can ’em up.

May 28, 2009
photo by evan sung.
i read this article in the new york times yesterday and got even more excited about my canning and pickling plans for this summer! last winter, james and i discovered that one of his dad’s favorite snacks (pickled beets) were floating around in a not so appetizing, and certainly unhealthy, mixture of corn syrup and more corn syrup.  so we’re looking forward to canning a few of our own, sans hfcs. i’ve never canned anything before, but i can’t wait to wrap up some of summer’s goodness in pretty glass jars. for more great preserving tips, check out posts by rebecca and amy! cheers.

You Might Also Like


  • Reply TheBeautyFile May 28, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    I read this in my favorite section of the Times yesterday too!! It's totally inspiring & I clipped it for future pickling endeavors!

  • Reply Rebecca May 28, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Yay NY Times! Thanks for the shout out:)

  • Reply our little love nest May 28, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    I love canning and haven’t done it since we lived in Canada. I may have to try it with all our yummy garden treats this year. Great posts. 🙂

  • Reply Bonbon Oiseau May 28, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    i saw this…i got excited about possibly canning my ONE strawberry!

  • Reply James May 28, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    very excited to buy more of those delicious beets from Black River Organic Farm!!! Yay for farmer’s markets and for pickling/canning {all with you, of course}!

  • Reply Color Me Green May 28, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    i’ve wanted to try canning but haven’t because i’m afraid of the botulism element. but i do plan on at least making lots of refrigerator pickles for my bf to eat throughout the summer so he can avoid all those preservative-laden store-bought pickles.

  • Reply Jessie Cacciola May 28, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    read the article. can’t wait to do some canning of my own. 🙂

  • Reply Stacey May 28, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    I’ve never tried canning myself, looking forward to seeing how it goes, then I will be inspired for sure!

  • Reply Nicole Marie May 28, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    fun! please let us know how it goes!

  • Reply Karen May 28, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try my hand at canning…best of luck!

  • Reply Amy@OldSweetSong May 28, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Yay and thanks! Listen, be sure to share your pickle recipe. Also, Martha had a tasty looking pickled beet recipe recently. I’m thinking of that being my next project!

  • Reply joy refurbished May 28, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    My grandmother makes the best canned beets!

  • Reply Carissa May 28, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    I’ve never canned anything either, but I think it would be fun to try! I would love to can/marinate artichokes that I could use later in pasta dishes! oh, how I love artichokes!

  • Reply Julia May 28, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    I’m enthralled with the concept! I’ve never canned anything either. Let us know how it goes 🙂

  • Reply Joan May 28, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    I try to make peach jam and applesauce every year. It’s great to have each all year long.
    I love hearing the “pop” of the lids. 🙂

  • Reply doebmom May 28, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Learning how to can was one of the first learn-a-new-skill-every-year-from-now-on challenges that I gave myself when I turned forty! Thought you were still at home (but maybe you were gone to school) when I made my first deliciously runny batch of spiced blackberry and almond preserves from the berries in the backyard and gave them away as holiday gifts. I love that cheerful little “thwock” sound the jar cooperatively makes when the lids seal properly–so satisfying! Have so much fun! Hint: buy a rubber-rimmed jar gripper and find a great big old vintage enamelware pot for yeself (or come home to me and borrow mine!!)

  • Reply Preppy Little Dress May 29, 2009 at 2:56 am

    interesting thanks for posting, 1st visit to you blog. love it! i am hosting a preppy tote giveaway, come on over!

  • Reply wunderbug May 29, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    too, too awesome.

    i’m planning on getting some done myself this summer, which is really exciting for a newb like me!

  • Reply Anne @ The City Sage May 29, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    I LOVE the idea of canning this summer! I used to do it with my parents when I was little…there’s a u-pick-em fruit farm not far from where I live, and it would be fab to get some strawberries there and make jam. can’t wait to hear how your canning plans go!

  • Reply Kristin June 1, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    I think might be the first summer I attempt this!

  • Leave a Reply

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    Comments are moderated.