Giveaway: A Canning Stamp from A Sensible Habit

February 5, 2013

a sensible habit

Over the years, I’ve managed to talk a fair amount about how I label my canning jars. In most cases, I just scrawl the contents and date on the lid with a Sharpie. When I’m labeling dry goods in the pantry, I use that same permanent marker and write directly on the glass (it erases with a swipe of rubbing alcohol).

Sometimes, when I’m feeling particularly fancy, I’ll cut out labels with pinking shears and tie them to the jars with red baker’s twine. And of course, I talked a lot about labeling just before the holidays this year.

canning jar label

The most recent addition to my arsenal of canning jar labeling options is this lovely stamp from A Sensible Habit. Designer Brandy Schuman has a pretty little selection of stamps that are perfect for marking your goods with style and charm. You can use them in any number of ways, from hang tags to rounds of paper that you slip under the lid (it would also work really well on those circle-shaped brown paper labels that Avery sells).

seville orange marmalade label

Now that I have this stamp sitting on my desk, I think I’m going to start putting prettier labels on my more giftable preserves, in the hopes that having them all dressed up will compel me to share more with my friends and neighbors (confession time: I keep far more of what I make than we can reasonably eat. It’s time to get those preserves out of my pantry and into the world!).

Thanks to Brandy, I have the stamp that’s pictured above to giveaway this week. If you’d like to enter for a chance to win it, here’s what to do.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me about the person who most appreciates your homemade preserves.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm on Friday, February 8, 2013. Winners will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog over the weekend.
  3. Giveaway open to U.S. residents.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.
Disclosure: A Sensible Habit provided a stamp for me to use and photograph for this post at no cost to me. They’re also providing the giveaway unit at no cost. They did not pay for inclusion in this post and my opinions are entirely my own. 


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579 thoughts on "Giveaway: A Canning Stamp from A Sensible Habit"

  • My family appreciates everything I cook! But mostly I appreciate the chance to win this great giveaway.

  • my friend, Cathy. She makes almost everything from scratch and never spends a dime! She always appreciates something homemade.

  • My husband love my preserves, and is begging for strawberry jam this year. It’s just the two of us, but he takes the things I’ve made to work and brags about me. He’s so awesome.

  • My husband. He has an autoimmune disease that makes it difficult for him to eat sugar, so I began canning no-sugar jams, or jams with alternate sweeteners, and now he can enjoy them!

  • I love giving my canned goodies to my husband’s son and daughter in law. They give great feedback and check out my pantry for what’s new every time they visit.

  • My three children appreciate my preserves nearly every morning on an english muffin or stirred into yogurt! Yum!

  • My friend, Michiko appreciates my new love of canning. She’ll “test” anything I am making and so far has liked all of it..

  • My dad loves my pear honey and preserves. So much so that he hides them from everyone else in our family. πŸ™‚

  • My friend Dorothy, who is 90 years old and is limited in what she can eat because she has very few teeth left. She loves my canned pears and peaches and applesauces.

  • My husband’s dad appreciates my canning the most. He is a widower who rarely gets home cooked food and this is a way I can mail him good food that will keep.

  • My dad is a big jam guy and devours what I send him, but he especially likes clean and simple flavors like raspberry, strawberry or mixed berries.

  • My husband is probably my biggest fan, I have to hide a few jars of everything otherwise they disappear too quickly!

  • My 77 year old dad lives with us. I do all the canning from the garden and applesauce. I use his moms (mygrandmothers )recipes for chili relish and pickles. Even though he has dementia he always says they taste just like his moms.Its amazing he really doesnt remember much, but he remembers these every summer!

  • my aunt and grandma….since they are the ones that taught me to love to preserve things!

    thanks for sharing!

  • I made some seville orange marmalade last weekend and it came out wonderfully! I had never made marmalade before and my friend and I made 3 kinds, in the 3 traditional styles. Such a fun (and exhausting) day πŸ™‚

  • This is a more difficult question than it seems. It might be a tie between my husband and a friend who also cans. (And I LOVE the stamp!)

  • My boyfriend’s grandmother appreciates my canned goods the most because she feels that it is a lost art and not enough people my age know how to do it.

  • my friend Marissa loves and appreciates canned goods. most often, I find other canners make a point to tell me that they liked a particular jam or jelly. (the stamp is awesome!)

  • My sister-in-law really likes the jam I make. She’s pretty picky about breakfast, so I’m glad to be able to give her something she likes.

  • My delightful brother appreciates my preserves the most, by far. He will send me an email every time he opens a new jar to tell me what he is using it on or with. Just today he opened a jar of cantaloupe jam I gave him for the holidays, and he gushed and gushed about it.

    I adore my brother!!

  • I think the person that appreciates my home canned goodies is my sister-in-law, Chris. I gave her a bunch of stuff a few weeks ago and she told me that she and my brother had used it all except one large can of pear butter that they are saving for when they have company.

  • I LOVE this stamp! The person who most appreciates my canning is my hubby! Such a good taste-tester!

    BTW – I just made your strawberry jam with vanilla and lemon…wowza! What a great recipe!

  • The person who most appreciates my homemade preserves is my 9 yr old son. He has been eating home canned jams all of his life (including a stint with home canned babyfood πŸ™‚ ). He loves his jams and products made with jam!

  • My pickles have been well received this year, most especially by my pregnant co-worker who was stuck with the stereotypical craving.

  • Probably my husband loves my canned goods the most, because he sees the work I put into them. I do have a brother in law who lusts after my raspberry jalapeΓ±o jam, though!

  • All my sisters and my Mom. This year my daughter-in-law made a sweet pickle recipe of my Grndmothers that brought back a lot of fond memorys to my whole family.

  • That person is Pierre, my husband’s best friend. Even when he makes the 2 hr. drive over to see us by motorcycle he brings a specially padded box so he can take home whatever jars we’ll give him.

    We gave him some gooseberry jam last time and he emailed my husband that week wanting to know what a gooseberry is and why we’d been keeping it from him this whole time.

  • Hi!
    The person who most enjoys my homemade preserves or jams is my husband. I first started canning last summer so I haven’t had a ton of experience but I made two batches of strawberry jam with berries from my local farmers’ market. I had made an extra batch to give away at Christmas to my numerous family members as gifts. Come Christmas time I couldn’t find any of my strawberry jam. Turns out my husband liked it so much he ate it all! So I only had my not-quite-as-successful blackberry jam to give away (not as successful because I didn’t realize blackberries didn’t have as much natural pectin as strawberries so it was a little too watery.) Next summer I will have to either hide the gift batch or make a few more batches. πŸ™‚

  • I think my husband appreciates my canning the most – which is good, because he is a big help during the process (we generally peel tomatoes together and share chopping duty for salsa) and I’m not sure I’d maintain the drive if he didn’t notice the difference between our homemade salsa and store-bought.

    This stamp looks like a nice compromise between my meticulously made printed labels (date, contents, ingredients) that I only do when I can label all the jars and maximize my sticker paper (single sheet so I can cut out whatever shape I want – oval seems to work best for jar sides) and quickly writing on a piece of solid colored faux-washi tape that gets slapped on the jar lid.

  • My dad. He always used to take canned fruit in his lunchbox. He’s now 99 but hasn’t lost his test for home canned fruit.

  • My husband. If he uses up what’s left in a jar, he knows he can run down to the basement to get more!

  • What a fab giveaway! I would say husband is the one who appreciates them the most. Especially when I surprise him with a nice fresh batch of Strawberry or Blueberry Jelly and home made bread. =)

  • What a fab giveaway! I would say husband is the one who appreciates them the most. Especially when I surprise him with a nice fresh batch of Strawberry or Blueberry Jam and home made bread. =)

  • My mom and dad taught me how to can, so they are (and were) so supportive of canning and canners. They loved receiving goodies in JARS!

  • I love sharing my canned treasures with friends and family. They love the fact that the love that is shared is the first ingredient in each recipe.

  • I have only been canning for a few years although I helped my mother as a child. To say that, I think if she were still alive, my mother would appreciate my canning the most. She spent so much time making pear preserves and she always made 1 special jar for me. Of course, I think I eat most of what I can. You know what they say, “We eat all we can and give the rest away.”

  • I would say that my husband is most appreciative of my canning efforts as he helps to maintain the garden that provides many of the ingredients that go into our preserves.

  • My mom! Since I can in small batches & use small containers, lving alone she can enjoy the smaller amounts.

  • Let’s try this again. Real entry: My mother-in-law. If I’ve put it in a jar, she’s eaten it. I’m still new to all this and it seems like she’s taking this journey of discovery with me. She wants to know everything I did or used. She will sit and watch me and ask all kinds of questions waiting to taste the final product. And I’m lovin’ it. =)

  • I would say the person who most appreciates my homemade preserves is me because so far I have only made pickles.
    However I did gift hot cocoa and homemade vanilla (extract+sugar) for christmas and this would have made the labels extra special. I’m hoping to move on towards canned preserves when I move into a bigger kitchen. I’m sure I could do it in my current, but i have no space to store all the stuff I would make. HA!

  • Too clever! My seven year old appreciates my canning the most, I think, as he has recently discovered that you can pretty much subsist on peanut butter and mom’s strawberry jam sandwiches! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the giveaway!

  • The person who most appreciates my preserves is my father. I make all of the old recipes that his mother used to make, and he doesn’t have time to make. His favorite by far is the multi berry chutney, which I have to put into half pint jars, because he’ll sit down and eat a whole pint with a spoon if I let him!

  • I would say it’s a toss up between my husband and my mother as to who likes my jams more…I caught my mother going through my jams looking for flavors she likes last time she came to visit. I gave her 3 different jars, one was a mystery jam as I forgot what berry I used….I did not put a label on the jar…my bad.

  • Oh, what fun. My husband loves my preserves, although we are still working on vocabulary. He is from Uruguay and his native tongue is Spanish. Thus, all jams are “marmalade” even those that have no citrus rind. Nonetheless, it’s great to have an appreciative fan in the house.

  • What a lovely giveaway! My coworkers appreciate my preserves the most–the are the perfect toping to their morning bagels, toast, and english muffins!