I taught myself to can jam, pickles, relish with a Ball Canning Cookbook, the instructions on the pectin box and PickYourOwn.org. I then hosted a canning party at my house, another that I offered up for silent auction at my son's school, and finally one at a friend's house. It turns out that everyone wanted to learn to preserve jams, fruits and more.
Today, you can find canners, jars and pectin in nearly every retail outlet that sells food. More and more of my friends and family have dipped their toes into water bath canning and even pressure canning. Last summer, my canner made the rounds to no less than 5 friends. Now they can have their own. And so can you.
The maker of Ball brand canning supplies contacted me last month to ask if I'd like to do a giveaway of their Home Discovery Canning Kit and I was all for it. I almost never do giveaways because I think we all have enough stuff. Canning equipment though? That we can use and share with our friends? To preserve our own harvest and that of our farmers' markets and CSAs? That is something I can get behind.
I have TWO kits to giveaway. The introductory home canning kit is designed for even the most novice canner and makes use of existing kitchenware. It includes an illustrated simplified instruction book with recipes, a polypropylene rack with separate, fitted lifter that works in standard stockpots and three pint canning jars. You'll also get coupons for additional jars.
There are three ways to win and you can use them all!
1) Leave a comment regarding your home canning experience or what you'd like to can if you won the kit.
2) "Like" the Green Bean Chronicles Facebook page and leave a comment letting me know. If you already "like" me, fabulous! Just leave a comment saying so.
3) Visit the Can It Forward page on the Ball Brand "Fresh Preserving" site to learn more about the first annual National Can It Forward Day. Then come back and leave a comment.
Giveaway closes on Thursday, August 4th at midnight. The two winners will be announced on Monday, August 8th.
Now let the canning begin!!
Disclaimer: The folks from Ball brand jars offered me my own Home Discovery Canning Kit when they suggested the giveaway. I declined because I already own almost all of their products for home canning! They then offered and sent me some pectin, pickling and salsa mixes as well as a cookbook and jar grabber (or whatever those thingies are called). Their gift did not affect my thoughts on their products or my interest in doing a giveaway. I agreed to it because I love canning and I know you do too.
The Ball brand is teaming up with Canning Across America, a nationwide collective of cooks, gardeners and food lovers to spread the word on canning this summer with National Can-It-Forward day on August 13th. A free, live webcast hosted a Freshpreserving.com will feature a day of instructional canning videos as well as cooking demos.