Monday, September 9, 2013

A SPECIAL CANNING THANKS



Over the weekend, a package arrived in the mail.

Kylee over at the always inspiring blog, Our Little Acre had a giveaway, I entered, and I won!  The above is a BIG THANK YOU to Kylee for hosting the giveaway, I promise to use it wisely!

She sponsored it because it was "National Can It Forward Day" on August 17th (I had no idea, will have to make sure I remember next year).


So I sent her my contact info and she forwarded on to Ball and a week or so later, they sent me a box with this in it:

Home Canning Discovery Kit
It's the Ball® Home Canning Discovery Kit.  It came with three jars and this rack that you can put into hot water when canning.  They also included a coupon for a case of jars, any size or kind I want, AND a copy of the
® Blue Book Guide to Preserving (an awesome resource by itself).

Progressive Canning Essentials Kit
So this inspired me, I took it as a sign that I need to get started soon, so I went to the store and found this set to add to it.  It's the Progressive Canning Essentials Kit that includes a jar lifter, a magnetic lid lifter, a really neat canning funnel that shows head space, and a canning scoop that holds a 1/2 pint.

I'm going to try my hand at turning the frozen dewberries I have into jam as my first canning project.  I think I now have most everything I need to can, but later on, if when I get hooked, I'm guessing I'll need a larger pan/pot that will fit more jars in the bottom (depth and diameter).  Something that I can keep as my 'go to' water bath canner with a rack?

Thanks again Kylee, much appreciated.
And thanks to Ball for the giveaway.
Together, you both definitely Canned it Forward!




14 comments:

  1. hey, way to go! what a great win. now you have to step into the canning world!

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    1. I intend to! I'm making my plans now! :-)

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  2. Lovely prize - congratulations!

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    1. Thank you, it's always exciting to win something, ha.

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  3. Congrats... and now I reveal that I have put my canner away and am freezing everything this year!

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    1. LOL! You mean I might be doing that this time next year? Ha.

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  4. Congrats, matches the Zen Machine, LOL, and with all the red utensils you can keep them out til Christmas. Any local fruit / produce stands where you can get more varieties.

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    1. Ha, I never thought about that. String some lights on it, I'll be good to go! ha.

      Definitely hitting up the local produce for some unusual stuff. :-)

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  5. 1st Man,

    Congratulations on winning the give away sponsored by Kylee. Once you get going on canning you'll really enjoy it and love fresh canned food instead of store canned.

    I picked up my water bath canner at Wal-Mart for not to much money. I also picked up a stock pot with a tray in the bottom for of course making soups and stock. But I use the little stock pot when I'm only canning 3 or 4 jars instead of the large canner.

    Enjoy canning!!

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    1. Thank you! My grandmother used to can and I have fond memories of the 'end result'. Sadly, I wished I had hung around her when she was doing it to help and to learn some wisdom. I DO have a lot of her recipes.

      Thanks for the tip on the canner I will check that out this weekend!!! I like the idea of two sizes for smaller batches.

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  6. YAHOO! That is awesome!I was going to order one of those little green baskets for when I do small batch canning and don't want to break out the big canner, since it will work with a standard saucepan. I can't wait to read all about your canning experience.

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    1. That's what I intend to do, start small, hopefully have success and work my way up, ha. Good, bad or indifferent, I'll let y'all know here!

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  7. Yay!!! Canning is the best! Really, once you get into the groove of it, you'll never look back!!! Congrats on the win!

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    1. Fingers crossed, thanks for the kind words. :-)

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