doing it again this year. You and Homebrew Husband are one of the best urban farming blogs out there! Thanks so much.

  25. says

    My husband and I look forward to canning this years harvest. This book would be a great addition to our library.

  26. Jen says

    Love the blog and someday I might actually find time to learn about canning so throw my name into the hat!

  27. says

    I love your blog and look forward to it everyday. In fact, you inspired me to start my own. Keep up the great work. My family and I love the photos and the great writing you do. MORE VIDEOS! (Especially if they show your whole family involved. I think family involvement together is one of the greatest things about gardening.) Thanks for all that you do to make it so fun, informative and positive.

  28. says

    Wow, congrats on your 100th post! My new blog set-up says I've got about 470 pubished, but that was years ago.

    So, now I see how to get comments… give stuff away! 40 comments is more than I've gotten in forever. Way to go!

  29. daisygeep says

    I was just looking at canning books this morning and this is one that caught my eye. I bought a pressure canner over the weekend and as I type I have a carmelized onion jam processing away!!!!

  30. says

    Oooh, Pick Me! Pick Me! I am really excited about this book and your blog (thanks to Punk Domestics for sending me over!). I look forward to your new posts and spending time in the archives.

  31. Jasmine says

    I'm about to embark on a new job where I will be canning all sorts of things! This book would be a fabulous resource. Thanks :)

  32. Karen says

    I just found your blog a few weeks ago and have been reading ever since. It's great to see another PNW gardener/homesteader (I'm not sure I can claim that status yet, but I'm interested…) Thanks for the great posts, and good luck with the summer harvest and canning!

  33. says

    w00t! Congrats on reaching 75/100 posts. they both count! Found you through Punk Domestics and I'm having fun getting caught up. Would love to dive into this book!

  34. ChefGirl says

    I love what I am learning about canning. Even though I am a professional chef and my Mom canned quite a bit, I didn't really start canning until my daughter was born and I wanted to share with her all that I have learned from my Mother, that she will not be able to learn (my Mom died when my daughter was 2). I am loving using the bounty of our garden in so many ways and expanding my skill set. Making cheese is next!

    Thank you for this generous offering and congrats!


  35. says

    I love your blog and your FB postings/comments/etc.

    Congrats on your 100th or 75th or however many posts. :)

    Thanks so much for writing and sharing with us all.

  36. says

    I would love love love to win this! If I don't win, I'll probably go buy it! It looks like a great book!

    kiminge at hotmail dot com.

  37. says

    i love books too and would love to add this one to my collection! congrats on 100 or 75 posts, a great accomplishment for a wonderful blog!

  38. says

    The book looks fantastic! Thanks for turning me on to it even if I don't win. Congrats on 100 posts and many more to come!

  39. Kristine says

    I'd love to have a copy of this book!! If not, I'll have to read it because it looks 'right up my alley'. Congrats on all the posts.

  40. says

    learned a little from the last generation…CAN never get enough of learning from next…here is to the new league of learners awaiting a chance to continue the CANning legacy of our ancestors.
    here is to your sweet book CANtest!

  41. Julia B says

    Thanks for all the useful posts – especially liked the brussels sprouts cooking one with your kid on your back. Can't wait to see more as your garden gets bigger again, and love the chickens!

  42. says

    just came across your blog through punk domestics! exciting. this is my first year of gardening and canning and am stocking up on recipes and tid bits. thank you for your site!

  43. Debbie Smith says

    I love your ideas and would love to check out this book. Thanks for offering it to somebody.

  44. Elaine says

    I love reading your blogs. They are very informative and I am trying to learn about canning. My Mother did it when i was a kid. I remember her doing it. And now I want to get into it.Would love to win this book.

  45. says

    I started canning last year and was shocked at the amount of sugar I was supposed to put in things! Sounds like this book is right up my alley.

  46. GardenFresh says

    Really like your blog, congrats on the 100th post written! Looks like a great book too.

  47. Anonymous says

    Erica: I love your posts! Your writing is getting better and better. Along with your garden (and the world's cutest grand kids) you are growing a book here along with your blog. I think your readers respect and appreciate the value of your perspective, sense of humor and advice. That's quality original content.
    I am, of course, biased. But that's ok.
    Erica's Proud Daddy.

  48. says

    What a great Dad you have! :)

    Erica – I've really enjoyed reading your blog and have gained valuable and supportive advice. I'd love to win the book as I'm an avid canner and always looking to expand my repertoire.

  49. says

    Just found your blog through Punk Domestics. Loving it! Can't wait to read more posts! (and of course the "Canning for a New Generation" book looks great!)

  50. says

    This book looks great! Plum + cardamom sounds amazing. I have a whole mess of rhubarb growing in my front yard this year – would love to find new ways to use it (the less sugar, the better).

  51. says

    What a great giveaway. I read your blog from Mexico but I am originally from Oregon. If I win, mail it to my mom and she'll bring it down with her when she comes. I am so glad you have your blog. It would be so great if you could give more info on your garden set-up. A video tour of the garden beds and especially the fruit trees maybe?! I am trying to design my own and don't have the benefit of like-minded gardeners here.

  52. says

    Thanks for the info on the new book. Thanks for writing, though I probably only discovered you 2-3 weeks ago, it sounds like you have a very loyal following. I have used the Kerr and Ball canning guides for 30+years, and just got the updated anniversary one last summer. I have noticed these new style canning books at the library…they have lovely pictures and I notice seem to include recipes for the canned/frozen product, not just for what is being preserved. fishea52atgmaildotcom

  53. says

    Ive never heard of this book but it would be a great addition to my canning library. Ive been working on my own recipes trying to cut down on sugar. This one sounds perfect for me. Happy 100th post…..or whatever number it is. Happy blogging!