Giveaway: Round Collection Elite Jam Jars (sponsored by Fillmore Container)

Round Jam Jars Tower Fillmore - Food in Jars

Happy March 22, everyone! For most of you, this is just another ordinary Tuesday, but for me, it’s the official publication day for my new book-baby, Naturally Sweet Food in Jars (I know, it’s been shipping for the last two weeks. But now, there’s no denying it. The book is out there).

In celebration, I’ve teamed up with my friends at Fillmore Container for a little pub day giveaway. I’m hosting a giveaway over here and they’re also hosting another giveaway over on their blog (along with a sneak peek at one of the recipes from the new book).

Three Round Jam Jars Fillmore - Food in Jars

Last week, when I gave away that giant bundle of Ball Canning gear, many of you mentioned how happy you were to see that they’d brought back the classic, rounded half pint jam jar. These fruit embossed jars are often a favorite with long-time canners and it was popular demand that’s brought them back into production.

I had a feeling that these jars would tickle your collective fancy and so when Fillmore asked me what I thought my giveaway should include, I just knew that these were the ones to feature.

Round Jam Jars Fillmore - Food in Jars

These round jam jars hold 8 ounces and are the perfect vessel for jams, relishes, chutneys, and truly any preserve that you want to dress up a little bit more. This week, I have three boxes of these jars to give away to three winners (each box contains four jars). Over on the Fillmore Container blog, one lucky winner will get a copy of my new book, 2 cases of Orchard Road (both pints and half pints), a case of fruited jam jars, 2 Storage iLIDS, 2 reCap Flip Caps, 2 Packs of Pomona’s Pectin. It’s quite a prize package!

Here’s how to enter my end of the giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me what your favorite preserve of 2015 was.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm eastern time on Saturday, March 26, 2016. A winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, March 27, 2016.
  3. Giveaway open to United States only (so sorry!). Void where prohibited.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.

Click here to enter the Fillmore Container giveaway! 

Disclosure: Fillmore Container is the sponsor of this giveaway. They provided the jam jars you see pictured above, and are also providing the ones for the giveaway, both at no cost to me. They are a Food in Jars sponsor, so they contribute to the upkeep and maintenance of this site. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own. 

Naturally Sweet Food in Jars Book Tour – West Coast Edition

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Friends! My new book officially comes out tomorrow (though in reality, it’s been shipping for the last two weeks), and so I thought it was high time to walk through the details for the first installment my west coast book tour (I’ll be doing a second swing in September). It starts on April 6 and runs through April 20. Please do sign up for the classes, mark your calendars for the free events, and come out to say hi!

Wednesday, April 6 (Los Angeles)
I’ll be in Santa Monica, at the Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories, for a farmers market walk, with a canning demo and tasting to follow. We’ll meet at 9 am at 3rd Street and Arizona. This event is free, but requires registration in advance.

Saturday, April 9 (Santa Cruz)
I’ll be at Chefworks (1527 Pacific Avenue) from 1-4 pm, demonstrating recipes from the new book and signing any books purchases. This event is free.

Monday, April 11 (Half Moon Bay)
Come see me at the New Leaf Community Market in Half Moon Bay (150 San Mateo Road) starting at 4 pm for a canning demo and book signing. No pre-registration is required and it’s a free event.

Tuesday, April 12 (San Francisco)
I’ll be at 18 Reasons (3674 18th Street), co-teaching a canning class with the delightful Shakirah Simley, Canner-in-Residence for the Bi-Rite Family of Businesses. We’ll make two recipes from my new book, and there will be a goodly amount of hands on involvement. The class starts at 6:30 pm and costs $55-65. Register here.

Wednesday, April 13 (San Francisco)
I’ll be at Omnivore Books (3885 Cesar Chavez Street) at 6:30 pm, demoing a half batch of strawberry cocoa jam, and signing books. There will be samples and they will be delicious.

Thursday, April 14 (Berkeley)
Join me for a Meet and Greet at Books Inc. (1491 Shattuck Avenue) in Berkeley. We’ll have jam samples for tasting and I’ll be available from 3:30 until 5:30 to answer all canning questions.

Friday, April 15 (SW Portland)
Come out for a demo-style class at The Cakery (6306 SW Capitol Highway), from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. The $30 cost of the event includes a copy of Naturally Sweet Food in Jars. Sign up by calling 503-546-3737.

Saturday, April 16 (Beaverton)
You’ll find me at the Beaverton Farmers Market (12375 SW 5th Street) from 10 am to 1 pm. I’ll be demoing continually and will have books on hand for sale and signature.

Saturday, April 16 (SE Portland)
Later that same day, join me for a hands-on natural sweeteners canning class at Portland Homestead Supply from 3-5 pm. The class costs $45 and you can register here.

Sunday, April 17 (Eugene)
At 11 am, you’ll find me at Down to Earth’s Olive Street (532 Olive Street) location for a canning demo and book signing. It’s a free event and a good time will be had by all.

Sunday, April 17 (Portland)
That evening at 7:30 pm, I’ll be at the main location of Powell’s Books (it’s something of a dream come true), having a conversation with fellow food writer Ivy Manning. There will be a book signing to follow. More details here.

Monday, April 18 (Abbotsford, BC)
Next, a leap to the north. I’ll be teaching a canning class at Lepp Farm Market (33955 Clayburn Road) from 7 to 9:30 pm. This class costs $77 (which includes a copy of the book) and you can register here.

Tuesday, April 19 (Seattle)
I’m returning to The Pantry at Delancey (1417 NW 70th Street) for a canning class focused on natural sweeteners. We’ll make four recipes from the book, and everyone will go home with a jar or two of freshly made preserves. The class is from 6:30 to 9:30 pm and costs $85. Register here.

Wednesday, April 20 (Seattle)
I’ll be at the Book Larder (4252 Fremont Ave. N) in Seattle from 6:30-8 pm demonstrating a half batch of the strawberry cocoa jam from the new the book and signing as many copies as I can. The event is free, but they ask that you RSVP using the form at the bottom of this page.

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Links: Quick Pickles, Creamy Nut Butters, and a Winner

breakfast with tea and jam

Throughout my high school and college years, it happened without fail. The moment the stress and pressure of the semester had passed, I’d come down with a cold, the flu, or some other strange virus that would force me to do nothing but rest and watch bad TV for at least a week.

I thought I was done with that kind of stress-related sickness, but apparently old patterns are hard to break. The moment we were through with my mother-in-law’s memorial service and had done the bulk of the cleaning out of her apartment, I came down with something resembling the flu. I spent most of the last week in bed or on the couch, trying to sleep my way back to health.

I finally feel better today and it’s not a moment too soon, since I leave for IACP and then book tour activities next week! Fingers crossed that my health holds out! Now, links!

New Ball Jars - Food in Jars

The winner of last week’s fabulous Ball Canning giveaway is #479/J. Anderson. Congratulations and enjoy the jar bounty!

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Giveaway: New Products from Ball Home Canning

New Ball Jars - Food in Jars

For the last several springs, Jarden Home Brands (maker of our beloved Ball Jars) has brought out limited edition colored jars as part of their Heritage Collection. The first year, they released pint sized blue jars with a regular mouth. In year two, we got green jars, in a wide mouth quart and a regular mouth pint. Last spring delivered purple jars in wide mouth quarts and regular mouth pints.

New Ball Product Line 2016 - Food in Jars

Sometime back in the fall, I’d heard that there wasn’t going to be a Heritage Collection this spring. I took that to mean that there wasn’t going to be any new products at all. Happily, I was very, very wrong. Late last week, two giant boxes filled with jar goodness landed on my doorstep. I’ve been looking forward to sharing the fun with you all, so let’s dig in.

New Blue Jars from Ball - Food in Jars

First up is all the new jars. I was delighted to see the new Collection Elite Color Series Jars, which currently come in blue and are available in regular mouth half pint, wide mouth pint, and wide mouth quart. What’s particularly exciting is that these jars are here to stay. They’re not a limited release like the previous Heritage Collections were. They’re sold in cases of four and the price ranges from $7.99 to 9.99.

New Half Gallon Ball Jar - Food in Jars

Next up is the Super-Wide Mouth Half Gallon Jar (the round jelly jar is just there to give you a sense of scale. We’ll talk about those in a minute). Much like the gallon version that’s been available for the last few years (I have two of them!) this jar is designed to be used for food storage, as a design element, and in crafting applications.

You could use these jars for refrigerator pickles and fermentation, but the lid isn’t designed to be in contact with acidic ingredients and would eventually corrode. I find these do best with dry goods or tea bags. This jar typically retails for $9.99. [Ball | Amazon]

Round Jelly Jars - Food in Jars

Now, to the round jelly jars, brought back by popular demand. Their official name is the Ball Collection Elite Design Series Jam Jar and this jar wasn’t been in production since 2006 (though you can often find them in thrift stores and at rummage sales). They hold 8 ounces of product, have a cheerful fruit-themed embossed exterior, and are sold in packages of four for $5.49.

Pour and Measure New Lids - Food in Jars

Also new to the product line this season are lids. You’ll find blue metallic lids and bands in the Collection Elite Color Series (in both regular and wide mouth) as well as a nifty new Pour & Measure Cap. I’m especially excited about the Pour & Measure Cap, because it offers a new way to serve from a mason jar.

The bottom half of the cap remains screwed onto the jar and the top half pulls off with a gentle tug, revealing two pouring options. I can see using it for milk (when you need room and so pour the remains of a bulky container into a smaller one) or homemade yogurt. The only thing I wish is that it had a silicone seal, to prevent any chance of leakage.

The blue lids and bands retail for $3.99 to 5.49. The Pour & Measure Cap costs $3.99 when purchased independently or $5.99 for a cap and jar combination.

Pour and Measure Cap - Food in Jars

Thanks to the good people at Jarden Home Brands/Ball Canning, I have one set of everything you see pictured in this post up for giveaway. You’ll get all the new blue jars, the super wide mouth half gallon, the round jelly jars (I’ll have another chance for you to win some of those in the coming weeks, as well), the blue metallic lids, and the pour cap to give away to a very lucky person. Here’s how to enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and me which item in this post you’re most excited about
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm eastern time on Saturday, March 19, 2016. A winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, March 20, 2016.
  3. Giveaway open to United States only (so sorry!). Void where prohibited.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.

Disclosure: Jarden Home Brands sent me everything you see pictured here for photography and review purposes. They’re also provided a second set for the giveaway. No additional compensation was provided. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own. 

Upcoming Events: Greensgrow! Local Mouthful Potluck!

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Friends! My west coast book tour is coming very, very soon! However, before I fly off California, Oregon, and Washington, I want to make sure you guys knew about a couple Philly area events I have coming up this week.

First off is an Introduction to Natural Sweeteners class at Greensgrow Farms this Saturday, March 19 from 12 noon to 2 pm. I’ll show you the basics of how to swap these sweeteners into your favorite recipes, teach you how to use Pomona’s Pectin to get a good set, and make sure that you go home feeling comfortable with the canning process from beginning to end. We’ll make honey sweetened pear jam and blueberry jam sweetened with fruit juice.

Next up is the first ever Local Mouthful Cookbook Club potluck. Local Mouthful is a weekly podcast I’ve been making since last summer with fellow food writer Joy Manning. In January, we kicked off a cookbook club as part of the podcast, always with the goal to turn it into a mechanism to get together with fellow food lovers in the real world.

This Sunday, March 20 is the first of those real life gatherings. We’ll be holding a potluck at CultureWorks Philadelphia at 5 pm. All we ask is that you sign up in advance so that we know that you’re coming and that you bring a dish from one of the books we’ve focused on this year so far – Lucky Peach’s 101 Easy Asian Recipes, The New Persian Kitchen, or The Indian Family Kitchen.

Click here for my complete calendar of events

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Links: Canning Myths, Co-ops, and a Winner

January 26

Slowly but surely, we’re making our way back to normal again. My mother-in-law’s memorial is now behind us. The apartment is mostly back together after hosting the family for sandwiches, cookies, and comforting beverages. And we’ve made headway in clearing out her apartment.

It’s been an exceptionally bittersweet time, because as much as my heart is heavy, there’s also been a goodly amount of joy. Amazon started shipping Naturally Sweet Food in Jars last week and I’ve been heard from so many of you that you have it in your hands, that you’re flagging recipes, and that you’re even already cooking from it. It’s been a real bright spot in a bleak time.

Now, some links.

Beyond Canning Cover - Food in Jars

The winner of the Beyond Canning giveaway is #55/WendP. Congratulations!

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