Sunday, August 11, 2013

Celebrating Canning Time With a Limited Edition Ball® Jar Giveaway!


This is the time of year that gardens are producing more than we gardeners can eat ourselves, so in addition to sharing with others, canning lets us preserve the bounty for eating during the winter ahead.

This Saturday, August 17th, is National-Can-It-Forward Day and Ball® is celebrating BIG.  This year's event will star Food Network's Chopped host, two-time Emmy and James Beard award-winning chef and cookbook author, Ted Allen.

The event will be broadcast from Union Square Greenmarket in New York City from 10AM to 2PM EST.

Ball® has been producing canning jars and other supplies for over 100 years.  In fact, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its "Perfect Mason" jar, Ball® is issuing vintage-inspired blue Heritage Collection pint jars in limited quantities.

We've had a bumper crop of blackberries this year and these jars will be perfect for blackberry jam!

The jars are period-correct blue and are the first in a series of limited edition jars that Ball® will be issuing.  I have a set of the first in the series to give away to a lucky reader!

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How to enter

Just leave a comment to this blog post, telling me what you would put in these beautiful blue jars if you win and enter your information on the Rafflecopter form by midnight EDT, Saturday night, August 17th.  A winner will be randomly selected from all eligible entries by Random.org and announced on Monday, August 18th.

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National Can-It-Forward Day Online Festivities


10:00AM-10:45AM: Jam making and water bath canning demo by Jessica Piper, Ball® brand educator
10:45AM-11:00AM: Craft Corner with Jordan DeFrank, FamilyFun magazine
11:00AM-11:45AM: Pickles Demo and Pickle Waterbath Canning Demo by Rick's Picks
11:45AM-12:00PM: Craft Corner with Jordan DeFrank, FamilyFun magazine
12:00PM-1:00PM: Special Guest Host Ted Allen canning and cooking demo
1:00PM-1:15PM: Cocktails in Ball® Jars hosted by Mason Jar NYC
1:15PM-2:00PM: Jam making and water bath canning demo by Jessica Piper, Ball® brand educator

During the broadcast, they'll have special giveaways each hour and a special Can-It-Forward Day offer for purchases at their online store, freshpreservingstore.com.
                            
Like them on Facebook then post your Can-It-Forward Day stories and photos on their page. You can also join the conversation on Twitter with #CanItForward.


Even more ways to participate...

  • Access Can-It-Forward Day Web TV

You can access the LIVE streaming coverage of National Can-It-Forward Day on freshpreserving.com or on their Facebook page.

  • Host a Home Canning Party

New to canning? Seasoned pro? Share tips for canning with friends and family by hosting your own Can-It-Forward Day Home Canning Party.  Get Started here.

  • Participate in Person

If you are in New York City on August 17th, stop by join them in person at the Union Square Market! There will be four hours of live canning, cooking, and crafting demonstrations, giveaways, samplings and more!


Now...leave a comment here on this blog post and fill out the Rafflecopter form for a chance to win these cool blue jars! Good luck!


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46 comments:

Anonymous said...

Time to can some jellies

dstarrb said...

Pantry and freezer storage!

SolakNC said...

Dried beans and vinegar hot peppers for cabbage and greens.

Mindy Jones said...

Green beans for sure. They are beautiful in the blue jars.

ealarson9@gmail.com said...

It may not be fancy, but canned tomatoes will likely be the use. I love that Ball is now making BPA free lids--really makes it the perfect solution to healthy canning!

Brenda said...

Don't know whether I'd put anything in them or not. But I collect blue glass and these would be a perfect addition to my collection!!!! :)

Linda Renshaw said...

If I won these ltd blue jars I would can some applesauce & put in them. They are nice !

Erin @ The Impatient Gardener said...

I'd definitely put extra garlicky refrigerator dill pickles in these (I use an swear by the recipe on A Way to Garden).

Angela said...

I like to put my dehydrated fruits, veggies and herbs in the blue jars.

Carol Y said...

I would put my homemade spaghetti sauce in them made with tomatoes and herbs from my garden.

Susan Battersby said...

I just finished making wonderful apricot jam. Will be picking blackberries in the mountains soon. Nothing tastes better than a summer blackberry pie on a rainy winter night.

Charlotte Owendyk said...

My peach tree is producing lots of peaches...love to can them!

Unknown said...

I have several of the very old blue jars...and I use them! So I would use these for countertop storage of anything that looks good in the jars!

August said...

Yummy tomato sauce with my home grown fresh herbs. Beautiful Ball Blue Jars bring back warm memories of my mother canning food for use during the winter, growing up in the mountains of Southwest VA.

Barb826 said...

Jalapeno Pepper Jelly! It is wonderful on all types of meat and sandwiches and just plain Mmmm Mmmm Good! :)

Laura said...

Tomato Sauce! Maybe some peaches too!
Thanks for the giveaway!

Keridweyn said...

I love reading this FB page and blog. I get so much from it. Those blue jars are something I have not seen in years. I blast from my past when my grandmother used to can. I would love to can my fresh tomatoes and have sauce in the winter.

Carolyn said...

I will put tomatoes in the pretty blue jar! How nice of you to have a give away.

Jules said...

I put goodies in them (i.e. fancy little foil wrapped chocolates and such) and give them as gifts for my kids to give their teachers!

Linda said...

HI,SUCH A NEAT GIVEAWAY!
I'D SOMETHING YUMMY IN THEM+GIVE THEM AS GIFTS TO OTHERS! THANKS!

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Commonweeder said...

I already have raspberry conserve in my Ball jars. This fall I'll be canning my famous green apple mincemeat. It makes delicious pies.

Barb said...

I would love to have the blue jars; better start looking for them now in case I'm not selected. I can think of a thousand uses for this beautiful color. How nice of you to do this!

1st Man said...

Oh, without a doubt, I'll use the dewberries I gathered that were growing wild on our farm. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

Anonymous said...

Give as gifts. AD55

contemplativecj said...

love the blue jars... I think they would just look stunning filled with pickles and sauces and odds and ends.

hiddenloft said...

I love the blue jars. I think the beautiful color would be perfect for the dehydrated apple and banana chips to keep in the fridge.

Anonymous said...

I love the blue jars. Right now I am canning zucchini relish, but I think some apple butter would look pretty in these jars.

vickie said...

I'm canning pickled beets right now-these (jars) looks so pretty!

Karen said...

I remember my mother slaving over steaming pots canning fruits and veggies. I recently gave some of those blue jars to my niece who has decided to continue the tradition. If I were to win, the jars are headed her way.

Anonymous said...

i would put dried fruit and veges in them and set them on my shelf in the kitchen for all to see

Modern Mia said...

Since I'm finally getting tomatoes out of our garden, I need the jars to can loads of tomatoes.

Four Handmaidens said...

Oh, a jar full of beautiful freshly harvested golden yellow corn would look gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

I think fresh fruit like peach halves, apples, pears would look so pretty. These jars deserve something that look as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside.

Jan E said...

Cherry jelly should look great in those jars!

Natasha said...

I love these!! I would do apple butter and peach jam!!

Gary K. said...

Our wonderful garden bounty would be enjoyed far into the cold days of winter with this great giveaway. Sign me up!

Sarah Newton said...

With beautiful blue jars like that I'd try something with a clear syrup and great shapes like the tiny plums we have growing or the pears that are almost ripe!

Loree said...

Oh those are so pretty! I have a few old ones that were in my grandma's jar stash. I think jam would look the prettiest in those jars -- I still have some plums to jam up this summer :)

AnnaZed said...

I want t can some gorgeous tomatoes and also make pickles.

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john hutchens said...

I would put my home made dried herbal tea in them

Marilyn B said...

The jars are so pretty ... I think I would use them to store my dried herbs.

Katherine Donovan said...

Such a pretty color of blue!! I think I would put a candles in the jar. Maybe with some rocks or sand.

Thanks!
Katherine Donovan
donovandiva61269@aol.com

Anonymous said...

I am not sure what I want to put in these jars! I think they're too pretty to be put in my shelf and canned. I think they would need to be displayed on the counter, so maybe flour, sugar, etc.?! Thanks so much! Brandi F

Linnae said...

I'm thinking homemade seedless blackberry jam would be just about right for those jars. How fun!

EastSeattleMama said...

I would love to put some salal berry jam in the ball blue jars!

Teresa said...

I never made pickles before but would love a chance to try with these beautiful jars. Just bought vintage ones at an antique festival yesterday. Just love them. Those will become candleholders.

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