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Food in Jars by Marisa McClellan
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it was amazing
bookshelves: own, read2014, foodie, baking, reviewcopy

If Marisa McClellan wanted to consider another profession, I think she would take easily to perfumer. Her flavor combination ideas just in this book alone make me want to try every recipe and stock my pantry with little batches of goodness.

The recipes catching my eye the first time through:
-Vanilla-Rhubarb Jam with Earl Grey
-Chunky Fig Jam
-Apple Pumpkin Butter
-Orange Vanilla Curd

You get the idea. I've had some of these recipes marked for a year and finally had a chance to make the Vanilla-Rhubarb Jam, and instead of Earl Grey I used my Reading Envy tea which is part Earl Grey, part coconut. This is a lovely light but intricately flavored jam! I've been putting it on toast this week but will bring it to work in the form of oatmeal jam bars.

The recipes in this book include directions for small batch canning, but the recipes aren't in great quantities, so it is just as easy to consume what is made. The idea behind small-batch preserving is to eat some, save some. Many of the recipes could also be frozen. If canning intimidates you, you could either simply not do those steps or allow McClellan to instruct you in your first attempts.

She also has a fabulous blog, Food in Jars, with additional instructions (I went to it to find out how to substitute powdered pectin for liquid in the recipe I was trying, to great success.)

Just a personal note: Marisa McClellan is the sister of Raina Rose, a singer-songwriter from Portland who I first encountered on the streets of Memphis (during an art walk) and lives in Texas. It's a small world out there in internet land, and I had followed both before knowing they were connected.
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Reading Progress

November 2, 2013 – Shelved
November 2, 2013 – Shelved as: own
November 2, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
May 25, 2014 – Started Reading
May 25, 2014 – Shelved as: read2014
May 25, 2014 – Shelved as: foodie
May 25, 2014 – Shelved as: baking
May 25, 2014 – Shelved as: reviewcopy
May 25, 2014 – Finished Reading

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Marisa McClellan Thank you so much for such a wonderful review of Food in Jars! I'm totally delighted that you like the rhubarb jam and that you've marked some other recipes that you want to make. And how fun that you follow Raina's music as well!

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Margaret I can't wait to have this book!!!

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