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freshTECH HarvestPro Sauce Maker Giveaway

Need a little help getting your tomatoes preserved this season? Check out the freshTECH HarvestPro Sauce Maker from Ball Canning!

freshTECH HarvestPro Sauce Maker

We are in the midst of tomato season here in the Philly area and I’ve been in something of a canning frenzy trying to get as many put up as I can before I hit the road again. I find that there is a huge flavor difference between home canned tomatoes and grocery store ones, and so I know that I’m going to be said come January if I don’t take action now.

I used to do most of my tomatoes whole and peeled, packed in water. However, these days I find that I like to do a fifty-fifty split of whole tomatoes and tomato puree. I started doing a lot more tomato puree a few years ago, in large part because an electric tomato press came into my life.

There are a few different brands of these handy machines on the market, and this year, our friends at Ball Canning added one called the HarvestPro to their freshTECH line of appliances.

running the freshTECH HarvestPro Sauce Maker

Having used a number of different tools for pressing tomatoes into sauce, this HarvestPro Sauce Maker is by far the easiest to set up, run, and clean up when you’re all done. It doesn’t splatter like my previous electric press, and the motor base plants itself solidly on your countertop. I’m a huge fan and will be making permanent space for this in my kitchen (or, more realistically, in my coat closet).

Right now, all the freshTECH appliances are 15% off on the Fresh Preserving website (I’m also a really big fan of the Electric Water Bath Canner). If you want to see it in action, I’ll be streaming on Facebook Live tomorrow night (Tuesday, August 23) at 9 pm eastern time for about a half hour to show you how it works.

I also have one of these handy machines to give away this week. Use the widget below for your chance to enter!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: Ball Canning sent me the HarvestPro you see pictured here for review purposes and they are providing the giveaway unit. What’s more, I am also a paid brand partner. However, this post is outside our paid agreement. I just really liked this particular machine and so asked if I could share it with my readers. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Links: Wild Jams, Homemade Crackers, and a Winner

tomato jam and naturally sweet

I spent the weekend in New York and Western Mass, finding a really good balance between working and relaxing (it’s not always easy to do). I taught at Amber Waves Farm in Amagansett (we’re already talking about doing another class next season) on Friday afternoon, spent Saturday morning demoing at the Great Barrington Farmers Market, and taught again at Hillsdale Home Chef on Sunday afternoon.

Saturday afternoon and evening was spent hanging out with some dear friends. It was so good and was exactly what I needed to shake loose from the tension that’s been haunting me.

peach drizzle in orchard road jars

Thank you for all the enthusiastic entries into last week’s Orchard Road giveaway. I loved hearing about the things you’ve all been preserving lately. The winner of the giveaway is #500/Manda. Stay tuned, I’ll have another giveaway up shortly.

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Giveaway: Mason Jars from Orchard Road

Orchard Road pint jars

This week’s giveaway comes from our friends at Orchard Road. They are makers of lovely, simple mason jars in three sizes. The quarts and pints come in both regular and wide mouth versions, and the half pint jars come in just the regular mouth variety. Lids and rings are sold separately, and you can choose between traditional two-piece lids or decorative one-piece lids.

stack of Orchard Road jars

All the Orchard Road jars are sold in packs of six and come in sturdy boxes that fully contain the jars. For those of you who struggle to find closet space for your finished jars, having boxes that keep out the light is such a helpful thing.

Orchard Road lid patterns

I’ve had Orchard Road jars in my canning gear for the better part of two years now and I can report that they are as hardworking and durable as you want your jars to be. Additionally, I’m always happy when I run across an Orchard Road jar when pulling gear for various projects, because I find the minimal embossing and general hand-feel to be particularly pleasing.

peach drizzle in orchard road jars

This week, the Orchard Road giveaway consists of a six-pack of eight ounce jars, the same number of regular mouth pint jars, and sets of both regular lids and bands and decorative caps. Here’s how to enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me about something you’ve canned recently.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm eastern time on Saturday, August 20, 2016. Winners will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, August 21, 2016.
  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: Orchard Road is a site sponsor. In the past, they sent me some jars and lids for testing and photography purposes. They are also are providing the jars for the giveaway winners at no cost to me. Still, all opinions expressed are mine alone. 

You can buy Orchard Road jars at various retail locations, or from Fillmore Container or the Orchard Road online shop.

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Giveaway: BBQ Sauce Bottles & Store Credit from Fillmore Container

Twelve ounce bbq sauce jars

Happy Monday, friends! I’m doing something a little different with this week’s giveaway. Often, when I have a tutorial or recipe to share that’s part of a giveaway, I put it all together in the same post.

However, things can get a little tangled when people want to ask questions about the information I’m offering when leaving a comment is also how you enter the giveaway. So this week, I’m splitting them apart.

four finished jars of barbecue sauce

This is the giveaway post. You’ll use the Rafflecopter widget below for a chance to win a dozen of these nifty BBQ sauce jars and lids and the $50 Fillmore Container store credit. To learn how to use these jars and to get the barbecue sauce recipe, visit this post. This division of content will allow me to better answer any questions you guys may have about the jars and the recipe.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: Fillmore Container is a Food in Jars sponsor. Their sponsorship helps keep the site afloat. They provided the jars you see here and are providing the giveaway prize, both at no cost to me. All opinions expressed are entirely mine.

Preserve the Harvest Giveaway

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I don’t often post about giveaways that other sites are hosting, but this one is just too perfect for you all for me to skip it. Starting this week and continuing throughout the month of August, Countryside Magazine is hosting a series of four preserving-centric giveaways.

At the end of each week, a winner is chosen and the giveaway clock resets with a new collection of tools, supplies, and resources. Food in Jars sponsors Fillmore Container and Mason Jar Lifestyle are both participating, and Fillmore has included copies of my books in weeks one and three!

To learn more about the prizes from Fillmore Container, go here. To enter the first week of giveaways, head over to Countryside. Good luck, friends!

Disclosure: Fillmore Container and Mason Jar Lifestyle are both sponsors of this site. However, no one asked me to write this post. I just wanted to make sure that you guys heard about this awesome opportunity. All thoughts and opinions remain my own. 

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Links: Pickled Fruit, Lavender, and Winners

making dilly beans

I feel like I type some configuration of these words every year, but I can’t quite believe how quickly this summer is flying by. How is tomorrow August? Rather than wax poetic about the passage of time, I’m just going to dig into these links.

The All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving

Now time for some winners (and I’m a giveaway behind0. First up, the winner of the Mrs. Wages tomato basket from two weeks ago is #120/Joy. The winners of last week’s The All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving and the stainless steel rings from Mason Jar Lifestyle are #117/Maria C., #238/Anita E., and #316/Kristal.

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