Upcoming Events, Food Swaps, and the new Food in Jars FB Community

Upcoming classes, pickling demos, food swaps, and news about an online Food in Jars community! A tasty assortment for a gloomy Tuesday afternoon!

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I always feel a little bit of a let down in the days after Thanksgiving. There’s so much excitement and anticipation in advance (particularly when you work in the world of food writing) and then it’s over and all you’ve got left is a pot of soup (if you’re lucky).

In order to bring a little pep back into my step, I thought it would be nice to share a few fun things with you all.

Next Thursday, December 8, I’ll be teaching my final class of the year at the Easton Public Market. We’ll make Maple Sweetened Cranberry Apple Jam and everyone will go home with a small jar of the preserves made in class. 6 to 8 pm. $30. Sign up here.

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On Sunday, December 11, I’ll be at the Hazon Food Festival. I’ll be there to moderate the opening panel (10:45 to 11:30 am), sign books in the marketplace (12:45 to 1:15 pm), and teach a pickling workshop (2:30 to 3:15 pm). The event runs from 10 am to 6:30 and the full day registration costs $25 for adults, $15 for students, and $10 for kids (they also have family packages on offer). Click for more information and registration details.

This Sunday, December 4 I’ll be at the 5th anniversary party for the Philly Food Swap group out the Weavers Way Garage in Mt. Airy. It’s both a food swap and potluck and goes from 3-6 pm (we’ll swap first and then dig into the potluck spread). It’s a free event and everyone is welcome, whether you’re a regular food swapper or this is your very first time. Details and sign-up for here.

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Recently, I started a Facebook group for readers of this site. Simply called the Food in Jars Community, I’m hoping that it will become a place where you all can go to have conversations with one another about canning, preserving, and home cooking. Years ago, we had a lot of good give and take on the main Food in Jars FB page, but they’ve changed the functionality of those pages so that they’re no longer useful as a place for discourse.

Currently the group is listed as closed, but I will happily approve any requests for membership. I’ll be keeping a careful eye on the conversations and will jump in on a daily basis to answer questions and join in the discussion. Please consider joining!

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Giveaway: The Art of Aperitivo Set from reCAP Mason Jars

Celebrate the goodness of cocktails, ferments, and life with The Art of Aperitivo Gift Set from reCAP Mason Jars!

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I first discovered reCAP Mason Jars back in late 2011, when they were running the Kickstarter for their original easy open, spouted lid. In the years since they introduced that original reCAP lid, they’ve continually expanded their line of lids and adaptors so that jars of all shapes and sizes can become even more useful in and around your home. I’m always excited to see what they’ll do next!

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The latest item in their line of jar-centric goodies is The Art of Aperitivo: Italian Happy Hour Gift Set. This highly giftable box comes filled with jars, lids, a waterless airlock, and other goodies to help you treat your friends and family to homemade cocktails and fermented nibbles. It’s the perfect way to lift spirits and brighten the dark nights of winter.

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The three jars that come with the set are from Italian glass maker Bormioli Rocco Quattro Stagioni line. You’ll get a wide mouth 51 ounce jar, a regular mouth 17 ounce jar, and a regular mouth 10 ounce jar. They come with two original reCAP lids and the newer reCAP FLIP lid so that you can easily access whatever you choose to stash in the jars.

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You’l also find a waterless airlock that fits perfectly into the open spout of the reCAP lid. This allows you to transform any jar into a fermentation crock. Use it to make a batch of Jar-diniera, a recipe that’s featured into the handy booklet that comes with the kit.

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The Art of Aperitivo set would make a great gift for anyone who likes to make cocktails, serve up fermented foods, and have their friends over to enjoy them both! I have one of these handy sets to give away this week. Use the widget below to enter!

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Disclosure: reCAP Mason Jar provided the unit you see above at no cost to me and are also providing the giveaway unit. No other payment was provided and all opinions expressed here are entirely mine.

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Jams from Three Springs Fruit Farm

Three Springs Fruit Farm November 7, 2016

Right around this time last year, I told you guys about a collaboration I was doing with Ben Wenk from Three Springs Fruit Farm. We were combining his fruit with my recipes in order to create a line of jams and fruit butters that were a little different from the others you find at the farmers market.

We’ve continued to expand our collaboration over the last year and we’re currently up to six different products. They are:

Today only, you can get 15% off your order from Three Springs Fruit Farm by using the code CANVOLUTION. And if you don’t see this until November 29, take heart! You can still get a discount. Use the code FoodInJars now through December 31, 2016 to get 10% off your order.

PS – In other discount news, our friends at Orchard Road are offering 50% off your online order through Tuesday, November 29. Use the code JARS50 for the deal.

 

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Black Friday Deals from FIJ Partners and Friends

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Good deals abound today and so I thought I’d round up some of the specials and sales that some of the Food in Jars friends and partners are offering for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. Happy shopping!

Cuppow: Use the code BLACKFRIDAY to get free shipping and 25% off all everyday reusable products. Good through Monday, 11/28/16.

Mason Jar Lifestyle: Use the code BF30 to get 30% off all orders. Buy on Saturday, 11/16 and they’ll donate $1 from every order to Americares. Good through Monday, 11/28/16.

Masontops: Use the code SAVE25 to get 25% off all orders. Free shipping on orders of $25 or more. Good through Monday, 11/28/16.

EcoJarz: Use the code FBFRIDAY2016 to get 40% off your order. Spend more than $40 and get a free silicone band gripper. Good through Monday, 11/28/16.

reCAP Mason Jars: Deals abound! The best buy is their 10 pack of regular mouth POUR lids. They’re currently 35% off!

New West Knifeworks: Knives and knife sets are discounted. Reduced prices good through Monday, 11/28/16.

Earlywood: Use the code EARLYFRIDAY15 for 15% off your order. Free shipping on orders over $100. Good through Friday, 11/25/16.

Mason-re: Use the code THANKS to get 20% off your order. Good through Monday, 11/28/16.

Kefirko: Use the code 20KEFIRKO to get 20% off kefir brewing jars. Good through Thursday, 12/15/16.

SipSnap: All products are 15% off site-wide. No code required. Good through Monday, 11/28/16.

Rough Linen: The makers of my favorite pinafore-style apron are offering free shipping on all orders. Good through Friday, 12/23/16.

Beanilla: Use the code BLACK15 for 15% off all orders. Good through Friday, 11/25/16.

And one last deal. Over at Amazon, the 6 quart Instant Pot is on sale for $68.95. This is the one I have and I’m a huge fan. If you’ve been on the fence about getting one, I highly recommend it.

 

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Honey Maple Cranberry Sauce for Thanksgiving

This Honey Maple Cranberry Sauce is sweet, tart, and perfect for serving with turkey on Thanksgiving!

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Let’s take a moment to talk about cranberry condiments. They are a Thanksgiving staple and are one of the easiest things to make rather than buy.

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I’ve made a number of different versions to serve with turkey over the years. There was my “canned” cranberry sauce in which I molded a homemade version in a tin can in order to achieve the classic ridges. Before that, I shared a simple cranberry jelly made with just a pound of berries for easy DIY-ing.

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I’ve also made a bunch of cranberry-centric jams that go well with the traditional Thursday meal. Spiced Cranberry Jam. Pear Cranberry Jam. Low-sugar Pear Cranberry Jam. Apple Cranberry Jam. Apple Cranberry Compote. Any one of these would be a natural addition to your menu. (And if you need more inspiration, each one of my books contains at least one Thanksgiving-appropriate cranberry preserve.)

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Despite the fact that I’ve got so many variations at my disposal, I couldn’t resist making this Honey Maple Cranberry Sauce. Initially, I was going to mold this naturally sweetened version in tin can like I did all those years back. But honestly, it felt like too much trouble and do we really need another gimmick these days?

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I find that cranberry skins are often tough, so I typically work my finished cranberry sauce through a food mill when it’s finished cooking. That results in a sauce that it more uniform in texture and is an easier sell to the people who have only just graduated from the overly sweet canned cranberry jelly. It’s an entirely optional step, though.

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The finished cranberry sauce is flavored lightly with lemon zest and a cinnamon stick and is sweetened with both honey and maple syrup. It’s appealingly tart and sweet, and I am looking forward to heaping a generous scoop onto my plate come Thursday.

Do you have a house cranberry sauce or relish? Share your tradition in the comments!

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The Cookbook Stall + Food in Jars = Signed Copies for the Holidays

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We are firmly in the season of wish lists, gift guides, and holiday shopping. If getting or giving a signed copy of one of my books is on your mind this year, I’ve got good news. I’ve teamed up with my friend Jill Ross at The Cookbook Stall (Philly’s only cookbook-only book shop) to offer a way for you all to buy signed copies of my books.

To get a signed copy, head over to The Cookbook Stall’s online shop and put a copy of Food in Jars, Preserving by the Pint, or Naturally Sweet Food in Jars into your cart and head to check-out.

In step five of the check-out process, there’s a field where you can add comments about your order. Use that space to tell us to whom you’d like the book to be signed and if there’s a specific message you’d like me to convey in my note (Happy Hanukkah! Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! Good Solstice! Happy Birthday!)

Deadline to order your signed book is December 9. I’ll head into the shop the following week to sign the books you all ordered and then she’ll get them into the mail for you guys, in plenty of time for holiday giving.

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