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Sponsored Post: The MightyFix from MightyNest

your Mighty Fix

One of the things I’ve really enjoyed over the last few years has been the redefinition of subscription programs. Where once subscriptions were limited to magazines and newspapers, we can now subscribe to beauty product samplers, snack boxes, freshly roasted coffee, and even spices.

mighty fix lunch skins

My friends over at MightyNest recently launched one of these programs. It’s called the MightyFix and is both simple and entirely fantastic. The deal is that for $10 a month they’ll send you full sized product that is actually worth at least $10 (and often, will have a far higher price point) and they’ll ship it for free. What’s more, anything else you want to add to your FIX from their site also ships for free.

Mighty Nest lunch containers

For August, the MightyFix is featuring these snazzy Lunchskins. Made from European pastry bags, they are lightweight, moisture-proof, and dishwasher-safe. Each MightyFixer gets one sandwich size and one snack size, which is fantastic if you’re gearing up for the lunch packing season.

Because they’re a rock star partner, MightyNest is offering a MightyFix deal to all Food in Jars readers. If you sign up using the widget below in the next two weeks, you’ll get August’s fix (the Lunchskins!) for free.

And, if your lunch gear needs a refresh (or you need a few more Lunchskins, so that there’s no fighting over who gets it in their lunch today), you could add some containers like these or these to your order, without paying a cent more in shipping (I do so love a bargain).

divided container

Each item featured in the MightyFix will be money saving (because it will replace a disposable product), easy to clean (a must for things that come in contact with food), and will be plastic-free (no funky chemical leaching). And with anything you buy on MightyNest, they’ll donate 15% of your purchase back to the school of your choice.

sandwich in lunch skin

I took my sandwich-sized Lunchskin out for a test drive on Tuesday. I was teaching a class that was a two-hour drive away and so packed myself a simple dinner to eat in the car on the way home. I had a couple pieces of fruit, some cashews for munching, and a peanut butter and plum jam sandwich on whole wheat.

The Lunchskin kept my sandwich fresh for hours. I wiped it out with a damp, soapy sponge when I got home and perched it on a wooden spoon in the dish drainer. By morning, it was dry and ready to hold a sandwich again. I’m hopeful that I’ll never have to buy a box of plastic sandwich bags again.

Disclosure: MightyNest is a Food in Jars sponsor. They sent me the gear you see pictured here at no cost to me. However, every word I said about the MightyFix comes from the heart. I think it’s a really nifty program and I’m seriously tempted to subscribe. I’ve already bought a gift subscription to my sister, who has two young boys who are incredibly hard on things like lunch containers and water bottles. 

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Pickled Cranberries for Ball’s 25 Days of Making and Giving

pickled cranberries pint

I am a devoted to the belief that when it comes to holiday giving, a homemade gift (preferably edible), is best. I come by this attitude honestly, as my parents have a tradition of pairing my mother’s homemade jams with quart jars of my dad’s famous pancake mix to share with their friends, family, and neighbors.

I’ve been filling little flat rate boxes to send off some of my favorite far-flung people, and when my local family gathers on Saturday for our annual Hanukkah party, I’ll be carrying a sturdy crate full of jams and pickles so that everyone can pick their favorite.

pickled cranberries pint horizontal

This year, I’ve teamed up with Ball Canning to share a seasonal recipe as part of their 25 Days of Making and Giving campaign. All across the internet, bloggers have been posting their favorite gift in a jar creation to help inspire your handmade holiday. For my part, I’ve decided to share an updated and improved version of my pickled cranberries.

I initially wrote a recipe for pickled cranberries back in the days when I was writing about pickles for Serious Eats. However, I’ve found that the yield wasn’t perfectly consistent and readers sometimes struggled to find some of the ingredients I called for. This new and improved version makes exactly 4 pints of preserves (which you can either can in pint jars, or spread across half pints, for an increased gifting yield) and uses things you should be able to get at the grocery store or local spice shop.

pickled cranberries

The finished pickle is a lovely thing to serve alongside roast meat or with a cheese plate, and if you’re going to pack it up in a box to ship across country, I highly suggest that you include a note telling the recipient to stir the liquid into sparkling water or a gin and tonic.

Win Canning Supplies during Ball Canning’s 25 Days of Making and Giving

This recipe is part of Ball Canning’s 25 Days of Making and Giving—each day throughout December, Ball will be sharing a new gift-in-a-jar recipe or tutorial designed for holiday giving Make sure to check back each day throughout the month for a new, fun way to handcraft your holiday gifts. You can also follow Ball Canning on Facebook or Pinterest to stay on top of the daily posts!

During the 25 Days of Making and Giving, Ball is giving away daily prizes to those who enter on the contest website (you can enter every day)! Each daily entry is also included in the grand prize drawing for a FreshTech Automatic Canning System.

Disclosure: This post was written in partnership with Ball Canning. However, all the thoughts and opinions expressed here are entirely mine.

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Big Cyber Monday Sale at Cuppow

cuppow sale!

Attention canning jar fans, do I have a sale for you! The folks at Cuppow have put their entire stock on sale. If you want to pick up some lids, BNTO adapters, CoffeeSocks, Mason Taps, or any thing else jar-related (the price on the Mason Shaker is pretty darn great), do it now while everything is 25% off. You don’t need a coupon code, prices are automatically adjusted to reflect the lower prices.

The sale started yesterday and runs through Tuesday, December 2.

Make sure to check out the gift pack options as well, because they’ve got some good ones, like the Perk Me Up! (a full pour over coffee set-up for your favorite caffeine addict). Oh, and they still have a few signed copies of Preserving by the Pint. I hear those make excellent gifts.

Finally, do remember that Cuppow gives 5% of all profits to charity, so the more you buy, the more they give to organizations like Cradles to Crayons and Team Rubicon.

(Disclosure: Cuppow is a loyal Food in Jars sponsor. However, I’m writing this blog post because I think they make an awesome product and I wanted to make sure that you guys didn’t miss out on this deal.)

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Sponsored Post: Vegetable Gardening Class Giveaway from Craftsy

vegetable gardening title card

This post is the next installment in my sponsored content partnership with Craftsy. This time, I took Doug Green’s Vegetable Gardening class. It has left me determined to find a community garden plot next year! Read on for more!

Though backyard gardens all across the country are still pumping out tomatoes and zucchini, a smart gardener knows that now is actually the best time to spend a few minutes evaluating this summer’s gardening effort and begin thinking about next year (of course, I’m one to speak. I have no gardening space whatsoever).

One way to help prepare for next year’s abundance is to take a class to help you sharpen your skills. Craftsy’s Vegetable Gardening is one such class (and can be taken right from your own computer!).

Click here to enter for a chance to win Vegetable Gardening!

veg gardening potting plant

Taught by long time gardener Doug Green, this course starts with information about how to build raised beds (or improve the ones you’ve already got). Once your foundation is set, he walks you through the sets of starting seeds, transplanting those seeds, and the fine art of keeping those seedlings alive and kicking.

He also touches on various composting systems, soil improvements, sowing seeds, methods to keep your plants protected, crop rotation, ways to plant multiple varieties together for best results, and even tips for keeping the pests away.

This class is a valuable resource for both new gardeners and those with a handful of seasons under their belt.

plastic wrapped tomato cage

Because they want to help spread the word about this most excellent gardening class, the folks at Craftsy are offering up one registration for giveaway to a Food in Jars reader. Just click the link below to enter (it will take you over to Craftsy, where you’ll create an account with them in order to toss your hat in the ring).

Click here to enter for a chance to win Vegetable Gardening!

All photos in this post are printed here courtesy of Craftsy.

For more about this series of sponsored posts and my year-long partnership with Craftsy, please visit this post.

Official disclosure statement: This is sponsored post from Craftsy. I was compensated for this post. However, all opinions remain my own.

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Sponsored Post: Craftsy’s Free Class Creative Ways with Whole Grains

quinoa and kale salad

This post is the next installment in my sponsored content partnership with Craftsy. This time, I took Anna Bullett’s Creative Ways with Whole Grains. It was an entertaining and highly useful class that reminded me of how wonderful and easy whole grain cooking can be. Read on for more!

I believe that every home cook should have at least one hearty grain salad in his or her culinary repertoire. They keep well, are customizable to nearly every food allergy and preference, travel well, and they make really excellent leftovers.

barley, cucumber and feta salad

Back in the days when I was working in an office full time, I would often make a big batch of barley, cucumber, red onion, parsley, and feta salad, and eat it for lunch all week. In addition to being a tasty and simple way to eat a good lunch, those bowls of grain salad really helped keep my grocery budget in check.

The only trouble I have with my beloved grain salads and side dishes is that I easily fall into a rut and make the same three dishes on repeat. To combat my tendency to combine the same flavors over and over again, my eyes are always peeled for fresh grain inspiration.

brown jasmine rice

A few days ago, while on the road and far away from my kitchen, I took Craftsy’s free class, Creative Ways with Whole Grains. It offered up a wealth of fresh ideas and had me itching to get back home and into the kitchen to try some of Anna Bullett’s recipes.

She starts the class with an introduction to a variety of whole grains, offers tips on how to cook them, and then makes a wheatberry salad with goat cheese that looks positively delicious. Later, she shows how to make a wild rice pilaf that would work wonderfully on a potluck or holiday table, cooks up quinoa porridge for breakfast, and turns onions, mushrooms, and farro into a creamy risotto.

quinoa in a jar

As we head into autumn (deny it all you want, it is coming), consider adding a couple of warm grain dishes to your regular rotation to help keep bellies full and satisfied.

If you want to take the Creative Ways with Whole Grains class, click here to register!

For more on my year-long partnership with Craftsy, head over to the first post in the series, all about my experience taking their free Knife Skills course.

Official disclosure statement: This post was sponsored by Craftsy. I was compensated for my time. However, all opinions remain entirely my own.

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Plum Cardamom Jam and a Anolon Advanced 11-Piece Cookware Set Giveaway [sponsored]

finished plum cardamom jam

The first homemade jam I ever tasted was made with homegrown plums. I was just four or five years old and the trees in our backyard were having a bumper year. My mom picked enough to fill her yellow enamel colander, gave them a good rinse under the tap, and turned them in sweet, slightly drippy preserves. We ate those plums over pancakes and with oatmeal every chance we got.

syrupy plums

Though I will often tell people that blueberries are my foundational fruit (and they were the star in my very first solo batch of jam), there is something about the flavor of plum jam that makes my brain go, “ah yes, THIS is what homemade jam should taste like.”

finished plum jam

I recently made my first batch of plum jam for this season (I was asked by Anolon gourmet cookware to develop this particular recipe), from the same kind of sturdy black plums that used to grow in our southern California yard. I added a little ground cardamom for extra depth and I cooked the whole thing in the 7.5 quart wide stock pot from the Anolon Advanced line. Though I don’t normally gravitate towards non-stick cookware for jam making, the width and low walls of the pan made it irresistible.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post (hopefully that was clear before you got to this disclosure statement). Anolon has compensated me for the creation of the plum jam recipe. They sent me the stockpot in which I made the jam (I did really like it, though), and they’re providing the cookware set for the giveaway. The thoughts and words are still all entire mine. 

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