Cookbook Giveaway: 250 Home Preserving Favorites

Who loves homemade jam? Yay, me too.

The award winning, and generous, Yvonne Tremblay has shared with me her newest cookbook 250 Home Preserving Favorites: from Jam and Jellies to Marmalades and Chutneys 

And it is awesome! Yvonne is a preserving Queen and covers simple no cook jams to elaborate gourmet delicacies with everything in between. If you can imagine it, Yvonne has a recipe for it. And all of it homemade, by us.

Some of the most tempting recipes are

  • Grilled pineapple banana conserve with Kahlua.
  • Roasted garlic wine jelly.
  • Honey lemon marmalade.
  • Pink grapefruit and pomegranate marmalade.
  • Spiced peach jam.

I could go on and on, and on. There’s no end to the preserving inspiration in this cookbook. Yvonne shares my passion for herbs too and she uses them in many recipes. A girl after my herb loving heart.

Of course I had to test out a recipe. And even though the birds didn’t leave us a single cherry on our cherry tree this year, I was determined to mix up some cherry jam. Thank goodness for cherry farmers.

For my first try I made a batch of Sweet Cherry Micro-Mini Jam, with chocolate. That’s right, I said chocolate in my cherry jam. It is superb. Almost too good for toast, I’ve been enjoying it on my vanilla ice cream. Because it’s a micro jam it’s only a small batch yielding 500ml so I opted to keep it in the fridge instead of canning it.

Simple and delicious, and with chocolate. Is there anything better?

Beside the range of recipes there’s two aspects of 250 Home Preserving Favorites that appeal to me most.

  1. Yvonne provides detailed information about preserving. If you are a beginner and just getting started Yvonne will hold your hand and teach you about canning and preserving safely. If you are an experienced canner, I promise you will learn something too. Like how to make jelly, which I will totally tackle this year.
  2. The recipes in the cookbook cover every season. You can take advantage of every fruit when it is at it’s prime. Blood oranges are on sale, mix up some Blood Orange Marmalade.

But here’s the really exciting news – Yvonne is giving a cookbook away to one lucky reader. She’s sharing her love of homemade preserves with us!

To enter please leave a comment on this post sharing your favourite kind of jam, or jelly or chutney or marmalade. Have you ever made your favorite at home? If not, what kind of preserve are you most excited to make first?

Giveaway Rules: 

  • To enter leave a comment on this post, see below. You must enter an email address.
  • One entry per person.
  • Contest is open to Canadian and US residents.
  • Contest is open until midnight July 12th, 2012.
  • Winner will be announced Friday July 13th, 2012.
  • In the event that the winner does not respond we will pull another winner from the original comments.

It  would be super nice if after you’ve left your comment you followed Yvonne on Twitter. Now, let’s talk jam.





  1. I love spicy mango chutney! The cookbook looks awesome and I would love to try more recipes! ; D Thanks!!

  2. Carol Anne says:

    I’m thinking that blood orange business sounds good.
    I enjoy a good pepper jelly too.

  3. I would love to get the cookbook. I want to preserve some of the delicious tomatoes we get in the summer.

  4. I’ve always wanted to start making Jams and Jelly’s but for some reason its always been a bit of a reach for me to do so. Maybe with a great cookbook like this with all of the recipes in one place I could finally learn how to do it!

  5. This book sounds delicious. I made a spicy plum/ginger/jalapeno jam a few years ago that turned out great. I just wish I would have written down the recipe!

  6. I would sooo love this cookbook! I need some help getting started. I made a mango chutney last night that was delish. None leftover for canning. :)

  7. Yvonne is fantastic and a very accomplished canning expert. Lucky will be those who win her cookbook.

  8. I’ve mostly made strawberry freezer jam and it’s delish! I’m ready to branch out.

  9. I love canning. Stawberry jam is always a favorite. I last made it with my sister. But if I had to pick my favorite thing to can, it would be pickels. :-)

  10. Love canning, banana peppers, salsa, tomatoes and any kind of jam I have fruit for :) my latest was raspberry, blackerry and strawberry together…yummy!

  11. I am a jam girl, all kinds, although strawberry is the winner in my household with the kids. I am always trying to find a way to make it healthier for them either with less sugar (mild complaints from my target audience) or by adding different things like chia seed (large complaints from my target audience). I would love to make something tasty and healthy that everyone likes!

  12. My favourite jam is simple raspberry jam. I’ve never made jam but oddly enough, I am feeling the urge to try my hand at jam this summer. This book would help me a lot.

  13. My favourite is wild grape jelly! When I was little we picked the wild grapes that grew near our house. My mother spent hours cleaning them, cooking and straining. But- let me tell you- the result was the best jelly that I have ever had!!!