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Giveaway: Pickle Packer and Pebbles from Masontops

pickle packer vert

Over the last couple of years, I’ve gotten more and more interested in small batch fermentation (these dilly beans and last week’s batch of hot sauce are two good examples). Throughout my slow-motion tumble down the lactobacillus rabbit hole, I’ve gathered a useful collection of gear designed to help my little ferments turn out well.

pickle pebbles

Late in the spring, a pair of products I’ve come to use a lot fell into my lap, thanks to the folks at Masontops. They had reached out in the hopes that I’d write about their Chalk Tops (which I did), but also included a Pickle Packer and a set of regular mouth Pickle Pebbles in the package they sent, just so I could see their whole product line.

pickle pebbles open

I use the Pickle Packer nearly every time I make a batch of sauerkraut (which ends up being at least a couple times a month). It allows me to quickly bash the cabbage and salt together and then compress them neatly into a quart or half gallon jar. And the Pickle Pebbles are great for weighing down the veg so that the top doesn’t rise up above the liquid and then dry out, discolor, or mold. They are just simple, useful products.

masontops pickle pebble

On Thursday, the folks at Masontops are launching a Kickstarter campaign for a new product, which I do believe is going to knock the socks off those of you who do a lot of fermentation. I’ll have more about that product on Thursday as well. In the meantime, I’m giving away one of their fermentation sets, which includes both the Pickle Packer and Pebbles. Here’s how to enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me what you’re cooking, canning, or fermenting this week.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm eastern time on Saturday, October 10, 2015. Winners will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, October 11, 2015.
  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 Masontops folks send me a collection of their products for photography purposes and are providing the fermentation kit for the winner of this giveaway. They recently become a Food in Jars sponsor. However, all opinions expressed here are my own. 

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Links: Plum Ketchup, Roasted Tomatoes, and Winners

fruit at Bi Rite

Over the last several days, we’ve settled down into some of my favorite weather of the year. I love the cooler days and chilly nights, as well as the alternating days of rain and sunshine. Autumn, you are always welcome here! Now, some links!

mason jar lifestyle airlock

A big thanks to everyone who took the time to enter last week’s giveaway, sponsored by Mason Jar Lifestyle! The winners of the two $25 gift cards to the site are #142/Katie B. and #220/RG. Congratulations to all the winners!

If you didn’t win, but spotted something you desperately want, don’t forget that you get 10% off your purchase by using the code “jars10” and that shipping is free if you spend $25 or more (if you order less than that, shipping is $4).

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Giveaway: Mason Jar Lifestyle Gift Cards

mason jar lifestyle lid

Friends, let me introduce you to a website called Mason Jar Lifestyle, a one-stop shopping site for a very wide array of canning jar accessories! We truly live in the golden age for mason jar lovers.

mason jar lifestyle gear

They’ve got silicone drink lids, fruit infusers, silicone jar seals (great for those times when you want to ensure that your jars aren’t going to leak), copper regular mouth lids (fun for gifts!), and even pin cushion toppers.

straw with ridge

They carry straws of all shapes and sizes. You can get glass ones, stainless steel ones, super skinny ones, and even rounded-end straws with a little bump so that they stay put inside the drink topper. They also carry brushes designed to clean straws, so that you don’t get any funky growth.

mason jar lifestyle airlock

You’ll also find an array of useful fermentation gear available on Mason Jar Lifestyle. One particularly clever thing is that they’ve created a line of silicone toppers that work both with straws and airlocks, so you can choose how you use them. Here’s the complete fermentation kit.

mason jar lids with designs

Other cool items they have in stock are soap dispenser pumps (in so many different finishes!), wax warmers, a mason speaker for your phone, solar light inserts, and mason jar handles and caddies.

mason jar tealight holder

If some of this gear is floating your boat, and you don’t want to wait to see if you win the giveaway below, I have a couple offers for you. The first is that all Food in Jars readers can get 10% off your purchase by using the code ” jars10.” Second, shipping is free if you order more than $25 worth of gear (if your order is less than that, shipping is a flat $4).

mason jar lifestyle sticker

Now, for the giveaway. Maggie from Mason Jar Lifestyle has offered up two $25 gift cards to the site. Here’s how to enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this post, sharing a jar accessory you’d like to have.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm east coast time on Saturday, October 3, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, October 4, 2015.
  3. Giveaway is open to US residents only (and is void where prohibited).
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left on the blog.

Disclosure: I received an assortment of gear from the folks at Mason Jar Lifestyle for review and photography purposes at no cost to me. My opinions remain my own.

Links: Chocolate Applesauce Cake, Chard Stalk Hummus, and Winners

stove while canning

Last Wednesday night, just before we slipped out of town to escape the weekend of Pope-centric festivities taking over Philadelphia, I spent the evening canning (as I often do just before a trip). I canned up a roasted sungold sauce and processed some fermented hot sauce (heating it does kill all the beneficial bacteria, but I just don’t have the fridge space for half a gallon of sauce). I’ll have both those recipes for you guys this week. Now, links!

T-fal Clipso pressure cooker

Time for winners! This week, I have two giveaways to wrap up. First is the T-Fal Clipso Pressure Cooker giveaway that I posted on Monday. The winner there is #25/Jo-Ann (congratulations!).

Second up is the $100 gift certificate from The Home Depot, that was offered in conjunction with the release of all those Can-It-Forward videos last Tuesday. The winner there is #70/Nikki A. Hooray!

Thanks to all of you who took the time to enter!

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Can-It-Forward Demo Videos Now Available on + Home Depot Gift Card Giveaway

Marisa at Ball Canning HQ

Back in July, I traveled to Indiana to participate in Ball Canning’s International Can-It-Forward Day. We were supposed to be streaming live from their brand new test kitchen (kitted out in Martha Stewart Living cabinets, counters and hardware), but there were some technical difficulties and the videos were never made available.

Happily, the Can-It-Forward team has been hard at work behind the scenes, and today, the videos of the recipes that we all demonstrated that day are finally ready for viewing! You’ll see the following demos…

Click here to see all the Can-It-Forward Videos!

demo at Ball Canning HQ

For those of you who missed the interactivity of International Can-It-Forward Day, fear not. Your friends at Jarden Home Brands have you covered. This Thursday, September 24 they’ll be live streaming an fall canning program starting at 3 pm ET. You’ll have a chance to ask questions and see a behind the scenes peek at that gorgeous test kitchen I mentioned earlier.

If you’re interested in tuning in, you can pre-register here. And if you can’t make the livestream, they’ll be posting the full video later in the day, so you can catch up at your leisure.

Now, for the last bit of good news. I have a $100 Home Depot gift card to give away to one lucky Food in Jars reader (I know. Two giveaways in one week!).

Jarden Home Brands worked with The Home Depot and the Martha Stewart Living Kitchens line during their kitchen renovation and the results are so gorgeous. If you like the looks of the kitchen they created, this giveaway is your change to bring a little bit of the same durable style into your own home.

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Leave a comment on this post and share how you’d spend $100 at The Home Depot.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm east coast time on Friday, September 25, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random and this post will be updated with their name.
  3. Giveaway is open to US residents only (and is void where prohibited).
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left on the blog.

Disclosure: I am a paid Ball Canning Ambassador and was compensated for my participation in this year’s Can-It-Forward Day, but my thoughts and opinions remain entirely my own. 

Giveaway: T-fal Clipso Pressure Cooker

T-fal Clipso pressure cooker box

Update: There’s been a bit of confusion and so to clarify, this is a pressure cooker, not a pressure canner. This is not a device in which you can pressure can. It is only good for pressure cooking.

In the early days of this blog, I was a pressure cooking and canning neophyte. Because of a family legacy of pressure cooking disasters, I was just weeks shy of my 30th birthday before I gathered my courage and tried cooking under pressure for the first time.

T-fal Clipso pressure cooker box top

After that maiden voyage with my pressure cooker (documented here), I was a quick convert to its many uses. I often use my pot for quickly cooking dried beans, braising chicken thighs, or making small batches of highly concentrated chicken stock.

T-fal Clipso pressure cooker

Earlier in the summer, I got an email asking if I might be interesting in trying the new Clipso Pressure Cooker from T-fal. Its defining feature is that instead of having a lid that turns to lock into place, you place the lid on the pot (no need to line it up with the handles) and press the button on the top of the pot. One-handed closure magic!

T-fal Clipso lid lock button

Once you’ve locked the lid in place, you toggle the valve to the cook setting (the other setting is the steam release, which we’ll talk about in just a second), set the pot on the heat and start building up a head of steam. The safety button will wiggle into place (making it impossible to open the pot while the contents are under pressure) and eventually some steam will start to escape through the valve.

T-fal Clipso mechanism

Once the steam starts to escape, you reduce the heat to a medium level. I’m always amazing by how relatively little heat you need to maintain pressure for cooking and canning.

When the cooking time is up, you pull the pot off the heat. Because the valve is built in, this doesn’t produce the same amount of uncertain jiggling that you get with a more traditional pot (which I really appreciate).

Locked T-fal pot

To release the pressure, you can either let it cool slowly and drop naturally, or you carefully turn the control valve to allow the steam to escape. I highly prefer this method to rapidly cooling a pot by running it under cool running water. Finally, to remove the lid, you press the button on the side of the lid handle to release the locking mechanism. So easy.

chickpeas in cooker

The first thing I made in my very sturdy Clipso was a batch of garlicky garbanzo beans. I went from dry beans to soft, tender ones in just half an hour (and if your beans were fresher than mine, it might take even less time!). I combined 2 cups of garbanzo beans in the pot with 8 cups of water, 1 teaspoon of salt and 5 smashed garlic cloves. It’s hummus time!

T-fal max fill line

Because the folks at T-fal want to share the pressure cooker love with you guys, they’ve given me one Clipso Pressure Cooker to give away! Here’s how to enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and share a pressure cooking tale. Have you done it and love it? Or are you scared? Perhaps you’re somewhere in between.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm east coast time on Saturday, September 26, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, September 27, 2015.
  3. Giveaway is open to US residents only (and is void where prohibited).
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left on the blog, I cannot accept submissions via email.

Disclosure: T-fal sent me the Clipso you see pictured here and are providing a second unit for this giveaway. No additional compensation was provided and all opinions remain my own.