Calling all fellow home preservers. Another International Can-It-Forward Day is almost here and we are looking forward to another day of live webcasts and demos with Jarden Home Brands. Are you with us?
Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by Jarden Home Brands for Ball®. This brand has been a mainstay from my childhood and I am proud to support them. Come back Saturday for the special webcast and a giveaway, which will be added to the end of this post.
I love preserving food for winter. There is nothing like having summer produce all winter long. This year I am especially excited for the sweet pickle relish and zucchini relish I canned this week with zucchini and cucumbers from our garden.
No vegetable tastes quite as good as the one you plant and pick yourself! And how can you resist all these beautiful colors and flavors mixed together into a delightful relish?
Some have already asked for my relish recipes but I’m afraid they aren’t mine. I have very few canning recipes I will use as I try to be careful to use ones that have been tested and approved for water bath canning.
Someday my pressure canner will be in commission but until then I am limited in what I will can. FreshPreserving.com is my go-to site and both of this week’s recipes can be found on page 89 of Ball Blue Book Guide To Preserving, 37th Edition, my go-to canning book.
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Growing up we use to use zucchini relish much like pickle relish – on hamburgers and hot dogs. We’ll see if my family notices. I made 4 half pints sweet pickle relish and 2 half pints zucchini relish. That should be enough to get us though until next summer, although my 9 year old says “That relish is good enough to eat by itself.”
I also made 4 pints of refrigerator pickles using a combination of this recipe and the zucchini relish mixture I had left over tonight, mostly the liquid solution. I’m packing those jars for the road but aren’t they pretty? I am so in love with the Ball® canning jars of the year. Purple is my favorite color and they are inspiring me to make plum preserves this year. Oh I cannot wait for those!
I also cannot wait to use my new rings and seals. They come in red and purple and I am saving them for a special occasion – like Christmas or hostess gifts. What a special way to jazz up a jar of homemade preserves. I must admit that I have already been using the rings with my new Sip and Straw Lids. I found them at Walmart and someone else mentioned Target.
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Details for International Can-It-Forward Day
International Can-It-Forward Day will be broadcast live online at FreshPreserving.com from 11AM – 4PM EST from the new state-of-the-art Jarden Home Brands headquarters in Fishers, Indiana. The webcast will have an integrated chat function where viewers can submit their home canning questions to be answered in real time. New this year, there will also be an exciting celebrity mason jar auction unveiled during the webcast!
Ready for a Giveaway?
One reader will receive a coupon for a case of Ball canning jars.
- Must be 18 years or older
- Must live in the USA.
- Giveaway ends 8/12/2015
- Winner will be notified via the email address you comment with.
- Winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
Entry Method: Comment below with how you plan on using the jars if you win!