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Links: Ramps, Water-saving Canning, and Winners

birthday cupcake

I did two big things last week. The first was that I co-hosted five canning videos with Nicki Sizemore for the Taste of Home Online Cooking School (I was initially super nervous but it ended up going incredibly well). The second was that I turned 36, which after the fanfare of 35 felt like a singularly anti-climactic birthday. Now I’m back to work and doing my best to make good things to share with you guys. Now, links!

Cup Coozie set

I’ve got winners to announce in both the Cuppow giveaway from last week and the Orchard Road one from the week before! First, the winners in the Cuppow giveaway are: #30/Paula, #33/Carol, #164/Brittany Williamson, #195/Terri, and #207/Christi Michaels.

The winners of the Orchard Road giveaway are: #12/Kelly E., #287/Millie, and #289/Rachael.

Thanks to all who took the time to enter!

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Giveaway: The Complete Cuppow Glass Travel Mug

Cup Coozie set

About a month or so ago, the Cuppow team added a new product to their line-up. Called the Cuppow Coozie, this snug-fitting jar jacket works with most wide mouth pint jars and is made from recycled plastic PET bottles (those are the ones with a #1 on the bottom). The material is called pfelt and is durable and feels good in the hand.

feel the pfelt

I’ve had a Cuppow Coozie in my life for about a month now, and I’ve been using it a lot. Back in January, I made a private resolution to only get take-out coffee if I had a reusable cup with me. Because of this, I almost always tuck a travel mug of some kind in my bag before heading out (I never know when the urge to grab a cup will strike).

Before the Coozie landed in my mail box, I had been using a Contigo Autoseal mug. It’s a very well made mug, but it insulates so well that in order to bring the coffee down to a drinkable temperature, I’d need to remove the lid for an extended period of time. To my mind, that defeats the purpose of a travel mug.

jar with coozie

What I appreciate about the Cuppow Coozie is that it provides some insulation (and hand protection) while allowing the coffee to cool naturally enough that I can manage to drink it without removing the lid or waiting half the day. It also comes fitted with a little finger loop, making it easy and comfortable to hold and drink from the jar.

I’ve started taking a jar fitted with a Coozie with me whenever I’m planning on working from a coffee shop, which is something I do at least twice a week. My two favorite shops both offer reusable mugs if you plan on staying awhile, but far too often, I’ve managed to spill coffee everywhere when using their ceramic mugs. Using a jar fitted with a Cuppow lid and Coozie means that my risk of spillage is much less (additionally, both shops offer a small discount if you bring your own mug, so I save a few pennies each time).

holding jar with Coozie

The kind folks at Cuppow have offered up five of their Complete Glass Travel Mug set-ups for me to giveaway. Each one contains a wide mouth pint jar and ring, one Cuppow lid, and a Cuppow Coozie (just like what’s pictured in the first image in this post). Oh, and if you don’t want to wait to see if you win the giveaway, the travel mug kit is on sale right now for just $24.95.

Here’s how to enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me what you’d put in a Complete Cuppow Glass Travel Mug.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm eastern time on Saturday, May 16, 2015. Winners will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog soon thereafter.
  3. Giveaway open to United States residents only. 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: The Cuppow team sent me one of their travel mug kits for photography and review purposes. They are also providing the units for this giveaway. Additionally, they are a Food in Jars sponsor. However, I would write about their products even if they didn’t help support this site because they are good and useful, particularly for those of us who are preoccupied with jars. 

March Sponsors: Cuppow, Fillmore Container, Spice Ratchet, Mighty Nest, and Fermentools

At the PA Farm Show with @fillmorejars! I'll be making dilly carrots at 1:30 pm!

It’s the beginning of March and that means it is time to highlight the businesses that help make it possible for me to write this blog! Please do visit them if they offer a product that interests you!

First up is jar accessory maker Cuppow! They are the creator 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. They also sell the Mason Tap, which is an awesome tool for turning a regular mouth mason into a dispenser. To make it totally leak-proof, I pair mine with one of the rubber gaskets designed to work with the Tattler regular mouth lids.

Our friends at Fillmore Container are back this month as well. They’re a family-owned business based in Lancaster, PA and sells all manner of canning jars, lids, and other preservation gear. Over the weekend, they published my recipe for Strawberry Meyer Lemon Marmalade on their blog. Delicious!

Next up is Spice Ratchet. They make the blossom trivet that I use as a canning rack, and last fall they released a line of silicone Blossom uCaps for mason jars. They are available as a storage cap, a sipping cap, and a flower frog. I hear they have new products on the horizon, so stay tuned for more on that!

The fab folks at MightyNest are back again this month. They are an amazing resource for non-toxic, natural, and organic products for homes and families and even have my beloved 4th Burner Pot in stock.

Last up is Fermentools. They make a brilliant fermentation starter kit that involves a heavy-duty glass pickling weight, an airlock, a lid with a reusable rubber seal, and mineral-rich salt. The pickles I made using their kit turned out deliciously!

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.

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Big Cyber Monday Sale at Cuppow

cuppow sale!

Attention canning jar fans, do I have a sale for you! The folks at Cuppow have put their entire stock on sale. If you want to pick up some lids, BNTO adapters, CoffeeSocks, Mason Taps, or any thing else jar-related (the price on the Mason Shaker is pretty darn great), do it now while everything is 25% off. You don’t need a coupon code, prices are automatically adjusted to reflect the lower prices.

The sale started yesterday and runs through Tuesday, December 2.

Make sure to check out the gift pack options as well, because they’ve got some good ones, like the Perk Me Up! (a full pour over coffee set-up for your favorite caffeine addict). Oh, and they still have a few signed copies of Preserving by the Pint. I hear those make excellent gifts.

Finally, do remember that Cuppow gives 5% of all profits to charity, so the more you buy, the more they give to organizations like Cradles to Crayons and Team Rubicon.

(Disclosure: Cuppow is a loyal Food in Jars sponsor. However, I’m writing this blog post because I think they make an awesome product and I wanted to make sure that you guys didn’t miss out on this deal.)

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Links: Apple Butter, Pear Vodka, and Winners

light in the dining room

After nearly two weeks of congestion and exhaustion, the cold fog has finally started to lift. I made some excellent potato soup for dinner late last week, but beyond that, nothing of particular value has come out of my kitchen. I’m trying to clear out an email backlog and finish unpacking from my trip. I have a two pound bag of cranberries in my fridge at the moment, so expect something appropriately seasonal later this week. Now, links.

cuppow gear

A couple weeks back, I hosted a giveaway sponsored by Cuppow. I had five sets of Cuppow lids, BNTO adaptors, CoffeeSocks, and Mason Taps to share with you guys. The winners are:

Thanks to everyone who took the time share how they could envision using the Mason Tap in their kitchens. All those creative solutions just prove that it’s a winner of a product!

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Giveaway: Mason Tap, Coffee Sock, and BNTO from Cuppow

cuppow pack

This week’s giveaway comes to us from our friends at Cuppow (they’re also regular Food in Jars sponsors). Recently, they’ve been focusing on expanding the mason jar-related products they carry and have picked up a couple really terrific items lately.

mason tap

The first piece of gear that they recently added to their online shop is the Mason Tap. Designed to fit snugly onto a regular mouth mason, the tap allows you to dispense from a jar easily and without making a mess. I’ve got one on a bottle of salad dressing and my sister hooked one up to her jar of chia seeds.

mason tap on jar

Another new product that they’re carrying is the CoffeeSock. These reusable coffee filters come in seven different sizes (including ones designed for cold brew, Hario, and Chemex) and are amazing for the amount of trash they can reduce. I realize that they aren’t specifically related to mason jars, but they fit in perfectly with the rest of the Cuppow products in that they’re all designed to help you reuse things and reduce waste.

cuppow gear

A couple weeks back, the guys at Cuppow sent me a big box of lids, BNTOs, Mason Taps, and CoffeeSocks. Today, I’m passing some of the mason jar abundance on to you guys. I’ve put together five sets of gear. Each of the five winners will receive a couple Cuppow lids, a BNTO, a Mason Tap, and a CoffeeSock. Colors and styles of CoffeeSocks will vary. Here’s how to enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me how you’d use a Mason Tap. Salad dressing, maple syrup, chia seeds or something else? There is no wrong answer.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm east coast time on Sunday, November 9, 2014. The winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog by Monday, November 10, 2014.
  3. Giveaway is open to all.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left on the blog, I cannot accept submissions via email.

Disclosure: Cuppow is providing all the gear for the giveaway. I am keeping a couple of the Mason Taps because they are awesome. Cuppow is a Food in Jars sponsor, but they did not provide any additional compensation beyond their sponsorship purchase. As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely mine.