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June Sponsors: Cuppow, MightyNest, Fillmore Container, Mrs. Wages, and Preserving Now!

A very nice @cuppow display in Northampton!

It is June! It’s time to start looking forward to local cherries and to say thanks to the companies that help make it possible for me to write blog posts, answer questions, try out new products, and generally invest the bulk of my waking hours to this site. Please shower them with your love (and your dollars)!

First up is perennial Food in Jars favorite, 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. Now that the days have gotten warmer, I drink a lot of iced coffee and find myself reaching for a wide mouth cuppow nearly every day so that I can drink from a pint and a half jar without worrying about spills.

New to the official sponsorship rolls this month is MightyNest. They sponsored last week’s amazing giveaway (which is still open for entries until tomorrow) are one of the best resources around for non-toxic, natural, and organic products for homes and families.

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 for lots of good canning tricks and tips.

Mrs. Wages is also back for another month of canning goodness! I’ve written for them for the last three summers and this year, we’re teaming up for an official partnership. They make all sorts of pectins and canning mixes. Make sure to sign up for their newsletter for monthly installments of canning goodness.

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!

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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Links: Pickles, Salsas, Dill Heads, and a Winner

doling out lemon juice

This past week was another intense seven day stretch, filled with classes, workshops, demos, deadlines, and finishing off a round of editing on the next book (it’ll bounce my way again in about a month, but I get a little time off for now). You might have noticed that posting was mighty slim around these parts last week. Happily, this week is shaping up to be a bit less frenetic and next week, I’m headed out for nearly a week of vacation! Let there be good times ahead!

Mrs. Wages mixes

mrs wages august winner As always, many thanks to everyone who took the time to enter the Mrs. Wages tomato mix basket giveaway last week. The winner is #338/Jordan Watts. Congratulations Jordan, I hope you find these mixes useful!

I’ll be back tomorrow afternoon with another giveaway, so make sure to check back then!


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Giveaway: Mrs. Wages Tomato Mix Basket

Mrs. Wages mixes

Last Thursday, I went to the farmers market to pick up my second half bushel of apricots for the season. While there, I entered an altered state of preserving confidence and ended up also buying a flat of grape and cherry tomatoes. In my defense, they were just $15, which is an unheard of bargain for 12 pints of tiny tomatoes.

I tell you this story simply to illustrate the fact that tomato season is upon us. And what better way to get ready for tomato season than with a Mrs. Wages Tomato Mix giveaway!

Mrs. Wages basket

You combine your fresh tomatoes with these mixes (they all have instructions on the back of the packet) and suddenly you’re a salsa, pasta sauce, and bloody mary star. I’ve used several of these mixes in the past to great success. They’re particularly helpful in that moment when you’re overwhelmed by tomatoes and need to do something that doesn’t require a great deal of thought.

Here’s what the basket contains:

3 – small packages of pizza sauce mix
2 – mix and serve Classic Salsa packets
2 – small chili seasoning packets
1 – Spiced Carrot Juice mix packet
1 – Bloody Mary mix packet
1 – mix and serve Chipotle and Garlic Salsa packet
1 – mix and serve Guacamole packet
1 – mix and serve Pepper Jack Queso packet
2 – Large Pasta Sauce Packages
2 – Large Ketchup Packages
1 – Chili Base Package
1 – Large Pizza Sauce Package

If you’re interested in a chance to win this giant package of tomato canning goodness, here’s what you do.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and share your favorite way tomato memory! (Note: I had a copy and paste failure last night, and so for the first 12 hours this post was live, it asked for a berry memory. Oops! Those entries are still valid, but let’s switch to focusing on tomatoes.)
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm east coast time on Saturday, August 17, 2013. Winners will be chosen at random (using random.org) and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, August 18, 2013.
  3. Giveaway is open to US residents.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left on the blog, I cannot accept submissions via email.
Disclosure: I am a paid contributor to the monthly Mrs. Wages newsletter. However, this is not a paid giveaway and my opinions remain my own. 

Links: Meyer Lemon Jam, Kerr Jars, and a Winner

spouted drink jars

I spent the weekend up in Massachusetts at the wedding of a very old friend. It was a remarkable gathering in so many ways. It was held at a retreat center, so the bulk of the wedding guests were together from Friday night straight through until this morning. Everyone joyfully lent a hand in the hours before the ceremony, to ensure it would go without a hitch. And most unusually, there were 14 members of the clergy in attendance (both the bride and groom are Unitarian Universalist ministers).

After all that celebrating (as well as the driving to and fro), I’m more than a little weary, so I’m going to keep the links brief this week. Here’s a handful of highlights.

Mrs. Wages Pickle Mixes mrs. wages winner

The winner of the Mrs. Wages pickle basket is Christine W. who said, “My favorite thing at the start of canning season is strawberry jam! It puts the store-bought stuff to shame!” Christine, you are too right!

I’ll be back tomorrow with a giveaway that’s going to knock your socks off, so check back then!

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Giveaway: Mrs. Wages Pickle Mix Basket

Mrs. Wages Pickle Mixes

For the last three years, I’ve been lucky enough to work with Mrs. Wages (more about the real Mrs. Wages here), writing recipes and little ditties about seasonal canning for their newsletter. They’re a company based down south that is devoted to creating spice mixes, pectins, vinegars, and other useful canning products. I’ve used a number of their mixes in the past and have always been quite happy with the results.

This summer, I’m teaming up with Mrs. Wages for two separate giveaways (keep your eyes peeled for second basket of goodies in early August). For this first one, we’re featuring the many different pickling mixes and products that Mrs. Wages makes, along with a home canning guide, all tucked into a cute little basket. If you’re interest in entering, here’s what to do…

  1. Leave a comment on this post and share your favorite thing about the start of canning season. Do you look forward to strawberry jam? Homemade pickles? The canning parties you throw with friends?
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm on Friday, June 7, 2013. Winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog soon after.
  3. Giveaway open to US residents only (so sorry, further-flung friends).
  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 compensates me for the writing I do for their newsletter. They have provided the basket of goodies you see above at no cost to me. However, no additional money changed hands in order to make this post and giveway happen and, as always, my thoughts, opinions and commentary are unadulterated and are all my own.
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Mrs. Wages Gift Basket Giveaway Winner

On a recent thrifting expedition, I bought a dress that has become my favorite item of clothing. It’s an peasant-y empire thing with 3/4 length sleeves that is both flattering and so comfortable I feel like I’m wearing pajamas. In the week and half that I’ve owned it, I’ve worn it to work twice.

Last night, as I headed into the kitchen to make dinner, I pulled on an apron to protect this precious new-to-me dress and thought of many the apron stories you all shared. I just loved reading about your mothers, grandmothers and friends who played a role in each of your kitchen histories. I also enjoyed your apron confessions and was relieved to know that there are lots of you who are apron-ambivalent (like I so often am).

And now, without further story-telling, the winner of the Mrs. Wages basket is #51, a comment left by Adrienne (I loved her most recent post on pickled cherries!). She said,

“I didn’t start wearing aprons regularly until I started culinary school, and now I feel naked if I cook without one. My every day favorite is plain white heavy cotton, easy to bleach, but my fun favorite is from my mother in law, it’s red and says “bling in the holidays” and its covered with rhinestones. It’s not me at ALL but it’s so her, and I wear it for our annual New Year’s Day brunch.”

Congratulations Adrienne! And for all of you who didn’t win, stay tuned. I’ll have another giveaway for you next Monday.

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