The Food in Jars Mastery Challenge

Join the Food in Jars community for a year-long food preservation mastery challenge. Each month brings a different skill on which to focus and explore!

Happy New Year, friends! And welcome to the Food in Jars Mastery Challenge!

Back in 2010, the blogger we all knew as Tigress hosted a year-long canning challenge known as the Can Jam. Each month, she’d announce a new category of ingredients and we’d all head out and make a preserve featuring that particular food. It was fun to be pushed to try new things and I so loved the sense of community that the Can Jam created.

There have been other challenges in more recent years (Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Charcutepalooza is one such memorable project) and after much pondering, I’ve decided to host one in 2017.

This challenge will be skill-based. Each month, we’ll all focus on a different pickling or preserving skill, with the intention that we end this calendar year with a greater level of expertise and comfort with a wide range of food preservation techniques than when we started.

At the beginning of each month, I’ll publish a blog post sharing tips on how to be successful with that skill and then will ask you to go forth and try it out. We’ll be talking in greater depth about each challenge in the Food in Jars Community on Facebook and I’ll be popping in regularly to answer questions.

If you have a blog or an Instagram account, I invite you to post the results of your project by the 25th of the month so that I can include it in a round-up (I’ll provide a monthly Google Forms link that you can use to submit your name and URL). However, you don’t have to have any kind of blog or social presence to participate. This challenge is about learning and sharing above all else.

Calendar of Preserving Skills
January – Marmalade
February – Salt Preserving
March – Jelly OR Shrubs
April – Quick Pickles
May – Cold Pack Preserving
June – Jam
July – Hot Pack Preserving
August – Low Temperature Pasteurization
September – Fruit Butter
October – Drying and Dehydration OR Pressure Canning
November – Fermentation
December – Fruit Pastes

If you’d like to join the challenge, please use the form below to sign up for the email list. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments and I’ll try to be quick with my replies. Oh, and if you post to Instagram or tweet about the challenge, please use the hashtag #fijchallenge

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148 Responses to The Food in Jars Mastery Challenge

  1. 51
    Katie Erickson says:

    Sign me up please

  2. 52
    Norma-Jean Forshey says:

    I am hoping to learn some new skills – even though I know I can’t do the challenge activity
    every month.

    Thanks for offering to teach us!

  3. 53
    Marcie J says:

    I’m a little late to the game but please sign me up for the challenge!

  4. 54
    Laura V says:

    Please sign me up. Thank you!

  5. 55
    Patty says:

    I hope I’m not to late, please sign me up.

  6. 56

    Marissa, I definitely want to participate. I don’t know how I misses the sign up. I am a big fan of yours. Have both cookbooks.

    Bernadette

  7. 57
    Lisa says:

    I’d like to join the challenge. Thank you.

  8. 58
    Doris says:

    Please sign me up for the Food in Jars Mastery Challenge.

  9. 59
    Kay Vanatta says:

    oh my goodness! Just saw this – what fun! A couple of categories I’ve been working on the last few years – but several I have no clue! I’ve learned so much from you already and have your books…. marmalade is on my list – but no real motivation or need – so….. here we go! How do I sign up?

  10. 60
    Ellen Derry says:

    Yes please! I haven’t made jams for decades, & never made the others. Love to learn new stuff.

  11. 61
    Peggy says:

    I am interested! I just saw the post…please ad me. Thank you!

  12. 62
    Rachel says:

    I’m interested — gonna try to do it with a couple of friends!

  13. 63
    Patricia says:

    I’d like to participate 🙂 Add me please.

  14. 64
    Amy Knopsnider says:

    Please sign me up. Thank you

  15. 65
    Lindsey Weaver says:

    I’m new to canning, but this seems like a good way to learn. Sign me up!

  16. 66
    Suzanne says:

    Please sign me up for the challenge! Thankyou

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    Carrie S says:

    Please sign me up!

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    Katherine Rogers says:

    Sign me up please!

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    Ellen Derry says:

    please sign me up too. I’ve made 2 batches so far thanks to your challenge

  25. 75
    Danita Day says:

    I was able to get my hands on some Seville oranges yesterday at my local PCC. The produce manager was nice enough to call me when they came in. I plan to make the marmalade tomorrow. I’m a bit worried how tart it will be so I plan to do the method without the pith. This will be my first time attempting marmalade.

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    Karen. Jones says:

    I’m in too!

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    Leslie says:

    I’d love to join in! Vanilla Bean Marmalade will be simmering today!

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    ann m. mione says:

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    Erin Wood says:

    Can I please sign up if its not too late.

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    Danita says:

    Although a bit late to the party, I’m in! Thanks for the challenge.

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    Bernice says:

    I would absolutely LOVE to joim if it’s not too late! My dad has been begging for a batch of homemade marmalade!

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    Michelle Hale says:

    Thank you for signing me up

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    sign me up

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    Brooke in Oregon says:

    I started canning because of the Tigress challenge. I am looking forward to learning new skills! Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge. 🙂

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