Saturday, August 16, 2014

Ball Celebrates International Can-It-Forward Day + A Giveaway!


Last year about this time, I helped Ball and Jarden Home Brands celebrate National Can-It-Forward Day by hosting a giveaway of some of their Limited Edition canning jars. Well, this year the celebration has gone international!  There are all kinds of activities planned to make it a fun day and the giveaway here on my blog is bigger and better than last year!

http://ball.yourbrandlive.com/c/canitforward2014/
In a special live event today, Saturday, August 16th, renowned chef and Bravo’s Top Chef judge Hugh Acheson will be on hand in Brooklyn Borough Hall Farmers Market, answering questions in real time as canning demos take place on a live webcast. You can participate here from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT.

And you'll want to, because in addition to getting your questions about canning and preserving answered by Hugh and various demos, they're also giving away some really great prizes. I'd LOVE to win that FreshTECH Jam & Jelly Maker! Someone is going to and I hope it's ME! And if it isn't me, then I hope it's you! ;-)

In addition to the canning demos, there will also be segments on crafting, herb gardening and their new drinkware line. They will also be attempting a Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Mason Jar Mosaic! Twenty-five farmers markets across the country will also be hosting Can-It-Forward Day celebrations.

Now, on to those great Ball products that make up my giveaway. Ball sent each of these things to me to try out and I honestly can't wait. I'm already a fan of Ball and have used their canning jars for my jellies and my pickled red beets for years. They've been providing America with canning supplies for over 100 years and they're a company I trust when it comes to preserving my own produce from the garden.

One reader will win all these things:

http://www.freshpreservingstore.com/ball-heritage-collection-quart-jar-set-of-6/shop/617634/
  • 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, and you'll get a set of each! (Pint retail value: $9.99 per case / Quart retail value $12.99 per case)
     

  • http://www.freshpreservingstore.com/ball-new-fresh-herb-keeper/shop/596221/ 

  • 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 perfect-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. This is a set of four 4-oz. jars with lids and labels. (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 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) 


These items have a combined total value of $69.43 and should definitely help you get started with your canning, so here's what you need to do to enter to win:

1. Leave a comment to this blog post by midnight EDT next Friday night, August 21, 2014, telling me what your favorite item from the garden to can is. If you don't already can or preserve anything, just tell me why you want to win this awesome set of canning supplies.

2. Since I need a way for me to contact you should you be the lucky winner, you need to fill that information in on the Rafflecopter form below. Blogger comments do not automatically provide me with your name or your contact information especially if you use "Anonymous" when leaving a comment.  If your comment is randomly chosen and I can't figure out how to contact you, another winner will be chosen.


a Rafflecopter giveaway


If you want to follow along on social media as the day's activities are underway, be sure to use the hashtag #canitforward.

You can visit Ball's social media sites here:

www.facebook.com/BallCanning
www.twitter.com/BallCanning
www.pinterest.com/BallCanning

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Ball and Jarden Home Brands provided me with the above products at no charge for me to try in my own kitchen. No other compensation was given other than these products and as always, any opinions shared here are my own. I won't promote products or services that I don't like or wouldn't use myself, and in the overwhelming majority of cases, I do use them.

81 comments:

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

Now this is a great event and what a giveaway. Hard to choose as I love the vintage jars, but my favorite is all the herb stuff. The dry herb jars and scissors are great but I am fascinated by the fresh herb keeper. I never knew they had all these things. Now I will be checking them out.

Anonymous said...

i love to can tomatoes all kinds of ways o good in the winter

Patsy Bell said...

This is a fun giveaway.And I found the perfect thing for storing herbs. The herb garden is in high gear.

Tom Mann said...

I'd love the canning book to get me beyond pickles and tomatoes! What a fun giveaway! Good luck to all! Tom Mann/@SolakNC

Barb said...

This is a fun giveaway. I've loved the blue vintage jars and have been eyeing the green. The herb snipping scissors are great! My favorite thing to make from the garden are my herb jellies. Absolute favorite is basil jelly, then lavender jelly. BarbR7 at gmail dot com

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Those scissors look very interesting. I wonder if they work? Have you ever tried such a thing? I use my regular scissors a lot in the kitchen.

Karen said...

This looks wonderful! Wish I could be there. And a great giveaway too!

Jennifer said...

Apples. Out dwarf tree is full! Can't wait for apple sauce....

Jenny said...

I use a lot of herbs from my garden so I really want to win all the herb stuff.

Anita said...

Awesome Giveaway! LOVE the green :) My favorite thing to can is green beans - I can NEVER can enough green beans to last until next year's harvesT lol... I also love making Sandhill Plum Jelly from the wild plums picked locally.

Larissa Van Gemert said...

I used to help my Mom can tomatoes and green beans when I was a kid. Now that I have a child of my own, I'd like to can applesauce!

gardenmentor said...

You know, it's a toss-up whether I like canning garden berries into jam more or yellow wax beans with freshly picked peppers, dill & garlic into hot pickled beans. Love them both, but I'll tell ya' I sure do think those yellow beans would be gorgeous in those green jars. Thanks for turning us onto these new products. Can't wait to give'm a try. Those green jars are going to look awesome in my new kitchen!

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to finding new ways to can tomatoes... and pickles

Bev said...

My mother canned tomatoes and peaches when I was growing up. It was a big deal for us kids to go the farm with her and 'pick your own'. I still remember tasting the fuzz off of sun warmed peaches : D

HS said...

I like to can pickles and tomatoes.

Lauren said...

I have never canned before, but I would love to try it!

Anonymous said...

I love canning jam - all sorts of flavors, but my family really enjoys carrot cake jam.

krstrpp said...

I am a novice canner and would love to preserve some of the bounty from my garden! Thanks for the chance to win!

Doreen said...

I've never canned but really want to!! Thanks for the chance! Hope, hoping! :) This giveaway has me really excited!

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Sara Joy said...

I loved canned pickles of all sorts. I don't can, but my dad does. One year he tried canning tomato sauce and it was super salty and liquidy and we added vodka and were good to go!

creations landscape designs said...

Well I am moving in a few months and would love to start growing tomatoes not only for cooking but also canning. This prize package would surely help me get started in the right direction.

Chris B. said...

I love to can fresh peaches, however, they are difficult to find where I live. I used to get Shippers Red when I lived at home in West Virginia and they were the best.

brittney smith said...

I love this contest! I love to can and eat spicy pickled okra, my friends from Baton Rouge gave me an awesome recipe that packs a lot of punch lol! Britt_bratkc@yahoo.com

Kristen said...

I want to try canning tomatoes.

Melody Smith said...

I've always wanted to learn to can!! I'd love to can homemade salsa

Rhonda G said...

I love canning tomatoes! There is nothing better than opening up a jar of my tomatoes in the wintertime to make soups, chili, and stews.

Stephanie Wharton-Lynch said...

Two years ago I walked past a farmer's market while on a morning stroll with my husband and two small children. There was a large box of less than pretty tomatoes sitting on the ground by a truck and they caught my eye. I pleaded with my husband to let me buy them so I could learn to can, he thought I was crazy. I won and we carried the 40 pounds of tomatoes the 1/4 mile (up the steep hill) home, while pushing a double stroller no less! Tomatoes have remained a practical favorite to can, though now we grow our own.

jeannine said...

Great giveaway! I love to can tomatoes and all types of tomato products.

noreen said...

Cucumbers, I love the canned pickles my grandfather made. I still have his recipe and it turns out great every time!

Kitty Iecvan said...

I love canning tomatoes!

piper said...

I love to can all my summer peppers! Great contest- thank you

Madeline B said...

I haven't gotten any further than canning tomatoes, but I enjoy canning those!

Modern Mia said...

I've canned strawberry jam and apples but neither were from our garden, unfortunately. I'm hoping for more tomatoes next year so I can put up tomato sauce.

Susanne Drazic said...

Sounds like it was a great event. Thanks for sharing about it.

My favorite thing to can from the garden is tomatoes. I like canning stewed tomatoes and salsa. I always seem to have extra juice left over from the salsa, so I can that as tomato juice.

Sandra Meaders said...

peaches or tomatoes

jlee said...

I just started canning and have canned salsa but want to start getting into jams with all the great summer fruits!

Vunda Vall said...

i would love to can our garden tomatoes!

tree said...

i love canning my garden tomatoes. i can pasta sauce, salsa, chili sauce, tomato sauce and whole tomatoes. They have so much more favor than grocery store tomatoes. Thanks for the chance, this is an awesome giveaway!!

Holly Hibner said...

I love to can pickled jalapenos. And salsa. And tomato sauce. Hard to pick a favorite I guess!

Vicki @ Playin' Outside said...

Love making small batces of jams, jellies, and marmalade - especially Meyer Lemon Ginger Marmalade.

Robin's Nesting Place said...

I don't can, but I love ball jars. I use them all the time!

lynz said...

We love canning tomatoes! However, we also can a ton of cucumbers!

Dottie said...

I enjoy canning tomatoes, but would love to learn more about canning. I would like to learn how to make and can jams and applesauce also. Thank you for the opportunity to enter this giveaway.

Barbara Law said...

I love canning tomatoes. They look so pretty in the jars. My sister and I get together, for what we call a canning tomatoes party. We also enjoy making cinnamon and mint jelly, and putting it in cute small jars. Thank you for offering the giveaway.

Fiddlin' Dandi said...

I really enjoy making both salsa and pickles.

latanya t said...

I have not tried canning yet, but I am looking forward to trying it

Juliana Baumle said...

I enjoy canning applesauce and peaches. I'd like to do more canning but I need to build up my canning supplies!

Jen Beedie said...

getting ready to start my canning this weekend. Getting excited

Julie said...

I always make homemade tomato sauce and can it, but this year I want to venture out and can some other things: SC peaches. Applesauce. Maybe some salsa, too. The tomato sauce will happen as usual, though--I just need to find a free weekend! Thanks for the fun giveaway! Love Ball products!

Holly Rosborough said...

What a great contest! I just picked another huge basket of tomatoes and I don't have any more room in the freezer for them (I've already frozen a huge batch). I've got to start canning tomatoes.... And I'd like to learn to can other things as well. Good luck to everyone!

Michele Brown said...

This is a great package! I have not canned or had a garden since helping at home while in high school. Dad always had plenty for all of us. Cleaning out his home this week and seeing all the remaining can goods made me realize I need to relearn this art! Thank you for sharing.
Michele Brown

Martha Ferguson said...

My family's favorite is salsa, but my favorite is bread-and-butter pickles. Jellies and jams are also a favorite. Not even the high-end jams in the store are as good as homemade jams.

Alison said...

Oh My! I would love to win this! I don't can (yet). I just do freezer preserving. But I'm always running out of space in there, so canning is the next step. Thanks to my greenhouse, I have lots of tomatoes this year that I'd love to can. Also, isn't Hugh Acheson the greatest? Do you watch Top Chef? I love him.

Erin @ The Impatient Gardener said...

I'm not a very good canner, mostly because I eat up everything the garden gives me pretty much right away. But I do love making refrigerator pickles with lots of garlic and dill and these green jars would be perfect for that!

BrownThumbMama said...

I love to can strawberry jam from our little front yard strawberry patch!

Anonymous said...

I have never done any canning but would love to learn how to preserve my green beans which I have scads of this year. Awesome giveaway!
I'm not sure if I have a google account or not so I'll sign off with my name -
Jennie Brooks
Thank you.

Danielle Mulkey said...

I like to put up pears. Our property come with a few trees and I like to can preserves. Still need to learn how to can tomatoes.

Nina said...

We love canning beets, and peppers!

Gina said...

Ooh...this is great! I love to can applesauce and Apple butter from the bounty in our back yard tree! I also enjoy making freezer jam! :)

Jennah said...

I love canning salsa and tomato sauce! Those green jars are awesome...I also use them as drinking glasses ;)

Melissa Willard said...

I love canning tomatoes! They are so versitile in recipes, Spaghettie sauce, salsa, soups... the list is endless

Shawn D said...

I've never canned before, I always end up giving away the veggies I grow. I would like to learn how to do it, especially canning tomatoes!

Birdie Bee said...

My favorite item from the garden to can is tomatoes. Oh so many things to make with tomatoes.

Anonymous said...

Your brave to go so close to the wasp nest. My son was stung by one in Home Depot once and he wont step inside HD anymore. I haven't started canning yet but have an abundance of tomatoes so I'd love to get into it. I do save all my herbs and dry them then bottle them for use in the winter though.
ginger_rose@hotmail.com

Lynn said...

I'm so glad I decided to catch up on my blog reading this morning. I've seen most of these items in my local stores and wanted to pick up some green jars. And I noticed tome of the new jar toppers but not the ones you have listed. I have never canned before but my father recently moved in with us and he's wanted to do some canning like he did on the farm. This package would be great for both of us.

chickie717 said...

It would have to be pickles.. Love them!

garden girl said...

What a fantastic giveaway Kylee! This year I'm doing all sorts of naturally-fermented pickles from stuff in the garden. I use Ball jars but no water bath or pressure cooker needed. My favorites so far have been dill cucumber pickles and dilly beans - yum, and full of good probiotics.

Oh, let me count the reasons I'd love to win: 1. Those scissors look fantastic! 2. I won't have to stain my ice cube trays with herbs anymore. 3 I LOVE the vintage green color of the jars. (I have some old blue Ball jars too.) 4. The herb jars. Love. 5. Love the herb keeper - I always snip more than we need. 6. No matter how many Ball jars I have bought there never seem to be enough. I use them for so, so many things. They are the true workhorses of our kitchen.

Anonymous said...

I love to can salsa using my tomatoes, onions, green peppers, and jalapeños. Yum!

Joy T. said...

I love this time of year. I can salsa, applesauce, peaches, jam and I'm adding to my canning list with the pressure canner courtesy of my MIL.

Pattie said...

What a great giveaway package! I love canning :-)

Jo Ellen said...

I haven't gotten into canning yet, but I have a daughter who has. I would give the entire package to her! She would love it all.

barbara wise said...

Canning tomatoes for winter soups!

Jen Vandervoort said...

Oh my goodness, hands down it's pickles...I love pickles, any kind as long as they started out as cucumbers.

What a great give away!

Jen

Unknown said...

I like to can Gravenstein apple sauce

Danika @ Your Organic Life said...

I like to can Gravenstein Apple Sauce

windwalker said...

Oh I love canning relish using zucchini to make it instead of cucumbers

Brenda said...

I would love to get started canning. Used to do it with Mom when I was a kid. Time to restart!

Melissa said...

I love the canning jars! Nothing better than growing your own tomatoes and canning them to enjoy all year.

Anonymous said...

Love to make scuppernong jelly too. My grandmother taught me how to can jelly.

Anonymous said...

Not new to canning, just to blogging so nothing like seeing this at the last minute! I LOVE opening my own canned tomatoes to make a big batch of chili on a cold winter night! And last year I canned peaches from our own little trees! They were the best we've ever eaten - no brag, just fact! :) Have a few antique blue Ball jars - love the green!

Kylee Baumle said...

CONGRATULATIONS to Brittney Smith, the lucky winner of all that cool Ball stuff! Thanks for entering and I hope the rest of you have a wonderful canning season!

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