I’ve always wanted to try my hand at preserving. Pickling things, making all sorts of jams and essentially just storing things for a rainy day has always held a lot of appeal to me. I still have to find an Italian family who will adopt me for a weekend to be part of an epic tomato sauce experience, but for the time being, I wanted to try my hand at something simple.
So when I had the opportunity to review a copy of Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry, I was super excited! Cathy (aka Mrs. Wheelbarrow) and I met back in 2011 and have remained in touch ever since. If anyone was going to ease me into the world of preserving, it was her. One look at the book and I was already put at ease. It’s written clearly and she makes a point to address the beginner (me) and confronts all the fears and apprehensions that goes into the world of preserving. With those assurance, and knowing her meticulous nature and talents, I dove right in with the confidence her book would show me the way. And while I don’t want to ruin the surprise, it was a success!
I’m happy to report my first attempt produced pickles and onions that I would have been proud and excited to serve at any Sunday brunch, complete with bagels, cream cheese and smoked salmon!
For the full review of my experience (and a giveaway copy of Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry), check it out over at Food Bloggers of Canada.