National Can-It-Forward Day! (Giveaway Closed)

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on July 13, 2012

Happy Friday everyone!  I don’t have recipe for you today, just a quick mention about National-Can-It-Forward Day tomorrow, on July 14th!

Canning is something I do every summer and fall.  It’s something I used to be scared of, but I actually enjoy it now.  I look forward to it.  Of course it’s still a little scary, I worry about jars not sealing and large pots of boiling water scare me in the middle of summer since our AC is just an open window 🙂

I started out and continued with it only because it’s one of the most budget-friendly things I can do in the kitchen.  I can’t even imagine how much canning the produce from my garden(or large quantities of produce bought locally) saves us in groceries every year.  I’ll admit, I mostly can “boring” things.  I do a ton of just plain diced tomatoes, pickles and salsa.  I do peaches and applesauce and the occasional plain strawberry jam or apple jelly.  And that’s about it.  But I can’t say enough good about it.  Canning doesn’t have to be fancy.  You don’t need incredible recipes or even a ton of special equipment.  Just some jars and a stock pot and fresh produce.

I received a canning discovery kit free of charge(other than that I didn’t receive any compensation for this post or anything just so you know) and I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to try out canning without spending a lot on canning equipment.  It’s very simple, but if you’re just curious about it, that’s a great way to try it out.  Also if you’re interested in canning, be sure to check out the canning demos on the Ball Fresh Preserving website tomorrow.

To help you get canning this summer, Ball is offering a coupon for a free case of jars to one reader.  To enter, just leave a comment telling me what you’d do with the jars.  Do you use them to store things in your kitchen or pantry?  Do you experiment with small batches of different things like salsas, jams, jellies, etc?  Or do you can fresh produce in the summer when there’s lots available?  I’ll announce the winner next week!  Have a great weekend everyone!

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1 Teddi Hocker July 13, 2012 at 9:18 pm

If I win, this will be the kick in the rear I need for my first canning project.

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2 yumgoggle July 13, 2012 at 11:39 pm

Hi there…I’d love canning this time of the year when there are a lot of fruits to be canned. You’ll never know when you’d need a reliable chutney, jam or fruity sauce. The starter kit is so cool as gifts, I love it! Thanks for sharing…
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3 Joanne July 14, 2012 at 3:37 am

I’ve been thoroughly scared of canning for AGES. If I got those jars, I’d finally get over my fears and teach myself to can!
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4 Alexa July 14, 2012 at 5:39 am

I only recently started canning..and am totally hooked! It was scary at first but now I love it. I would use those jars to make a small batch of peach jam!

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5 Julie July 14, 2012 at 9:11 am

I would like to win this for my sis who cans alot thansk

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6 katie July 14, 2012 at 10:26 am

I will can tomato and perhaps try canning salsa.

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7 Sonja @ practical-stewardship.com July 14, 2012 at 10:35 am

I would use these to give gifts like granola and store homemade jams. Thanks for the post!
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8 Katie July 14, 2012 at 11:49 am

I just discovered several U-pick farms in my area, so I’d use those jars for berry jam 🙂

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9 Meghan Finley July 14, 2012 at 6:41 pm

I’d can apricots and cherries. If I had leftovers, I’d save for the fall harvest and can tomatoes like crazy

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10 Carissa July 15, 2012 at 8:53 am

I use jars to store all sorts of things in my kitchen so I’d use the extra jars for that. Who knows, I might try canning sometime too!

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11 Jane July 15, 2012 at 9:28 am

This is awesome! I love canning, but I am always running out of jars! lol I really want to make some pickles and can them for the winter!

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12 Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes July 16, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Awesome! I love jams, I would probably try a few! Or I store things in my pantry with them- from flours to water! I also like to use jars to grow sprouts. Thanks!
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13 Julie July 25, 2012 at 1:06 pm

has the winner been announced yet ? thansk

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14 Heidi @ Food Doodles July 25, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Yes, I announced it in my post on Monday(you can find it here: http://fooddoodles.com/2012/07/23/strawberry-freezer-granola-bars/) The winner was Carissa. Thanks for participating!

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15 Heather July 25, 2012 at 7:15 pm

I too can every Summer and Fall- strawberry jam, applesauce, different salsas, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes – i am hoping to try out green beans too this year!

I would definitely put those canning jars to good use 🙂
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