"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." (Los Angeles Daily News
"Dowdney has provided an invaluable manual for the novice and a treasure-trove of new knowledge for even the most experienced home canner." (Charleston Magazine
"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." (Sacramento Bee
"Steve shares his expertise in home canning with a new step-by-step guide." (Southern Living
"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." (The Splendid Table
"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." (Tampa Tribune
From the Inside Flap
Year-Round Guide to Canning in the Southern Tradition,
Stephen Palmer Dowdney
For many, delectable home-canned goods often seem to stir up happy childhood memories and provide great comfort food. Putting Up teaches how to safely can our favorite fruits, vegetables, and preserves from days gone by, and helps to add that touch of comfort that our pantries have been missing.
In his plainspoken narrative, Steve Dowdney explains how to put up crops harvested during each month of the year and includes many delicious recipes he has produced for his successful canning business, Rockland Plantation Products. Dowdney discusses in great detail the technique of hot-pack and water-bath canning, and also supplies a list of resources where essential canning supplies can be purchased.
More than just a how-to manual, Putting Up is a wonderful guide for experienced canners and those just getting started. It is chock full of anecdotes, stories, and vignettes of the long gone agrarian South that filled the author's youth, and pertinent, up-to-date information for canning today.
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. 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, South Carolina. Steve can be reached at www.stevedowdney.com.
Front cover photography © 2008 Zac Williams Back cover photography © 2008 Rick McKee Jacket designed by Debra McQuiston