Giveaway: Smooth Sided and Mini Jars from Ball Canning

January 2, 2017

Ponder your goals for the 2017 canning season and enter to win new storage and canning jars from Ball Canning!

Already today, we’ve talked a little bit about some of the canning and preserving we’re going to be doing together in the coming year (have you signed up for the Food in Jars Mastery Challenge yet?). Now, let’s talk in more detail about how we’re going to do it.

It takes thought and preparation to expand skill set and I find that there’s no better time to do a little planning for learning and growth than at the very start of fresh new year. Whether you’re a goal setter or a resolution maker, now is the time to start lining up our intentions.

Here are a few questions to start with as you dream up what you want to get out of your food preservation practice this year and how you want to shape the Mastery Challenge to work for you.

How does my family currently eat? Try starting with some small changes that will allow you to incorporate more homemade foods into your current habits and patterns.

What’s something I buy regularly from the store? If you find yourself picking up barbecue sauce or strawberry jam, consider setting a goal of making enough to get you through the year!

Is there something that scares me about food preservation? What can you do to release those fears?

What brings me joy in the kitchen? Not every goal has to be about pushing forward. Sometimes it’s enough to make time and space simply to do the things you already love.

How can I make my food preservation habit flow better? Sometimes all you need to do it put your gear in a more accessible part of your kitchen. Or perhaps you need to keep an eye out for a different canning pot. Knowing what you need is so much of the battle!

What do I want my kitchen life to look like this time next year? Sometimes the best way to set a goal is to look at where you want to end up and then plot a course that gets you there (or at least, that gets you closer).

Now, most food preservation goals will, at some point, arrive at the topic of jars. And it just happens that our friends at Ball Canning have recently added some new jars to their product line. In the spirit of helping a few Food in Jars readers further their food preservation goals, I’m giving away some of these new, lovely jars.

Three winners will each get a set of the new Ball Mini Storage Jars (these sweet little jars hold 4 ounces and sport 1-piece lids), a case of the new Ball Smooth-Sided Regular Mouth Pints, and a case of the Ball Smooth-Sided Regular Mouth Quarts.

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  • My husband & I have been talking about our garden this year. I know I need to plant more tomatoes. Almost out of pasta sauce!

  • I think this Mastery Challenge is just what I need to get me to expand my larder of home preserved foods. Plus my son will stop asking when I am going to make “those pickles” everytime he sees the Zatarain’s Shrimp & Crap boil concentrate. Now I just need to get better at coordinating preserving my bounty as it is coming ripe in the garden – or am I the only one that has that problem?!

  • More reasonable expectations about what will get used. Sometimes it’s more fun to preserve than to remember to eat the preserves.

  • Learning an awesome recipe for pickling anything and the veggie still having a bite after processing. I make fridge pickles mostly and by January all of them are gone.

  • More spaghetti, tomato, and marinara sauces. We use a lot of that kind of stuff. Oh, and applesauce too!

  • I love to can and I love seeing all the goodies in my pantry. My grown kids know that they can raid the pantry so goodies anytime they want something from home.

  • I use lots of storebought canned tomatoes. I should make my own. But I’ve been really disappointed with the taste of the tomatoes I found in the local farmers market. And I want to ferment more. I made the fermented hot sauce at the absolute end of the pepper season, and it is fantastic!

  • My goal is to not can any more jam so we can eat up what we have ?. I do also hope to try a few new things!

  • As I was preparing for Christmas, I felt dissapointed that I hadn’t done more canning appropriate for gifts. Having special foods put up and giving them away brings me joy! Heres to canning more gifts in 2017! (With your help, Marisa!)

  • (1) My goal is to plan my garden based on recipes that I want to try, as well as to aim to grow more foods that I can actually preserve, and to grow extra to give some away.
    (2) I plan to freeze more cucumbers than pickle them and/or find other ways to preserve cucumbers.
    (3) I need to find green bean recipes so that I actually enjoy eating all the green beans that I’ve frozen.
    (4) I want to grow more herbs to freeze and dehydrate to make my own spice blends. Can I even grow cumin to grind seeds? I sure use a lot of it.
    (5) I guess I should overcome my fear of the pressure canner.
    (6) I want to determine ahead of time how I can store squash, potatoes (which I need to try to grow) where I can easily access these things.
    (7) I need to not can more things than we can eat – or develop a daily taste for pickles. I need to stop saving my “favorite” things just because I don’t want to use them up.
    (8) I’m sure there are more things to list, but won’t take up your space!

  • I love the new small jars. They would be great for the small amount of jelly you might have from making a recipe. The smooth sided jaars are neat too. Thank you for all that you do. PS I did finally get my lids that I won a while ago.

  • My goal for 2017 is to get over my fear of canning so I’m able to actually can some of the produce from our garden.

  • This year my goal is to preserve something besides fruit – So I will be on the lookout for a great veggie canning recipe and some farm grown veggies to make it happen.

  • Small jars are wonderful for jams and jellies….regular or smooth. Already planning my 2017 garden and what food to buy at the Farmers Market. Happy New Year.

  • I can so I can give family & friends Christmas gifts. I make gift bags of pickles, relish & jams to give away. My hairdresser & nail tech receive small jars of my goodies as tips for services rendered. Once I gave them a monetary tip & they both were offended. Now it’s always a jar of jam or jelly.

  • I make a fair amount of jams. My goal for next year is to use more low sugar recipes.
    Love the smooth sided jars!

  • These smallerj jars seem like a great option for jams, sauces, etc. I can over 200 jars ( quarts, pints, jelly jars) every year and these smooth sided jars look like a nice variety. Happy New Year all.

  • My goal is to do a better job preserving my garden this year! I wasn’t even able to make jam last year. I did have a newborn so valid excuse… But I missed the feeling one gets from preserving.

  • My 2017 goal is to can enough marinara cause and homemade tomato paste to get me through until next year. That and not to purchase any more jars… I have a boatload of jars!

  • Since I have only been canning for 5 months, my main goal is to learn how to get healthy and affordable food stored for my family. I would love to be able to can, or otherwise preserve, enough food to get us through a whole year! Just found this blog. Thank you!!!

  • Oh I like that you can put a label on these jars. I need to get back into my pickling! I took a year off when I had my baby.

  • Can more dilly beans and all kinds of pickles…I didnt have enough to share this year and everyone loved them!!! This year make ketchup.

  • This is wonderful and I’ve recovered from last canning season just in time to start planning for the next one!

  • Canning goals include making time to can tomatoes (always right at back to school/work time) and working on our favorite pickle recipe…a little too salty this year!

  • It’s my goal to have my family eating a completely whole food diet. I’m working towards canning 100% of our canned staples rather than buying them at the grocery store.

  • I would love to have a better tomato crop this year!!!! Didn’t get enough salsa or tomato sauce put up this year.

  • My 2017 canning goal is to not go too crazy! I find all these beautiful recipes and feel like I absolutely HAVE to do them all. My aim is to pick a few recipes, do them really well, and enjoy the fruits of my labor!

  • For 2017 I have to put to use the beautiful Mauviel 5 quart copper preserving pan I purchased online from France. It is such a better size for small batches of Jam using Marisa’s wonderful recipes than the very expensive 10 quart that is generally sold in the USA. These jars are just the thing to get me started.


  • I want to make more dikon pickles. And, since I have figured out how to make jam in my crockpot, Make more small batches of jam.

  • I love canning and these jars would come in handy. Would love to can more tomatoes, cucumbers, salsa, jam, rhubarb, strawberries, blueberries, cherries.

  • I received a couple of new canning books as a holiday gift, so my goal is to choose several recipes from each book and make a batch of something I’ve not made before. Not sure WHAT I’ll make, but there’s still time to narrow it down.

  • My goal is to be more organized and preserve as much as I can from our garden. Also to learn more about fermenting. I have made 3 jars of sauerkraut.

  • I’d like to be more aware of seasonal, local produce and be more active with preserving it. I’ve also promised myself to make better use of what comes out of my own garden. I’ve tried just about every preserving method out there, but I should utilize them more often.

  • I would really like to do more vegetables and new recipes. For instance, I’ve been eyeing a recipe for pecan pie filling. But then I’d have to make a pie. And eat it. And that’s where the trouble starts….

  • I hope to preserve at least double what I did last year and have the majority come from my own garden. I’m still learning on this gardening stuff.

  • I did chopped tomatoes for the first time last summer. I realize I need more and in smaller jars for less waste. My goal is to can way more tomatoes and more pickles

  • I’d like to do a better job of canning my garden produce. I ended up giving most of it away instead of preserving it last year.

  • This year I need to add more green beans and tomato juice to the inventory. I am also looking for an additional canner to speed up my canning endeavors. One pressure canner takes a couple of days to prepare 18 lbs. of dry beans.

  • I would like to participate in the monthly mastery class and learn some new techniques for food preservation!

  • I joined the Mastery Challenge.
    I was gifted ~5 pounds of Meyer lemons the other day. Yesterday I started Marissa’s Meyer Lemon Jam (without the lavender…not a lavender-in-my-food fan) and will finish it after work today. Excited to try this recipe!

  • I’d like to get more experimental with my canning and food preservation this year. I’ve been at it for several years, and I think I’m confident enough to start playing around with my own recipes (within safety guidelines, of course) and choosing shortcuts (like not peeling my tomatoes!).

  • I am working on balencing my love of preserving with my job, toddler, and a new baby this spring. Perhaos the mastery challenge will help!

  • I’m trying to incorporate more home grown/raised foods and home preserved foods into my family’s daily diet. I think it’s important to have a close connection with one’s food and to teach my children where their food comes from, how much work and energy goes into raising it and to be grateful for it.

  • My canning goal for 2017 is to cut back a little. I don’t need to can everything and overwhelm myself with projects or overwhelm my storage space with productsome I don’t have room for. Enough to use, and enough to gift, with only a couple experiments this year!

  • My goal for 2017 is to not overdo it with the canning, but rather to stay focused on what my family most likes to eat.