Every year about this time I start to get the itch. I think you know the one. I glance around the kitchen at the bushels of tomatoes picked fresh from my garden, the peaches overflowing in baskets from our yearly “pick your own” adventures, and the berries galore taking up space in my freezer and fridge. Instantly my mind turns to canning. Salsa, jam, pickles, pie filling, you name it. When the urge hits, it grabs me with a vengeance.
This year I was contacted by Ball Canning (they must have sensed my imminent yearning to preserve) and asked to help get the word out about National Can It Forward Day. Who knew there was such an awesome event completely devoted to one of my favorite fall activities? I couldn’t possibly say no. So here’s the scoop:
Starting tomorrow, Saturday the 17th of August at 10am EST, there will be a live podcast put on by Ball Canning and Food Network personality Ted Allen that will be streamed live from Union Square Greenmarket in NYC. I should hopefully have it embedded right here on the little ol’ blog by that time but if not, you can access it HERE. During this podcast you will be able to ask your your most burning canning questions and have them answered in real time! There will also be a giveaway on the hour every hour throughout the podcast. Click on the link above to get a preview of some of the stunning goodies they’ll be giving away. Twitter will also be a buzz under the hashtag #canitforward. In addition, I have a little booty of my own to give away. Check it out…
Up for grabs is a Ball Blue Book canning guide, a home canning discovery kit, and a coupon for a dozen free canning jars. I also have have 10 additional blue books that aren’t a part of the official giveaway but that I’d love to share with any reader who might be interested in learning more about canning. Just let me know in the comments. US residents only for the blue book requests please.
UPDATE!! Sarah J. is the winner of the Ball giveaway; congrats! If anyone else would like me to mail them a free Ball Blue Book, email me with your address and I’ll get it out pronto. 🙂
To wrap up, I’ve added a few of my past canning adventures below for your flavor preservation pleasure. Enjoy the recipes, have a great weekend and I hope to see you tomorrow as we all learn a little bit more about the art of canning and maybe take home a prize or two in the process!
To enter the giveaway all you have to do is leave a comment below letting me know you’re in. For additional entries you can:
The contest will be open until Midnight on Sunday the 18th. I’ll announce the winner the following day. Blue books will be available until they’re gone. 🙂
Canning Pickles (click on picture for links to posts)
Wonderfully Pom Strawberry Jam
Super Slow Cooker Cran Apple Butter
Note: Ball Canning provided me with some fun free products including a super slick jam and jelly maker. As always, all thoughts and opinions are strictly my own.