Home Canning Discovery Kit Giveaway

Canning Discovery Kit

I had every intention of putting up an Urban Preserving post tonight about small batch apricot jam. But instead, I’ve spent the evening working myself into a frothy panic over the cookbook revisions I must turn in tomorrow by 3 pm. Who knew I could get myself so worked up over different styles of fruit measurement?

So I’ve decided to give myself a pass tonight, skip the recipe and move straight on to the giveaway that was going to go at the end of that post. The apricot jam will hold for a day (or two). I know you guys understand.

plastic canning rack

The nice folks at Ball have given me one of these nifty Home Canning Discovery Kits to give away to a lucky Food in Jars reader. These are great for beginning canners, as well as those of you who are fans of smaller batches. That green plastic basket can stand in for canning racks and large pots and will work in any pot that will hold it (and provide a bit of boiling room up at the top).

Here’s the “fine print”:

  1. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post and tell me what you’ve canned most recently. If you have a blog and wrote about that particular canning endeavor, feel free to leave the link.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm eastern time on Thursday, July 21.
  3. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only (apologies to my more far-flung readers).
  4. One entry per person, please.

Disclosure: Ball (aka Jarden Home Brands) has provided the canning kit for this giveaway. While they didn’t send me a canning kit (the pictures above were from a giveaway I ran last year in which I bought the kit myself), they did send me some of their new canning tools for review (that post will be up when I can wrap my brain around it). Though I didn’t actually express any opinions in this post, had I done so, they would have all been mine and would be totally uninfluenced by the box of goodies. You get the picture.

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942 Responses to Home Canning Discovery Kit Giveaway

  1. 901
    Natalia says:

    I’ve only canned pickles, beets, mushrooms and cabbage–all my own recipes from a modern Ukrainian cookbook I am working on with my sister–and all were canned “old school” style. I have been toying with the idea of canning more–especially jams and vegetable confits and the Ball home canning kit would make canning super convenient for this budding canner.

  2. 902
    Bronwen PerLee says:

    wasabi green beans (destined for bloody marys or jazzing up salad) total beginner her but your blog inspires me:)

  3. 903
    Heather says:

    the last thing I canned was Peach Sweet-tea jelly. I had a handful of ripe peaches from our tree – the early bloomers I guess- and was inspired by my boss, who has this unnatural obsession with Olive Garden’s peach iced tea. I used a maple tea, and the flavor was exactly what I was looking for. Yay!

  4. 904
    Renee Harper says:

    This is my first year canning and I’m hooked! So far I’ve only done pickles (sweet & hot) and zucchini relish. Looking forward to doing a lot more!!

  5. 905
    Stephanie Abney says:

    I actually just tried your Strawberry-Vanilla jam (in a smallish batch in towel lined pan). I gave away most to my Mother-in-law as she just so happened to help us in a bit of a crisis recently. I’ve made jalapeno jelly, though I’m not sure that turned out so well. Soooo sweet, not spicy. (I’ve no clue what it SHOULD taste like, but this can’t be it. Lol!) And I’m absolutely chomping at the bit to get my hands on apricots and peaches for jam! Sounds divine. 🙂

  6. 906
    joan says:

    Most recently it was bread and butter pickles. I am getting a pressure canner soon so I will be able to do sooo much more…Can’t wait!

  7. 907
    Theresa Moore says:

    I really have only got to make frezzer strawberry jam as I lost my kit in the move

  8. 908
    Laura Sullivan says:

    Other than pickled beets with ginger and orange the only thing I’ve canned this year is pickled cauliflower with whole garlic cloves and onions tinted with beet juice and turmeric. I plan on doing more of both as soon as it cools down a little. My kitchen gets too hot when I can!

  9. 909
    Vallimasoos says:

    Made your yummy Blueberry Butter yesterday! My kids faces were so adorable after eating it on an English Muffin!

  10. 910
    Dunappy says:

    I last made Tangelo marmalade. It was awesome. My canning from the garden is just about to start ramping up as the garden is just starting to set veggies.

  11. 911
    vicki says:

    The very last thing that I canned was jalapeno peppers last week.

  12. 912
    kari barrera says:

    My kids are learning about canning in their 4H program. So much fun!!! Were just getting started.

  13. 913
    Carol says:

    I canned pickled beets.

  14. 914

    I have been trying to teach myself how to can. This would be fabulous to have!

  15. 915
    Angie McCracken says:

    so far only strawberry rhubarb jam, hopefully raspberry, cherry jams soon, and pickles, picked the first cukes this week!

  16. 916
    terri p. says:

    Today I made peachy jalapeno jam. We spread whipped cream cheese on saltines or English muffins, and top w/ this jam…..so yummy!

  17. 917
    Rose Solowski says:

    Pickled Asparagus. The summer has finally come to Oregon so I am looking forward to getting my berry groove on.

  18. 918
    Lyn Ferguson says:

    I have canned nothing this year; I am a nervous newbie. Last year I did a few jars of tomatoes, and a few of gazpacho. Have yet to try them. I am interested in small batch in order to save what might end up in my compost.

  19. 919
    Sarah Brokker says:

    I have made Strawberry-Rhubarb jam, pickles, and just yesterday I made Raspberry jam… I just can’t stop!

  20. 920

    I canned some beautiful plum jam with Japanese red plums from our orchard, and I added a little vanilla extract. Best thing ever! I have also made 2 batched of apricot jam, and will be working on pickeling some okra this week. -A new thing for this year will be dilly beans, and an Indian style pickle relish… I love spicy, flavorful foods!

  21. 921
    Mary R says:

    Yesterday was my first time canning, I made strawberry/Raspberry jam and Salsa…now Im hooked and can’t wait to make more!

  22. 922
    Carmen H says:

    Last? Strawberry, but I feel I will be picking a bajillion blueberries very soon. This would be so handy.

  23. 923
    Tim Setler says:

    Have canned dilled zuchinni spears and half-runner beans

  24. 924
    Sasha says:

    I would LOVE this set! I can always use more canning equipment!

  25. 925
    Kalyn says:

    I’m new to canning (I’ve only done it twice) and recently tried a spectacular low-sugar blueberry lime jam that turned out so well I’m making it again to give away!

  26. 926
    Pamela Jakoplic says:

    I just sat down from working on tomatoes to get them ready to make chili sauce. I’ve cooked them some tonight and will finish them in the morning. I’ve also made strawberry vinegarette and canned it. It was sooooooo good that I plan on making more of it.

  27. 927
    Heather says:

    Strawberry jam, I think. Yeah, definitely strawberry jam. Mmm.

  28. 928
    Katie Huff says:

    Woooo i think i am making it in the nick of time! 😀 The last thing I canned was Dandelion Jelly, I had never made it before and had recently learned of the amazing benefits of dandelion! Best part , it grows free in my yard..LOL It is good. There are a few different versions, I made mine with lemon juice and next time I will make it with vanilla bean! It tastes very close to honey spiced with lemon! Quick, easy, intriguing! 🙂

  29. 929
    Tom Morgan says:

    Dill pickles and fig jam.

  30. 930
    MaryAlice Dobbert says:

    So far I have made Strawberry Jam, Bread & Butter pickles & Wild Raspberry Jam.

  31. 931
    Jill C. says:

    The first thing I have ever tried to can is a batch of bread and butter pickles- it would have been ever so much easier if I had owned one of these kits- or a rack for the matter- my makeshift cookie cooling rack had to make do! Thanks for the chance to win- love your blog and your recipes- you give me hope for edible preservation!

  32. 932
    Lisa M says:

    I’ve been “Jammin'” Let’s see, Pina Colada Jam, Strawberry Daiquiri Jam, Huckleberry Jam, and Strawberry Margarita Jam. The weather in Seattle has been perfect for indoor activities the last few weeks, so why not. Raspberries coming next week.

  33. 933
    carla hackenberg says:

    I just made homemade blueberry jam and a couple of weeks before that strawberry freezer jam. When tomatoes come in season, I’m making homemade salsa. I love, love, love your site. XOXO

  34. 934
    Lori Watts says:

    I have canned green beans, pickled eggs, and pickled green beans this week!

  35. 935
    Sara says:

    The last thing I canned was salsa 🙂

  36. 936
    Bev Northcraft says:

    I have never canned, but want to learn..

  37. 937
    Monica Carr says:

    Canned pickles, blueberry jam, hot pepper jelly

  38. 938
    Jeanne Chamness says:

    I’m a novice and have only been doing freezer jams so far. This looks like an excellent way to take the next step!

  39. 939
    Gena Ram says:

    that is the cutest, and most useful canning kit i’ve ever seen! i would put that to swift use 🙂

  40. 940

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