Giveaway: New Blue and Green Lids From Ball

boxes of lids

Several years back, I had a small stash of red and white checked lids and rings that I’d picked up at a close-out sale. I rationed them carefully, using them on preserves I planned on giving as gifts or featuring her on the blog. Every time I posted a picture, someone would comment to ask where I’d gotten then. I hated always having to disappoint people by telling them that they weren’t available anymore.

colored lids

Happily, Ball recently released a new option for those canners who are itching to dress their jars up with something other than a basic silver lid. Called the Design Series, these new lids come in either metallic blue or green and are sold with matching rings. They come in boxes of six and currently retail for $5.95. Just like their silver siblings, they are BPA-free and are good for a single trip through the canner.

colored rings

I realize that these lids and rings are a bit pricier than the regular ones. If you can many hundreds of jars a year, they might not be the ones you reach for. What they are is a fun option for people who focus on small batches, are canning for an event (a wedding, perhaps?), or just want to give a few select jars a little extra sparkle. They also match up really nicely with the limited edition blue and green jars.

lids on colored jars

Thanks to the nice folks at Ball, I have five sets of these lids to give away. Each winner will get one of the green ones and one of the blue (each box holds six lids and rings, so each winner will receive a dozen lids and rings in total). Here’s how to enter:

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me one thing you’re looking forward to canning this season.
  2. Comments will close at 12 noon on Sunday, March 2, 2014. Winners will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog later that day.
  3. Giveaway open to US and Canadian residents.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.

Disclosure: Ball gave me a set of these lids for photography purposes and are providing the giveaway units as well. No money has changed hands and my opinions are, as always, my own. 

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802 Responses to Giveaway: New Blue and Green Lids From Ball

  1. 351
    Robin says:

    Blackberry jam! Made with home grown blackberries. :)

  2. 352
    Kathy says:

    I am looking forward to a homemade christmas this year, and these beautiful jars will do me very well!!

  3. 353
    Sonja says:

    Tomatoes, Tomatoes, Tomatoes! I love my Tomatoes.

  4. 354
    Joy says:

    I look forward to canning jams & jellies from my orchard this year. We bought a house with an overgrown orchard and are slowly getting it back into shape. Can’t wait to get those fruits in jars!!!

  5. 355
    Gayle Erwin says:

    I have meyer lemon juice in my freezer. I can’t wait until I make the time to make lemon curd.

  6. 356
    Gail says:

    Looking forward to canning more pears. Loved the recipe for Pear Cardamom jam. I couldn’t wait to get up in the morning and put it in my oatmeal. Also more sliced pears and maybe even pickled pears. And I vow to make more salsa! And try canning rhubarb for the first time!

  7. 357
    Tammy Craig says:

    Can’t wait to put pickles in these beautiful green jars.

  8. 358
    Khoi says:

    I once went to a restaurant that served rhubarb butter and it was oh-so-yummy! I can’t wait for rhubarb season to try making (lots of) it.

  9. 359
    Abby says:

    I stuck to all fruit canning last summer, and this year I’m excited to give tomatoes a try.

  10. 360
    Laura says:

    I did not have a great tomato crop this year, so I am looking forward to putting up lots more whole tomatoes, tomato sauce, and salsa. I’m missing that fresh tomato taste this winter.

  11. 361
    Jenn says:

    Looking forward to canning some beets!

  12. 362
    Cecile says:

    I can’t wait to try jamming a tomato jam since I heard so much about it and plan to use the recipe that is in your book. I also have never done a cherry jam which I would love to try and my ultimate canning is making tomato sauce.

  13. 363
    Pat Dobbs says:

    Tomatoes, in all their forms, whole, in soups, or used as the starting point for hundreds of dishes are what I see with rows and rows of pressure canned tomatoes on the shelves. ALL the effort is totally worth it when you think of the meals to be enjoyed come cold weather time. Berries and peaches …don’t forget to put up some of both. You will never be more than an hour away from desert that way. Desert is so easy to prepare with canned fruit. Pies (my favorite), sauces to use on top of ice cream or cakes, a lovely reminder of summer reduced down to syrup for waffles. Oops, don’t forget the jams and jellies from all the summer fruit. I could go on all day with different ways to use both tomatoes and fruit but won’t because thinking about canning makes me hungry so think I’ll go make French toast and applesauce (canned from locally grown apples of course).

    Good time to tell the grandkids about olden days when I would be sent to pick pails of berries which my grandmother would can. Or of helping wash the jars when I was 4-5 years old because, as my aunt said, “My hands are too big to fit into the jars and your hands fit into them perfectly”. And about sitting with my grandmother, my aunt and a neighbor lady peeling tomatoes (pour boiling water over a #2 washtub full of tomatoes so the skin peels, then with a paring knife pull the skin right off) and listen to them talk about family, neighborhood gossip, just everything. That is when I learned about so many useful things. My generation needs to pass our skills along to the next and doing this while canning is such an easy way. Everyone benefits from a spotlight on heritage!

  14. 364
    Shannon says:

    ooh, how cool! i am looking forward to making more sour cherry jam this year- mine was a bit thick last year and i’m determined to get it right :)

  15. 365
    Janet B says:

    I am looking at the Winter Squash with Vanilla and Rum preserves! But I think my next project will be Orange Jelly with Light Chai FLavors from Rebecca Gagnon’s Little Book of Home Preserving that you recommended. It’s a jewel!

  16. 366
    Michelle M says:

    I’m planning to try quince jelly again – this year’s batch set up harder than I wanted. I’m trying to replicate my grandmother’s jelly.

  17. 367
    Chivahn says:

    I’m looking very forward to peaches and nectarines coming into season to can. I love them!

  18. 368
    Kelly H. says:

    I’m torn between black raspberry jam (seedless, this time) because we’re down to our last jar, or hot dill pickles (I found *the* recipe for us!!).

  19. 369
    Paulette says:

    Strawberry Rhubarb jam! C’mon spring,

  20. 370
    Barb says:

    I am OH SO looking forward to berry season. I have plans to pick bushels of fresh blueberries and strawberries this year. Can’t wait!

  21. 371
    Bernedette says:

    What am I most looking forward to canning this year? Tomatoes, Tomatoes, Tomatoes! Salsa, sauce, stew veggies. I can’t wait shouldn’t it be spring already?

  22. 372
    WendP says:

    Pasta sauce, for sure. Mixed berry jam. Onion jam, maybe (probably frozen rather than water bath or pressure canned). Pickled garlic. Pickled nasturtium capers. There might even be some flower jelly – borage or nasturtium or violet or something else from the garden.

  23. 373
    Kelly Scott says:

    I’m looking forward to canning pickled asparagus, tomatoes, and all things peach!

  24. 374
    Audrey Dill says:

    I am looking foward to canning tomatoes..use them for lots of recipes. Also tried bread & butter squash pickles last Summer and they were delicious and of course my homemade salsa. Love canning and can’t wait!!!

  25. 375
    Kirsten says:

    I want to try canning pickled asparagus, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts

  26. 376
    Sandi Allen says:

    Looking forward to canning pickles and salsa.
    Thanks for the chance!

  27. 377
    Caroline says:

    I’m going to try to make grapefruit marmalade.

  28. 378
    Kat says:

    Dilly beans and tomatillo salsa – we’re rapidly running out of both!

  29. 379
    Sarah says:

    I’m looking forward to all kinds of salsa!

  30. 380
    Mandy says:

    I want to do beans this year. And the ketchup I made last year was a winner I’ll likely repeat

  31. 381
    Kay says:

    Tomatoes!!!

  32. 382
    Rowan Rose says:

    I’ve got so much planned this season….peaches…strawberry rhubarb jam, zucchini pickles, spicy dilly beans. I can’t wait!

  33. 383
    Courtney F. says:

    I’m just hoping to can anything this summer–I will have a 3-year-old and a not-quite-1-year-old through the height of the season. If I can get any canning done at all, I will be happy!

  34. 384
    mary B says:

    citrus marmalade! Just started canning and my first batch was your honey meyer lemon jam – fabulous. Hope you have more recipes using honey !

  35. 385
    Martha says:

    I am looking forward to canning spiced sweet cherries. I canned a few jars last year and they were heavenly.

  36. 386
    Monica says:

    I can’t wait to make more jam of all varieties (almost out!), but particularly strawberry. I definitely underrepresented strawberries in my canned goods this past year and miss them desperately. :(

  37. 387
    Megan says:

    I’m really hoping to manage raspberry jam this year. My raspberry picking plans have been thwarted for the last two summers.

  38. 388
    Terry Compton says:

    I am so looking forward to canning tomato sauce this year. I’m also going to venture into pressure canning. It has always frightened me, but I think I’ll be brave this year. Wish me luck!

  39. 389

    I cannot wait to can more corn and tomato salsas. The new jars are so pretty and the lids are to die for!

  40. 390
    Pete says:

    The ONE thing? Oh, my. The one thing would be…maybe it really IS time to figure out what will go into the garden this year and what might be the true answer to that question! Maybe those squash chunks I’ve always said I would can some day? Or perhaps there will be enough rhubarb this year to do something with it. Yeah, that would be wonderful! Rhubarb jam – YUM! Then again, the dark cherry jam last year was terrific and we must have more of it, too!

  41. 391
    Kristin Colburn says:

    I am looking forward to canning some green beans. Both my grandfathers used to grow and can the best green beans. This year I plan to grow enough to can this year! I can hardly wait!

  42. 392
    Becky says:

    I really wanted to do tomatoes last year but they didn’t do well in New England last year!

  43. 393
    Carol says:

    I can’t wait for apricots. They are my family’s favorite.

  44. 394
    Edie Oliver says:

    I am looking forward to canning most anything I can get my hands on this year and hoping to also make an assortment of jams and jelly for gifts. I am also going to try making my own dog food for the first time. I have never canned meat and looking forward to having healthy eating for my dog Jackson this year.

  45. 395
    Sara Tarallo says:

    I can’t wait to start canning this summer, period! I haven’t done it before and with a fresh farm share already on it’s way, I am looking forward to lots of goodies. I’m really hoping to try my hand at pickled green beans (dilly beans as my great grandfather would call them). I’m hoping to find the recipe and post it on my blog (www.growingwellness.wordpress.com) this summer!

  46. 396
    Kimberly petit says:

    I would love to can zucchini ! Look forward to trying this for the first time.

  47. 397
    Myra Hirschberg says:

    I’m looking forward to more pressure canning, which I tried for the first time last fall. Caramelized onions came out great, but I’ve used them all up already!

  48. 398
    Erin says:

    I’m looking forward to making more jam! I want to make apricot, and maybe some more tomato jam. I also want to make some mustard.

  49. 399
    George says:

    I’m really looking forward to doing some pickled green beans this year. Those I put up last year are all gone. The green lids would look great on the jars.

  50. 400
    Robyn says:

    Strawberry preserves!!

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