Tuesday, July 10, 2012

National Can-It-Forward Day with Ball and a Giveaway!


The Summer of 2009 was a very good year.  I had just started my fledgling food blog (which is why some of these photos are a little "fuzzy" from my former point-and-shoot camera).  I had finally scratched something off my lengthy Recipe Bucket List.

I taught myself how to can my own jam, and I was hooked.  The first jam I ever made was my husband's very favorite-- Olallieberry Jam.   I bought a comprehensive Ball Jam Kit, read the Ball Blue Book of Preserving and meticulously washed my jars and equipment.  It was easier than I thought it would be, and I was on a roll. That summer, I made all kinds of summer fruit jams-- including a fig jam.

I made my personal favorite-- Apricot-Pineapple Jam.  

 My newest flavor, this year, is this Easy Pineapple Jam.

Then, I started to venture into more savory jams/condiments, like this Peach Chutney.

 I got really brave and made my first Bread & Butter pickles. Love!

Preserving is something that I really enjoy, and I have plenty of future recipes that I want to make. Who doesn't love to receive a jar of homemade jam, pickles or salsa as a gift?   I won't lie-- canning isn't hard to do at all! I can bring home fresh fruit, from the farm, and be filling jars of fresh jam in 90 minutes....yes, start to finish. I almost feel like a pioneer woman, when I stack and organize my different jars of goodies.   Store bought jam? Forget about it!
Ball is sponsoring their  National Can-It Forward Day, on Saturday July 14, 2012.  Set aside some time to learn simple ways to preserve the fresh food you love and share your canning knowledge with friends and family. Whether you watch us on-line, host a home canning party or join us in person, we hope you’ll share your stories. Like us on Facebook then post your Can-It-Forward Day stories and photos on our page and in your status updates. And, join the conversation on Twitter with #CanItForward. No matter how you participate, we want you to enjoy fresh preserving and Can-It-Forward Day.

There will be  live canning demonstrations and recipes featuring home canned foods including Mixed Berry Jam, Kosher Dill Pickles, Pepper Jelly, preserving fresh tomatoes and making and preserving Italian-Style pasta sauce.

Ball is offering one of my readers a change to win a Ball Canning Discovery Kit.  The Ball® Canning Discovery™ Kit provides an easy and affordable way to start canning in just three simple steps. This kit is designed to demystify the home canning process and make fresh preserving accessible, for even the most novice canner. Whether a person has limited kitchen space or looks to preserve a handful of fresh produce from the farmer’s market, the kit offers a beginner’s approach to small-batch canning.


(If you're already a seasoned "canner" you can opt for one case of Ball jars, instead.)

If you'd like to be entered to win, here's how (sorry, but this is for US Residents only):

GIVEAWAY DEADLINE HAS PASSED. A WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON MY NEXT POST.

Leave a comment and share with me what your favorite recipe is that you like to can. If you've never tried canning, then what would you like to make?

You can earn additional entries by:


Entries will close  on Sunday, July 15th at midnight. I will announce the winner within a day or two, after entries close.

Pssssssssssssssst.   I am a self-proclaimed gadgetaholic.  I want  Ball's new Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker.  Too cool!

 Good luck!





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73 comments:

Ally said...

I love making Thai Strawberry Jam. Berry jams are so simple to make, like you said---who would go buy it when you can make it? :)

Ally said...

I'm also a FB fan of the Ball page

Ally said...

Am a fan of your blog's FB page.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

My absolute favorite thing to make is Jalapeno Relish! But I can jams and most recently pickled beets. Love that green small batch rack, thanks for the fun give-away:@)

Big Dude said...

We canned some green beans and pickled beets this week and will begin tomatoes next week. My favorite thing to can is our tomato juice, which is simply juice from paste tomatoes (less watery) and a tsp. of canning salt.

Jackie & Mike said...

I just started canning this year and a simple strawberry jam was my first thing to can then I moved on to blackberry from some freshly picked wild balckberies that grow near my home. I would love to move on to some chutneys and pickels next...this is a whole new world to me.

Jackie & Mike said...

I "Liked" Ball on facebook

Jackie & Mike said...

I "Liked" Feast for the Eyes on facebook

Karen said...

I just made some strawberry-rhubarb jam yesterday!

Karen said...

I liked Ball's FB page

Karen said...

I liked your FB page and don't know why I hadn't already!

bellini said...

Back in the day I used to can a lot of pickles and condiments but these days I have been rather complacent. Glad to see this is still one of your favourite pass times.

jezinthekitchen said...

I've always wanted to try canning, and after reading this post I think I'm going to jump in this weekend - especially since I've been gifted a gallon of figs by a co-worker. :) The one thing I would love to learn to make is grapefruit marmalade.

Debby said...

I have always wanted to try canning. Would love to try making different jams.

Hearthkeeper In Christ said...

I love making strawberry jam and canning ripe peaches

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Hearthkeeper In Christ said...

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TheFitnessFreak said...

This is SO timely! I was just on their site the other day to make a mental note of how much I would need to buy these wonderful jars! Thanks for the perfectly timed giveaway : )

Nicole

TheFitnessFreak said...

I just "Liked" Ball on facebook.

Nicole

TheFitnessFreak said...

I just tweeted about the giveaway! (AFitnessFreak)

Nicole

TheFitnessFreak said...

I "Liked" you on facebook!

Nicole

TheFitnessFreak said...

Of course I'm a follower on your delightful blog : )

Nicole

TheFitnessFreak said...

I just got this wonderful book called, Desserts in Jars and I can't wait to make something from it! During Christmas, I use jars for gifts that I make.

Nicole

Katie said...

I've never canned before (I know, I know...), but I think the first thing I'd can is some strawberry jam!

Deb said...

Thus far I've canned Olallie, blueberry, fig & apricot jam. I am intrigued by your Bread 'n Butter pickles. We only like the Fanning's brand. Do you know if your recipe is similar?

Diane said...

I love canning Peach Salsa and many other foods as well!

Diane said...

I "like you" on FB!

Diane said...

I already liked Ball's FB page

Diane said...

I already follow your Blog by email!

Mbb said...

awesome!

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Debbie Bishop said...

I really love csanning strawberry and jalapeno jam.

Debbie Bishop said...

I Liked the Ball Canning Facebook Fan Page

Debbie Bishop said...

I liked your facebook fan page "a feast for your eyes"

Debbie Bishop said...

I follow your blog

Chris said...

I'd love to make blueberry jam, or grape jam - it sounds simple, but we have both blueberries and grapes growing in the yard and it would be awesome to be able to can them and make my own jam!

I also I liked your FB page, Ball's FB page and Tweeted this ;o)

Debbie said...

I'd like to make preserves

Jenn Nahrstadt said...

i think i'd like to try to make a chutney that doesn't have refined sugar in it. i think canning is cool; i'd love to win! thanks for offering this!

Christine said...

Been trying to make green tomato pickles since Dec. but the crazy plant overwintered so well that the silly tomatoes kept turning red...not that I'm complaining. Tried canning using the hot bath method in the past, but failed miserably, so I stick to refrigerator type canning. Love raspberry jam!

Joanne said...

I am so impressed with your canning abilities!! I haven't delved into the world of canning yet but i really want to start!

Luvdaylilies said...

I've tried a few jams this year and have plans to make a few more! I know my family supports me 100%=)
Who knew it could be so fun to here your jar lids ping as they seal?!
Thanks for the giveaway,
Lethea
Luvdaylilies at bellsouth dot net

Luvdaylilies said...

I follow via GFC as Luvdaylilies and I forgot to say in my comment that peach jam is my favorite(so far) to make!
Lethea
Luvdaylilies at bellsouth dot net

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Terri said...

I like to can tomato sauce and green beans.

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Terri said...

I follow your blog via RSS feed.

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Debbie said...

I was curious and just got my Ball starter kit and accessory kit. I'm going to a farmer's market this weekend and I can't wait to see what this is like.

One question, even though I got the Blue Book with all the recipes, where can I find other ones? For example Ally mentions a Thai Strawberry Jam.

Carol D, Virginia said...

I canned pickles with my great aunt and uncle and peach jam with my mother when I was a teenager. Have not done so since then. I would love to start this tradition again - bread and butter pickles and peach jam, and probably try salsa.

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

I used to can pears, peaches and jams when my kids were young but haven't done so in years. I've been thinking about it and know my family would enjoy it over the winter. I'm a FB fan, Debby and am on my way now to visit the Ball site. I would love to win this giveaway.

amy beth marantino said...

i would can some dill pickles

amy beth marantino said...

I like the Ball Canning Facebook Fan Page

amy beth marantino said...

i "Like" your Facebook Fan Pag

amy beth marantino said...

i follow you via RSS in google reader

amy beth marantino said...

i tweeted - https://twitter.com/onitnaram/status/223514400529719296

Allie said...

I am so impressed with your canning skills!!! I know you said it is simple but I am so intimidated by canning. Maybe I should give it a try :) I would love to learn how to can those bread and butter pickles you haved pictured... YUM!

Allie said...

And of course I like you on FB :)

Eva said...

The only canning I have done so far is tomato products but I keep thinking about assorted pickles and jams.... maybe this year

Julie said...

I have never canned before but I would like to try canning green beans
peaches
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Anonymous said...

I love Spiced Tomato Jam and can't wait to make it again this year.
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Meghan Finley said...

I love to can cherries for that special treat year round

Meghan Finley said...

I Like the Ball Canning Facebook Fan Page

Meghan Finley said...

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Meghan Finley said...

I'm a GFC follower

Jen D. said...

I have not yet attempted canning, but I'd love to try making strawberry rhubarb jam!

Jen D. said...

I also liked the Ball page on FB.

Jen D. said...

I also liked your blog's FB page.

Danielle said...

I've been making freezer jam for years and love it!! I'm just now getting into the pickling stuff. Thank you for letting me know about your giveaway :)

Danielle said...

I liked the Ball FB page :)

Danielle said...

I tweeted your fun giveaway :)

Danielle said...

I liked your FB page....twice...one as me and one as my own fanpage :) (does that count as two entries? LOL)

Danielle said...

I have been following your blog for years :)

Michelle MacPhearson said...

I will be doing your Apricot-Pineapple Jam. Thanks for sharing!