December Sponsors: Cuppow, Fillmore Container, EcoJarz, iLids, MightyNest, Mrs. Wages, Hobby Hill Farm, & Mason Jar Lifestyle

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I can’t quite believe it, but December is here and that means that it’s time to thank the people and businesses that help keep this site afloat. Tell them you appreciate their support of my work with a purchase or a social follow!

In the top spot are our friends at Cuppow. They are the creators of the original mason jar travel mug topper and the BNTO, a small plastic cup that transforms a canning jar into a snack or lunch box. Parents and kids love their EIO set, with its grippy silicone sleeve and a lid that makes for easy sipping. And make sure to check out their Cup Club, to see if using a mason jar and cuppow can earn you free coffee at a shop near you!

Lancaster, PA-based and family-owned Fillmore Container are next! They sell all manner of canning jars, lids, and other preservation gear. As always, their blog is an amazing resource for all things jar-related. If you’re in need of inspiration for jar-based giving, look no further than their helpful gift guides! Oh, and if you’re a parent looking for a new baby bottle or sippy cup option, check out their line of Mason Bottles!

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Our friends over at EcoJarz are back again this month. They make an array of products designed to fit on top of mason jars, and they just released a kit for fermenters to their stock. It contains a wide-mouth stainless steel ring, a wide-mouth stainless steel lid with a silicone gasket and grommet, an airlock, and a fermenting guide. This month, use the code FOODINJARS2016 to get 20% your order.

iLids is a Seattle-based small business that makes both storage and drink lids in both regular and wide mouth sizes for mason jars. Their storage lids are water tight and the drink lids can accommodate a straw. Best of all, their lids come in a whole bunch of different colors, so there’s something for everyone! Check back next week, when I’ll be giving away some of their fabulous gear.

MightyNest is an amazing resource for non-toxic, natural, and organic products for homes and families. I’m a big fan of the MightyFix, their monthly product subscription program. Right now, you can give the gift of a year’s subscription to the MightyFix for just $99 (it regularly costs $10 a month, so that’s a great deal).

your Mighty Fix

Our friends at Mrs. Wages are on the roster again this month. They make pectin, vinegar, and more canning mixes than I can count. Their website is an incredible preserving resource and I can’t say enough good things about their salsa mix. If you need a little help getting your produce into jars, remember to seek out their products!

Hobby Hill Farm is back with us as well. Based in Powhatan, Virginia, they sell locally made jams and preserves, homemade pretzels, candies, and cheese making kits (including the mozzarella kit I demoed here). Sharon teaches a ton of preserving, cheese making, baking, and pasta making classes, so if you’re in her neck of the woods, make sure to check out her class schedule!

Mason Jar Lifestyle is a one-stop shopping site for all the jar lovers out there. They sell all manner of mason jar accessories and adaptors. If you’re in the market for lids, straws, and cozies to transform your mason jars into travel mugs, make sure to check them out!

If your company or small business is interested in becoming a sponsor, you can find more details here. I offer discounts for multiple month purchases and am always happy to work with your budget. Leave a comment on this post or drop me a note to learn more!

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Kabocha Squash Quick Bread

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The weekend before Thanksgiving, I went a little crazy buying squash. After two trips to farmers market and a dash through Reading Terminal Market, there were three small butternuts, two acorns, and a kabocha squash on my dining room table.

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My sister is a master of squash-centric quick breads in my family and the kabocha squash seemed to cry out for that destiny. Rather than cast about the internet for a recipe, I used the bones of Raina’s regular approach to build my version. I made a few tweaks, including changing up the flours and sweetened my bread with coconut sugar (since writing Naturally Sweet, it’s a regular player in my kitchen).

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I also didn’t have quite enough squash to fill out the two cup measure and so topped it off with a few tablespoons of honey sweetened pear vanilla jam. It worked gorgeously and I highly recommend that approach any time you need just a bit more squash or applesauce for a baked good.

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The other change I made was to use avocado oil. I confess, this bottle of CalPure was recently sent to me for review, and while I don’t plan on offering a full-on review here, I will say that it’s a gorgeous oil. Thick, deeply green, and very rich, it went beautifully with the squash and made for an incredibly moist loaf.

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I divided the batter between four small vintage Pyrex loaf pans. I love these for quick breads because they give me one loaf to keep and three to share with friends and neighbors. Particularly this time of year, I like to have something around for spur of the moment gifting.

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A couple days ago, I mentioned that I’d started a FB group for this site. Lots of you have come over to join up and the conversations and connections that are happening are totally delightful. Please do check it out!

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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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