Ball Kit, Blue Book and Jar Lifter Giveaway

January 16, 2012(updated on October 3, 2018)

Home Canning Discovery Kit

Scott and I have been doing a bit of January cleaning. We’ve purged our bookshelves, sorted through dresser drawers and crawled to the very back of our deepest closet, all in the hopes of clearing out some of our clutter and extra stuff.

While I was taking inventory of the empty jars I keep under our living room couch (it has just enough clearance for cases of half pint and quarter pint jars), I discovered a cache of Ball products. These were part of a box of tools and ingredients that Ball sent my way last summer. I thought I’d given away everything in that box that there was to give away, but it appears I was mistaken.

Ball Blue Book and jar lifter

Happily, my summertime forgetfulness makes for a fun surprise in January. What I have to give away is a Ball Home Canning Discovery Kit (great for beginners and small batch canners), one of the new Secure Grip Jar Lifter and a copy of the Ball Blue Book.

If you’re interesting in a chance to win this assortment of Ball products, here’s what to do.

  1. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post and share what preserve you’ve most enjoyed eating so far this winter.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm eastern time on Friday, January 20, 2012. Winner will be chosen at random (using random.org) and will be posted to the blog on Saturday, January 21, 2012.
  3. Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents.
  4. One entry/comment per person, please.
Disclosure: Jarden Home Brands provided these products for this giveaway many months ago. My opinions remain entirely my own. 

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1,003 responses to “Ball Kit, Blue Book and Jar Lifter Giveaway”

  1. My favorite to eat has been Ginger-Asian Pear Jam. My husband liked my salsa verde with green tomatoes instead of tomatillos. But I have to say what I enjoy the most are the reactions I get from the kids who eat what I’ve made.

  2. My favorite thing is that I put up this year was something that my grandmother used to make for me, but, due to her declining eye sight, can no longer do so, is my pears in extra light syrup. Just like I remembered as a kid, fighting with my cousins as to who would get to drink the syrup after we fought over the pears.

  3. Low sugar peach bourbon cinnamon vanilla preserves. Pickled cauliflower, onions and okra. In my garden strawberries are coming in and I’m eyeballing new recipes!

  4. I just started canning this after inheriting a pressure canner. So I am not yet enjoying the product of my labor but hopefully soon I will learn what I need to can and what I can can.

  5. mmmm tomatoes…. and blackberry … been wanting to star canning this would be the best to start with 🙂

  6. Due to lack of water last year I didn’t get much done. Family is really missing the pickles right now. But, I did get my hands on some zucchinni this summer and made several pints of jam. Also made sweet onion relish.

  7. I have enjoyed the fig jam I made the most. My family enjoyed the pickles (I made 10 pounds worth of dill refrigerated pickles.) Also, they enjoy strawberry and raspberry jam. I especially have enjoyed having so many things in my pantry available knowing exactly what is in it and where it came from. My friends have also enjoyed the fruits of my labors. Home canning is a wonderful thing. That’s a great canning rack – mine is rusted from years of use.

  8. Love BALL Products, best money ever spent, We’ve been eating Triple Berry Jam and Apple Butter, and Green Beans and Spicy Gardenia Mix, just to name a few items,.

  9. My favorite for breakfast has been the Pear Vanilla Jam (your fantastic recipe), for lunches we love dill pickles, pickled jalapenos, or pickled beets on sandwiches or with salads, for dinner, we smother most meals with roasted garlic/cayanne hot sauce, and deserts are usually warm applesauce or peaches with vanilla ice cream.

  10. It’s a tough call, but I would have to say Concord grape jam. My reason being the history behind it. I was able to harvest the grapes from a vine that originated in my great grandfather’s yard. It’s like having a little bit of my family preserved along with the grapes. Called it “Great Grandpa Archie’s Great Grape Jam” and sent it to my family for the holidays 🙂

  11. well, since we’ve already used 27 pint jars of them, I guess our favorite has been the canned whole tomatoes. I use them in so many dishes! Need to can triple next summer. thank you!

  12. Simple blueberry jam, every time i taste it I remember picking all those berry’s on a warm summer day!

  13. I would love to be entered into your giveaway as I would love to give this gift to someone as a way to get them involved in a group I am trying to start up at my church for ladies to learn food preservation.

    Thanks, Helen

  14. Apple Chutney! I put a little on some cheddar cheese and have it as an afternoon snack. Delish! My kids, on the other hand, have been sucking down apple sauce and pears like the antidote for winter is hidden at the bottom of the jar.

  15. Have been procrastinating on getting a canning set, but would love to win one! (procrastinating on spending the money becuase I’m single and would I really can that much to warrant buying the set? Winning the set – whole ‘other story!) 🙂

  16. I canned pickles and also some tomatoes. By far the best was the Blueberry Jam with cinnamon. Pick me for the giveaway. Thanks

  17. I started following you last summer in an attempt to learn as much as possible about canning; I’ve never done it before and plan on starting soon. I didn’t get to eat anything canned this past season, but I did drool. 🙂

  18. The creamsicle jelly from your recipes. It’s SOOO tasty! In fact I’m making more because I gave too much of it away!

  19. what a wonderful prize gift.. my favourite canning project this year was manderin orange sections, canned in a light syrup.. delicious!

  20. Pickled carrots my husband made from the small crop of container carrots we grew for the first time on our back deck!

  21. My husband loves the pear vanilla jam on ice cream, he loves it so much he made me make 21 jars of it!!
    I have enjoyed Pickled Beets with Tarragon..

  22. Would love to enter giveaway. Been eating lots of my hot sauce. Also the kids have almost gone through all the applesauce we canned.

  23. Love to can. last year did beets, pickles, fruit from berries to pears.
    nothing better than the fresh flavor in the middle of a below zero day with snow.
    Look forward to hearing I am a winner.

  24. I love your website and can’t wait to try more of your recipes. I would love any of these gifts you are offering as I do everything makeshift, so far. I appreciate your doing this and have enjoyed reading what others shared. I made spiced starfruit this year and Lilikoi (passion fruit) butter, but everyone’s favorite (and mine) gift that I gave for the Holidays are the breadfruit and onion pickles.

  25. We’ve been eating lots of apple butter this year, but also been experimenting with pressure canning and enjoying having turkey, chicken, and veggie stock on hand for all the winter soup cooking!

  26. I’ve started pickling sliced onions and peppers for burgers and brats. Feels like we’re having a summer cookout in the cold of winter. Delicious!

  27. I just pulled out a jar of tomato jam (thank you for your recipe!) to spread on top of turkey meatloaf. It was wonderful–definitely my favorite so far this winter.

  28. My favorite has been my layered stewed veggies. I did 35 pints and I use it about twice or three times a week to make soup, sauce, as a side dish, and to top crackers. It is essentially stewed tomatoes, multi-colored peppers, onions, and garlic, layered separately to create a striped effect, and then pressure canned. I use this instead of plain stewed tomatoes to make creamy tomatoe soup – creammy veggie soup – YUM!

  29. My favorite is my apple conserve that I canned this fall. I’ll share my recipe if you want it. 🙂 It’s delicious. A big hit with my urban homesteader group that I’m part of.

  30. I am thrilled that I waited until today to enter your giveaway. If I had entered earlier, I would have missed all of the wonderful comments made by those who had already entered. Fantastic ideas and suggestions for this coming year’s season of preserving and canning are appreciated. My husband I retired three years ago and now have to garden and preserve the “fruits of our labor”. In addition to lots of fruit preserves, canned vegetables, etc., my favorite this year was the cranberry chutney that we made and gave to our friends. A little basket with the chutney, brie cheese and a bag of 7 grain crackers made a nice little gift that was appreciated by all.

  31. I love eating the roasted tomatoes and tomato jam I made this summer. I did a corn and tomato risotto and it was like it was summer again!

  32. I have enjoyed the Concord Pears which we can only get for such a short time. They are so sweet and wonderful!

  33. I so enjoy canning! We just got into our home after a house fire destroyed it 3 & 1/2 years ago. (I was canning salsa & the stove ignited). I am looking forward to canning and preserving our harvest, and right now we are most enjoying the strawberry jams we last put up! YUM!

  34. Love home canned foods. Use to do it all the time but our well water went bad and had to stop the canning. Hope to resume this summer. Nothing like home food that doesn’t have mean preservatives in them.

  35. This is such an important resource for all of us but especially for all small farmers. Not only to insure our sustainability but to give us quality value added products to sell at farmers markets.

  36. This is hard as it changes so often, but this year I’ve enjoyed tomato sauce made with heirloom tomatoes, pickled okra made with purple heirloom okra and apricot jam.

    Yummy,

    Terry

  37. Your pear vanilla jam is our all time favorite this year. So good on everything and made a great holiday gift!

  38. the Strawberry Rhubarb jam I made mega batches of this summer to give out at my wedding. and new to me, the “Cowboy Candy” aka Candied jalapenos. I made up a bunch for Christmas using red and green pepper. so good and festive!

  39. Definitely the “Thai” Mango Jam I made last summer. Nam Doc Mai mangos, ginger, infused with lemon grass, all from my own yard (ok, except for the ginger). So great when you stir it into Greek yogurt!

  40. I always enjoy the most….. my homemade spaghetti sauce i made with the big beautiful tomatoes we grew in our garden.

  41. Let’s try to get this to a thousand! What a following! I can’t wait to start canning again once the garden wakes up!

  42. Definitely the multi-citrus ginger marm that I finished off this morning with my toast. So glad its blood orange season so that I can replenish the marmalade supply!

  43. My favorite is my Dill Pickles. I’ve been making the same recipe for over thirty years and I can sit and eat the whole qt. jar at once.

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