The Pickled Pantry Book

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As we head out of summer and into fall we are often left with an abundance of produce and scrambling for ideas on what to do with it all. Unfortunately, our tomatoes don’t ripen one or two at a time…they tend to ripen all at once and we are left eating an awful lot of tomatoes for a week or two! I remember when I was a kid going out to the garden with my dad and filling up my little red wagon with cucumbers. I would go to friends houses to play and their moms would say “please do not send any more cucumbers!” If you are left with a huge harvest and not sure what to do with all your produce, consider learning how to pickle it! The Pickled Pantry from Storey Publishing is a great guide to help you get started. Read on for more information about The Picked Pantry by Andrea Chesman. The suggested retail price for this book is $19.95.

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the Pickled Pantry

The Pickled Pantry


Title:  The Pickled Pantry

Subtitle:  From Apples to Zucchini, 150 Recipes for Pickles, Relishes, Chutneys & More

Author:  Andrea Chesman

ISBN:  978-1603425629

Publisher:  Storey Publishing, LLC (June 5, 2012)

Format:  Paperback (304 pages)



From the Publisher:

Half-Sour Dill Pickles. Salt-Cured Dilly Beans. Sauerkraut. Kimchi. Classic Hot Sauce. Cortido with Cilantro. Rosemary Onion Confit. Italian Tomato Relish. Chow Chow. Korean-Style Pickled Garlic. With Andrea Chesman’s expert guidance, you’ll love making these and dozens of other fresh, contemporary recipes for pickling everything from apples to zucchini. Beginners will welcome the simple, low-fuss methods and thorough coverage of the basics, and dedicated home canners will love the large-batch recipes and the stunning variety of flavors.


About the Author:

Andrea Chesman is the author of many cookbooks, including The Pickled Pantry, Recipes from the Root Cellar, Pickles and Relishes, Mom’s Best One-Dish Suppers, and The Vegetarian Grill, which was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Book Award and won a National Barbecue Association Award of Excellence. She is a co-author of Mom’s Best Desserts and The Classic Zucchini Cookbook, and her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Cooking Light, Food & Wine, Vegetarian Times, Organic Gardening, Fine Cooking, and other publications. Chesman lives in Ripton, Vermont, with her husband and two sons.


My review:  My son and husband are passionate pickle loves, although I admit that this year I have had to head for the refrigerated grocery store isle to feed their craving. I did not get a single cucumber out of my own garden…some horrid leaf disease seems to have hit my crop this year. But, if you are a better gardener than I am or like to hit the farmer’s markets on the weekends, I think you will really enjoy The Pickled Pantry.

The introduction to The Pickled Pantry talks all about the hows and whys of pickling things. There is a discussion of ingredients and what they do as well as different flavors you can add to spice things up a bit. I appreciate the depth that the author goes into regarding food handling and safe pickling procedures. I would hate to make something only to give my family food poisoning!

I love that the author wrote a chapter on Single Jar Pickles because once I made a huge batch of pickles that no one liked and that was just a giant waste of time and good cucumbers! This chapter is all about making small batches to see if you like it before really committing yourself to a full batch!

Don’t think that The Pickled Pantry is all about cucumbers…nope! There are recipes for pickling carrots, asparagus, cauliflower and lots of other produce! I was also very happy to see entire chapters on refrigerator and freezer pickles. Those are definitely my preference! I am always a little intimidated by sterilization of jars and hot water baths! The Pickled Pantry also includes recipes for an assortment of salsas, condiments and sauces.

Many of the recipes offer kitchen notes…useful tidbits of information from the author about ingredients or processes mentioned in the recipe. You will also find pages of gardening tips, poetry and pickle history scattered amongst the pages. There is a good mix of relatively easy and slightly more complicated recipes so I think this would be useful for both beginners and more experiences picklers! I am very impressed with The Pickled Pantry and will be sharing a recipe from the book next week if you care to stop by and check it out!



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  1. I would love to read the Root Cellaring book…my husband is planning on building our own for our sweet potatoes and we know nothing on where to start!

  2. Kerrie Mayans says

    Tomato: A Fresh-from-the-Vine Cookbook would be another great book.

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  3. Put ’em Up! sounds really cool, I would love to read that!
    And the pickling book too, my 10 year old son loves pickles so this book would provide both of us with some fun time together in the kitchen 🙂

  4. Joyness Sparkles says

    I am very interested in the book: “Growing Tasty Tropical Plants in Any Home, Anywhere,” by Laurelynn G. Martin, Byron E. Martin. I am trying to make sure our family has the largest variety of homegrown produce possible. 🙂

  5. Jenna M Wood says

    I’d love Tomatos, Fresh From The Vine.

  6. The Beginner’s Guide to Preserving Food at Home
    This would be a good book to give to my niece!

  7. The Beginners Guide to Preserving Food at Home.
    tarter95 athotmail dot com

  8. Tomato: A Fresh-from-the-Vine Cookbook

  9. What’s That Bird?

  10. Tomato: A Fresh-from-the-Vine Cookbook

  11. I want to read Real Food for Cats.

  12. I like “Live More, Want Less” and “Organic Body Care Recipes”!

  13. mary fanara coleman says

    I like the The Fresh Egg Cookbook by Jennifer Trainer Thompson

  14. I am really liking the looks of “The Baking Answer Book” and “The Healthy College Cookbook”!

  15. Homemade Soda.

  16. Debra L. Guillen says

    Tomato: A Fresh-from-the-Vine Cookbook..I love fresh tomatoes

  17. I would like to read The Fresh Egg Cookbook

  18. Seyma Shabbir says

    Hot sauce! We love making our own sauces so this would be great!

  19. Michelle Spayde says

    The Beginner’s Guide to Preserving Food at Home

  20. Paul T/Pauline T says

    I like The Healthy College Cookbook – – Paul T/Pauline T aka Paul Tran….. emscout9 at Hotmail dot com

  21. Rhiannon Rowland says

    The Good to Go Cookbook! Would love to have it!

  22. susan hartman says

    I would like the Life Cycles of Butterflies.

  23. I would like the Put ’em Up! book

  24. Crystal Renee says

    I’d love to read the Tomato: A Fresh-from-the-Vine Cookbook. Maybe I can try it out next year when I can figure out how to keep the bunnies from eating my tomatoes!

  25. The Improv Sewing Book 🙂

  26. A Guide to Canning, Freezing, Curing & Smoking Meat, Fish & Game

  27. I’d love to read *The Cat Behavior Answer Book*!
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  28. I would like to read the The Beginner’s Guide to Preserving Food at Home

  29. krista grandstaff says

    I would snag The Backyard Homestead because I have actually wanting to get this book for a cpl months now 🙂

  30. Hand Printing from Nature

  31. I’d like to read a copy of the book: “Growing Tasty Tropical Plants in Any Home, Anywhere,” by Laurelynn G. Martin, Byron E. Martin.

  32. I would enjoy the backyard homestead

  33. Put’em Up

  34. Aimee Fontenot says

    A World of Cake seems like a great book for me! I love to bake!

  35. Put em up

  36. Stacey Roberson says

    I would love to have The Barnyard Read-and-Play Sticker Book for my little guy. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  37. I’d love to read Put Em Up because I love canning!

  38. I Would love this book.

  39. I LOVE these kinds of books!

  40. Root cellaring. We even have a pump house that we could use as a root cellar

  41. Put em’ Up is another book I would like

  42. A World of Cake.

  43. Bread Making – A home course.

  44. Heather Bridson says

    I’d like to read put em up!

  45. Sara Zielinski says

    I would like to read Tomato: A Fresh-from-the-Vine Cookbook

  46. Hot Sauce! by Jennifer Trainer Thompson

  47. Michele behlen says

    I would like to read Put Em Up.

  48. The Beginner’s Guide to Preserving Food at Home

  49. Tara Liebing says

    I would like the Beginner’s guide to Preseving Food at home because canning etc has become very popular

  50. Thomas Murphy says

    Put ’em Up!

  51. I’d love to read Tomato: a fresh-from-the-vine cookbook.

  52. Jennifer (Jen) Boehme says

    I would like to read The Aromatherapy Companion.

  53. Debbie Welchert says

    I like the book Put ’em Up!

  54. I like Organic Body Care Recipes

  55. Fabric-by-Fabric One-Yard Wonders

  56. april yedinak says

    root cellaring

  57. I’d love to read Put Em Up because I love canning!

  58. Stacey Cockrell says

    I have several of these, but I don’t have The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener

  59. Robert Pyszk says

    I want to read Real Food for Cats.

  60. paige chandler says

    Happy Dog, Happy You

  61. I would like a guide to canning, freezing, curing, smoking meat, fish and game.

  62. Julie Lynn Bickham says

    Candy Construction book looks great for my kids.

  63. Leslie Galloway says

    Put ’em Up! looks interesting

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  64. the Aromatherapy Companion sounds fantastic!

  65. I would like to read Put ’em Up.

  66. Jennifer W. (Auri Lae) says

    A Guide to Canning, Freezing, Curing & Smoking Meat, Fish & Game – it’d be great to learn how to home-preserve meat when it goes on sale!

  67. The Fresh Egg Cookbook would be awesome.

  68. Debbie Jackson says

    Put em up!

  69. I’d love to read root cellaring.

  70. A Guide to Canning, Freezing, Curing & Smoking Meat, Fish & Game

  71. Tomato: A Fresh-from-the-Vine Cookbook

  72. I want to read Hand Printing from Nature by Laura Bethmann

  73. love to try fresh from the vine too! thanks!

  74. Candy Construction!

  75. I’d love to have copies of: The Beginner’s Guide to Preserving Food at Home, Put ’em Up!, A Guide to Canning, Freezing, Curing & Smoking Meat, Fish & Game

  76. I would like to read The Beginner’s Guide to Preserving Food at Home, I know I would learn from it.

  77. The Beginner’s Guide to Preserving at Home.

  78. I would like to read the The Beginner’s Guide to Preserving Food at Home

  79. I want to read Put Em Up. I am a SAHM of 10 and trying to get a garden going as well as purchasing in bulk from local growers. Being able to can and preserve during the summer months would save us a LOT of money! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  80. I’d also like to read Put ‘Em Up. I would love to be able to grow fresh food and preserve it to keep for later. It sounds like a really useful book. Thanks!

  81. Happy Dog, Happy You

    Lisa M
    Bud Lisa Samson

  82. I want the Preserving Food at Home book!!

  83. Hello, I would love The Sweater Chop Shop and learn to make all kinds of things with old sweaters. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  84. I would love to read Tomato: A Fresh-from-the-Vine Cookbook

  85. I would like Tomato: A Fresh-from-the-Vine Cookbook.

  86. Tomato: A Fresh-from-the-Vine Cookbook – this would be excellent, as I have an abundance of tomatoes this year!

  87. elven johnson says

    Put ’em Up!
    Sherri Brooks Vinton
    I really need this book !!!

  88. Put ’em Up! by Sherri Brooks Vinton.

  89. I would love The Dog Behavior Answer Book!

  90. Ellen Levickis says

    A Guide to Canning, Freezing, Curing & Smoking Meat, Fish & Game

  91. Tiffany Christie says

    I’d like the woodworking facts book.

  92. Ply Design by Phillip Schmidt

  93. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says

    A Guide to Canning, Freezing, Curing & Smoking Meat, Fish & Game
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  94. the tomato book =]

  95. Home Sausage Making

    How-to Techniques for Making and Enjoying 125 Sausages At Home (3rd Edition)

    Susan Mahnke Peery, Charles Reavis

  96. I’d also love to read Greenhorns!

  97. id like to read The Backyard Homestead
    Edited by Carleen Madigan

  98. Sherry Conrad says

    I’d also like to read Hooked On Crochet

  99. The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener by

    Niki Jabbour

  100. i’d like the healthy college cookbook

  101. Tomato: A Fresh-from-the-Vine Cookbook

  102. fiz freeze fast

  103. Francine Anchondo says

    Hot Sauce

  104. micheal dale grim says

    i would like the ply design !!!!

  105. Lobster!

  106. I’d like to read Live More, Want Less

  107. Homegrown Herbs
    Thanks for the contest.

  108. Rebecca Shockley says

    I like Lobster! by Brooke Dojny

  109. Traci Lynn Butler says

    Reclaiming Our Food

  110. Live More, Want Less looks like a helpful read

  111. Tomato: A Fresh-from-the-Vine Cookbook

  112. Reclaiming Our Food by Tanya Denckla Cobb

  113. I would like to read Fabric-by-Fabric One-Yard Wonders.

  114. I like the one called, “Lobster!”
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  115. Ali Schroeder says

    I would love to read Hot Sauce! I put it on everything LOL

  116. I’m liking Organic Body Care Recipes by Stephanie Tourles.

  117. Michelle Little says

    I would like the Homegrown Herbs book.

  118. I would like to read “One Yard Wonders” a fabric sewing book.

  119. Another book that would be interesting to read is Homegrown Herbs. I love gardening, this would be really nifty to read through. 😀

  120. I’d like to read fabric by fabric one yard wonders.

  121. I think the book Braiding Manes and Tails
    Charni Lewis
    would be fascinating to read!

  122. Would love to read the Fresh Egg Cookbook!

  123. I’d like to read Fabric-by-Fabric One-Yard Wonders
    Rebecca Yaker, Patricia Hoskins.

  124. I’d like to read Felt It!

  125. I would like to read Happy Cat, Happy You, since I own two adorable cats!

  126. Heather Poindexter says

    Preserving food at home

  127. I’d like to read “Candy Construction”

  128. The Cat Behavior Answer Book sounds great!

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