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Giveaway: Customized Canning Labels from Felix Doolittle

felix doolittle labels

This week’s giveaway comes to us from Felix Doolittle. They make customized stationary, book plates, return address labels, and canning labels. All the cards, stickers, and labels are illustrated with full color watercolor images by Felix Fu (the artist behind the brand!).

strawberry preserves

They make a number of different label options that are appropriate for home canners. You can get their classic canning jar labels, which come in 20 different designs (you enter the name, contents, and origin of the product when you place your order). Another option are the oval kitchen labels, which come in 32 whimsical designs and are shipped in a charming tin box.

chef medallions

If you want something a bit smaller in size, consider the chef medallions, which are available in 64 (!) different designs. They come 20 to a small silver tin and would be the perfect thing for tiny jars of preserves destined for holiday giving. All these labels are in the $25-30 price range per set.

rhubarb chutney

Thanks to Felix Doolittle, I have a coupon code and giveaway to share with you all. For 15% off your purchase of customized labels, use the code FOODINJARS15 at check out. And, to toss your hat into the giveaway of a set of the canning jar labels, a set of oval labels, and a set of chef’s medallions, here’s what you do!

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me what your perfect Felix Doolittle design would be!
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm eastern time on Saturday, July 19, 2014. Winners will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, July 20, 2014.
  3. Giveaway open to United States residents only.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.

Disclosure: Felix Doolittle is providing the prize for this giveaway at no cost to me and additionally sent me samples for photography purposes.

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Links: Pink Pickles, Cherry Rhubarb Jam, and a Winner

Honey sweetened peach jam! Freshly made and ready for tasting at the Ambler Farmers Market!

I hit the wall this weekend. In a single 48 hour period, I taught one class, did three farmers market demos, and had a book store signing. By the time I left my last event today, I was entirely spent. So much so that I accidentally left my soaking jam pan in the grass when I drove away. Thankfully, one of the nice market organizers noticed my error and they’re holding my equipment until I can get back out there and claim it. Such is life!

Now, links!

A few nice mentions of Preserving by the Pint!

handmade gatherings cover

Thanks to everyone who took the time to share their stories of beloved parties and potlucks. The winner of the copy of Ashley English’s new book Homemade Gatherings is #151/Robin. She said, “I love potlucks – otherwise I worry about stuff during the whole event instead of just making sure there are enough plates and utensils and then enjoying my guests.” 

Robin, here’s hoping that this book helps you enjoy your guests even more!

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Links: Strawberries, Pickled Cherries, and Links

The shelves at The Pantry bring me such joy!

I landed in Los Angeles late last night, picked up a rental car, and drove to my best-friend-from-college’s apartment. As I zipped along the freeway, I felt both totally at home and entirely out of place. I was born in this city and lived here until I was nearly nine years old. I have a sense of deep, near-cellular recognition with this land and its scents (eucalyptus! dry grass! smog!). I am happy to visit (and to teach a class at The Gourmandise School on Tuesday!), but it is not my place.

After that, I fly back to Portland for all of 29 hours, spend a little time with my sister and curly-headed nephew and then back to Philadelphia. It has been a wonderful west coast book tour and I’m so grateful to all the people who had me into their store, gave me places to sleep, and came out to see me and say hi.

Now, links.

down a warehouse aisle

Thanks to Fillmore Container, for hosting such a generous giveaway last week, as well as to all of you who took the time to leave a comment and share your jar longings! The winner (selected at random) is #914/Shannon. She said, “Love this website! Immediately I found this pour lid that attaches to the canning jar which is perfect for when I make salad dressings. So whether or not (which I hope so) win I will be buying this and more.”

Congratulations, Shannon!

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Giveaway: $100 in Jar Credit From Fillmore Container

down a warehouse aisle

Everyone’s path to canning is a little bit different. Some start doing it because they want to make the most of a produce glut. Others preserve because it helps them feel close to their mother, aunt, or grandmother. And then there are those for whom the jars themselves were the gateway to total canning preoccupation.

four ounce comparison

That’s how it was for me. While I did grow up with a mother who canned, I was acquiring jars long before I began filling them up and processing them. Truly, I am something of a jar junkie.

Over the last few years, one of my favorite sources for canning jars beyond the narrow range you can get at the grocery store has been Fillmore Container (I liked their jars so much that I talked them into becoming a site sponsor!). While they offer all the Ball jars you could possibly want, they also have a deliciously wide array of other options.

solo four ounce jar

And so, for this week’s giveaway, the lovely folks at Fillmore Container and I thought we’d do something a little different. Instead of picking out a particular style of jar to feature and then giving some of that size and shape away, I’m going to feature a few of my favorite jars from their catalog and let the winner choose their perfect jar.

solo four ounce jar

One jar that they carry that I love is the straight, smooth-sided four ounce jar. They don’t have any of that quilted nonsense and they’re perfect for preserves meant for gifting. I wrote about them nearly two years ago and still adore them.

various half pint shapes

Another jar that makes me happy is their eight ounce regular mouth jar. It’s a bit squatter than the the conventional half pint jar, but that just makes it feel extra sturdy in the hand. A few more pictures of that particular style can be found here.

four sizes of hex jars

For those of you who can’t bear for your holiday gifts to look just the same as everyone else’s, then the hex jar is for you. Fillmore Container keeps four sizes in stock. The 1.5 ounce is perfect for samples and variety gift baskets, the 4 ounce option is the same size at the smallest quilted jelly jars that Ball makes, 6 ounces is a nice in-between size that you can’t get with a mason jar, and 9 ounces is simply a generous half pint jar. 

six hex jars filled with peach and tomato jam

And just so you know, Fillmore Container doesn’t just carry jars and closures. They also have a number of fun jar accessories. You can get everything from lids with holes in them for straws to the stripy paper straws to pair with those lids.

Here’s how to enter this giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me how you’d spent $100 at Fillmore Container. Would you get yourself some new jars? Buy a few cookbooks? Or would you go crazy with the accessories and candle making gear?
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm on Saturday, June 28, 2014. Winners will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, June 29, 2014
  3. Giveaway open to United States residents only.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.

P.S. I got to go behind the scenes at Fillmore Container a few years ago. The photos from that tour can be found here.

Disclosure: Fillmore Container has sent me lots of jars over the years to test and try. They’re a site sponsor. And they’re providing the prize for this giveaway at no cost to me. However, my opinions remain entirely unbiased and my own. 

Links: Strawberries, Dill Pesto, and a Winner

Open faced sandwiches and my current cookbook obsession.

I landed in Portland on Thursday night and have spent the last few days hanging out with my parents and doing a handful of book events (here’s the segment I did on the local morning show, if you want to watch!). This week, I’m continuing my mad dash up and down the west coast. Eugene tomorrow, Seattle Wednesday and Thursday, and San Francisco Friday through Sunday. Now, links!

pint and a half products

Last week’s giveaway of goodies from The Pint and a Half was lots of fun and the winner is #124/Melissa. She said that her favorite way to cool down this summer is, “Iced jasmine tea, with a slice of lemon or lime!” Sounds like a lovely sip to me! 

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Giveaway: Gift Card from The Pint and a Half

pint and a half products

Many years ago, I fantasized about opening a coffee shop in which, for an extra $1, we’d sell to-go iced drinks in mason jars with holes punched in the lid for the straw. Basically, I was only in it for the jar accessories.

Nuby zippy cup lid

Happily, there have been a number of different companies that have popped up in the last few years that have started offering all manner of mason jar toppers, drink adaptors, lids, and sleeves.

mason jar lids

And now, there’s a shop that pulls all the different lids, sleeves, straws, and converters into a single place. Called The Pint and a Half, it’s a site devoted to celebrating the jar a drink vessel and I am delighted to welcome them to the jar blog scene (if there is such a thing).

Koverz

One of the products they offer that I’ve not seen elsewhere is the neoprene jar sleeve. Available to fit either a 24 ounce pint & half jar (that’s the Koverz) or a 12 ounce jelly jar (known as the Kidzikoo), it allows you to pack a chilled drink without having it sweat all over your hand, cup holder, or desk. They have them in a bunch of different colors, but I’m more than a little taken by the zebra stripe version (I’ve always had a thing for animal prints).

And if the full coverage sleeve isn’t your thing, there are also these nifty silicone Eco Sleeves. They’ll give you a good grip without covering the entirety of your jar.

straws and spoon

They also offer a nice selection of straws, cleaning brushes, and long-handled spoons (all the better for eating your morning yogurt parfait out of a pint jar). I’ve tried a number of reusable straws over the years and I really like the Glass Dharma Straws (I have some that I bought several years ago). They are nearly unbreakable (I dropped one behind my washing machine a while back and it survived unscathed) and don’t impact the flavor of your drink at all.

The Pint and a Half

Now, time for the giveaway! April from The Pint and a Half is offering Food in Jars readers a chance to win a $50 store credit plus $8.50 to cover shipping (that’s enough shipping credit to cover one jar and several accessories) in her online shop. What’s more, for those of you who can’t wait to buy your jar goodies, she also sent me a coupon code to share. Use the code FOODINJARS10 at check-out for 10% off your purchase. The code is good until June 30.

Here’s how to enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me what you’re drinking this summer. Are you exploring shrubs? Or are you dedicated to iced tea? Or do you have a signature cocktail for 2014? Let me know!
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm on Saturday, June 21, 2014. Winners will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, June 22, 2014
  3. Giveaway open to United States residents only.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.

Disclosure: The Pint and a Half gave me the jars and adaptors you see pictured above and are also providing the giveaway prize at no cost to me. However, all opinions expressed remain entirely my own. 

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