You Can Can (BBB)


I’ve been trying to get back into my regular BBB days since the upheaval of the move, but the upheaval just keeps coming! And here I was so hoping my life would be so placid that I would not have a sequel to the memoir. Anyway! I’ve decided to spice up the BBB giveaways for a bit by sharing some of the other great preserving literature that is available, so I’m planning some BBBs that are not actually BBBs. (Make sense? Confusing enough? Just keeping you on your toes here.) Up for grabs today is a copy of You Can Can!: A Visual Step-by-Step Guide to Canning, Preserving, and Pickling, with 100 Recipes. What I love about this one is that it includes a LOT of photos, and if you’re a visual learner, this might be just right for you. (I love this one so much, I’ll be doing several upcoming giveaways with it, so if you don’t win this time, try try again!)

Note: I’m still setting up the posts as usual for a BBB giveaway, and you can still just put (BBB) in your comment to let me know you want it–just remember it’s actually a copy of You Can Can that the winner will receive.


Ball Blue BookIt’s a Ball Blue Book Project day! Today’s Ball Blue Book is sponsored by Vanessa Zumwalt in honor of Evelyn Lamont and Evelyn Lot.

For a chance to win: Leave a comment on this post and let me know you want it. You can just put (BBB) at the end of your comment or otherwise note that you want to be in the draw. One winner will be drawn by random comment number to receive a copy of You Can Can. Eligible entry cut-off is midnight Eastern (U.S.) time tonight (February 14). This post will be updated with the winner by 9 a.m. Eastern (U.S.) time tomorrow (February 15). Return to this post to claim your book if your name is drawn (or check the BBB Winners List).

Find out more about the Ball Blue Book Project and become a sponsor.

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UPDATE 02/15/12: The winning comment number, drawn by, is comment #68, canthony. Email me at [email protected] with your full name and address for shipping!



  1. TwistedStitcher says:

    Please pick me. I am a very visual learner and have been to intimidated to try this canning thing alone. BBB

  2. Peggy in KY says:

    We had winter last night, but spring is on it’s way. BBB would make it easier to save the fruits and vegetables this year. So glad Coco is back and on the mend at the Vets.

  3. twoturkey says:

    :snoopy: Oh…..that looks interesting! I’d love to be picked to win that book!

    Mrs. Twoturkey

  4. rebinva says:

    I would love to have “You Can! My daughter is learning & I would give it to her.

  5. justdeborah2002 says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day…YCC…or rather, BBB lol!

  6. cindyinohio says:

    I would love to win You Can Can. I need to get back into canning. Thanks!

  7. wvhomecanner says:

    ohhhh this looks good! BBB please (or YCC please)

  8. NancyD in NH says:

    Pick me, pick me for BBB

  9. STracer says:

    I would love one of those. I haven’t participated in the other drawings since I already had a copy of the BBB, but this change I CAN get into. πŸ˜†

  10. tsmith says:

    I would love this book! I already have the BBB and this would add to my collection.

  11. Kathy in FL says:

    BBB, please!

  12. WVgal4ever says:

    :happyfeet: Yeah a picture book – Please pick me for the BBB giveaway. :hungry:

  13. lynnann50 says:

    heya all…I actually do a workshop named…”Yes…you CAN can”…I present it to the Learning in Retirement folks at the local Community college and have presented at our local Many Ways of Peace. Canning, fermenting…dehydrating…freezing…we hardly buy any groceries in the winter up here in Northern Wisconsin…love and peace

  14. Mim says:

    Since I am officially retired….I could make good use of this :pawprint:

  15. dwally says:

    Ooh, pictures! I’d love to have this book!

  16. nutritionlady says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. Would love to share this with my organically, healthy kids who are very conscious of preservatives,etc. in the foods they eat. The need to start preserving their own.

  17. collector1 says:

    YCC please! Thanks

  18. okstormy says:

    YCC please! I need all the help I can get!

  19. Tow Lady says:

    I’d love to win the book! My daughters have gotten bit by the canning bug, and this would be great to share with them!

  20. Pudgie from Indiana says:

    Really interested in the You Can Can book. So very happy for your move and hope things settle down. Also pray that Coco will do well at the vet’s and will come home soon. Thanks for such a great site.

  21. valentinoswife says:

    This is a perfect tool for me to expand what I have already been in process of learning! BBB!

  22. mommyby3 says:

    I would love a copy. I want to try canning this year. Thanks

  23. wildcat says:

    BBB, please! I would love to learn how to can! :snoopy:

  24. HobbyHillFarm says:

    BBB Please – Would love to have a visual book.

  25. Spiderjohn says:

    Put me in the draw please.

  26. Wannabea... says:

    Oh yes. That is awesome :sun: BBB

  27. PaulaClark says:

    I would love this book! I already have BBB.

  28. suziQ says:

    :heart: BBB!!!! I would LOVE to win this… I have never even attempted to can anything because it’s so intimidating, but I think a visual learning tool might be just the tool I need!

  29. WVSue says:

    Anything kitchen I’m in for. I love learning canning techniques so this BBB book would be great!

  30. LK says:

    It would be great to win this. BBB!

  31. Michelle B says:

    BBB – love to win and then figure out if I can can :moo:

  32. doxie says:

    I’d love to win it, would love to know more about canning, cause what I’ve done was fun! :-))

  33. mollyclaire says:

    I’d love to win this book. Last year was my first year for canning and I could use the extra help. Thanks! πŸ™‚

  34. Abiga says:

    So happy for you about Coco coming back and getting better. You certainly have had a lot of challenges lately. Praying you will be strong! I have been through many things and sometimes a day is just putting one foot ahead of the other. Praying many blessings to come your way too! Oh and I would like to win. BBB :purpleflower:

  35. pulsk1 says:

    I haven’t canned for years and am planning to start again this year. This book would be very helpful.

  36. ibpallets says:

    I’d love to win this! BBB

  37. Breezy says:

    I am very glad you were able to find such a nice place. It has been pretty interesting watching you go through the process. You have even given ME some strength by osmosis!

    BBB? See?

    Breezy in Georgia. Love to can, would like more and better directions! πŸ™‚

  38. Babs64 says:

    I am a city girl (well woman) with a country heart! I usually have a balcony potted vegetable garden and after becoming a follower of your blog want to can now. I have no idea how to do that πŸ˜₯ and I don’t have a sweet mature woman to teach me. I would LOVE the book!! I can buy it if I have too but winning it would be so much sweeter :heart: and it is Valentine’s day and all :snuggle: !!

    Your blog brings hope to my heart! Thank you for sharing!

  39. laurie hamar says:

    BBBB please. Thank you for the opportunity. So glad that Coco is on the way to full health. Our animals break our hearts sometimes.

  40. Miss Nellie says:

    Oh, Oh!!! Yeah! BBB

  41. TRUDY says:

    I’ve not had the opportunity to read this book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy…Happy Valentine’s Day…

  42. maryellen51 says:

    I would love to have this book, please enter me in the drawing.

    I was so glad to see your post when Coco came home, I had been checking your blog every little bit, so hoping you would find her.

  43. ashmmorgan2 says:

    Sounds like a very helpful book, I’d love to win it!

  44. StuckinMiami says:

    I need to start canning!!! :shocked:

  45. Stephanie in Seattle says:

    I’ve always wanted to learn how to can but have been intimidated by what seems to be a complicated process. That and I’m only a little worried that I’ll poison my family. I’d love to have a copy of the “You Can Can” book. It would be nice to branch out beyond making freezer jam. BBB

  46. jbbtjbbt says:

    I would love to learn how to can!

  47. D1BeachBum says:

    YCC please!!! If not I’d like to let everyone knoe that there is an old ORTHO canning book that is really good to. It has canning, bread making and other ideas.

  48. mountainkat says:

    BBB! Please enter me for the freebie. I can tomatoes but I really need to broaden my horizons and branch out a bit! Hoping for a little luck!

  49. Lana says:

    This looks like a very useful book for us newbies! Enter me, please! So very glad Coco is safe and (almost) sound!!

  50. Rainla says:

    Welllll…here is my confession….I bought a canner 4 years ago and I have still not used it. I bought books, read and studied the manual (which I never do!)…I am terrified of it!!! I could not for the life of me figure out why and then I remembered my grandmother’s pressure canner went kapow when I was a kid – guess that must be at least part of the reason.

    Please enter me and if I win, I will use my canner. There I said it! This is the year! I know it! I have the jars, the lids, the tools, I just need to get through this!!! LOL O.K. end of confession – you can return to your normally scheduled contest. πŸ™‚

  51. JReed says:

    Pick me! Pick me!

    My wife and I do a lot of cooking and we’re always in need of ways of making stuff last just a little bit longer. I love canning and have done it for a long time with pickles and peppers, and I’d love to try canning other types of foods.


  52. momtoadiva says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day!!! Glad to see CoCo back and on the mend!! BBB me please :sheep:

  53. quietstorm says:

    Please put my name in the hat! thank you!!!! :snoopy:

  54. Bev in CA says:

    Yes Please. Always love new recipes. 24 degrees this a.m. Looking forward to springtime!

  55. Nanna says:

    I would love to have a copy of You Can Can. BBB

  56. lizajane says:

    I would love to have YCC!

  57. cabynfevr says:

    BBB, I’d love to broaden my horizons!

  58. marymac says:

    Oh yes please put me in for the

  59. farmkat says:

    Pictures!! My kind of how-to book. Please enter my name in the drawing and thank you!!

  60. canthony says:

    Love your blog. Thanks for letting me visit each morning and get my day going. I am a visual learner for sure and would love to be in the drawing. BBB

  61. dee58m says:

    I want it I want it I want it.. BBB

  62. Claudia W says:

    I want to can can! Or BBB! Love You!

  63. KariP says:

    I love visual clues! Would love this book.

  64. bonnie335 says:

    Please count me in. BBB, baby!

  65. clh063538 says:

    Would Love to win BBB!

  66. tea4too0 says:

    Please enter me in the contest BBB. Getting ready for canning season this year, wish me lots of veggies from a new garden spot this year.

  67. CrystalGB says:

    BBB please. I would love to have this book.

  68. tmavraides says:

    BBB please. I love the sense of accomplishment I have after canning and the seals pop. I would love to have this book. Also, on a seperate issue, I’m so pleased and thankful Coco is back. A miracle for sure. !!!!

  69. oct4luv says:

    OK, I’m ready to learn how to do this; enter me in!

  70. brookdale says:

    Would love to win the canning book! Thanks for offering it.

  71. Blyss says:

    Thank you for doing another BBB/YYC!

  72. Farmarchy says:

    Oh, I would love some extra help as I learn to can this year! Hopefully this huge garden we’re working on will be fruitful! BBB

  73. LisaSakabu says:

    ohhh I want it! BBB

  74. oddgirl says:

    BBB, please. :happyflower:

  75. leslietx says:

    I’d love to win!! BBB, please! :snoopy:

  76. phoneman says:

    I would love to win the canning book just getting started learning to can, BBB

  77. morningstar says:

    I would love to win thank you for the chance. BBB

  78. pglidden says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day! I’d love to learn how to can and I am a visual learner, so yes, the photos would be a huge help. Thank you for offering this chance….BBB please.

  79. DebbieInMemphis says:

    I’d love to can can πŸ™‚ BBB/YCC please

  80. GrammieEarth says:

    YCC Please

  81. Auntie Linda says:

    Can’t wait for summer and a garden full of wonderful things! BBB please!

  82. Merino Mama says:

    BBB or YCC, whichever it is, I would love to win one! Thanks and so glad Coco is home!!!!!

  83. Laurie P says:

    BBB I just finished canning my own home made ketchup a couple weeks ago and between the kids and us adults we have managed to go through a pint already.

  84. Leah's Mom says:

    Sign me up, scottie!

  85. Melissa H. says:

    BBB – I would love to win this book!

  86. jeepdriver says:

    I’m planning on putting in a good sized garden this year so the famous canning book would be appreciated this year. Sign me up!

  87. Almost Heaven, WV says:

    BBB Please! :hungry:

  88. AmyCook in WI says:

    Yes, Yes…I do want to Can Can…kicking my legs high in the air!

    Please, please pick pick me me!

    Amy Amy (hee hee ha ha ho ho!)

  89. enjay says:

    I’m a very visual learner (my learning disability practically ensures that) so this sounds right up my alley! Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you!

  90. Grouchymama says:

    BBB Gearing up for orcdering seeds for the garden so I will be ready to can!

  91. DebbieM says:

    Would love to win the new book-thanks for the chance!

  92. Nharah says:

    BBB,Please! :chicken:

  93. moondragoness says:

    (BBB) please! would love to win!

  94. lavenderblue says:

    Would love a BBB that isn’t a BBB. I have a couple of days off from work in a row and am going to try canning applesauce and crockpot apple butter. I don’t think those need a pressure canner but a waterbath still counts as canning, right?

    Don’t worry, I will research carefully before tackling this project. My need for research half the reason I never get around to attempting the projects that I want to try. Canning, dehydrating, soapmaking, candle making etc., etc. I just can’t read enough about any of them. It’s the actual doing that has me stymied.

  95. AnnieB says:

    BBB me, pretty please!!!

  96. BJ Farm says:

    :snoopy: BBB :snoopy:

  97. Britishtea says:

    Wouldn’t that make a terrific tee shirt or apron! BBB, please.

    P.S. Soooo thrilled Coco is home!

  98. ChristaH says:

    Yes!! Please! BBB for me!!! Yeah!

  99. Michele-lee says:

    If I win a book one of these times, I WILL learn to can! Please and thank you for the chance BBB/YCC.

  100. mrberthrong says:

    We just moved to a house in the country and I am very excited for my first big garden! Please enter me in the BBB.

  101. muggle granny says:

    I love your blogs about canning and food. Please keep up the good work. BBB

  102. kellytorrey says:

    Please count me in the BBB!! Thank you!!

  103. TeaCup says:

    Maybe with pics I could actually do this? Yes please!


  104. amateurteacher says:

    I have wonderful memories of helping my Granny tend her garden in the summers and then watching all that fresh goodness get preserved with care. This summer, I am going to follow that example and start canning from my own garden! BBB

  105. farmershae says:

    I’d love today’s version of the BBB!

  106. jeninid says:

    I’m throwing my hat in for a chance to win, count me in! This book sounds good!

  107. Annabelle says:

    Just received my first pressure cooker today! I made short rib ragu in 30 minutes! Wish I had been able to add my own canned tomatoes. Please enter me in the drawing!

    So happy to see COCO back home! We recently lost our boxer JACK. I still feel a hole in my heart.

  108. FrannyP says:

    I’d love to win the BBB today. Lots of photos are always a lot of help. Happy Valentine’s Day!
    So glad your heart has been warmed with the return of Coco.

  109. Julia says:

    Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you.

  110. Bonnie S. says:

    Yes, it is photos I need to inspire me to can! BBB, please.

  111. aprilsinohio says:

    please pick me for the bbb I have the best husband in the world, I woke up today to be served homemade pancakes by the fire. I’d love to learn to can to return all the goodness my hubby does for me. :snuggle:

  112. Jen says:

    I’m glad I checked your blog tonight & not tomorrow! I’d love to win the booklet.

  113. TW says:

    Hoping to win a copy of the You Can Can guide (BBB). If I can’t win it, I will definitely have to buy a copy. I’d like to start caning this year.

    So glad your sweet Coco returned. Hoping you are done with that big pile of challenging things you’ve been dealing with.

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