The Canning Kitchen Giveaway & a Blog Hop

The Canning Kitchen Giveaway | Janice Lawandi @ kitchenhealssoul

Please note the giveaway is now closed. Thank you for reading!

It’s funny, I remember at the beginning of the summer, I was convinced that I wouldn’t be making any preserves. I had a strong feeling it just wasn’t going to happen and I had a lot of excuses: lack of time, lack of motivation, lack of summer spirit. Then, Penguin Random House Limited sent me a copy of Amy Bronee’s book called The Canning Kitchen: 101 Simple Small Batch Recipes (available on Amazon Canada and Amazon) to try out, and then suddenly, I had to start canning. I guess the universe wasn’t going to let me go without preserving a little of the summer.

Vanilla bean stewed rhubarb | Janice Lawandi @ kitchenhealssoul

When I was testing Amy’s book, instead of going for the traditional jams & jellies, I decided to make preserves that I’d never attempted before. I started with the vanilla bean stewed rhubarb (because I love rhubarb and wanted to know what “stewed rhubarb” was like), then I made the sweet thai chilli chutney (because that sounded AMAZING), and finally I got my mom to try out one last recipe, the rhubarb raisin chutney recipe (because it seemed neat to use rhubarb in a chutney).

Turns out stewed rhubarb is like a very lightly sweetened rhubarb compote. It’s perfect on a bowl of hot breakfast cereal or eaten straight from the jar. Every time I dip my spoon into the jar, I wonder how I survived this long without stewed rhubarb in my life. I’ve already decided that I’m going to make it next summer because it’s that good and it’s all about the rhubarb without any strawberries to stand in the way of the rhubarb flavour.

Sweet thai chilli chutney | Janice Lawandi @ kitchenhealssoul

The sweet thai chilli chutney is my “official” recipe for this FBC Canning Kitchen Blog Tour. I chose this recipe because I like the idea of that jarred sweet thai chilli sauce sold in most Asian grocery stores, but I’m tired of the gloopy consistency they usually have with that ultra shiny cornstarch-thickened look. Plus, I find the fluorescent colour of the commercial stuff a little scary. Amy’s version is less cloyingly sweet (thankfully!), spicier, and much, much brighter-flavoured and fresher tasting from the fresh lemongrass, grated ginger, and lime zest. I appreciated that she lets us chop the veggies in the food processor because, to be quite honest, last time I made a pepper jam, I went a little nuts because it took me a full hour to chop the peppers. Ain’t nobody got time for that! The sweet thai chilli chutney is excellent served with chicken thighs (which is how I’ve been eating it so far), and Amy recommends using it in stir fries with a little coconut milk, so that’s what I’ll be making next. I can’t wait.

Just for fun, I got my mom to make the 3rd recipe I wanted to try: the rhubarb raisin chutney. She still had the tail end of the rhubarb crop to use up, so why not? I love chutneys with roast pork, so that’s how I ate it (and again by the spoonful, diet be damned!). The chutney has a good level of cumin with lots of mustard seeds, and it’s sweet with a little vinegar tang. I love it, and it’s quite different from my mom’s rhubarb relish recipe, so we were excited to try this recipe because it was similar, but also different from what we are used to.

I still want to try the pink lemonade jelly because I am a huge fan of pink lemonade, but in the meantime, I’m pretty happy I started with these three. All the recipes I tried worked out as written and were quite simple. Perhaps some of the recipes made a half-jar’s worth extra, but honestly, I like having that extra half jar to enjoy right away, while I seal the rest of the jars to save for later. It’s even better this way, if you ask me, because I can sample the preserves without feeling like I’m already dipping into my limited stash. As always, I wish that the cups of sugar, for example, were converted to grams, as opposed to millilitres, but that’s a battle I’ll have to take up with the people behind Canadian cookbook publishing norms, sigh. Be sure to check out Amy’s book, which is not only full of wonderful recipes like these, but also tons of info, a canning checklist, equipment recommendations and more (available on Amazon Canada and Amazon). You can also follow Amy on her blog, Family Feedbag for even more great recipes.

And now, for the Canning Kitchen giveaway! Penguin Random House Canada Limited wants to send one of you (with a mailing address in Canada) a copy of Amy’s book so you can get canning.

To enter this giveaway:

  1. Leave me a comment below telling me which part of this book you look forward to the most: is it the sweet thai chilli chutney recipe you want? the canning tips? do you want to make lots of chutneys? pickles? jellies? or simply because you are a fan of Amy?
  2. For an added bonus, tweet about the giveaway to your followers: ” There’s a #CanningKitchen giveaway on @ktchnhealssoul! Enter here:” and don’t forget to leave me a link to your tweet in a separate comment below!

Contest closes on Sunday, August 16th, 2015, at 11:59 PM. Winner will be chosen at random via

There are 9 other yummy opportunities to win this book all week long, so don’t miss out! Visit the blog posts from these other bloggers for even more chances to win this week:

Penguin Random House Canada Limited offered me one copy of The Canning Kitchen, plus the opportunity to host a giveaway. As always, please know that I wouldn’t work with a sponsor nor recommend a product if it wasn’t worth it. 

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98 Responses to The Canning Kitchen Giveaway & a Blog Hop

  1. Steph August 10, 2015 at 5:46 AM #

    I’m not picky I am interested in all. But I am a fan of pickled veggies

    • Beth Evans August 12, 2015 at 11:11 AM #

      I need some inspiration and this sounds like this book will accomplish it. I think the Thai Chutney sounds delish.

  2. Steph August 10, 2015 at 5:49 AM #

    I tweeted!!

  3. Cameron August 10, 2015 at 9:56 AM #

    I desperately need the canning tips!

  4. Mary August 10, 2015 at 10:04 AM #

    I really want to try the Sweet Thai Chili Chutney, and so many of the other recipes in the book. So much inspiration :), and look forward to learning more tips and tricks for improving my canning. I make a rhubarb apple chutney, but am always looking for more ways to exploit the prolific rhubarb patch, so a rhubarb raisin chutney sounds great.

  5. Heather Gardiner August 10, 2015 at 10:17 AM #

    I’m interested in learning more about canning, and especially vegetables since that is what we planted this year.

  6. Heather Gardiner August 10, 2015 at 10:18 AM #

    I tweeted!

  7. Mel @ The Refreshanista August 10, 2015 at 10:32 AM #

    that sweet thai chili chutney sounds AMAZING! i love chutney with veggie samosas, i’d love to try making my own 🙂

  8. Mel @ The Refreshanista August 10, 2015 at 10:34 AM #

    i tweeted! 🙂

  9. Renee August 10, 2015 at 10:53 AM #

    This whole book sounds right up my alley. I am after the tips and tricks! I will use it for personal use but also to teach my class of nine junior students how they can use canning fresh market veggies to reduce their carbon footprint.
    Ps I’m sure they’ll be all over the Pink Lemonade Jelly 🙂

  10. Renee August 10, 2015 at 10:59 AM #

    I have no clue how to attach a tweet here but I tweeted it! Lol

  11. Sofia | From the Land we Live on August 10, 2015 at 11:00 AM #

    Great giveaway! I was just looking at this book on Amazon…trying to step up my canning game 🙂 Looking forward to the jams and chutneys!

  12. Sofia | From the Land we Live on August 10, 2015 at 11:01 AM #


  13. Amanda August 10, 2015 at 11:37 AM #

    That Sweet Thai Chilli Chutney sounds amazing! I would love to add this book to my collection. I just discovered canning last year and became addicted.

  14. Agatha Smykot August 10, 2015 at 11:41 AM #

    I see a pop-up in the corner of my browser window that suggests I read about your rhubarb and juniper berry jam. That sounds divine, but I’d be most interested in pickling vegetables, because my fiance LOVES pickled anything.

  15. Christa August 10, 2015 at 11:44 AM #

    Probably the pickling and vegetable recipes, tis the season!

  16. Debbie S. August 10, 2015 at 11:58 AM #

    I would love this book for sure. I love canning and of course eating the wonderful results. We are huge pickle lovers at this house and can’t wait to try some new recipes. I am very anxious to try the pink lemonade jelly, sounds delightful, and yes I am a huge fan of Amy!

  17. Debbie S. August 10, 2015 at 12:00 PM #


  18. Connie Roberts August 10, 2015 at 12:34 PM #

    A friend of mine is getting married next summer and I am planning on a Bridal Shower gift of this amazing book, which I already have for myself, plus I’m buying her the canner and some jars to get her started! She has already glanced thru my book and loved it and I can’t wait to help her get started!!

  19. Jen August 10, 2015 at 12:57 PM #

    I’d love to learn how to make something other than blackberry jam!

  20. janet @ the taste space August 10, 2015 at 1:06 PM #

    I really want to learn how to make non-refrigerator pickles. 🙂

  21. Ivona August 10, 2015 at 1:07 PM #

    I love canning and as of now I don’t have any books on canning, I do it the way my Mom did back in old days, so having new view on preserving would be great.

  22. libby August 10, 2015 at 1:43 PM #

    I need canning tips so I will know just what I need to do or buy

  23. Margaret Pearson August 10, 2015 at 2:21 PM #

    I just love chutneys, must be the English in me, I sometimes will spread them on tiast instead of jam or marmalade

  24. Adriana August 10, 2015 at 2:42 PM #

    I am interested in all the recipes!;)

  25. Bryonna August 10, 2015 at 2:54 PM #

    I love homemade preserves … from friends and family. Would love to learn how to make my own, including the sweet thai chutney

  26. Julia Gabriel August 10, 2015 at 3:07 PM #

    I’m looking forward to tips. I’m new to canning and need all the help I can get.

  27. Kimberly August 10, 2015 at 3:22 PM #

    I am a fan of Amy’s, and can’t wait to page through her book for inspiration!

  28. Erica August 10, 2015 at 4:22 PM #

    Pickles…definitely the pickles!! 🙂

  29. Claire August 10, 2015 at 4:29 PM #

    I love canning and want to try all her recipes

  30. Denise August 10, 2015 at 5:47 PM #

    I love making jams and chutneys and Amy’s book would be a welcome and inspiring addition to my canning kitchen

  31. Denise August 10, 2015 at 5:50 PM #

    The link to my tweet is :

  32. Maureen August 10, 2015 at 6:04 PM #

    Huge fan of Amy’s since discovering her cookbook last month! Just came in from the garden with a bumper crop of cherry tomatoes so her recipe for chipotle cherry tomato relish is #1 on my list! Would love to win a copy her her book to share with a friend because I already had to snag a copy of my own!

  33. Maureen August 10, 2015 at 6:07 PM #

    Of course I tweeted!

  34. Asiya @ Chocolate & Chillies August 10, 2015 at 6:43 PM #

    I’ve only canned once so I’m interested in Amy’s canning tips.

  35. Leona August 10, 2015 at 6:55 PM #

    The Rhubarb Raisin Chutney sounds like something I need in my pantry today!! Ooooh la la

  36. debra August 10, 2015 at 9:33 PM #

    I’m interested to try the 3 different versions of pickled garlic. Garlic is my favourite pickle!

  37. Teresa August 10, 2015 at 11:32 PM #

    I’ve been making a lot of jams this summer, mostly from Camilla Wynne’s recipes, but I’m really wanting to branch out into some pickles and chutneys next. I haven’t done anything but refrigerator pickles so far this year.

  38. Teresa August 10, 2015 at 11:32 PM #

    And here’s the link to my tweet:

  39. LJ Stubbs August 11, 2015 at 6:09 AM #

    Salted Caramel Pear Butter sounds delicious. I’d give that recipe a try.

  40. sandy spalvieri August 11, 2015 at 7:20 AM #

    i am looking forward to the section on chutneys. This is my summer to venture into something new.

  41. lori August 11, 2015 at 7:31 AM #

    I want to try the chili sauce, a relish for burgers and some sort of pickle. I love canning!

  42. Shirley Tucker August 11, 2015 at 8:28 AM #

    I have a ton of green beans starting to take over my garden. I would love to pickle them for winter snacking or in Caesar drink.
    After reading your review, I think I would like to try a jam or a preserve,too. Something I’ve never tried because I would never use up a large batch. But a small batch. you’re talking.

  43. Cheri August 11, 2015 at 8:31 AM #

    I love making salsas – just finished a batch of peach salsa on the weekend! I’d love to see what other recipes I can try out.

  44. jacquie August 11, 2015 at 9:18 AM #

    I always wanted to try chutneys.

  45. La Cuisine d'Helene August 11, 2015 at 10:48 AM #

    I would like to make the chutneys. Thanks for the giveaway.

  46. La Cuisine d'Helene August 11, 2015 at 10:49 AM #


  47. Racheal Tycoles August 11, 2015 at 11:46 AM #

    I love chutneys and I want to get back into canning. My husband says it’s too much work and I want to prove him wrong!

  48. Darla August 11, 2015 at 2:11 PM #

    I have always wanted to try canning, and Amy’s book looks perfect for a beginner like me. I love the idea of capturing ripe summer fruits in jams to brighten up the winter mornings.

  49. gene d August 11, 2015 at 7:20 PM #

    this looks like such a beautiful book. I’m a fan and trying to expand my small collection of cookbooks and the like

  50. gene d August 11, 2015 at 7:21 PM #

    i tweeted…

  51. Misty August 11, 2015 at 8:26 PM #

    Hmmmmmm…..I’m thinking the chutney needs to be in my life for sure!!!!!!!

  52. Fiona R August 11, 2015 at 8:50 PM #

    The chutneys sound amazing, and I am also interested in pickling veggies! 😉

  53. Fiona R August 11, 2015 at 8:52 PM #

    Chutneys sound amazing, and I am also interested in learning how to pickle veggies!

  54. Monica August 11, 2015 at 10:10 PM #

    I love making pickles but would like to learn to make jellies, that really interests me.

  55. Clarise August 11, 2015 at 11:47 PM #

    I used to love canning, but life and no garden got in the way. I would love to get back into it. This book looks like the best way to get me started! Win it or not, I will be adding this book to my repertoire!! Thanks Amy for a heads up on this contest!

  56. Melissa August 12, 2015 at 12:06 AM #

    i’ve not had much experience, or success, canning pickles. Would love to try some using this book!

  57. Leah M @ love me, feed me August 12, 2015 at 1:01 AM #

    I’ve never tried preserving before but would absolutely love to try!

  58. Julie G August 12, 2015 at 1:39 AM #

    I am always looking to can a recipe that is different than the tried and true and love the small batches as it can be overwhelming trying to fit time making a large amount at one time. I have gallons of blueberries in my freezer and the blueberry lime jam sounds delish!

  59. Irene August 12, 2015 at 1:56 AM #

    I love making unique jams, so I’d head straight to that section first.

  60. Lise-Anne August 12, 2015 at 7:09 AM #

    I think you’ve sold me on the thai chilli chutney!

  61. Lise-Anne August 12, 2015 at 7:12 AM #


  62. Lise-Anne August 12, 2015 at 7:15 AM #


  63. Susan August 12, 2015 at 9:30 AM #

    The Sweet Thai Chil Chutney sounds delicious, and the twists on old favourites sound intriguing. I love the idea of small batches.

  64. Amanda August 12, 2015 at 9:31 AM #

    Canning tips. Have only started in the last 2 years on my own

  65. andrea amy August 12, 2015 at 1:15 PM #

    I am most looking forward to the canning tips! Thanks for the chance.

  66. andrea amy August 12, 2015 at 1:16 PM #


  67. patricia August 12, 2015 at 6:56 PM #

    Oh, I love to can most everything, so I would love to have this book. I would love to try some different jam & jellies.

  68. Ashleigh Swerdfeger August 12, 2015 at 9:44 PM #

    I am excited to learn more about canning 🙂 Also I would to know how to make chutneys 🙂 THanks for the chance.

  69. Lavern August 13, 2015 at 8:31 AM #

    I like that it is small batches and would like to learn about canning.

  70. Brenda August 13, 2015 at 10:09 AM #

    I always enjoyed helping my mom do canning. I feel like it is a trend that is making a come back and I want to get back into canning. Canning tips would be much appreciated and some new recipes too!

  71. Tiffany August 13, 2015 at 10:20 AM #

    I would love to check out the tips and tricks, but I also love a new pickle recipe…something different is always fun!!

  72. Glogirl August 13, 2015 at 10:03 PM #

    I’m interested in the canning tips but also in making some jams/jellies.

  73. Glogirl August 13, 2015 at 10:04 PM #


  74. Nicole Jubleew August 14, 2015 at 1:12 AM #

    I’m looking forward to checking out the jams and jellies.

  75. Nicole Jubleew August 14, 2015 at 1:14 AM #

    I tweeted here:

  76. karengreeners August 14, 2015 at 8:33 AM #

    Love the sound of all the different recipes – I’m a big canner, but definitely have not stretched my repertoire far enough. This would provide great inspiration!

  77. Lisa Neutel August 14, 2015 at 9:15 AM #

    im looking forward to canning tips as i am a brand new canning newbie family loves dill pickles and i would love to learn how to make my own

  78. Lisa Neutel August 14, 2015 at 9:16 AM #

    tweeted the giveaway …link to my tweet

  79. Natalie B August 14, 2015 at 3:22 PM #

    I’m a big fan of Amys! Really looking forward to having all the canning info in one place.

  80. Linda August 14, 2015 at 5:21 PM #

    I want to read up on the canning tips.

  81. Francine August 15, 2015 at 5:03 AM #

    I’ve never made jam before – and I would love to try!

  82. Francine August 15, 2015 at 5:04 AM #


  83. Barb August 15, 2015 at 10:41 AM #

    I would LOVE to try any of the Recipes in Amy Bronee’s book “The Canning Kitchen: 101 Simple Small Batch Recipes”. the sweet thai chilli chutney you made sounds like a winner!

  84. Madeleine August 15, 2015 at 11:29 AM #

    All the rhubarb recipes! I need new suggestions on how to use it.

  85. Lorraine G K August 15, 2015 at 9:10 PM #

    I love chutneys and the potential for trying new chutney possibilities sounds delicious!

  86. Laureen Fox August 16, 2015 at 8:07 AM #

    I used to do a fair bit of canning when my kids were little and would love to get back into preserving our local fruits and veggies.

  87. Carol M August 16, 2015 at 7:36 PM #

    The canning tips

  88. Carol M August 16, 2015 at 7:37 PM #

    I tweeted

  89. chris b August 16, 2015 at 9:26 PM #

    the pink lemonade jelly looks to die for.

  90. Sara August 25, 2015 at 9:04 AM #

    Definitely want to try the rhubarb compote and the spiced apple jam

  91. Rita J August 29, 2015 at 2:06 PM #

    I have a huge garden last year I canned beans, this year I want to make lots of pickles and learn how to preserve lots of tomatoes.


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