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national can-it-forward day: ball canning giveaway

In celebration of National Can-it-Forward Day, Ball is offering up a fun giveaway for my readers and two winners will be selected. Each winner will receive the items listed below: 

  • The New Limited Edition Spring Green Heritage Collection Jars: These limited edition jars commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Ball brothers’ “Perfection” Jar and come in a beautiful green tint.  These are being produced only in 2014 and are available in both pint and quart varieties.  (1 case of the pint size, 1 case of the quart size)
  • Dry Herb Jars: A perfectly-sized solution for storing your dried herbs. Great for storing seasonings, spices and rubs too! Stackable, low-profile design makes pantry or drawer storage more efficient than old, mis-matched containers. (1 jar)
  • 5 Blade Herb Scissors: Stainless steel blades to gently cut and evenly slice herbs like basil, parsley and cilantro. So handy!
  • Frozen Herb StartersPreserve your fresh seasonings in ready to use cubes filled with butter, oil or other liquid for easy and flavorful meal starters.
  • Ball Blue Book: Offering 125 pages that will guide you while you learn about preserving, this book provides information on equipment, instructions for the preserving method and many recipes.
  • Fresh Herb Keeper: Many new to gardening start with herbs as an easy first step. To savor the seasonings, Ball has developed a new product to keep herbs fresh for up to two weeks. 

To enter, leave a comment on THIS POST and tell me about your canning experience or lack thereof.  Have you tried it?  If so, what do you like to can?  If you’re new to canning, what would you like to make first?

The Rules: One entry per person, US residents only.  Commenting will open Friday, August 15 at 3:30 am EST and close on Monday, August 18 at 10:00 pm EST.  Entries that do not follow the entry requirements will not be considered.  Two winners will be selected at random and contacted via email later next week.  Good luck!

Full disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Ball with Annie’s Eats. I did not receive compensation or products in exchange for this post. I was offered product but decided to give mine away to you instead because I love my readers. All text and opinions (other than product descriptions) are my own. 

  • Katharine Silva

    I have never canned before on my own and have decided that this is the year! I have fond memories of my mom and dad canning tomatoes every summer and have always wanted to try it on my own. I think my first canning project will be Apple Pie Jam.

  • Meghan Dexter

    I have never tried it, but it sounds like so much fun! I think some jams and preserves. Maybe for Christmas presents!?

  • Josh

    I’ve never canned. But, I would like to make a blueberry honey cinnamon jam.

  • Kate Lovett

    I grew up canning salsa, tomatoes, peaches, pickles, and all sorts of things with my parents. My favorite is always peaches, though!

  • Shelly

    Every September we can tomatoes with our dear friends. We learned after the first year to pop a few Motrin to help with the long days on our feet, yes….. We’re getting old! Love those fresh tomatoes throughout the year! Happy canning everyone!!!

  • Catherine

    I just bought the Ball Blue Book to learn more about canning. I have an intense desire to learn how to do it!

  • Hannah

    I planted 6 tomato plants in my raised beds this years to can; I was inspired by your tomato canning post last year. This will be my first year canning and I hope it goes well. The frozen herb starters look awesome. That is a great way to save herbs that don’t keep well otherwise.

  • Kat

    I haven’t tried, but i would love to have fresh tomatoes in the winter! Thanks!

  • Bianca

    i’ve never canned, but i’d love to make apple butter or pumpkin butter!

  • Kelsey Kunes

    I have been dying to get into canning for the longest time! I have taken workshops but need the supplies to start doing it on my own. I think I would first start with canning the gorgeous tomatoes that are out now, followed up by some apple jam!

  • Tracy

    This is my second summer of canning. I’ve made a few jams, pickled jalapenos, cranberry sauce, and will be doing some of that blueberry jam that you just posted tomorrow! It looks amazing, and we happen to have a ton of lavender left from brewing a lavender beer a few weeks ago.

  • Amy

    I have never canned but would love to learn how to can tomatoes and green beans from my garden.

  • Debbie

    I canned blackberry jam for the first time after I got married. My husband watched me and said, “Hey, I think I can do that.” He took over the canning in our house :)

  • Beth Safranski Wold

    Last weekend we just canned 72 jars of pickles. It was my first time canning. I would love to try peaches and tomatoes from my garden. I would also love to try your vanilla peach jam :)

  • Andy Shaw

    No experience here! Would like to can tomato soup and jam!

  • Holly Drainer

    Jam is my favorite thing to can, although I’ve also canned pickles and lots of apple and pear butter. I’m contemplating canning tomatoes before the end of the summer :)

  • Andrea S

    Love your site Annie! I have never canned and would like to try tomatoes.

  • Brittany Ryan

    I’m visiting my parents tomorrow and my mom and I actually plan on trying our hands at canning! We’re going to do tomatoes and jam.

  • Natalie Webster

    My grandmother’s canned pickles are a taste forever cemented in my memory!!!

  • Aimee Taylor

    Last year I made lemon marmalade. It was delicious and shockingly easy. I’d like to try another jam or tomato sauce this year.

  • Sarah

    I canned for the first time last summer. I did green beans and tomatoes, but i think that just opend up a whole new world to me. Definitely doing the herbs this year. Thanks Annie for the great giveaway!

  • Leyna@SpiceUpYourLife

    Haven’t canned yet but I would love to try Annie’s blueberry lavender jam and make up a batch of marinara to have on hand.

  • Melissa

    I haven’t tried it because I don’t have the supplies, but I would LOVE to start. And I would love to try your jam recipe!

  • Eleisha Sherman

    I love canning applesauce! I’ve also canned pears and peaches before.

  • Erika Robinson

    I have yet to try canning.. I’m soo nervous about it. I really want/need to try preserving tomatoes. It just feels silly to keep buying them at the store when I trust Annie’s advice that its super easy.

  • Katie

    Haven’t tried canning yet because I’m not sure I want to invest in the supplies, but would love to try making pickles and various jams/sauces!

  • Jennifer

    I would love to can homemade marinara sauce with my fresh tomatoes this year. Thanks for inspiring me, Annie!

  • Cara

    I have not yet ventured into canning but am planning on starting with tomatoes this year followed by the blueberry lavender jam.

  • Angela

    I have not canned yet but have vivid memories from my childhood helping my mom, grandma and aunt can. I would love to start that tradition with my daughter and son. One of my favorite things my mom used to can was peaches. We love peaches in our house so that is what I would can first.

  • Ballard

    I’ve never canned anything, but I watched my mom do it growing up. I would love to make some strawberry jam and pickles!

  • Claire

    I haven’t canned anything, but I really want to try! I think I’d can green beans first.

  • Kristin H

    Haven’t canned yet, but would love to try it! Especially canning tomatoes and tomato sauce for the winter!

  • Em Rohrer

    I’ve always wanted to try canning, but have kind of been intimidated. There are so many great recipes out there though, I really want to give it a try! I’d probably go with homemade tomato sauce or a jam as my first attempt.

  • Laura Wilder

    The only thing I have canned is pickled okra and it turned out really good. I want to can more. I just need to make time to do it! I’d love to can some fresh salsa.

  • christine

    I’ve been wanting to can! First I need to find space in my small apartment to store them :) I’d like to try peaches first! Yum

  • Stacie

    I have never canned, always been too nervous! I would love to can some jam or tomato sauce!

  • Lauren

    By far, my most favorite condiment that I preserve in late-season is green tomato relish :P It’s a perfect outlet for those lonely green tomatoes that won’t have time to ripen.

  • Kate Herrold

    I’ve not done any real canning. I made your refrigerator pickles though and they are fabulous! The first thing I would do is can up a bunch of tomatoes for the winter to try and kick our canned tomato habit.

  • Blair Adams

    A few years ago, my Dad and I canned puttanesca sauce using our home grown tomatoes. It was great and we ended up using it for pasta and pizza sauces! I don’t have my own canning stuff yet, but I’d love to be able to can my tomatoes for the winter!

  • Megan Walker Riesenberg

    I’ve never canned before but have been tossing the idea around for a few months. I would be super excited to win!

  • Jordan Baumer

    I’m looking forward to canning homegrown tomatoes this year!

  • Lori

    I’ve never canned anything! Would love to try tomato sauce!

  • Shelby Chubb

    Yes please!! I just tried my hand at canning for the first time last weekend and will be doing more this weekend as well! My coworker has a green gage plum tree that is overproducing and she is GIVING 10#s of fruit to me so I have to figure out how to preserve it!!

  • Shelby Chubb

    Do you have a recipe to share for this? I would love to be able to use up some green tomatoes!

  • Michelle

    I’ve never canned before, but I’m interested in trying to make jam!

  • Diana

    I grew up canning with my Mom – tomato sauce & juice, peaches, pears, applesauce- and have done a little since. Would love to do more!

  • Maegan

    I have never canned, but do really want to try and can tomoatoes this year! I also have a few jam recipes Ive been meaning to try out :)

  • Kristen

    I canned raspberry jam two summers ago. There was a spill, and my kitchen ended up looking like a crime scene. I had fun, though!

  • Holly

    I just tried canning for the first time last year and to date have canned jalapeno jelly, blueberry jam, pickles, and pickled peppers! My favorite thing to can so far has been jam.

  • Carrie M.

    I’ve always been way too intimidated to try it, but maybe one of these days I’ll pluck up the courage!

  • Kate Hanley

    Have only canned once at a friend’s farm (made homemade salsa and pizza sauce with fresh veggies from the garden!) and would LOVE to start canning myself! Hoping to make lots of delicious jam and homemade sauces!

  • http://hildyathome.com Hildy

    This is my first year canning. A lady at our church hosted a canning class, and that week I went out and bought a waterbath pot and a whole bunch of jars and pectin! So far I’ve done blueberry jam, peaches, tomatoes (thank you for the tutorial, by the way!), and salsa. Tonight I’m doing pickled peppers from our garden.

  • arisu1

    So fun! I’ve never tried it but I would love to.

  • Mrs. Smith

    I have never tried canning but I would love to. My grandparents’ yard in WI is choked with wild raspberry plants and every year they make lots of cans of raspberry jam. It’s the best I’ve ever tasted. I’d love to start with jam, and branch out from there.
    Also, jam is one of the only forms of cooked fruit my husband will eat (no fruit pies, cobblers, etc. It’s something about the texture.) :(

  • Angie

    I haven’t canned yet, but I am determined to try it this year. My preschool has a new found love of applesauce, so I’m thinking that will be a good one to try out first!

  • Jessica Hinson

    I’m just starting to get into it and have only tried Mariana and jelly. So much more I want to try though!

  • Chrysti

    I tried it for the first time last summer! I canned peaches and your peach vanilla bean jam!

  • Michelle Nguyen

    I’ve only canned salsa and freezer jam, but I would love to move into canning garden tomatoes to have throughout the year!

  • Jennifer Black

    Only freezer jam and a few batches of peppers.

  • Allison C

    Love canning! Took on the tradition when my grandmother couldn’t and it brings back find memories and yields yummy foods. Win win!

  • Holly

    Most my experience with canning has been watching my mom make all kinds of jams and relishes (especially her coveted zucchini relish recipe). I’d love to start canning myself so I can not let the endless supply of fruit from my trees go to waste.

  • Eae W

    I’d love to try tomatoes and sauce, I never have enough of either on hand!

  • Megan

    I’ve tried salsa and pickles, both turned out ok but not amazing. I would love to be confident enough to buy a lot of produce at the farmers market and can it.

  • Bobbie Sue

    Canned for years but took a 10 year hiatus. This summer I’ve made fig jam, pear preserves and pickled okra. Can’t imagine why I stopped – it is so much fun to hear the ping of the lids. Will make great gifts, too

  • Ashleigh

    I LOVE the idea of canning but have yet to ever do so. My first project would most likely be tomatoes!

  • Joni Woods

    I have canned pickles, green beans, and jam with my grandmother in the past, but would like to start canning on my own. I would like to try tomato sauce to last all winter!

  • Catherine

    I haven’t canned since my grandma last canned when I was about 8. Dreaming about her salsa! Would love to can peppers this year!

  • TheresaSea

    I’m a beginner, mostly jam and just tried your fridge pickles.

  • Susan

    I have never canned. My mom would can tomatoes and a salsa from our garden when I was younger, but didn’t keep up with it when I got older so I never learned. I would love to make a jam and can tomatoes when I have a garden.

  • Christy Johnson

    I have never canned, but my mother canned jars and jars of fruit every summer. Apricots, peaches, and cherries were our favorites. There’s nothing like having home-canned fruit to open in the middle of winter! Maybe I’ll give it a try this year – I’m expecting a case of peaches to arrive sometime soon!

  • Annie Packard

    I have limited canning experience…but big canning dreams. Now if I could get my tomato plants on board. One tomato isn’t cutting it.

  • Sarah M.

    I would love to start canning! I would can tomatoes first for this winter.

  • Kelly

    I have never canned, but it intrigues me more every summer!! Maybe next year??

  • Kayla W

    I’ve never canned but I want to. I think I’d start with jam, it doesn’t get more classic!

  • Angela

    I love canning, but I have only done jam. I aim to can tomatoes when I can. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

  • Denise

    My father gardened and my mom canned the fruits (and veggies) of his labor when I was a child, but I have never tried canning. I’d like to, though.

  • Jessica Toddy

    I have never canned but would like to give it a try, starting with tomatoes. But your latest jam looks pretty amazing so I may have to add that in too! :)

  • Jaclyn Crawford

    I have never canned anything myself but my grandfather’s family in Georgia can a lot of the vegetables they grow and whenever he visits he always brings these delicious canned stewed tomatoes. I would love to learn to make them.

  • Lisa

    I have never canned before, but I would love to learn. I love jam!

  • nikki

    I have never canned anything but am interested in trying! I’ve had it on my list of things to try in the kitchen but have been afraid to try! I would try raspberry preserves and applesauce the first go round :)

  • Mia

    I love canning vegetables, especially summer tomatoes and peppers!

  • Zhaleh Amini

    Mostly canning with my momma, jams and pickles!

  • Sreejha Rajendran

    I’ve tried blueberry jam with chia seeds. Though it lasted only for a week, i would love to try canning jams.

  • Anna

    I’ve never canned, but I would love to learn how to can tomatoes and tomato sauce.

  • Becca Harris

    I have never canned but I would absolutely love to try it one day. I think the first thing I would do is make jam. There’s so many things you can use it on/in and it’s something my entire family would enjoy.

  • Laura Smith

    For some reason, the idea of canning really overwhelms me but, on the other hand, I really really want to get into it. Just needs to make the leap, right?

  • Margaret Morgan Carlisle

    I was about 12 before I realized that canned food didn’t come out of a glass jar. I grew up on a farm and my mother and grandmother canned everything. I, personally, haven’t canned anything.

  • Kim Wyatt

    I have never canned.My husband does – he does pickles, jalapenos & strawberry jam (not all at once, though)
    . All of them are delicious! I would like to make black raspberry jam.

  • Nicole

    I grew up with canned goods made by my mother and grandmother. I recently applied to be a Food Preservation Specialist Volunteer through my Extension office, hoping to teach others about the awesomeness of canning! Even though I was turned down, I still love to can!

  • Kim

    I’ve flirted with canning (mostly pickled vegetables and freezer jams), but I’ve been too nervous to actually can anything substantial : I would like to start with basically anything from Marisa McClellan’s books…probably a summer fruit jam, to get me through the winter!

  • Lauren

    I have never tried canning, but my grandfather has canned his home-grown tomatoes for years so I would start with that.

  • HS

    I want to can pickles first.

  • Mel

    I’m intrigued by canning, but have never tried it myself. I would probably start with simple raspberry preserves or tomatoes.

  • Faith Still

    I have never actually canned. I made freezer jam once.

  • Thia

    I’ve never tried canning before, but would love to try making jam.

  • Angelic

    We can salsa every year. Also love to do apple butter and strawberry jam.

  • jahw

    Love canning, it reminds me of my grandmother. Tomatoes and pickles are my usuals

  • Kristi Olson

    Love canning! Pickles are my favorite!

  • Eileen Hauser

    Oregon hood strawberries!

  • Kristi

    I haven’t canned, but I would love to can jams, tomato sauces, and fruit fillings. It would be so awesome to have delicious homemade goodness at the twist of a lid. :)

  • http://www.foodiemisadventures.com/ Nicole White

    I love to can! Especially in the summertime when peaches are at their peak! :) those are my absolute favorite to can!

  • Anissa

    Currently canning peaches from local Mennonite farmers. $8 for 25 pounds. Great price and outstanding quality. Nothing tastes better in the dreary PA winter months than opening up a Ball jar packed full of delicious summer produce canned by my own hands.

  • Erin Robinson

    I just got started about five years ago and I LOVE IT. Jam and various kinds of pickles are my usuals, but I just might have enough tomatoes this year to do a batch of those, too. Excellent giveaway!

  • Diane

    I grew up with my mom canning practically everything, most of which came from our garden! So far I’ve canned peaches, pears, apricots, apricot jam, apricot pineapple jam, raspberry peach jam, and applesauce. There’s so much more I’d like to try!

  • Tracy Spangler

    I have not tried canning yet, though I do have a boiling water canner and the various tools needed. I would feel better watching someone do canning so I could watch and learn, as I’m simply afraid I’ll make a mistake. I’ve read a few books on canning, so next I’ll watch some videos online which go step by step. I’m hoping after that I’ll be ready to can! Thanks!

  • Kellie

    I’ve made salsa before and canned it. And I make freezer jam a few times a year. I’d love to can tomatoes.

  • megancorrigan

    I love canning… Started last year! So far I have make pickles this year :)

  • Laura Leigh Daniel Cross

    I make lots of jam (strawberry, peach, blueberry) each year and I’ve also done pickled jalapenos and tomatoes.

  • Amy

    I have canned one time and I can’t say it was a great success (didn’t pack my plums tight enough). But next time will be better! Tomato sauce is next and then peaches! Never give up, never surrender. :)

  • Virginia Slater

    Was going to do tomatoes first but that blueberry lavender honey jam just jumped to the top of the list!

  • Jennifer

    I have never canned anything before, but would definitely love to start. I have several cookbooks on canning and would like to start off by making jams and sauces.

  • Sherlie Magaret

    There is nothing better than seeing your shelves lines with jars full of produce from your garden. I call it the “Little Red Hen” syndrome.

  • Lisa C

    My only canning experience was years ago when I canned pickles with my grandparents. I have been too intimidated by it since cooking on my own to attempt it, but I think I’m ready to give it a try!

  • Kim Strauss

    Although I read and enjoy every blog post, the blueberry lavender honey jam one is my favorite. I am a city girl that married a rural boy 23 years ago. My dear mother in law had a huge garden. She taught me canning and the value of saving every piece of home grown fruit and vegetable. We now can tomatoes, salsa, jam, and pickled peppers. I have raised two amazing young men. They are also dating city girls. My dream is to teach their future wives the value of canning and good nutrition. Thank you for keeping the dream alive with so many great recipes.

  • Mary

    Thanks for the giveaway! We’ve made a lot of pickles this summer with Annie’s recipe, but those aren’t exactly canning… However, they were so successful that we’re ready for a next project — maybe some blueberry lavender jam??? :-)

  • Laura

    Canning is something I’ve always wanted to try!

  • Letty Hardi

    I’ve never tried canning before but would love to try with jam. We just picked some amazing peaches that would make a great peach jam!

  • Laura Killion

    I have never canned before but have always wanted to. This seems like the perfect opportunity to start! I would start with a nice strawberry jam and then try this recipe!

  • Hannah Rinehart

    I haven’t canned for 20 years. Would love to do so with my daughter.

  • Kate

    I’ve never canned before but have fond memories of watching my mom can jam after a morning of strawberry picking, so I’d likely start with strawberry jam.

  • http://amy-jeanne.blogspot.com Amy Schneider

    I remember canning tomatoes, green beans, applesauce, and various jams with my mom and grandma when I was young. I even entered some jams into the county fair with for 4-H. If I were to start canning again, I would like to start with jam (plum) and then move on to various veggies like tomatoes.

  • Martha

    I learned to can with my mother. Always tomato juice and green beans and then whatever the garden produced. We used her mother’s pressure cooker which is now 80 years old and going strong!

  • Amanda Ferraioli

    I have never canned before, but would love to start with jams! We pick a lot of fresh fruit from a local farm and I think it would be great to have it canned to put on toast!

  • Joyce

    I canned a long time ago: Bread & Butter pickles and Fig Jam. Would love to restart!

  • Tara Gillaspie

    I just started canning this year and am really enjoying it. So far I have done green beans, jam, peaches, and pickles. Looking forward to tomatoes and apples!

  • jennifer buran

    This is my 2nd year canning. I do jam and salsa–which i ran out of way to early last year. This year more batches! …and maybe pickles!

  • Alie McCorvey

    Never canned before. My mother in law makes apple butter every other year…and we love when she comes and visits, she always brings one can with her. So good on toast or with brie cheese and crackers.

  • Tania Tilp

    I have canned once with my brother, we made tomato jam, salsa, and hot pepper jelly. The hot pepper jelly was my favorite.

  • Cait

    I have tried canning before with jam, but would love to become better at it!

  • Kimberly Wagner Daniel

    I’m somewhere in the middle on my canning experience. My favorite thing to can? Tomatoes! I love having the taste of summer in the middle of winter that only home-canned, home-grown tomatoes can offer!

  • TaraO

    I have never canned anything, but would love to do jam and pickles!

  • G B

    I’ve only done frig pickles and pickled peppers- haven’t actually done real canning before, but would love to try. Thanks Annie!

  • Kate Riera

    I have not ever canned, but would love to try! Jam would be great :)

  • Mandy

    I have never tried canning and I am kind of afraid to try! I think the first thing I would make is some good old strawberry jam though :)

  • Casie Madsen

    I’ve canned some salsa with my grandma and assisted my mother in law in canning peach jam. I’ve enjoyed it a lot and want to venture out on my own and try to put away produce from our garden. Ooh, and pickles! Can’t forget those!

  • Kathy Miller

    I’ve never canned before but I hope to one day. I would love to start with jams!

  • Ashley

    I’ve not done canning, but first thing I would make would be marinara.

  • STEffANi

    I love canning and I think I’m probably one of the youngest people who could say that nowadays (I’m 23). My favorite thing that I’ve ever canned was a strawberry-vanilla jam with Tahitian vanilla beans- I made it last Christmas and my friends and family still rave about it. Every fall I pick my own apples and can homemade applesauce and jelly to give as gifts, and recently I canned a peach jam that I made with fresh peaches my grandpa had shipped from Georgia.

  • Danita Day

    I started with freezer jam two years ago and quickly moved on to water bath canning. Living in the pacific NW allows me access to some beautiful fruit in the summer. I now make a large assortment of jams, fruit butters and pickled items. They make wonderful Christmas gifts. I have my crockpot full of plum butter cookiing now.

  • Stephanie

    I made pickles last year with a friend-so yummy! It was such a fun experience!

  • Sarah S

    I mostly made freezer jam and refrigerator pickles, so I would love to try a shot at canning.

  • Anne

    A few years ago, the apple trees around our house produced more apples than I knew what to do with, so I taught myself how to can the bounty. Applesauce, apple butter, apple jelly, spiced diced apples, apple pie filling–pretty much any way I could find to can them! Since then, I’ve branched out to other fruits, but would like to learn to make savory things like tomato sauce, or salsa.

  • therealbrendab

    I have a canning pot and some gadgets. I have made canned salsa from my garden but that’s the extent.

  • Marcie

    I’ve never canned before because it makes me nervous, but I am tempted by being able to pickle anything, invent new jam flavors, and keep delicious tomatoes on hand year-round.

  • Christina

    We try and can a little each year. Love to make tomato sauce & jam.

  • Lydia B

    I have no canning experience but have fond memories of my grandparents putting up tomatoes every summer. I would probably start with some jams.

  • Rust

    I love canning my homegrown tomatoes, especially the San Marzanos.

  • Liz N.

    Canning has been on list for several years now. I haven’t taken the plunge….shame on me. Winning this would spur me to finally do it!

  • Amanda

    I don’t have any canning experience, but I want to try it. I have a ton of fresh herbs this year to freeze or dry. Plus, I would love to make my own canned pickles.

  • Rebecca J

    So far I haven’t done any traditional canning; just refrigerator pickles and applesauce frozen in the freezer. I would love to start canning, mostly jams and pickles to start!

  • Julie

    There are four jars on the counter cooling of pickled green beans. We love to can and the green jars would be a fun addition to the hand me down current selection.

  • Katie

    I’ve got the canning gear, I just haven’t jumped in yet! I plan to start with some of my CSA tomatoes this month!

  • Erin B

    I have no canning experience but I have been thinking of trying it for years. I would love to can tomatoes before the season is over!

  • Scott

    I try to can at least a few things each year and I love it because my husband and I tag team during the process, which makes it fun! Soups in the winter are one of my favorite things to can! (side note – this is actually Stephanie, even though it says Scott…)

  • Rachel

    I have no canning experience but would like to begin with tomato sauces. I am currently on a eating-out embargo, into my sixth month, and have realized that if I want to extend it to a full year, I should let go of my fears of certain food preparations, and embrace new techniques.

  • Heidi C

    I do love canning! This summer I am obsessed with bread and butter pickles, specifically the recipe from Cooking Light. I think it was the August issue?

  • Christine

    I have no canning experience (sadly, your refrigerator pickles don’t quite count)! I grew up around grandparents and parents who gardened and canned each and every year for as long as I can remember. Now that I have a family of my own, I would love to start the tradition myself. First on my list to try is definitely tomatoes or okra.

  • Claire N

    I’ve never canned but always wanted to – my first project would be canning my own tomatoes!

  • Toby Trachy

    I have no experience canning, but my mom used to make the best jams and pickled asparagus. I have not been able to find jam or preserves like she used to make, so I’d love to try my hand at it!

  • Amy

    I have no canning experience, but would like to start. I have made the pickles from your site. I would like to start with canning some fruits and jam.

  • http://www.cluttercafe.com lisa pelosi

    I love canning! I just finished off some strawberry jam and some pepper jelly, so these supplies will come in handy. Thanks for the great giveaway!