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Preserving by the Pint: Quick Seasonal Canning for Small Spaces

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  598 ratings  ·  60 reviews
Preserving by the Pint is meant to be a guide for saving smaller batches from farmer's markets and produce stands -- preserving tricks for stopping time in a jar. McClellan's recipes offer tastes of unusual preserves like Blueberry Maple Jam, Mustardy Rhubarb Chutney, Sorrel Pesto, and Zucchini Bread and Butter Pickles. Organized seasonally, these pestos, sauces, mostardas ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Running Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I checked this out of the library because I was interested in making jam, but not interested in having a zillion jars of one kind for just two of us to eat. I made several small batches using recipes from this book and they all turned out quite well.
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads
I read every word of this book. Marisa Mc is perhaps the most compelling and engaging food writer in the history of forever. Seriously WHO CRIES reading a cookbook? (me.)

I'm making everything. We are one.
Jen Visser
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
Hard to believe, but this book is even better than Ms. McClellan's first. I'm so thrilled to have a new series of recipes to try going into 2015. She gets full credit for my canning adventures, without her books I probably would have never moved past pickle relish and tomato sauces. Lots if fun and delectable goodies ahead!
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For what this is, it's perfect. It's a small-batch canning and pickling book. Her recipes are super clear and easy. Since you're only making a jar or two, there isn't a lot of the specialized equipment that makes canning and preserving intimidating. Her recipes are creative, and perfect for using up leftovers or a garden surplus. And the pics are beautiful.

This isn't an everyday cookbook, but if you're an avid gardener or creative cook, it's worth a look. It's also good for the budget-conscious,
Katie Hopkins
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The PERFECT follow up to McClellan's "Food in Jars", "Preserving by the Pint" breaks down recipes by season. Each recipe sounds delicious and was fairly unique to other canning books I have seen.

As usual, the greatest thing about McClellan's recipes is that they are created in small batches so you don't commit yourself to having 8-12 jars of something you may or may not like.

I'm getting a copy for my birthday and I can't wait to start canning! Strawberry season is coming!
Matthew Stuart
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cooking
This totally works. I was a little dubious that one could make only a few pints of jam at a time but it worked out smashingly. Takes a lot less time too. I was a afraid a little batch would take all afternoon but it only took about an hour included sterilizing. The blueberry ginger tasted good too.
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I realized while reading this book that I knew a lot more about proper canning techniques and preserving food than I thought I did. I did learn a couple more tips about canning that will really help me in the future. There were a lot of great recipes, and I saved a few to make in the different seasons. That's one thing I really enjoyed about this book, it was broken into four sections: one for each season. This helps because it shows what will be in season and when, to help better prepare for pr ...more
Selket Nicole
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, foodie
things i love about this book include: (1) the fact that it's written specifically for small spaces, and my kitchen is nothing if not a small space. seriously, so many canning books are assuming that you're in some huge farmhouse kitchen rather than an urban "galley kitchen" (which is really more of a hallway); (2) it's divided by what's seasonal, which i appreciate since i'm doing all of my shopping based on what's at the farmer's market that week; (3) in addition to the recipes to can, it also ...more
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
These recipes are a little more ... interesting than her first book, Food in Jars, because her first book was so complete. Just because these ideas aren't conventional though does not mean they aren't delicious! I've tried some from her website previously and I'm super excited to enter the growing season with this new book in hand!
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
once again, Marisa has hit a home run! page after page of recipes I'm dying to make, or flavor combinations similar to those that come to me when I'm jam planning. I checked this out from the library today and am now anxious to have a copy in my home library.
Jan Patetta
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful little book for small-time canners like me. Recommend.
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
I bought this book without seeing it first and was sorry. Tattered Cover has it now. Layout and instructions were fine, but the recipes are so hipster that apart from the strawberry champagne jam, I wasn’t interested in eating any of the final products. Also, I want to know how to make the basics before flying off into the world of “Mustardy Rhubarb Chutney”. (See, told you: Hipster.)
Sep 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was just ok. Not one of the better ones that I have seen, even by this particular author. The one plus that I did like about the book was that it was divided into seasons. I am taking it that was for seasonal items. What I did not like was that there were not many pictures in the book and many of the flavor combos to me were quite odd.
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Meh. This is a boring collection of ideas you've seen before. I guess these itty bitty recipes make sense if you're some rich white dude who shops at the farmer's market ironically, but it's not for practical people who want to put up what they grow.
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I didn't love this nor did I hate it either. The book was just not what I thought it was going to be. There were not enough pictures and the page set up was not what I would have liked either. Moreover, the recipes themselves were a little on the strange side as well.
Diane Baima
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbook
I might change to five after I try the recipes! They sound so good!
Kendi Judy
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
Fantastic little cookbook on canning for those who want a variety and don't want to spend hours doing it.
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book for small recipes to try out
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Next to Ball this is THE best canning book I have read! Using many of the recipes now and can't wait to try them!
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great recipes for someone new to canning & preserving
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great collection of small batch recipes for water-bath canning and lacto-fermentation. No waste like using large quantities for small families or singles. I love this book!
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great recipes, I tried out a number of them this summer. Like most canning recipe books yields can be a little fluid depending on the fruit itself and weather you measure by weight or volume, but flavor was superb in everything I tried.

My favorite thing about this book is the unique flavor combinations, definitely falls into the 'foodie' category with things like Pickled Ramps, Rosemary Rhubarb Jelly, and Pear Jam with Chocolate, however there are also recipes for the less adventuresome like Sp
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Marisa McClellan is my new cooking hero. Or I should say canning hero. Thanks to her easy-to-follow instructions and recipes for small batches, I was able to dive into canning this past summer without worrying about wasting too much time or money on failures. I needn't have worried at all, though, because every recipe I've made so far has been easy and delicious. I can't believe the summers I've wasted not canning, thinking that canning was a big to-do that involved lots of work, not to mention ...more
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cooking
I love this book almost as much as I love Food in Jars. I really like the fact that it is divided seasonally. My canning urge starts in late spring and it is great that there are recipes I can make before the raspberries, cucumbers, and other such things are in full swing. My favorite was the pickled garlic scapes, I loved them so much that I'll make a triple batch next year.

I also really like that the recipes have smaller yields. Until recently I had a kitchen with less than 4 square feet of c
Sandra Lassiter
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a fairly small kitchen, so I don't really do large batch preserving. This book is perfect for me! Small amounts of scrumptious goodies from Honey Sweetened Strawberry Jam to Caramelized Onion Spread with Sage are perfect for small kitchens. Another great thing about the small batches, is being able to try something new without being stuck with a huge batch if you don't like it! I've seen interesting looking recipes in other preserving cookbooks that I just wasn't willing to put that amoun ...more
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cooking, diy, nonfiction
I would have given it a higher rating, but I was left feeling lacking--I still don't have a clue what a 'garlic scape' is, and have no idea where one would even FIND sorrel (if I knew what to do with it!). I did, however like the idea of bottling whole strawberries in vanilla syrup and making honey sweetened jam. I also loved how easy the Garlic dill pickle spears were! I have parsley growing in my flower beds & love the idea of preserving herbs (and other things!) in salt. A lot of these re ...more
Feb 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbook
I am not a big fan of small quantity canning. The way I look at it, if I am going to go to the trouble of canning anything especially with my track record, I'd rather have more to show for it. I have great intentions, I haunt the Farmer's Markets, Sprouts, pick as you go farms. I relentlessly shop for newfangled recipes and get everything ready and then have to talk myself into the this point it is a chore. Why I do it is beyond me!

I picked up the book because I knew she would have
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Super excited about this. I need a few more supplies before I can do any of it, but the recipes look fantastic. I've been wanting to do preserves for a long time but don't have the space for dozens of jars (not to mention the number it takes to get any variety), so discovering this book was awesome.
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only thing that kept me from giving this five stars is a personal quirk. I'm not a big fan of pickled things and the recipes were pretty much evenly split between sweet and pickled. I would have preferred more sweet recipes.

Regardless I really liked his book as I have run into the issue this book was written to solve - too large yields. So excited to try these recipes this year.
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic design, great recipe spread, well-written (intros just long enough, but not too long), no wasted space... and -- the kicker -- all small-batch recipes. Which are almost impossible to find. No "five pounds of fresh strawberries" required here!

You got a couple apricots you forgot in the back of the fridge? Just snap open this book.
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Marisa McClellan is a food blogger, freelance writer and canning teacher based in Center City Philadelphia. She runs a website called Food in Jars, where she writes about canning, preserving and delicious things made from scratch.

She writes for the Taproot Magazine and Edible Philly. She is the author of four cookbooks. They are Food in Jars, Preserving by the Pint, Naturally Sweet Food in Jars,