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Can Together: June is for Berries

Ever since June rolled into town, I’ve been finding myself thinking about last year’s Mastery Challenge. I really loved the feeling of canning along with so many of you throughout 2017 and have been missing that feeling of so many of being part of a canning collective. I’ve also felt sort of sad that I never rounded up that project in a comprehensive way (I was so deep in the book writing process by the end of 2017 that I just couldn’t manage).

And so, I’ve decided to bring it back, albeit in a slightly scaled down format. Here’s the plan. Once a month, we’ll focus on a different category of produce (except in September, where we’re switching to a category of preserve). I will try to do my best to make the topics open enough that they work for everyone, regardless of location (though those of you in the Southern Hemisphere might need to think creatively or use frozen fruit).

I won’t do a comprehensive monthly round-up. Instead, use the tag #cantogether on social media and I’ll do my best to retweet and share. I will occasionally do a post on the site featuring some of the preserves you all have made, but knowing the way I function, I can’t promise it will be precisely at the end of each month.

Here’s what I’m thinking for topics. These might shift and change a little as people give me feedback about what works for them.

June – Berries
July – Stonefruit 
August – Tomatoes
September – Pickles, Chow Chow, and Relish (produce selection is maker’s choice)
October – Apples and pears (I recommend chutney!)
November – Cranberries
December – Citrus

Since we’re already so far into this month, I’m not going to give you too much guidance beyond the suggestion that you make something with berries. High sugar, low sugar, naturally sweetened, jam, butter, sauce or whole fruit preserve. The selection is up to you. The goal is to have fun and make the world feel a little smaller by canning together.

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Giveaway: Mrs. Wages Berry and Pie Mix Basket

berry prize pack

Okay canners, time for our second Mrs. Wages giveaway for the summer. Last month, I got to show off a basket of their pickle mixes. This month, it’s all about pie filling and fruit mixes! This basket contains four packages of Spiced Apple Mix, three packages of Fruit Pie Filling, two packages of Forest Berry Pie Filling, and two shakers of Fresh Fruit Preserver.

Here’s how to enter!

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me about something that’s still on your preserving list for this summer. In my world, I need to get some tomatoes in jar pronto.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm eastern time on Saturday, August 30, 2014. Winners will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, August 31, 2014.
  3. Giveaway open to United States residents only.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.

Disclosure: Mrs. Wages is providing the basket for the giveaway. They are also a Food in Jars sponsor and so do help contribute to the running of this site.