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Giveaway: Straight Sided Half Pint Jars from Fillmore Container

various half pint shapes

I realize it would have been better to use an empty regular half pint jar, but I couldn’t find even a single one in my apartment. It’s been a busy canning season around these parts.

Happy New Year friends! I am back home in Philadelphia after nearly two weeks on the west coast with my family. It was a really lovely vacation, filled with plenty of sleep, lots of delicious food, and multiple thrift storing outings. I came down with a mild cold towards the end of my visit and even that was kind of nice, because it meant hours spent on my parents’ couch watching British costume dramas on Netflix. After an intensely busy year, it was good to do nothing for a day.

bottoms of jars

I am kicking things off in this new year with a giveaway from Fillmore Container. They have just recently started carrying a very nice line of straight-sided half pint jars that can be sealed with either a standard regular mouth lid and ring or a one-piece plastisol-lined lid (here’s my post on canning with these one-piece lids). They are a little shorter than conventional half pint jars and just a bit taller than the wide mouth half pint jars that are sold under the Kerr imprint.

stacked half pint jars

These jars are entirely without embossing, which makes them ideal for stickers and labels. They’re a good option for home canners who want a more professional look but don’t feel comfortable with jars that use lug lids (here’s my post on how to use that style of lid). They also just feel nice in the hand and would make sweet little wine glasses or votive  holders (though I struggle to use edible food for decorative purposes, I do love the look of an inch of red or yellow lentils in the bottom of a jar to keep a candle in place).

food in jars + preserving by the pint

Next week, I’m teaming up in person with Fillmore Container at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. On Monday, January 6 and Tuesday, January 7, I’ll be doing a series of canning demonstrations at their Preservation Station and will also be on hand to sell and sign copies of my cookbook. I’ll also have postcards for the new book on hand (it comes out on March 25, 2014 and can be pre-ordered here) and will be handing them out as I answer canning and preserving questions. If you’re in the area, I do hope you stop by.

For those of you who want to enter to win a dozen of these straight-sided jars (you also get a dozen lids of your choice), here’s what to do.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and share a food-related resolution for 2014. If you’re not the type who makes resolutions, how about sharing a dish you’re hoping to make or a cookbook you hope to explore.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm east coast time on Friday, January 10, 2014. Winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, January 12, 2014.
  3. Giveaway is open to US residents.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post. I can not accept submissions via email.

Speaking of giveaways, Fillmore Container is also hosting a number of giveaways during the Farm Show, both at the show itself and on their blog. Click over to their blog to check out the Canner’s Treasure Chest as well as the other items you could win!

Disclosure: Fillmore Container gave me a dozen of these straight-sided half pint jars for photography and review purposes. They are also site sponsor. However, my opinions do still remain my own and are not altered by my partnership with Fillmore. 

December Sponsors: Cuppow, Eat Boutique, New West KnifeWorks, Preserving Now, and The Clay Studio

Fusionwood 2.0 chef's knife

December landed just a few days ago and that means it’s time to mention and thank the current Food in Jars sponsors. These are the companies make it possible for me to spent time testing recipes, writing tutorials, and answering canning questions and I am grateful for their suppost.

In the top spot is Cuppow. They are the maker of the original mason jar travel mug topper and, more recently, of the BNTO. Many of their gift packs are on sale right now, if you were hoping to pick up a few as stocking stuffers.

Next up is Eat Boutiquean online magazine and market that discovers and celebrates the best small batch foods by boutique makers. They sell specialty gift boxes and regularly host tastings and pop-up markets. We recently collaborated on a box that features a few of my favorite preserve flavors, along with a signed copy of my book. It’s the perfect gift for the preserver in your life!

I’m happy to welcome new sponsor New West KnifeWorks. Based in Wyoming, they are makers of gorgeous, sturdy, crafted in the US kitchen knives. They are currently hosting a giveaway on their site for a 4-piece knife set, so click on over there to enter.

I’m also happy to welcome Preserving Now back! Operated by Lyn Deardorff, Preserving Now is both a website and school dedicated to helping people expand their canning and preserving skills. If you’re in the Atlanta area, make sure to check out her schedule of upcoming classes and events!

Back for another month is The Clay Studio. This Philadelphia-based non-profit was founded in 1974 and is dedicated to affirming the importance of the ceramic arts. They work to make clay an accessible medium to a broad range of people. They sell a number of pieces in their shop that are both lovely to look at and to hold. There’s plenty there that would make excellent holiday gifts!

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November Sponsors: Cuppow, Fillmore Container, Eat Boutique, Preserving Now, and The Clay Studio

pink BNTO

It’s the beginning of practically the middle of November and that means it’s time to mention and thank the current Food in Jars sponsors. These are the companies make it possible for me to spent time testing recipes, writing tutorials, and answering canning questions.

In the top spot is Cuppow. They are the maker of the original mason jar travel mug topper and, more recently, of the BNTO. Have you seen their new multi-colored BNTOS? They are awesome!

Next up is Fillmore Container. They sell all manner of canning jars and lids, as well as a handful of books and jar accessories. They’re a family-owned business based in Lancaster, PA and they happily work with home canners and commercial producers alike. If you’re looking for unusual jars for your holiday gifts, give them a call!

Returning sponsor Eat Boutique is an online magazine and market that discovers and celebrates the best small batch foods by boutique makers. They sell specialty gift boxes and regularly host tastings and pop-up markets. We recently collaborated on a box that features a few of my favorite preserve flavors, along with a signed copy of my book. It’s the perfect gift for the preserver in your life!

I’m also happy to welcome Preserving Now back! Operated by Lyn Deardorff, Preserving Now is both a website and school dedicated to helping people expand their canning and preserving skills. If you’re in the Atlanta area, make sure to check out her schedule of upcoming classes and events!

Back for another month is The Clay Studio. This Philadelphia-based non-profit was founded in 1974 and is dedicated to affirming the importance of the ceramic arts. They work to make clay an accessible medium to a broad range of people. They sell a number of pieces in their shop that are both lovely to look at and to hold.

I am always delighted to welcome new sponsors to the site. Ads start at $75 a month. More information can be found here.

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October Sponsors: Cuppow, Fillmore Container, Eat Boutique, and More

inside the Eat Boutique box

It’s the beginning of October and that means it’s time to mention and thank the current Food in Jars sponsors. These are the companies make it possible for me to spent time testing recipes, writing tutorials, and answering canning questions.

In the top spot is Cuppow. They are the maker of the original mason jar travel mug topper and, more recently, of the BNTO (they sponsored last week’s awesome giveaway). Their products are the best things ever for hitting the road with your precious canning jars.

Next up is Fillmore Container. They sell all manner of canning jars and lids, as well as a handful of books and jar accessories. They’re a family-owned business based in Lancaster, PA and they happily work with home canners and commercial producers alike. They sponsored last week’s Itty Bitty Jar giveaway!

New to the sponsorship round-up is Eat Boutique, an online magazine and market that discovers and celebrates the best small batch foods by boutique makers. They sell specialty gift boxes and regularly host tastings and pop-up markets.

I’m happy to welcome Preserving Now back for another month! Operated by Lyn Deardorff, Preserving Now is both a website and school dedicated to helping people expand their canning and preserving skills. If you’re in the Atlanta area, make sure to check out her schedule of upcoming classes and events!

Another sponsor that’s new this month is The Clay Studio. This Philadelphia-based non-profit was founded in 1974 and is dedicated to affirming the importance of the ceramic arts. They work to make clay an accessible medium to a broad range of people. They sell a number of pieces in their shop that are both lovely to look at and to hold.

I am always delighted to welcome new sponsors to the site. Ads start at $75 a month. More information can be found here.

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September Sponsors: Cuppow, Fillmore Container, and Preserving Now

new Cuppow colors

It’s a new month and that means it’s time to mention and thank the current Food in Jars sponsors. These are the companies make it possible for me to spent time testing recipes, writing tutorials, and answering canning questions.

First up is Cuppow. They are the maker of the original mason jar travel mug topper and, more recently, of the BNTO (they sponsored last week’s awesome giveaway). Best of all, Cuppow is having a 10% of sale on all their products today (and if you buy four or more items, your shipping is free). If you want to get in on the action, use the code SUMMER2013 at check-out.

The second sponsor is Fillmore Container. They sell all manner of canning jars and lids, as well as a handful of books and jar accessories. They’re a family-owned business based in Lancaster, PA and they happily work with home canners and commercial producers alike. Look for another Fillmore Container-sponsored canning tutorial in this space soon!

My newest sponsor is Preserving Now. Operated by Lyn Deardorff, Preserving Now is both a website and school dedicated to helping people expand their canning and preserving skills. If you’re in the Atlanta area, make sure to check out her schedule of upcoming classes and events!

I am always delighted to welcome new sponsors to the site. Ads start at $75 a month. More information can be found here.

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Sponsors: Fillmore Container and Cuppow

mason jars

Like I mentioned on Tuesday in my introduction to the new design, there’s now space on Food in Jars for individual companies, Etsy sellers, bloggers, authors and other folks with a jar-friendly message to advertise. These sponsors make it possible for me to spend more time on this site and continue to bring you interesting recipes, canning tips, and giveaways.

I relaunched on Monday with two sponsoring companies who have long been friends of the site. The first is Fillmore Container. They are a jar and container distributor based in Lancaster, PA.

Fillmore sells the complete line of Ball jars, as well as smooth sided pints, half pints, and quarter pints. If you want to give your preserves a more professional look, you can also pick up an array of cute jam jars, just like the ones used by commercial folks. They were also my source for some of the tall jars featured recently in this post about asparagus jars.

new Cuppow colors

The second sponsor is Cuppow. They produce lids that convert canning jars into travel mugs and I couldn’t love their product any more. I particularly like teaming up one of the wide mouth lids with Straw-Tek with a Pint & Half jar for meeting my iced coffee and tea needs during the summertime.

Make sure to check back to blog on Tuesday, because Cuppow is announcing a new product and I’ll have some details to share!

If you’re interested in becoming a Food in Jars sponsor, please check out all the details on the sponsorship page. Feel free to leave a comment or shoot me a note if you have any questions about this new feature.

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