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« Peach jam, super-small batch | Main | Food preservation in the time of reality »

Can-It-Forward 2013: Ball Canning Giveaway

For the second year in a row, I recieved a lucky visit from the pear fairy! This year’s delivery happens to be timed just right for my contribution to National Can-It-Forward Day on August 17!

Communal canning is something I love doing; see previous years’ parties here and here. This year NCIF day doesn’t fall on my birthday (like it did last year), so I’m hosting a pear canning class here in Austin, Texas with the amazing org Women.Design.Build. We’ll be tweeting along with canners across the nation with the #canitforward hashtag while pear buttering and brandying pears deep in the heart of Texas.

In celebration of all things preserved, Ball has offered up a Canning Utensil Kit & free case of any size jars to 3 lucky HGGH readers!

Think about sharing the kit with a hopeful canner if you already have a canning kit, and I’m sure you’ll not have any trouble thinking of what to do with a free case of jars.

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Austinites can join me at these two events on August 17:

  • 9:30-11:30 Free peach jammin’ demo and tasting at the Cedar Park Farmers’ Market, come by to sample and pick up tips for small-batch jam making and other preserving projects. Lots of great giveaways including a canner pot, canning utensil kits, cases of jars, and much more! (We’ll have the same demo and celebration with giveaways on August 18 at Mueller Farmers’ Market from 11-1, too!) 
  • 1-4p Pear preserving class with Women.Design.Build. This intimate class will provide participants with an extensive understanding of waterbath canning with a focus on preserving pears (pear butter and brandied pears)! Attendees will go home with a jar of each project and a recipe/methodology packet. Sign up via link above.

Both events will have lots of great canning and jar giveaways thanks to Ball Canning & Recipes!

Disclosures: Jarden Home Brands has offered up these kits and jar coupons at no cost to me. Jarden sponsors my preserving classes throughout the year by providing an in-kind donation of jars. I personally support this brand and am thrilled they’ve stopped using BPA in the lid sealing compound.

Reader Comments (68)

Pears!! I need to start harassing the house down the street with the pear tree that never gets picked--watching them ripen and fall breaks my heart. Great giveaway!

August 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKristine

Pear season! One of my absolute favorites of the year. :)

August 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteraneelee

I love making preserves, that I know went into everything, and I can make lower sugar jams and jellies.

I just fount a bunch of chockecherry trees near where I live, so next up an my agenda is some chockecherry jam

August 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAbigail

I've actually been eyeing those little measuring tools for a while, though they aren't sold separately. I work with a community fruit-picking organization, who I'd probably share the other tools with.

August 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVal

I would love to can more- I love the idea of preserving summer bounty through the winter months!

August 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKate

I always love making homemade jam, but I don't do it nearly enough. I think would provide some good incentive to do so!

I would love to make strawberry preserves!!

August 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCaitlin

I have been canning for years and would share my love of canning with others!

August 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Var

My next food preservation project is probably the cucumbers. I don't think anyone is going to get to them in time to eat them fresh, so I'd better get them pickled. I'm also waiting on the nasturtium seedpods to make capers.

August 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWendP

I just picked my first pears of the year yesterday! Time to get canning so I have organic baby food for my little one when she starts solids in a couple months!

August 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

My neighbor moved away to his other house - he told us we can have all we want of his two pear trees!! I can not wait! Pear relish, pear jelly, all kinds of delicious treats!!

August 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKendra

I want to can applesauce!

August 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJodi Monroy

I want to learn how to pressure can. I'm going to start with beets.

August 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGeorgann Ganas

My figs are ripening and I'm just about to try making preserves with them! This kit would come in handy.

August 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoxanne Ervin

I love canning. This would be an awesome giveaway to win. My mom used to can pears, however I haven't yet. I think you inspired me to do so.

August 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRuth Stiles

I LOVE the lime green!! Just started my fall garden! Here's to hoping I have a new set to can all the goodies this one will bring!

August 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

My husband planted a much larger garden this year than in the past and it is flurishing . I have had a blast putting up our bounty and knowing how good it is going to be this winter to enjoy. Next on my agenda is Balsamic Cherry Tomato Conserve and dehydrated cherry tomatoes - we are a little overwhelmed by the cherry tomatoes right now!

August 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBridget R.

I am an absolute novice to the canning process, but we have both a pear tree and a couple of Italian plums in our yard that are big producers. I would adore to be set up to can these babies!

August 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSara Z

I love canning - I KNOW what goes into my food!

August 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTerresa D.

I just started canning and while I inherited a ton of pint jars I have been buying other sizes because sometime you need bigger/smaller. I would love to also have some of the specialized tools! Love your tips!

August 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Haven't done as much canning this year for some reason, but at least that has given me time to catch up on eating all of last year's stuff!

August 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDaedre

I'm just starting to learn how to can, so this would definitely come in handy! :D

August 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJessica Barg

Alas the squirrels have left only one pear on our tree -- I will have to buy some more to make chutney. Pickled beets are also on the agenda.

August 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdiana

would love to try canning. sounds like a great way to stock up on seasonal items and enjoy them all year long!

August 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermary cole

Chokecherry jelly

August 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey

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