Ball Kit, Blue Book and Jar Lifter Giveaway

Home Canning Discovery Kit

Scott and I have been doing a bit of January cleaning. We’ve purged our bookshelves, sorted through dresser drawers and crawled to the very back of our deepest closet, all in the hopes of clearing out some of our clutter and extra stuff.

While I was taking inventory of the empty jars I keep under our living room couch (it has just enough clearance for cases of half pint and quarter pint jars), I discovered a cache of Ball products. These were part of a box of tools and ingredients that Ball sent my way last summer. I thought I’d given away everything in that box that there was to give away, but it appears I was mistaken.

Ball Blue Book and jar lifter

Happily, my summertime forgetfulness makes for a fun surprise in January. What I have to give away is a Ball Home Canning Discovery Kit (great for beginners and small batch canners), one of the new Secure Grip Jar Lifter and a copy of the Ball Blue Book.

If you’re interesting in a chance to win this assortment of Ball products, here’s what to do.

  1. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post and share what preserve you’ve most enjoyed eating so far this winter.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm eastern time on Friday, January 20, 2012. Winner will be chosen at random (using and will be posted to the blog on Saturday, January 21, 2012.
  3. Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents.
  4. One entry/comment per person, please.
Disclosure: Jarden Home Brands provided these products for this giveaway many months ago. My opinions remain entirely my own. 

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1,003 Responses to Ball Kit, Blue Book and Jar Lifter Giveaway

  1. 951
    Melinda Nye says:

    I just pulled out a jar of tomato jam (thank you for your recipe!) to spread on top of turkey meatloaf. It was wonderful–definitely my favorite so far this winter.

  2. 952
    Jessica says:

    My favorite has been my layered stewed veggies. I did 35 pints and I use it about twice or three times a week to make soup, sauce, as a side dish, and to top crackers. It is essentially stewed tomatoes, multi-colored peppers, onions, and garlic, layered separately to create a striped effect, and then pressure canned. I use this instead of plain stewed tomatoes to make creamy tomatoe soup – creammy veggie soup – YUM!

  3. 953

    Strawberry preserves… great on waffles, pancakes and as topping for shortcake 🙂

  4. 954
    Cathey Slate says:

    My favorite is my apple conserve that I canned this fall. I’ll share my recipe if you want it. 🙂 It’s delicious. A big hit with my urban homesteader group that I’m part of.

  5. 955
    Loree says:

    Oh — the best has been the apple-pear jam I made last fall — it’s great on fresh bread 🙂

  6. 956
    Karina says:

    Huckleberry jam!

  7. 957
    Paul Eubanks says:

    I have been eating my grandmothers jams and they are great

  8. 958
    Heather Gardner says:

    Cinnamon applesauce!

  9. 959
    Debra Smrchek says:

    I am thrilled that I waited until today to enter your giveaway. If I had entered earlier, I would have missed all of the wonderful comments made by those who had already entered. Fantastic ideas and suggestions for this coming year’s season of preserving and canning are appreciated. My husband I retired three years ago and now have to garden and preserve the “fruits of our labor”. In addition to lots of fruit preserves, canned vegetables, etc., my favorite this year was the cranberry chutney that we made and gave to our friends. A little basket with the chutney, brie cheese and a bag of 7 grain crackers made a nice little gift that was appreciated by all.

  10. 960

    A friend gave me some rhubarb jam that I really enjoyed.

  11. 961
    Melanie says:

    I love eating the roasted tomatoes and tomato jam I made this summer. I did a corn and tomato risotto and it was like it was summer again!

  12. 962
    Stephanie says:

    I have enjoyed the Concord Pears which we can only get for such a short time. They are so sweet and wonderful!

  13. 963
    Beth Williams says:

    I so enjoy canning! We just got into our home after a house fire destroyed it 3 & 1/2 years ago. (I was canning salsa & the stove ignited). I am looking forward to canning and preserving our harvest, and right now we are most enjoying the strawberry jams we last put up! YUM!

  14. 964
    Maria Lambert says:

    Love home canned foods. Use to do it all the time but our well water went bad and had to stop the canning. Hope to resume this summer. Nothing like home food that doesn’t have mean preservatives in them.

  15. 965
    Denise Cooper says:

    Muscadine Jam

  16. 966
    Becky says:

    Homemade cherry pie filling…so good!

  17. 967
    Mona says:

    Love cilantro chutney with all of my food! I’m a real beginner and can’t wait to really get started.

  18. 968
    Diana Morrison says:

    I just love my homemade blackberry jam on Engish muffins in the wintertime.

  19. 969
    Dianne Ortiz says:

    Canned plum tomatoes!! The best!!

  20. 970
    ken love says:

    This is such an important resource for all of us but especially for all small farmers. Not only to insure our sustainability but to give us quality value added products to sell at farmers markets.

  21. 971
    Terry Joyner says:

    This is hard as it changes so often, but this year I’ve enjoyed tomato sauce made with heirloom tomatoes, pickled okra made with purple heirloom okra and apricot jam.



  22. 972
    Denise McGee says:

    Crabapple Jelly would be my choice. If I could find crabapples…

  23. 973
    mo says:

    Applesauce from my farmers market apples .

  24. 974
    Kim Murphy says:

    Your pear vanilla jam is our all time favorite this year. So good on everything and made a great holiday gift!

  25. 975
    AngAK says:

    the Strawberry Rhubarb jam I made mega batches of this summer to give out at my wedding. and new to me, the “Cowboy Candy” aka Candied jalapenos. I made up a bunch for Christmas using red and green pepper. so good and festive!

  26. 976
    RJ Flamingo says:

    Definitely the “Thai” Mango Jam I made last summer. Nam Doc Mai mangos, ginger, infused with lemon grass, all from my own yard (ok, except for the ginger). So great when you stir it into Greek yogurt!

  27. 977
    Karen Woodie says:

    Blueberry preserves. Just the blues. Yummy.Yummy.

  28. 978

    I always enjoy the most….. my homemade spaghetti sauce i made with the big beautiful tomatoes we grew in our garden.

  29. 979
    Karl says:

    Let’s try to get this to a thousand! What a following! I can’t wait to start canning again once the garden wakes up!

  30. 980
    Emilie says:

    Definitely the multi-citrus ginger marm that I finished off this morning with my toast. So glad its blood orange season so that I can replenish the marmalade supply!

  31. 981
  32. 982
    Helen says:

    roasted red pepper sauce. mmmmm

  33. 983
    Deb says:

    Love you site!! So much info. Thanks.

  34. 984
    Felecia says:

    A friend sent me some Raspberry-apple butter that was yummy. My New Year’s resolution is to learn to can!

  35. 985
    Sally says:

    The hot pepper jelly I made with my mom this summer and the pickle okra have been my favorite so far.

  36. 986
    Margaret says:

    My favorite is my Dill Pickles. I’ve been making the same recipe for over thirty years and I can sit and eat the whole qt. jar at once.

  37. 987
    Ryan says:

    Wild grape jelly.

  38. 988
    Michele Johnson says:

    Hmmm- hard to decide, but really loving my cranberry lemon pear jam, and also sweet pepper jam!

  39. 989
    Barbara says:

    I’m enjoying fig preserves from our fig tree.

  40. 990
    rachel says:

    Roasted Rhubarb and Vanilla Preserves! Wahoo; under the wire!

  41. 991
    Adam Stevens says:

    oh oh, I want one!