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April Sponsors: Cuppow, Fillmore Container, New West KnifeWorks, and Preserving Now

BNTO - Food in Jars

It’s April! Time to welcome spring and say thanks to the companies that help make it possible for me to do what I do. Please shower them with your love (and business)!

First up is jar accessory maker Cuppow! They are the creator of the original mason jar travel mug topper and, more recently, of the BNTO, a cup that fits into a wide mouth mason jar and transforms it into a lunch box. They’ll be at the Eat Boutique Pop Up Market with me this Saturday and Sunday and will be giving a free BNTO to everyone who buys a copy of one of my books!

Next comes our friends at Fillmore Container. They sell all manner of canning jars and lids, as well as a handful of books and jar accessories. They’re a family-owned business based in Lancaster, PA and they happily work with home canners and commercial producers alike. Visit their blog to read up on how to best prepare for canning season!

I’m happy to welcome the nice folks at New West KnifeWorks back again! Based in Wyoming, they are makers of gorgeous, sturdy, crafted in the US kitchen knives. They are a joy to work with. If you register on their site, you enter yourself in for a chance to win one of their 7-piece knife blocks.

Last, but certainly not least is Preserving Now! Operated by Lyn Deardorff, Preserving Now is both a website and school dedicated to helping people expand their canning and preserving skills. If you’re in the Atlanta area, make sure to check out her schedule of upcoming classes and events! Lyn has been instrumental in setting up an array of book events for me in Atlanta and you can find out more about where I’ll be by visiting her website. Thanks so much, Lyn!

If you’d like to be a sponsor, there are lots of spots available, starting at just $75 a month.
Please visit my sponsorship page for more details! 

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February Sponsors: Cuppow, Fillmore Container, Tradestone Confections, Preserving Now, and The Clay Studio

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The’s the start of a brand new month (is it just me, or did January positively fly by?) and that means it’s time to mention and thank the current Food in Jars sponsors. These are the companies make it possible for me to spend time testing recipes, writing tutorials, and answering canning questions and I am grateful for their support.

In the top spot is jar accessory maker Cuppow! They are the creator of the original mason jar travel mug topper and, more recently, of the BNTO, a cup that fits into a wide mouth mason jar and transforms it into a lunch box. If your sweetie is a jar lover, make sure to visit their shop for Valentine’s Day inspiration.

Next up is our friends at Fillmore Container. They sell all manner of canning jars and lids, as well as a handful of books and jar accessories. They’re a family-owned business based in Lancaster, PA and they happily work with home canners and commercial producers alike. If you’re looking for some jar-based Valentine’s Day ideas, they’ve got ‘em!

New to the site is Tradestone Confections. They make artisan chocolates in downtown Conshohocken, Pennsylvania (not too far at all from Food in Jars HQ!). Their line of handmade barks, truffles, gift assortments, bars, and caramels are available in their storefront or can be ordered online. Special for Valentine’s Day is their Love Collection (pictured above) which will make make your honey’s holiday sweet indeed.

I’m also happy to welcome Preserving Now back! Operated by Lyn Deardorff, Preserving Now is both a website and school dedicated to helping people expand their canning and preserving skills. If you’re in the Atlanta area, make sure to check out her schedule of upcoming classes and events!

The Clay Studio is back with us again! This Philadelphia-based non-profit was founded in 1974 and is dedicated to affirming the importance of the ceramic arts. They work to make clay an accessible medium to a broad range of people. I regularly drool over the many gorgeous pieces in their shop.

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Links: Canning Aprons, Lemon Oaty Bars, and a Winner

January 11

I am snuggled down in my sister’s very cozy guest room in Austin, Texas right now. I arrived Thursday afternoon and head home again on Thursday morning. I’m here to see Raina and Andrew’s new-ish house and spend as much time reading books and playing trains with Emmett (it’s hard work and he takes it all very seriously). I’m easing back on my work time a little while I’m here, so if you send me an email and I don’t reply quickly, that is why. I’ll plug myself back into the frenzy soon, but for now, I’m enjoying the mellower pace. Now, links.

stacked half pint jars

january fillmore winner I think we set a Food in Jars record with this most recent giveaway from Fillmore Container. A total of 2063 people left comments on the post, which just blew me away. I am so happy that you all love these jars as much as I do.

Our winner is #676, which is the comment left by Cory. She said, ” I resolve in 2014 to actually eat my way through the larder I created this summer and fall. Which means a lot of pickles.”

Cory, I wish you the very best of luck eating through all those pickles!

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Pictures from the Pennsylvania Farm Show

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After years spent meaning to go to the Pennsylvania Farm Show, I got to spend two whole days there earlier this week. In between my canning demos and book signings, Scott and I wandered around the show. We ate a vast array of fried foods, gawked at the rows of cattle, and admired the chickens, rabbits, and ducks. The photos below are just some of the ones I took while there. The full set of images can be found here.

fried vegetables

Fried broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, and onion rings, served with a horseradish dipping sauce. One of the most delicious things I’ve eaten in recent memory.

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Such horns!

PA Dairymen's Shake

All milkshakes should be half chocolate and half vanilla.

make way for sliding ducklings

Ducklings are delightful, but they don’t like to go on the slide.

cider lovers

I am most definitely a cider lover.

Fillmore Container!

At the Fillmore Container Preservation Station.

baby bunnies

Baby bunnies!

battered and fried mushrooms

These breaded and fried button mushrooms were delicious!

whole fruits

Just some of the canned foods entered into the competition.

matching chickens

I loved how these two were standing in the same position.

green beans

Nice examples of pressure canned green beans.

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Monday and Tuesday at the Pennsylvania Farm Show

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I mentioned this at the bottom of my straight sided half pint jar giveaway post on Wednesday, but I wanted to call it out here again in case you’re going to be in the greater Harrisburg, PA area tomorrow or the day after.

I’m going to be doing a series of canning demos and book signings this Monday, January 6 and Tuesday, January 7 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. I’ll be at the Fillmore Container Preservation Station on the Main Floor in the Family Living area. The demos will be at 10 am and 4 pm (I’m doing batches of Pear Vanilla Jam and Pickled Cauliflower each day). There’s also a very good chance that I’ll be demoing on the PCN Main Stage at 1 pm on those days as well.

I’ll be sticking fairly close to the Preservation Station when not demoing to answer questions and sell books, so if you’re at the show and pick up a signed copy of my book (or bring your copy to get signed), please come on by!

Also, if you haven’t done so yet, make sure to enter the Canner’s Treasure Chest giveaway that Fillmore Container is hosting on their blog.

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Giveaway: Straight Sided Half Pint Jars from Fillmore Container

various half pint shapes

I realize it would have been better to use an empty regular half pint jar, but I couldn’t find even a single one in my apartment. It’s been a busy canning season around these parts.

Happy New Year friends! I am back home in Philadelphia after nearly two weeks on the west coast with my family. It was a really lovely vacation, filled with plenty of sleep, lots of delicious food, and multiple thrift storing outings. I came down with a mild cold towards the end of my visit and even that was kind of nice, because it meant hours spent on my parents’ couch watching British costume dramas on Netflix. After an intensely busy year, it was good to do nothing for a day.

bottoms of jars

I am kicking things off in this new year with a giveaway from Fillmore Container. They have just recently started carrying a very nice line of straight-sided half pint jars that can be sealed with either a standard regular mouth lid and ring or a one-piece plastisol-lined lid (here’s my post on canning with these one-piece lids). They are a little shorter than conventional half pint jars and just a bit taller than the wide mouth half pint jars that are sold under the Kerr imprint.

stacked half pint jars

These jars are entirely without embossing, which makes them ideal for stickers and labels. They’re a good option for home canners who want a more professional look but don’t feel comfortable with jars that use lug lids (here’s my post on how to use that style of lid). They also just feel nice in the hand and would make sweet little wine glasses or votive  holders (though I struggle to use edible food for decorative purposes, I do love the look of an inch of red or yellow lentils in the bottom of a jar to keep a candle in place).

food in jars + preserving by the pint

Next week, I’m teaming up in person with Fillmore Container at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. On Monday, January 6 and Tuesday, January 7, I’ll be doing a series of canning demonstrations at their Preservation Station and will also be on hand to sell and sign copies of my cookbook. I’ll also have postcards for the new book on hand (it comes out on March 25, 2014 and can be pre-ordered here) and will be handing them out as I answer canning and preserving questions. If you’re in the area, I do hope you stop by.

For those of you who want to enter to win a dozen of these straight-sided jars (you also get a dozen lids of your choice), here’s what to do.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and share a food-related resolution for 2014. If you’re not the type who makes resolutions, how about sharing a dish you’re hoping to make or a cookbook you hope to explore.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm east coast time on Friday, January 10, 2014. Winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, January 12, 2014.
  3. Giveaway is open to US residents.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post. I can not accept submissions via email.

Speaking of giveaways, Fillmore Container is also hosting a number of giveaways during the Farm Show, both at the show itself and on their blog. Click over to their blog to check out the Canner’s Treasure Chest as well as the other items you could win!

Disclosure: Fillmore Container gave me a dozen of these straight-sided half pint jars for photography and review purposes. They are also site sponsor. However, my opinions do still remain my own and are not altered by my partnership with Fillmore.