Growing up in a Mennonite home, canning was second nature. From young to old, the women canned. Younger ones helped weed large gardens, pick produce, shell peas, and husk corn. All summer long we prepared and preserved, canning and freezing all of summer’s bounty. We would pick gallon containers of strawberries, buy bushels of peaches apples, and dozens of ears of corn, and can for hours on end.
As we aged, the “privileges” increased. From snapping stems off beans to cutting them with exacting precision and gently blanching and peeling peaches to settle into new syrupy homes for winter, to finally learning to operate the pressure canner. The Ball Blue Book was summer reading material, Ball jars—wide mouth, narrow mouth, pint and quart jars —kitchen accessories.
Want to learn how to preserve your own produce and herbs? Enter the Jarden Home Brands giveaway below for a chance to win some things to get you started.
Then come back Saturday for a special canning webcast and to see how you can preserve your very own herbs in a variety of new ways.
Over the last few years I have been getting more and more involved with canning my own jams, salsas, and applesauce. This year I am officially involved with #CanItForward. Since I have already been chatting about canning with friends and having canning parties to teach others the homemaking art of canning, I am so excited to be part of promoting the beauty and satisfaction of preserving your own foods. Ball Blue Book is still my first canning resource, and Ball jars are still my number one kitchen accessory, from being used as drinking glasses to canning delicious jams, sauces, and salsas.
Tune in for a special all day webcast from Jarden Home Brands on August 16, 2014 for the first annual International Can-It-Forward Day with special guest, renowned chef and Bravo’s Top Chef judge, Hugh Acheson! The webcast will be happening live in Brooklyn Borough Hall Farmers Market with viewers being able to learn popular home canning recipes, view live canning demos, and have canning questions answered by Hugh Acheson and other experts. Along with canning demos there will be segments on crafting, herb gardening, and Jarden Home Brands new line of drinkware. You will also want to tune in to see if they can make the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Mason Jar Mosaic!
As part of the International #CanItForward Day, you can enter a giveaway for some amazing products from Jarden Home Brands, makers of Ball canning products.
Jarden Home Brands/Ball Canning
One Lucky Reader will win:
- The New Limited Edition Spring Green Heritage Collection Jars – These limited edition jars commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Ball brothers’ “Perfection” Jar and come in a beautiful green tint. These are being produced only in 2014 and are available in both pint and quart varieties. (Pint retail value: $9.99 per case/ Quart retail value $12.99 per case)
- Fresh Herb Keeper – Many new to gardening start with herbs as an easy first step. To savor the seasonings, Ball has developed a new product to keep herbs fresh for up to two weeks. (Retail value: $12.99)
- Dry Herb Jars – A perfectly-sized solution for storing your dried herbs. Great for storing seasonings, spices and rubs too! Stackable, low-profile design makes pantry or drawer storage more efficient than old, mis-matched containers. (Retail value: $4.99)
- Frozen Herb Starters – Preserve your fresh seasonings in ready to use cubes filled with butter, oil or other liquid for easy and flavorful meal starters. (Retail value: $11.99)
- 5 Blade Herb Scissors – Stainless steel blades to gently cut and evenly slice herbs like basil, parsley and cilantro. (Retail value: $9.99)
- Ball Blue Book – Offering 125 pages that will guide you while you learn about preserving, this book provides information on equipment, instructions for the preserving method and recipes! (Retail value: $6.49)
This giveaway is sponsored by Jarden Home Foods.
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