As a friend, and fellow canner, I often call on Diane when in need. I didn’t grow up canning, so as I learn, it’s great to have someone to call on when questions arise. I value her opinion, her advice and her expertise from gardening to harvesting to canning to composting. She does it all and I’ve used her knowledge as my guide. Diane’s enthusiasm will grab ahold and you’ll find yourself following her advice, her recipes and canning right along side her. She IS the Canning Diva….and I’m along for the ride!

Jenny Sailor

Greenville, MI

I used your helpful hint about putting an “X” on the bottom of tomatoes before you put them in hot water [for blanching]! It worked and it was so easy to get the skin off! Can’t wait for some more helpful hints!

Maggie Potapshyn

Warren, Michigan

I love following your Facebook page…I’ve bought a dehydrator, hot water bather, and pressure canner since I’ve started following you. I’ve tried a few small things, but I’m getting the hang of it. Thanks for all the great ideas, they are very inspirational to me to help my family have healthier foods that I’ve grown myself, for the most part. I was just telling my husband about this [canning chicken] and he’s super excited. We’ve been wanting to can chicken but didn’t know how. I’m going to give it a shot. Thank you! Looking forward to seeing what else you have in store for us.

Tracy Watkins

The Avon Lady

Kudos to The Canning Diva!

As a teacher, she was patient and kind to all of my needs, pointing me in the right direction regarding materials and which produce to choose. As a budding gardener and student of preserving goods, The Canning Diva has continued to show me encouragement, thoughtfully answering any and all of my questions along the way. What an inspiration for clean and healthy living! Her love and passion for her family will nurture your stomach as well as your spirit. It is her enthusiasm for this craft that excites my love for canning as well. She has been an inspiration!

Erin Woodrow

Romulus, MI

Admittedly, I am no domestic goddess. In fact, to be perfectly candid, I hate cooking and have never had the slightest interest in learning how to can and preserve. A busy business woman myself, I have never made the time – or had the inclination – to educate myself on how to be a diva in this department. If I am not naturally good at something, I have no desire to participate at all – or learn how to become better at it. It’s just easier to stick with what I know.

Yet, for the first time in my life, I arrived at the realization that I would actually be willing to take time away from my work and my large family; face my fears of attempting the unknown (I can’t even fry an egg) and drive over 100 miles each way – just for the chance to attend one of Diane’s canning classes. Why? Because now that SHE is involved with the canning industry, it is suddenly no longer mundane to me, but now very interesting – sexy even.

Diane makes everything exciting. She has a zest and vigor for life. Flair and panache. The Italians would say she has gusto. Would they also say she is a diva?

The Italian etymology of diva is defined as:

diva [dee-vuh, -vah] “Goddess, divine, a woman of outstanding talent, a usually glamorous and successful female personality, a star. See also,
noun: Diane Devereaux.”

Amy Campbell-Patterson

Ludington, Michigan