Review and Giveaway: "Tart and Sweet"

tartandsweet250 Having relatively recently come to the world of canning, I wish I had had a book like "Tart and Sweet" from the beginning. The internet is full of wildly varying information, and the Ball Blue Book  is great if not a bit clinically matter-of-fact, but it's nice to have a resource that both informs and inspires.

Authors Kelly Geary (Sweet Deliverance, NYC) and Jessie Knadler waste no time getting right to the basics: The first four chapters are devoted specifically to subjects like a Step by Step Water Bath Canning Guide and a Pickle Primer. Everything you need to know to get started is here, from tools to an acidity chart, an explanation of head space and much more. Plus, it’s explained in an easy, conversational tone and accompanied by some really beautiful pictures by photographer Ellen Silverman.

Around Chapter 5, things really take off with loads of recipes that encompass a wide range of tastes including fruit jams and spreads, condiments, pickled veggies, syrups and chutneys. The recipes are conveniently divided up by season so you can take advantage of the best of your local produce. Recipe difficulty is noted by can icons: One can indicates an easy recipe, while three cans represent the more difficult ones. Recipes range from basics such as raspberry jam and apple butter to more esoteric combinations like Soy Garlic Cherry Tomatoes or Carrot Habanero Hot Sauce. We were especially taken with the recipe for Wasabi Green Beans, reprinted here with permission from Rodale Books; photo by Ellen Silverman.


Wasabi Green Beans

4 cups brown rice vinegar
2 cups water
3 tablespoons kosher salt
4 pounds green beans, trimmed to fit into jars

Per jar
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons wasabi powder

Bring the vinegar, water, and salt to a boil in a medium nonreactive pot. Stir to dissolve the salt. Place garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and wasabi powder in each hot jar. Pack the beans in tightly.

Pour boiling brine over the beans, leaving 1⁄2 inch headspace and making sure the beans are submerged. Check for air bubbles, wipe the rims, and seal. Process for 10 minutes, adjusting for elevation. Yield: 4 pints

One of the things that sets "Tart and Sweet" apart from many of the other canning books I’ve come across is that it includes additional recipes using your canned goods. For instance, the Canned Cherry recipe is accompanied by a recipe for some delicious sounding Cherry Lemon Muffins. There aren’t tons of these, but enough to break things up and keep it interesting.

Rounding out the book are two final chapters, one that gives some interesting uses for your canned goods as well as some fun combinations of recipes and ideas for packaging and labeling. The last chapter provides solutions for common canning problems and answers question pertaining to canning, pickling and fermentation.

If you’re thinking of launching into the world of canning, "Tart and Sweet" is a terrific, comprehensive book that will take you from the first steps to becoming a canning pro. For those who are old hands at the process, there are plenty of unique and interesting recipes here to keep you satisfied.

We've got one copy of "Tart and Sweet" to give to a lucky recipient. All you need to do is to leave a comment on this post letting us know what your favorite pickle to make is. (Be sure to enter your email so I know how to contact you if you win.) For a bonus entry, click to tweet this post. Entries will be open through midnight PDT on July 17. Go on, you know you want it. 

Pickled Ginger is our f-r-i-e-n-d

Tart and sweet pickled ginger brightens my day *-*

Pretty book! :D

Pretty book! :D

pickles, pickles and pickles!

I love to pickle okra for my Sunday bloody mary's.

Man, pickles!?

I'm a canning neophyte and have yet to attempt a pickling recipe. Pickles never appealed to me as a child and even now I avoid them like some terrible gastroplague. With this said, I’ve still been determined to find “that special pickle recipe” which might challenge everything I know so far about pickles. Voila, sweet and spicy pickles were born! Well, okay, I’m sure they’ve been around for quite some time (but they’re the only type of traditional pickle I’d eat without making a ridiculous oh-hell-no face). Good luck, everybody~ :D

Pickles! Pickles!

OMG! Ever since I was a little girl, cuccumbers and pickles have been my favorite. My FAVORITE of all time is my great-grandmother's Spicy Bread and Butter Pickles.... Never got the recipe though because she died when I was very young and didnt think about it then. Now I wish I had.... I could eat pickles all day long. My step-daughter has Cystic Fibrosis and we keep a supply of them in the fridge, because they are what we call "FREE FOOD" which means she can snack on and don't have to take enzymes. She and I will go through a huge container in a weekend. We fight over pickles. Our favorite thing Santa brings at Christmas is a large Jar of Pickles each year for us. :) NO JOKE! Asking for canning stuff for Christmas so she and I can learn to can our own.


I am not a fan of cucumbers but I love them pickled!! Delicious with some cloves of garlic!

Pickled Peaches

Hot, Tangy and Sweet! Terrific as relish, on top of ice cream or in a pie. In fact, my Pickled Peaches Pie won First Place at the 2011 Napa County Fair.

Tweet Tweet went the birdie...!/RemnantsofHeart/status/91581223788494848

Pickles! Sweet or Sour Pickles!

I had this recipe, first time I ever made pickles, with my own grown produce.... a recipe of a friends mothers, mother, mother kind of thing.... BEST pickles I ever had - ANYWHERE at ANYTIME!.... They were along the line of a dill pickle, garlic wonder (not too strong - not too 'vinegary') AMAZING - for the life of me, I cannot find that recipe! :(
THAT was my favorite pickle to make.
My family - bread and butter pickles they'd have me make all the time if they had their way.


tweeted for an extra! (!/mirwen)

Tart and sweet

definitely daikon kimchi!

Tart and sweet

definitely daikon kimchi!

Just tweeted for my bonus

Just tweeted for my bonus entry! Now my fingers and toes are crossed :)

Fridge Cukes!

Theres something fantastic about a quick cucumber fridge pickle. Full disclosure: I think I have a problem, because I have three different batches of cucumber pickles going on right now.


My favorite thing is to add garlic and dried los arboles chilies to a basic dill recipe it is so delicious with a hamburger or hot dog or plain between two pieces of cheese a cheese off to tweet

I just got into canning and

I just got into canning and I'm loving it. Thus far I've done blackberry and strawberry jam and peach preserves. I'm really excited to start pickling and I hope it'll be a fabulous start to a new day!

Pickled Beets

For me, opening a jar of these crimson beauties is a commitment to eat the whole thing.

bread & butter pickles

My favorite pickels are made by my husband's late grandmother's recipe. There's just something about using a recipe that's generations old!

Watermelon pickles!

What a cool book-- can't wait to check it out!

Dilly beans!

This looks like such a cool book!

Favorite pickles

Pickled beets and onions. No contest. Well, maybe cucumbers because there are so many of them.


always lookign for an inspiring recipe or thought to enhance the canning repetoire. That's why I come here.

Garlic Scapes

Pickled garlic scapes - yum!

Spicy Dilly Beans

My favorite pickle by far is the spicy dilly bean (I use Marisa's recipe from Food in Jars), using lots of cayenne and dill. That wasabi bean recipe above looks like it would be right up my alley however!

hot hot hot

Without a doubt - my favorite is candied jalapenos... eat one, squeal and run around the kitchen... eat one.. repeat ----------


I am a canning n00b. I have acquired all the tools and need to try my first recipe. I would love to use this book, or one like it, to get into this great hobby. I grow my own hot peppers and herbs. I would love to try making my own dill pickles. I mean a good, sour, delicious dill. It is so hard to find a good dill pickle these days!

Pickle n00b

I've never made pickles....except a quick radish fridge pickle once. I am trying them this summer though!!

Okra! MMMMM!

Okra! MMMMM!

Golden Beets Insist on Being Pickled This Summer

Somehow, despite being just the tiniest bit obsessive about canning, I didn't know about 'Tart and Sweet' until I stumbled across/got hooked on co-author Jessie Knadler's Web site Rurally Screwed this weekend. I knew it was only a matter of time before 'Tart and Sweet' made a special guest appearance here at Punk Domestics! Still, I asked myself if I needed another canning book. Then a friend/colleague brought a copy to my farm fresh food-centric day job and I knew: Yes. Yes, I do.

pickled carrots! no contest.

pickled carrots! no contest.

I love bread n butter

I love bread n butter pickles. yum!

bread and butter green tomatoes

Yum! God I want this book!

Old fashion Dill.

Old fashion Dill.


Zucchini relish!


I have only tried a zucchini relish but it's great

Pickled Hot Peppers

I am pretty new to making pickles, last year I tried hot pickled peppers and they were a big hit. Going to venture out a bit more this year :)


I love pickled fiddleheads!!! oh boy I hope I win this!!!!

I love to can bread and

I love to can bread and butter pickles.

Pickled beets ever since I

Pickled beets ever since I was a child! Have to learn more though!



Pickled Asparagus

I made 6 jars of spicy puckled asparagus for the first time in the spring. They were so good and now they're gone. I'm looking forward to trying some other pickling techniques like pickled zucchini. I'm also going to try to make some blackberry vanilla jam as soon as my berries are ripe!


I tweeted it, too.

Baby Gerkins!

We haven't actually canned baby gerkins yet, we've only just begun learning to can, but we did make some pickles with a premade pickle spice that tasted very similar and I loved it! =)

Pickled Okra!

I had pickled okra for the first time a few days ago and it was amazing! Spicy and tangy, not at all slimy, with a nice crunch - absolutely delicious!

I love plain old dill

I love plain old dill pickles, though I have just tried pickled radishes using our CSA produce.

My favorite to eat and make

My favorite to eat and make is bread and butter pickles. I'm reminded of my childhood when I eat them.

My family loves pickled

My family loves pickled beets!!

Curry Pickles

I love curry pickles! But dills run a close second!

The Pickled Life

Haven't met a pickle I haven't liked! :) But my fave has always been my moms dilly beans with a little cayenne and garlic in them for a little kick. I just got done pickling a few batches of pickled veg, dilly beans, and carrots. Next up are asparagus and baby patty pans. I LOVE pickles!

I've only made refrigerator

I've only made refrigerator pickles so far, but am looking into brining some, and pickling b&b, dilly beans and dills.

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