Putting Up: A Seasonal Guide to Canning in the Southern Tradition
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Putting Up: A Seasonal Guide to Canning in the Southern Tradition

by Steve Dowdney
     
 
In Putting Up, author Steve Dowdney colorfully and descriptively guides readers safely through the home canning process. In his plainspoken narrative, Dowdney explains how to put up crops harvested during each month of the year and includes 65 of the most popular and delicious recipes he produces for his successful canning business. Also included is a resource section

Overview

In Putting Up, author Steve Dowdney colorfully and descriptively guides readers safely through the home canning process. In his plainspoken narrative, Dowdney explains how to put up crops harvested during each month of the year and includes 65 of the most popular and delicious recipes he produces for his successful canning business. Also included is a resource section that contains information on where all essential canning supplies can be purchased. More than just a how-to manual, Putting Up is a wonderful guide for canners and non-canners alike. It is chock full of anecdotes, stories and vignettes of a long gone agrarian south that filled the author's youth and still fills his heart and memory.

For twelve years, Steve Dowdney was the owner and chief operator of South Carolina's premiere "small batch" processing and canning company. As founder of Rockland Plantation Products, he takes great pride in the knowledge that the company's products taste exactly like the best of a grandmother's home put up stores. An avid writer with a novel in the works, Dowdney is a former Ranger, Airborne and Special Forces qualified combat veteran, and a graduate of The Citadel where he and fellow classmate Pat Conroy co-wrote the yearbook. He resides in Charleston, SC.

In Putting Up, author Steve Dowdney colorfully and descriptively guides readers safely through the home canning process. In his plainspoken narrative, Dowdney explains how to put up crops harvested during each month of the year and includes 65 of the most popular and delicious recipes he produces for his successful canning business. Also included is a resource section that contains information on where all essential canning supplies can be purchased. More than just a how-to manual, Putting Up is a wonderful guide for canners and non-canners alike. It is chock full of anecdotes, stories and vignettes of a long gone agrarian south that filled the author's youth and still fills his heart and memory.

Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Daily News
"Dowdney runs through the techniques, equipment and supplies needed, step-by-step preparations, hot packing, water bathing and much more in this colorful volume. Many of the recipes -- among them Peach Chutney, Strawberry-Orange Marmalade, Bread and Butter Pickles, Pear Relish and Very Berry Preserves -- look and sound delicious, too."
Charleston Magazine
"Dowdney has provided an invaluable manual for the novice and a treasure-trove of new knowledge for even the most experienced home canner."
Sacramento Bee
"Granted, home canning is a lot of work, but it is also a satisfying way to preserve your home-grown produce to use later in the year when the garden is fallow. The author of "Putting Up" explains how to successfully do just that with 65 recipes that range from tomato sauce to jelly. It's a great reference book that takes all of the fear out of home canning."
Southern Living
"Steve shares his expertise in home canning with a new step-by-step guide."
The Splendid Table
"A gem of a book titled Putting Up: A Year-Round Guide to Canning in the Southern Tradition by Stephen Palmer Dowdney is my choice of this summer's must-have volume. At least it is a must-have for all of us tempted by canning and preserving but smart enough to know that without solid science behind what we're doing, things can get dangerous. Dowdney's recipes are good, but what takes this book to the head of the class is the solid, logical science and technique information. He puts us in control, rather than left to just follow a vague recipe hoping all will be well. This is the reference book you want for any preserving you take on."
Tampa Tribune
"Dowdney re-examines the pastime by explaining the materials and methods used in canning, offers recipes for such seasonal fare as artichoke chow-chow and garlic pickles, and offers resources for keeping the family tradition alive."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423602804
Publisher:
Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date:
06/02/2008
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Read an Excerpt

IT WAS THE FALL of '06 and I was busy. There was a crowd of locals and tourists encircling our booth at the Charleston Farmers Market, all vying for my attention. This Saturday ritual repeats itself weekly, until the rural fields surrounding the old city go fallow with winter's chill. Off to my right, two men beckoned. I held up my index finger, as if to say "I'll answer your question shortly." Busy making suggestions, taking money, and bagging products, I answered the usual hum of questions. The press of the crowd continued. Finally, the patient men's time came.

Meet the Author

Steve Dowdney is the author of Putting Up: A Year-Round guide to Canning in the Southern Tradition. He owned and operated the premier South Carolina "small batch" cannery, Rockland Plantation Product. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina.

Cypress is beautifully illustrated through the rich photography of Rick McKee. Rick also collaborated on Magnolias (Gibbs Smith, Publisher, 2006). A
frequent contributor to national magazines, Rick works out of his studio in historic Charleston,
South Carolina.

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