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Links: Pickles, Trifles, and Winners

Oh friends, I can’t tell you how much fun I’m already having with the Food in Jars Mastery Challenge. I’m floored by how many people are participating and it’s been so fun to see all the marmalades you’ve been making!

I’m a bit later than usual with these links and winners. Hopefully you’ll enjoy them nonetheless.

It was so much fun to read about your canning goals last week in the giveaway of the smooth-sided and mini jars from Ball Canning. Here are the winners.

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Giveaway: Smooth Sided and Mini Jars from Ball Canning

Ponder your goals for the 2017 canning season and enter to win new storage and canning jars from Ball Canning!

Already today, we’ve talked a little bit about some of the canning and preserving we’re going to be doing together in the coming year (have you signed up for the Food in Jars Mastery Challenge yet?). Now, let’s talk in more detail about how we’re going to do it.

It takes thought and preparation to expand skill set and I find that there’s no better time to do a little planning for learning and growth than at the very start of fresh new year. Whether you’re a goal setter or a resolution maker, now is the time to start lining up our intentions.

Here are a few questions to start with as you dream up what you want to get out of your food preservation practice this year and how you want to shape the Mastery Challenge to work for you.

How does my family currently eat? Try starting with some small changes that will allow you to incorporate more homemade foods into your current habits and patterns.

What’s something I buy regularly from the store? If you find yourself picking up barbecue sauce or strawberry jam, consider setting a goal of making enough to get you through the year!

Is there something that scares me about food preservation? What can you do to release those fears?

What brings me joy in the kitchen? Not every goal has to be about pushing forward. Sometimes it’s enough to make time and space simply to do the things you already love.

How can I make my food preservation habit flow better? Sometimes all you need to do it put your gear in a more accessible part of your kitchen. Or perhaps you need to keep an eye out for a different canning pot. Knowing what you need is so much of the battle!

What do I want my kitchen life to look like this time next year? Sometimes the best way to set a goal is to look at where you want to end up and then plot a course that gets you there (or at least, that gets you closer).

Now, most food preservation goals will, at some point, arrive at the topic of jars. And it just happens that our friends at Ball Canning have recently added some new jars to their product line. In the spirit of helping a few Food in Jars readers further their food preservation goals, I’m giving away some of these new, lovely jars.

Three winners will each get a set of the new Ball Mini Storage Jars (these sweet little jars hold 4 ounces and sport 1-piece lids), a case of the new Ball Smooth-Sided Regular Mouth Pints, and a case of the Ball Smooth-Sided Regular Mouth Quarts.

Use the widget to enter!

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Spicy Peach Barbecue Sauce on Freshly Preserved Ideas

This Spicy Peach Barbecue Sauce is the perfect way to put up imperfect, end-of-season peaches (or use some of the ones you stashed in the freezer at the height of the season).

Ingredients for Spicy Peach Barbecue Sauce

Friends, it’s a bittersweet moment. It’s time to share the final recipe I made as part of my summer partnership with Ball Canning. Our goal was to spread the word about the many pleasures of home canning and I do think we managed to do it deliciously.

Finished Spicy Peach Barbecue Sauce in the pot

Today’s recipe is for Spicy Peach Barbecue Sauce and you’ll find the recipe over on Freshly Preserving Ideas, Ball Canning’s snazzy Tumblr. Now, I realize that peach season is over in many parts of the world and is rapidly hurtling to a close in other regions.

If you can still get peaches, you should make this sauce. If fresh peaches are but a memory, it will also work nicely with frozen peaches. Just make sure to start the cooking process with the frozen fruit, rather than letting them defrost first.

Row of jars of Spicy Peach Barbecue Sauce

If you missed them, the other recipes I cooked up for this partnership were Blackberry Lavender Jam, Garlicky Pickled Green BeansHeirloom Tomato Chutney, and Sweet Cherry Compote with Rosemary and Lemon.

Disclosure: I am a paid ambassador for Ball Canning. They compensated me for the development of this recipe! 

 

 

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freshTECH HarvestPro Sauce Maker Giveaway

Need a little help getting your tomatoes preserved this season? Check out the freshTECH HarvestPro Sauce Maker from Ball Canning!

freshTECH HarvestPro Sauce Maker

We are in the midst of tomato season here in the Philly area and I’ve been in something of a canning frenzy trying to get as many put up as I can before I hit the road again. I find that there is a huge flavor difference between home canned tomatoes and grocery store ones, and so I know that I’m going to be said come January if I don’t take action now.

I used to do most of my tomatoes whole and peeled, packed in water. However, these days I find that I like to do a fifty-fifty split of whole tomatoes and tomato puree. I started doing a lot more tomato puree a few years ago, in large part because an electric tomato press came into my life.

There are a few different brands of these handy machines on the market, and this year, our friends at Ball Canning added one called the HarvestPro to their freshTECH line of appliances.

running the freshTECH HarvestPro Sauce Maker

Having used a number of different tools for pressing tomatoes into sauce, this HarvestPro Sauce Maker is by far the easiest to set up, run, and clean up when you’re all done. It doesn’t splatter like my previous electric press, and the motor base plants itself solidly on your countertop. I’m a huge fan and will be making permanent space for this in my kitchen (or, more realistically, in my coat closet).

Right now, all the freshTECH appliances are 15% off on the Fresh Preserving website (I’m also a really big fan of the Electric Water Bath Canner). If you want to see it in action, I’ll be streaming on Facebook Live tomorrow night (Tuesday, August 23) at 9 pm eastern time for about a half hour to show you how it works.

I also have one of these handy machines to give away this week. Use the widget below for your chance to enter!

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Disclosure: Ball Canning sent me the HarvestPro you see pictured here for review purposes and they are providing the giveaway unit. What’s more, I am also a paid brand partner. However, this post is outside our paid agreement. I just really liked this particular machine and so asked if I could share it with my readers. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Sweet Cherry Compote on Freshly Preserved Ideas

This sweet cherry compote, flavored with fresh rosemary and plenty of lemon zest, is the perfect way to extend the deliciousness of cherry season. And if cherry season is already past in your area, try it with frozen cherries! 

A gif featuring the steps of making sweet cherry compote.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve teaming up with the folks at Ball Canning (much like I did last year) this summer. The goal is to help spread the word about the many pleasures of home canning. As part of our collaboration, I developed a series of five recipes that will live on the Ball Canning Tumblr. It’s called Freshly Preserving Ideas and it’s bursting with good ideas.

So far, we’ve shared three of the recipes I developed for them. They are Blackberry Lavender Jam, Garlicky Pickled Green Beans, and Heirloom Tomato Chutney. Today, I bring you recipe number four! Sweet Cherry Compote with Rosemary and Lemon.

Now, I realize that fresh sweet cherries are a bit hard to come by this time of year. However, you could just as easily make this preserve with frozen cherries. Don’t pass it up just because the season for fresh cherries is past. These cherries are delicious with roast meat or spooned over homemade ice cream.

Disclosure: I am a paid ambassador for Ball Canning. They compensated me for the development of this recipe! 

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Giveaway: The All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving + Mason Jar Lifestyle

The All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving

Friends, I had such a good time participating in International Can-It-Forward Day last week! Many thanks to all of you who took the time to tune in to ask questions, leave comments, and otherwise engage with my demo (if you missed it, you can see the video here).

Ball Book of Canning Basic Gear

This week, I’m hoping to keep all that good #CanItForward energy alive with fabulous giveaway. I have three copies of The All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving to give away. This wonderful book came out back in May and is such an amazing addition to our collective canning libraries.

Ball Book of Canning Guava Vanilla Bean Jelly

The book features reasonably sized recipes across the food preservation spectrum. It digs into water bath canning, fermentation, pressure canning, freezing, dehydrating, curing, and smoking. Additionally, there is a liberal sprinkling of recipes designed to help you use up what you’ve put up. Oh, and did I mention all the gorgeous, full-color pictures? It’s truly a lovely book.

Ball Book of Canning Honeyed Apricots

In addition to giving away three copies of this book, our friends at Mason Jar Lifestyle also want to help continue the #CanItForward love and so are adding to the goodness. They’ve offered to kick in a set of regular and wide mouth stainless steel mason jar rings for each of the three winners. These rings are great for mason jar fermentation set-ups because they don’t rust.

The All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving Back Cover

Want to enter the giveaway? Here’s how to do it.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me what your favorite food preservation method is these days. Are you fermenting more often than you’re pulling out your water bath canner?
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm on Saturday, July 30, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, July 31, 2016.
  3. Giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents (and is void where prohibited).
  4. One comment per person, please.

PS – Fellow #CanItForward presenter Malia Karlinsky had a bit of trouble with her livestream and so a lot of people missed it. If you want to see her demo as it should have been, watch it here.

Disclosure: I am a compensated Ball Canning ambassador. However, this blog post is outside our partnership. I’m simply featuring this book because I think my readers will be interested. Additionally, Mason Jar Lifestyle is a Food in Jars sponsor. As always, all opinions remain entirely my own.