Giveaway: Mrs. Wages Pickle Mix Basket

June 3, 2013

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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281 thoughts on "Giveaway: Mrs. Wages Pickle Mix Basket"

  • Hubby and I look forward to making a huge batch of slow cooker Peach Butter! Last year we processed over 40 pounds of peaches into butter, jam and salsa!

  • This will be my second year of canning, and I really want to expand what I do. And I love your book; the recipe for tomato sauce is the best. I have to make a lot more this summer so I won’t have to ration it over the next year!

  • I’m looking forward to trying all of the local Colorado fruit this year, I recently moved here, and am excited to see all of the new things that I can get here to can.

  • We make TONS of dilly beans! When we made the first batch a few weeks ago (as well as a couple of variations on strawberry-rhubarb jam) it hit me how much I had missed hanging out with my girlfriends and canning over the long cold winter.

  • So far this spring/summer I was crazy excited to make hot pickled radishes and carrots with jalapeno; it was fantastic!

  • This is my first year canning. I’m loving everything about it and can’t wait to try anything and everything!

  • Dill pickles! Last year I had four cucumber plants that produced enough for 27 pints of pickles. This year I have 8 plants. I’m a little scared. πŸ™‚

  • Dill pickles! Last year I had four cucumber plants that produced enough for 27 pints of pickles. This year I have 8 plants. I’m a little scared. πŸ™‚

  • With all the fresh herbs in abundance as well as jalapenos, I am definitely psyched to make batches of harissa. It is delicious and can add a kick to any dish!

  • new to canning late last summer…I LOVE canning it all, I’m so excited to try new things, already canned up some asparagus and rhubarb. Chucky applesauce and peaches were my favs from last season….

  • I’m a jammer only as of right now, but I want to try pickling this year! I think my favorite thing about canning season is giving my friends jars of homemade stuff πŸ™‚

  • My favorite part of canning season is pickles — not just cucumbers, but really anything that can be soaked in a brine. I just made a few jars of pickled beets and have plans to pickle just about anything that will hold still long enough. It’s a good thing that I have wiggly children!

  • My favorite part of canning season is going to the farm to get produce! Here in Portland, I go to Sauvie Island. It’s beautiful and my guy and I usually pack a picnic and make a day of it. The rest of the day is spent processing and listening to music in the kitchen. It’s lovely!

  • I just put up my first ever canned food – vanilla spice plum jam – two weekends ago. The recipe I used came out a tad sweet, but it set and my jars sealed! I’m so excited!

  • My favorite part about canning is spending the time with my Mom. At 72, she is still going strong and I cherish every recipe we attempt together!

  • This is my second year canning. Last year I did mostly jams and gave them as gifts at Christmas. This year I’m pickling everything (and making a few jams). The beginning of canning season now makes grocery shopping an adventure in creativity that will last the year! This is fun!

  • Mrs. Wages salsa is terrific, and I will use it again this year. I’d love to try the pickles also.

  • I think my favorite part of canning is the transformation part – tart rhubarb into delicious rhubarb jelly, tomatoes when canned that turn into dinners that will last us all winter long. It’s magical.

  • Definitely the strawberry-rhubarb jam sourced from the backyard!! Strawberries are allllllmost ready…can’t wait!

  • Wild blackberries start my canning season. They are viciously thorny, but few delights can compare to the scent of wild honeysuckles in the early morning while the birds sing and I breakfast on berries fresh from the vine.

  • I was finally able to get my garden planted last weekend and am excited to restock my pickle supply. Also, I cannot wait for the strawberries to be ready in western NY since I am on my last jar of jam from last season.

  • my favorite thing at the start of canning season is strawberry jam! It puts the store-bought stuff to shame!

  • MMMmmm… The start of the season for me is my absolute favorite. Strawberry jam! It gets inhaled and I have to make a second batch before the end of March every time. I <3 strawberry jam.

  • This year I’m looking forward to canning (strawberries initially–but hopefully that will branch out!) with my 8 year old! She’s just discovered that we can make strawberry jam from the berries picked out of our backyard patch!! Yeah!! I’m passing along the canning bug to at least one of my offspring…..!!

  • I LOVE dilly beans! And bread & butter pickles! Looking forward to getting a couple batches of both done this year!

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! My fingers are crossed!

  • I look forward to putting up hot sauce and salsa most, this year. I have a garden full of pepper and tomato plants, hopefully they’ll make plenty for me to can!

  • I’ve never heard of Mrs. Wages. These mixes sound delicious! My husband and I are huge pickle fans and are greatly looking forward to this summer’s batches of green bean pickles and zucchini pickles πŸ™‚

  • I love canning anything! Planning on making strawberry jam this weekend with my Fresh Garden picked strawberries!

  • HMMMM! Let’s see rhubarb, no peach butter, no wait, Mrs. Wages Pasta sauce. How can you choose when there is an abundance of fruits and veggies out there?

  • I really don’t do a lot of canning and preserving but my Aunt does. She likes to do jelly she has done some pickling. She use to can a lot for her family and also for friends.

  • I usually just can jams during the summer, and am looking forward to trying new variations/combinations this year. Have decided to start canning some pickles (other than your green tomato pickles!) this summer, and broaden out. πŸ™‚

  • I am look forward to fresh jams and one of my favorite things is making big batches and then trading with friends for their canned goods. I get to try new things and have a variety of yummy treats but not all the work of canning all those delights myself. Perfect!

  • I’m looking forward to doing more canning, period! I did my first ever canning last year (tomato) and am so excited to can more this year. Jam, pickles, more tomatoes, you name it, I’m excited for it!

  • This is going to be my third summer canning. I love giving my preserves to family and friends as gifts the most πŸ™‚

  • I live in the beautiful mountains of Colorado and look forward to picking all the wild berries and making jellies. I give them away at Christmas time and I’ve sold them at local flea markets. The thrill of hearing that little “ping” when the jars seal makes it all worth while.

  • Here in Chicago, my first canning of the season involves rhubarb. This year its rhubarb & mint syrup (a bit is amazingly refreshing mixed with seltzer), rhubarb butter, and — a first for me — pickled rhubarb. Let the canning begin!

  • I’m waiting for strawberries to come into season ways up here in New Hampshire so I can have wonderful jam again.

  • As a new “canner”, I look forward to each session! I learn little tips and tricks with every batch. My pantry has been transformed by all my canning! I love being able share homemade gifts, made with love.

  • One of my favorite things about the arrival of canning season is that I feel like it gives me permission to use all the frozen fruit I’ve been hoarding in the freezer! Silly, I know, I should use it during the winter instead. Someday I’ll get there.

  • Picking strawberries with friends and then getting together to make jam! I can’t believe the strawberries are already over here. Next up: blueberries!

  • Canning the first wild harvest of the season tonight, fiddleheads into fiddle-dillys! But my favorite are the wild currents come August… can’t wait for this years jam!

  • I was just thinking that next year I really want to grow cucumbers and try pickling them. My kids love pickles.
    Probably what I look forward to canning the most is salsa!

  • I’ve never heard of Mrs. Wages – I’d love to try their products!
    Even though jams are my favorite to eat, I most look forward to making pickles, especially the long-term recipes, when I set up the Red Wing crock on the counter and babysit the baby cukes for a week.

  • Mrs. Wages was my gateway to the joy of canning. It began 2 years ago with a mountain of heirloom tomatoes and no possible way to consume them all. I had never canned before and was quite intimidated by the process. My mother-in-law suggested making salsa, using Mrs. Wages delightful little packets to assist with the ph balance woes. My first canning attempt was a complete success and we’ve been using Mrs. Wages for pickles and salsa ever since!

  • I look forward to all the fresh produce — for jams and pickles. Even in winter I can, using things like bananas. Since we do not grow these here I don’t have to wait for the summer to roll around.

  • I think I look forward to canning pickles the most, I rarely bought pickles before I started canning, but now I have pickles all the time and all sorts of varieties that I wouldn’t spring for at the store.

  • My coworkers wait and wait for my pickles! Personally, I look forward to blueberry jam πŸ™‚ And dill sandwich slices!

  • I don’t have any favorites about the beginning of canning season…yet…as I’ve never canned anything before. My interest was sparked pretty recently while eating street tacos that had been catered for a friend’s wedding. They tacos were good, but they had these amazing pickled onions for a condiment. The onions literally changed the meal! I’m not a great cook, but thought that I might be able to figure those onions out. And if I did, I have a culinary secret weapon at my disposal :-). I did some digging, found your blog (which bolstered my courage) and also some recipes to cut my teeth on! Wish me luck!

  • I look forward to cucumber pickles the most. I use my Grandma’s recipe and it makes me feel so much closer to her. Also, his Mom’s pickles make my Dad beam.

  • This year we moved to a place warm enough to grow okra. We are growing a Thai variety with orange pods, and I am looking forward to pickling them!

  • I just found your Fij book as I was walking through my local library and I am so pumped to start canning! It’s going to be great! I look forward to reading your blog and keeping up with the latest info.

  • Love to can with friends and introduce new friends to canning! I’ve used mrs wages on your recommendation for the last two years. Love the way the pickles turn out!

  • I have been using my Mom’s Mrs. Wages recipes canning book for 34 years and never had a bad results. I always go to it first when looking up recipes. The order blank in back is 25 cents for shipping and mailing $2.00 for a new book . I wish I could find this again.

    Thanks for all my success in our local fair canning divison.