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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 two lucky readers.  Each winner will receive one Ball Canning Discovery Kit (pictured above), the Ball Blue Book, and a coupon for a free case of jars.  Sweet!

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 16 at 4:00 am EST and close on Monday, August 19 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.

  • chelsy dickinson

    I love canning, epecially with tomotoes from my garden.

  • Josh

    It’s been years but I did a cinnamon orange marmalade. I’d like to make pumpkin butter this year.

  • Fran

    I have never canned anything but I remember as a kid my grandma would can dill pickles. Wow —they were the best in the world!

  • Gloria

    Never tried it but sounds like fun and a great way to relive summer during winter months! Tomatoes and peaches since they’re so beautiful at the market at this moment.

  • Lauren Ochoa

    I have done some simple preserving such as freezing tomatoes and simple jams that don’t require any special canning treatment but never done any actual canning. I would love to start though! I can see myself buying large amounts of berries in the summer when they are real cheap and making some yummy jams and jellies to enjoy all year!

  • Emily

    No canning experience, but your tomato canning tutorial has been tempting me since last summer. Would love to try to can those summer tomatoes for the dead of winter!

  • Jennifer Emmons

    My mom and grandma can almost everything that comes out of the garden. I’m usually just a helper. My favorite thing to can, though, is salsa!

  • Becky

    I have enjoyed canning for many, many years. I hope others out there give it a try. There is nothing like opening a jar of pickles, jam, fruit or vegetables that you have made. Better flavor than anything you can get in a store and made with love!!

  • Kelly Lehman

    I have never canned before, but feel like I am pretty proficient in the kitchen. Canning in the one thing that has always intimidated me, but I am getting married this fall, and feel like canning is something that I would like to master for my future family. I recently came across a recipe for canned cherry tomato arugula sauce, and have been dying to try it!!

  • Des

    I have never canned before but would love to learn how. I would like to make strawberry jam as my first canning project.

  • Rachel Tilly

    I have never canned before. I would probably start off with tomatoes!!! I have always wanted to learn the art of canning :)

  • Ali @ Solano’s Kitchen

    I’ve done some canning before; mostly jams. I would love to learn more about it and keep trying new recipes!

  • Abigail Zimmerman

    I’m fairly new to the canning world but I love peach jelly. It turns every slice of toast into a dessert.

  • Michele Morningstar

    I never have canned before because I never used to be confident about my skills in the kitchen. I’ve experimented a lot in the past year and feel up to some challenges now – and canning is something I’d like to try. My grandmother used to make tons and tons of cans of food (beets, pickles, jam, tomatoes, etc.) and it would be lovely to take up the tradition!!

  • Kathleen

    I have never canned, but I am more than willing to try! My first project would definitely be strawberry vanilla bean jam I saw on “Cook Like a Champion!”

  • Marilyn

    I have never tried canning before. I would love to try canning pickles or figs.

  • AMahoney

    Canning is on my “to learn” list. I’d love to win this giveaway because I feel baffled about what I really need and a little intimidated. I want to start with jam because my little guys love jam and toast for a special treat. I like feeling good about giving them something homemade with all good stuff and nothing else!

  • Michelle

    I have been dying to start canning, but just have not found the time yet. I really want to start making crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes and stewed tomatoes from scratch because I used them all so frequently during the year and can only imagine how much better quality I could get from canning.

  • Karen

    I’ve never canned anything before, but I’m working up the courage to try canning tomatoes from my garden.

  • Hannah

    Learning to can is one of my goals for next summer. I would love to start a garden and can some of the tomatoes from it, along with fruit jams, etc.

  • j chimino

    I have tried canning a few times. I like to make hot pepper jelly.

  • Kaitlin

    I’ve never canned but always been so intrigued, especially when I read your posts! I’d love to make and can jam – especially Apple Jelly this fall!

  • Diane

    I’ve been wanting to make my own jam for years, but I’ve been intimidated by the process! This will kick me into gear!

  • Andy Shaw

    Still haven’t tried canning but really want to! Am fearful of the process and feel like I need a tutor! Mostly am interested in canning jams and fruits…maybe some sauces too!

  • http://www.spoonfulofflavor.com/ Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    I’ll admit that I have never tried canning before. I’d love to start preserving some of the fresh seasonal berries I have an abundance of every year. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Cara

    I have never canned but would love to start canning tomatoes. My family is Italian and I would love to surprise them with my own canned tomatoes :)

  • Lindsey

    I have never tried canning and would love this starter pack for my first canning adventure! I would love to try your peach vanilla bean jam as my first! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Laura Leigh Daniel Cross

    I’ve canned lots of jars of jam the last few years!

  • Christine

    I have no experience canning but would love to start! My family planted some fruit trees last year that are full of peaches, plums, and apples that would be perfect to can for the upcoming winter months. Peaches would definitely be the first on my list to try, I blame it on being raised in Georgia.

  • Beth

    I grew up canning with my mom, so it’s nothing new to me, but we never made jam when I was a kid. (We canned peaches, grape juice, green beans, tomatoes, etc.) So, I’ve been learning the jam thing on my own, but I still do peaches, tomatoes and juice like my mom and grandma. :)

  • Jan

    I have never canned, but I’ve thought about it many times. I’ve even bought books about canning food. I think it’s the thought of buying the equipment, then not using it that keeps me from it. However, I’d love to can tomatoes and berries when they’re in season.

  • Catherine

    The extent to my “canning” experience is watching and helping my grandmother make her fridge pickles every fall (she put them in Mason jars). I am very intrigued by canning, and it’s something I would like to try in order to further eliminate processed items from my home (and belly!). I would start with strawberry jam, and then move toward tomatoes (stewed, diced, crushed, etc.)

  • Lauren

    I have never tried canning, but would love to! My 95-year-old grandfather still keeps a great vegetable garden, and he eats canned tomatoes right from the jars all winter long :) I would love to try tomatoes too.

  • http://goodbadquirky.blogspot.com/ Becky

    I’ve never canned for real :) I mean, I’ve made freezer jam, but that’s about it!

  • Jill

    I really want to start canning and am dying to make blueberry and strawberry jams. My aunt used the make the most amazing jams!

  • Amanda

    I’ve never tried canning, but it’s something I’d like to learn. I’ve been intimidated up until now because I’ve heard several stories of people canning improperly, but I’d definitely trust Ball to help me get started. I’d love to start with peach preserves or blueberry jam to sweeten up the winter.

  • Claire

    I have not tried canning yet, but I’d really like to! I’m a little intimidated. My husband and I had planned to try it for the first time this summer with the produce from our garden, but we’ve had so much rain in the south that it drowned our garden!

  • Ashlee

    I have not tried canning but I would like to try it starting with tomatoes. It is something I use all the time and it would be nice to know that I canned them myself.

  • Christi Davidson

    I have not tried canning but grew up making crabapple jelly with my mom. I planted a row of raspberry plants this year, so I hope to make raspberry jelly next year!

  • Shelby Chubb

    I would love to learn how to can. It’s been an interest for a while, but I really just don’t know where to start. Preferably I’d like to find someone to mentor me, but perhaps if I had the supplies I would just dive in on my own (I’m a bit hesitant to go out and buy the supplies, though, w/o really knowing what’s up).

  • Melissa Vasquez

    I’m trying today!

  • Jess @ Floptimism

    I made a pomegranate jelly in a cooking class once, but beyond that have always had this mental block about it being really fussy. I really do want to get past it, though – I love DIY kitchen projects!

  • Caitlin Redmond

    I have never tried canning, but will be next weekend! I can’t wait!

  • Rita

    I used to can pumpkin when I had a job that included a “work garden” and we would plant a ton of pumpkins for our fall harvest party. It was nice to have pumpkin all year round.

  • evabakes

    I tried an amazing strawberry vanilla bean jam when I was in Atlanta earlier this year. I’ve never canned before, but this would be the first thing I would make!

  • Natalia

    I have been dying to start canning. Vegetables, fruit and onion jams, pickles… Just need a class or walk through to get started! Maybe this year is the year.

  • Jennifer

    I haven’t tried canning yet but have been finding recipes lately that look too yummy to pass by. Super excited to try my hand at it this summer! I’ll probably either make your cherry jam first, or a recipe for peach lavender jam that sounds delicious.

  • Sarah Nowland

    My mother-in-law is a canning machine, but so far I’ve just canned jam and applesauce. I still feel like a total beginner and I definitely want to get into it more. I’d love to start doing more things our family buys a lot of at the store – beans, tomatoes, etc. – the stuff that has always intimidated me!

  • robin

    I just started pondering canning- my mother is a jam and sauce pro, and now that I have a house and garden (sort of), I’m anxious to be able to learn!

  • Ann Harrer

    Never tried it. But as I have an addiction to strawberries, strawberries would have to be involved somehow…

  • Amanda Lock

    I’ve never canned, but we have a pear tree and an apple tree in our backyard that always have tons of fruit but we don’t get to do anything with it!

  • Mindy Sutterfield

    I would love to try to replicate my grandmother’s pickles. They were the best I’ve ever had!

  • Rachel Kirby

    I have never tried canning but I would love to! The first thing I would probably make would be tomatoes so I can use them all winter long :-) What a great giveaway!

  • Terry Dugan

    I just started canning- one successful batch of apple butter down, a million recipes to go! :)

  • Julie

    I like canning tomato sauce and apple sauce. Homemade is so much better than any store-bought and so pratical when you do not feel like cooking. I am still a little scared everytime I use the pressure canner though, especially for the apple sauce as the tomato seems to always go smoother.

  • Katie Wendel

    I’ve never tried it, but would love to! Awesome giveaway, thanks!

  • dlk3265

    I tried canning once; but, the consistency (texture) was not great. Honestly, I want to keep on trying and this sounds like a wonderful chance (giveaway).

  • Deb

    I LOVE to Can!! I’m helping my Mom now that we live close, since it’s getting to much for her, but even before we moved back here I would can by myself. It’s so fun, and I LOVE seeing all that wonderful food ready to take us through the winter! Seems like I never have enough jars though…even thought I try and buy some throughout the year when I can. LOL

  • Amy Giles

    I grew up canning with my Mom, but it’s been years. I sometimes wish I could can raspberry jam as I like it homemade better than from a store.

  • Beth

    With a garden full of veggies, I’m eager to learn how to can!

  • Liz N.

    I have never canned and even though I have read how easy it is, I’m still intimidated. I can also see my hubby’s snickering face if I brought home all that canning gear see him roll his eyes (as in, “More kitchen gadgets that will go unused?!?”). The rebellious part of me just wants to do it and have that “Let me show you!” moment of gratification and can a bunch of seasonal fruit and tomatoes. If I win, I will totally do use it and put my hubby’s cynicism to rest!

  • Guppy Momma

    I’ve been canning for a few years. This year I tried balsamic strawberry jam, strawberry rhubarb jam, and rose petal peach jam. I’m looking forward to doing some applesauces involving peach and ginger added in, then when it’s Meyer lemon season I have some strawberries frozen for use in Strawberry Meyer Lemon Marmalade.

  • Meghan Curtis

    I have not canned before, but am planning on planting my first garden next summer and am starting to do the research and equipment gathering now in preparation!

  • savannah sipperly

    i’ve never canned, probably because i don’t use many things out of cans, but i’d love to make my own jam for christmas presents!

  • Emilie in MN

    I canned with my family as a kid. As an adult, I started canning again this summer and love it! I have canned pickles and cherry pickles so far.

  • Joanna

    I’ve tried canning a couple of times – applesauce and strawberry jam. But I LOVE cherry jam and would love to make my own, so I’m bookmarking your recipe :)

  • Courtney H

    I’ve never tried canning but have been meaning to for years! We just recently moved to the Pacific Northwest and the abundance, cheaper price, and deliciousness of the berries up here have got me thinking…

  • Katie

    I would like to try canning green beans and tomato sauce first. Pickles would be next!

  • Rena

    Lack thereof but would love to try! Nothing like fresh homemade jam!!

  • Kendra Hoy

    I have never canned, but would love to be able to. I grew up watching my grandmother can all kinds of jellies, how I would love to can some myself.

  • Jill Faulder McOwen

    I’ve made preserves and other things that could be canned, but I don’t own the equipment, so my Ball jars end up in the freezer. And yes, the mental anxiety of it has kept me from purchasing what is needed and just trying it. I actually just made maraschino cherries (non-alcoholic) the other day. They are delicious and would be great gifts. So, I would make another batch of those first and can them!

  • Ashley S

    I’ve always wanted to learn how to can like my grandma did but she passed away before I was old enough to pay attention. I would love to can green beans because there’s nothing better than fresh beans!!

  • Tracy

    I’ve never canned before, but our red pepper plants are producing like gangbusters, so I’m contemplating some roasted red peppers. Jalapenos are doing pretty good do, so maybe a jalapeno/fruit jelly? Cherry or peach maybe? I’ve been looking at ordering supplies lately, but haven’t done it yet, so this would be perfect!

  • Cindy Walker

    I used to can jams and jellies, and pickles when the kids were young.
    Now I just make jam and sometimes refrigerator pickles. I really need
    to start doing it again.

  • Becky

    I have never done any canning, but am really excited to try making jams – I grew up eating delicious canned jam from my great aunt!

  • Holli Tuyen

    I recently tried canning for the first time. Made strawberry vanilla jam and now I cannot stop thinking about canning! Such a fun and rewarding process.

  • Leigh Richart

    Totally new to canning – never done it! But would love to give it a shot in the hopes that I can get my daughter eating lovely fruits and veggies years round. I think I would go with peaches first.

  • Amy Kruis

    I’ve only canned one time with my grandma last year, and we used her supplies to make strawberry rhubarb jam. Sooo good!!

  • Erin

    I grew up canning with my mom and in the last couple of years have started canning for my own family. I typically can tomatoes, dilly beans, applesauce, sweet relish and various jams.

  • Sherri

    Haven’t ever done it, but want to learn. My sister does and says it is not hard. Kind of scary to me, but if she can do it, I know I can too!

  • Terri

    As a little girl my best memories of canning were going out in the strawberry fields, eating wayyy too many strawberries and then coming home and canning our own strawberry jam. It was always the most sweet, delicious jam all year and we savored every bite!

  • Cathy L Bishop

    I tried with a friend and love it! Would like to can more and will try again!

  • J.M. Swanson

    Love canning, especially my own homegrown tomatoes and fig jam from our two fig trees.

  • leanne magee

    I used to can with my grandmother when I was little, but have been too intimidated to try it on my own. I’ve been eager to put up some of these fresh summer fruits, salsa and tomato sauces though so now’s my time!

  • Katie McBroome

    I’ve never canned anything before, but I’m willing to give it a try! I love the idea of having all those fresh fruits and veggies still around in the winter!

  • arisu1

    Oh I’d love to try it! I think I’d make your strawberry vanilla bean jam.

  • Jennifer Busl

    I have never tried but would love to make some jam and can tomatoes. Thanks!

  • Kari M

    I haven’t tried it but I’d love to. I want to make pepper jelly.

  • Joanne

    I love jams! I have only ever successfully canned Strawberry Jam, although I’d like to try more! I tried a cherry jam once but ended up with a cherry ice cream topping as the jam didn’t gel up! Oops! Still yummy though :)

  • Tiffani

    I have never tried. I’ve always thought the equipment was too intimidating… But I get fresh veggies and fruit from my neighbors all the time, so I know I need to learn how!

  • Amy

    I have not tried it but would love to learn. I would love to can tomatoes and pickles using veggies from our garden, and would also like to can some jams.

  • Julie

    I’ve never canned anything myself but my parents used to can pickles when I was little. I’d love to do some jam or some applesauce (depending on the season and fruit available :)). I’ve always been a little hesitant because I don’t want everything to go bad but it is hurdle I should certainly jump over soon!

  • Carrie M.

    I’ve never tried, but my grandmother has grown her own vegetables and canned/frozen them for years. Seems so intimidating but she says there’s nothing to it once you know what you’re doing. She really loves having vegetables all through the year!

  • Theresa

    I have never canned anything personally, but a family member used to make the most amazing strawberry jam, and I would love to try it!

  • Kate Riera

    Have not canned yet- I freeze and do refrigerator pickles.. BUT I would love to try!

  • Molly Snyder

    I just started canning last year – we eat a TON of tomatoes in the winter, so this year I planted a dozen tomato plants in our garden so we can have good, healthy, tomatoes all winter long.

  • Lynn Beine

    My grandma taught me how to can last year. She was 98 and I was 39. It was always my goal to learn before I turned 40!

  • Tanica

    I am so lazy, but will can things if I don’t have to use pectin or pressure cook them! I’ve been obsessed with making plum jam lately (the high amount of pectin in the plums helps them thicken all by themselves).

  • Katy Pacholke

    I made pickles and pickled tomatoes one time that turned out just okay. I would really like to make jam some day for me and my family.

  • Sarah

    I’ve never tried canning before, but I’ve recently gotten into DIY food items (like making your home made english muffins, soft pretzels, marshmallows and graham crackers) and I would love to take on canning next! I think my first adventure in canning would be strawberry jam.

  • Rachael G

    I have really only tried canning once and the results were ok (maybe a little too sweet for my taste, which I never thought possible). So it would be fun to experiment with different recipes to find one that works a little bit better!

  • Tiffany

    Oh my goooooood!!!! That is so cool! oh I’ve wanted to learn to can so much, starting with delicious blackberry jam!!! I’m just so nervous. >,< I don't want to mess it up. Since you did it, perhaps I will try too. :) It was your website that got me into baking anyway! Whether I win or not, I'll have to budget for this! It looks great!

  • Laura

    I have never tried it, but would love to. I would love to take advantage of all the fresh summer berries available this time of year and make jams!

  • Annalise

    My first experience with canning was last week, where I helped a friend can pickles and took some jars home to share with family and friends. It made me realize it could be much easier than I think, and I am eager to give it a try!

  • Barb Crispens

    I’d love to try canning, but haven’t made the plunge yet. I think I’d try to can peaches or pears first. Something kind of easy….

  • Rebecca

    I have a limited canning experience. My grandmother frequently canned dill pickles when I was a child. I always loved helping her clean and prepare the pickles. It brings back such sweet memories. I have always wanted to learn how to can on my own but have never tried it. The materials are always to expensive for me to get started! If I was a winner, I would can dill pickles with my grandmother’s recipe! YUM!

  • http://myfivesenses.tumblr.com Megan Sargeant

    I’d have a Ball canning if I had the proper equipment! I’d love to can so that all of the bounty of veggies and fruits that come around in the summer time could be enjoyed all year long! I would love to can tomato sauce and never buy Ragu again. Fresh fruit to fill pies and tarts!

  • Renee Stromberg Thielman

    I have never canned anything in my life! A friend of mine does, and always talks about how great it is. I’ve been looking to get into it, to be able to buy things like fruit in builk and use it before it goes bad. And also to be prepared for the zombie apocolyse :-)

  • Laura Pezzuto

    Tried it once. Jalapeno jelly that didn’t set and tasted just slightly off. I learned I need a more reliable recipe book.

  • Kyrie Carpenter

    I’ve never canned before but one thing I have really been wanting to do the last two summers is can salsa!

  • AmyRohrer

    My sister-in-law is a very experienced canner, so she has been my tutor. So far I have done some jams, salsa, pickles, dill beans, tomato sauces, diced tomatoes, and applesauce. I’d like to try pears this year – other than applesauce, I haven’t done any fruits. So those are next on my list – I usually do one new thing each year. :) I really do enjoy it. There’s something incredibly special about canning your own food – especially when it comes from my own garden!

  • Jackie

    the furthest i ever got to canning something was purchasing a few cans, and a box of pectin… i really want to try canning because my garden is overflowing with vegetables and fruits, and we can’t keep up with it. it would be great to can and preserve them for future use. I’d like to start with either peach butter or roasted bell peppers…

  • http://www.domesticendeavors.com/ Kara

    I enjoy canning strawberry jams. I really want to can cherry butter this year!

  • pinkj

    I’ve done freezer jams–strawberry and other easy fruits. Would love to move on to pickled veggies next!

  • Sophie

    The first things that comes to mind are assorted Chinese pickles, paired with rice porridge for a hearty breakfast! I’ve never heard of homemade ones before, but I’d love to give it a try.

  • Trixie Vallient

    I have tried canning before several years ago – I made pickles – but I haven’t canned since as I had used borrowed equipment. I would like to win the canning set.
    Thank you for a great giveaway!

  • ladytick

    Started canning this year. My husband gets very nerdy about new things and we have already tried 5 jams and jellies in addition to tomato sauce, salsa, relish, and peaches. My favorite is his blueberry jam. Yum!

  • Erin

    A friend of mine taught me to can years ago. We made cran-apple butter. I also like to make pumpkin butter.

  • Lisa C

    I canned pickles with my grandma a long time ago but have yet to attempt it as an adult. Would love to give it a shot!

  • Allison C

    I have made lots of pickles before and made my first attempt at jam this year. I failed, but will try again until I get it right.

  • Jana H.

    My grandmother taught me how to can pickles and jam when I was younger. I love it, and each time I do it I look back and remember all of our time in the kitchen together with fondness.

  • Kristen

    I have not canned before but I would like to learn how to make homemade jams and can them for presents!

  • Kristie

    Never canned before, but would love to can homemade salsa!

  • Tania Tilp

    I canned once with my brother, my favorite thing that we made was hot pepper jelly.

  • Christine

    Never canned! It jibes with my desire to give homemade gifts, but it’s not something I’ve ever ventured into.

  • Christine Boulanger

    Have never canned, but wNted o for years…a little intimidated I guess! I must try, yiur chery jam has my mouth watering!

  • Laura Smith

    I’m where you were a few years ago….little intimidated! Love the thought just have never taken the plunge!

  • malformica

    I have not tried canning before, but have been pinning tons of recipes and I think this is the year to try it! This starter kit would be awesome to get my started! :)

  • Liz

    Started canning to give my father-in-law his favorite…apple butter!

  • Mary

    I’ve never canned before, but this is something I would really like to do — I was invited to make grape jam with an experienced jammer last summer and it didn’t work out, but I am hoping to make it happen this month!!!

  • Becca Harris

    I’ve not tried canning yet, but I’ve always been interested in learning. The first thing I would make is a berry jam, for sure. Though I’m still debating between strawberry and raspberry. I might just do both to save myself from having to choose!

  • Elizabeth

    We have never canned, but we have a bigger vegetable garden this year and would love to try preserving some tomatoes, maybe making some pickles and pickled jalepenos, or making fruit jam. This would be an awesome way to start!

  • http://www.path-less-traveled.blogspot.com lizibeth

    I’ve only ever been the helper (but have done a LOT of helping!) and would love to do it on my own :)

  • Carol Rodriguez

    I would love to can but haven’t taken the plunge (“what if I buy all that stuff and am lousy at it?”) — and peaches, peach pie filling, peach jam, that’s what I’d try first!

  • Cluttercafe

    I dabble!

  • JackieKC

    I tried canning once and I was never able to get my jars to pop.

  • Amy Sherwood

    I am trying my hand at canned tomatoes tomorrow in honor of National Can-It-Forward Day! I’ve canned pears before and it was a success so I am excited to try out tomatoes!

  • Sarah Godlove

    I’m intrigued by canning and love the whole concept. Last fall. I picked apples and canned apple butter. It was so much fun to give as gifts!

  • Tracie McPherson

    I recently lost my grandmother who was a true kitchen diva. I plan to learn how to can fresh fruits and vegetables to feel just a little of her presence. I am sure my family will appreciate it too:-)

  • saramama

    I love to can (jam and chutney) and could always use more supplies.

  • hstorm799

    I have never canned anything, but I would love to make my own Sour Pickles! I can’t find the really sour ones where I live, and I can put my husband’s heirloom cucumbers to good use! Thanks. hstorm799{at}gmail{dot}com

  • AnnaZed

    I used to can with my mother; I would so much like to do it again. I would love to reproduce her famous Mango Chutney (she lived in India before I was born and really knew how to make it).

    margueritecore [at] gmail [dot] com

  • Belinda

    Our grapevines provide lots of grapes for jelly. The first time that I made it though I did not provide a big enough stockpot and the grapes boiled all over the stove. What an experience! Nothing tastes better than preserving the fruits and vegetables at their peak and eating them during the winter months. Thanks Ball company for all of your advice and products.

  • mamy81

    I canned Ina Garten’s strawberry jam. I feared I did it incorrectly an never ate the any jam except my refrigerated one:(. I have always wanted to try again, but never mustered up the courage.

  • Hettie Lynn Tynes

    I like to can. This summer I made sweet pickles. I’d love to make some bread and butter pickles. Jellies, tomatoes, and pickles are my favorite things to can. I’d like to try some new things.

  • john hutchens

    I have canned a few times but my jelly turned out to be syrup so I am going to try again with fresh picked berries. I am going to try to make rose hip jelly, raspberry jelly and blueberry jelly

  • Sonya Montoya

    I’m still a “baby” at canning, but have really enjoyed the cherries I canned last year on cheesecakes, and pickled beets on my salads. Have several plums waiting for their turn this weekend…..

  • Jordan Thomas

    I have no canning experience, but it has been on my to-do-list for a couple years. I would likely first want to try making a raspberry jam.

  • Sarah

    I have never tried canning, but would love to. I would try to can tomatoes first, since fall is coming and I would love to have homemade canned tomatoes on hand for my cooking needs.

  • Diana Owens

    I canned tomatoes with my mother-in-law many years ago and would like to try again, shes no longer here to help me. I also made Fig Jam that was so good it only ended up lasting a month! Hope to get back into it fully again have been freezing most of our stufff lately

  • Ami Frost

    I’ve canned applesauce several times (a lot of work without an apple slicer/peeler!) and I just canned a bunch of peaches and peach pepper jelly–yum!

  • Gillian Townsley

    I am new to canning but hope to try the cherry jam!!

  • thumpertx

    My favorite canning project this year was blueberry jam. Unfortunately our TX peach crop was limited so I didn’t get to make any peach jam. Wish I had made your cherry jam when we had cherries available but will definitely save the recipe for next year. The Ball giveaway would make my canning experience so much more fun. Thanks!

  • Kathy Ritchie

    I have helped others can, but never had the equipment to do it at home myself. Would love to learn and teach my daughter. Thanks to you and Ball for a great giveaway.

  • Amanda B

    I have never canned myself. I have only helped my mother in law in the process by breaking green beans to can. I would love a starter kit to get going!

  • Prudence Blank

    The only experience I’ve had is making jam. I’ve always heard horror stories of botulism and food going bad, so I’ve shied away from canning. How I would love to can my own sauce with confidence. Maybe someday!!

  • Katie

    I’ve never tried canning but always wanted to make my own jams.

  • Cindy Battle

    I have tried canning pickles and freezer mixed berry jam, but I would love to really get more into canning

  • G B

    no- I haven’t tried canning before but was coincidentally thinking of giving it a try this weekend! We have a ton of cucumbers and I want to make pickles :)

  • Monique

    Always wanted to try canning. It looks like fun to make your own jams and such. I want to take advantage of all the last bits of summer delish fruits. Finality try something new/creative.

  • Carolyn

    I have put up fig preserves and salsas in the past . . . actually, my dad requested a case of salsa every year for Christmas . . . it’s been awhile, but I’m ready to start again. Cherry jam sounds delish!

  • Heather

    My mom and grandmother are (and were) big canners and I want to make the leap…just haven’t yet! I am just nervous about the time aspect of it!

  • Jennifer Hamilton

    My MIL used to can everything! So much she had 2 22qt canners. Now that all of her children are grown she doesn’t do it nearly as much. She gave one to me and the only thing I’ve tried so far was soup. I’m from Maryland so blue crabs are our thing! Every year when we get a bushel of crabs I save all the legs to make stock and make a huge pot of MD crab soup. Last year I made 20 qts! Most of them I canned to use throughout the year. I am interested in doing my own jams, preserves and salsas though.

  • Casie Madsen

    My grandma has helped me can salsa a few times, and peaches once with my mil. Would love to do it more though. Love having stuff like that on hand in the pantry.

  • Kim Wyatt

    My husband makes strawberry preserves and bread and butter pickles. I have not canned anything yet, but I want to learn. I would like to make raspberry jam to start out.

  • Afton Stolesen

    I’ve been canning since I was about 4 ( with my Mom’s help at the time). I can count on one had the number of times in my 26 years of life that I’ve had store bought jam or jelly. I enjoy canning so much and love teaching other people! I used to be a junior leader for a Jams and Jellies group my mom and I used to run for my 4-H club when I was in high school. I’d have to say other than the being able to eat the wonderful things we have canned, my favorite part of canning is hearing those little “pops”, delayed gratification knowing that the process worked!

  • Lori Vail

    My boyfriend and I just started canning this year. The weather was very good to our garden, so we’ve made so many jars of salsa and pickles. You’re right; it seems to intimidating, but is so easy. I think the root of the intimidation is the grand result of your miniscule efforts.

  • Lynn

    I’ve never canned, but would want to can tomatoes or a tomato sauce.

  • Kate Herrold

    I have wanted to start canning for the last couple of summers, but haven’t been able to scrounge up the money for the initial investment. Tomato products seem to make up almost all of my canned good purchases, so I would love to use your tutorial from last year to stock up on some canned tomatoes to get us through those winter pasta cravings. Thanks, Annie!

  • ElisabethTurner

    My friend introduced me to canning a few summers back. I think we were crazy. We each had a 2 year old and a baby and went out strawberry picking. We got 30 + pounds of strawberries, laid all the kids down for a nap and went to town. I must say it was one of the most fun learning times of my life! I haven’t been able to stop since. I’ve canned tomatoes, beans, peppers, corn and even fish, but my all time favorite was jams until last summer when I tried my hand at butters, as in pear, apple, peach, and this year blueberry plum. Happy canning!!

  • Jackie

    As many have mentioned in the comments, have never canned but it’s always something that swirls in the back of my brain as something I’d like to do! I think I’d go with either pickles (because my boyfriend loves them) or salsa (since I eat it every day!)

  • Kate

    I would love to start canning. We are trying to cut down on processed foods and this would be a great start. This post has boosted my confidence. I CAN DO IT!!

  • Laura Wilder

    I have canned pickled okra and that’s it! I’d love to can more things. I just gotta make time to do it.

  • Lauren

    I have tried a few times. Results were so so. I didn’t have a good recipie for one of the jams, so although the canning went great, the jam was not.

  • Madonna

    Growing up I would help my nonna can tomatoes and sauce. Since she moved back to Sicily I haven’t done much canning on my own. Recently, I’ve been more interested in making more of our food homemade, especially with a little one on the way.

  • C Halverson

    I have never canned as an adult, but I have fond memories of helping my mother can sweet pickles and strawberry and peach preserves. I’ve been thinking of giving canning a try … maybe my mother’s strawberry preserves, as my kiddos seem to love slathering it on everything these days!

  • Jennifer Kozar

    WOW – I am so intrigued by this. I so want to remove the processed foods my family eats and following you is helping tremendously. This is another I want to try thanks for the instructions and thanks to Ball for helping me get started.

  • Krissi Clark-Outland

    Love to can. Pickles and tomatoes are my favorite.

  • debbie

    I have been canning for years~ love to try new things. I actually have my grandfathers canning pot. I have canned tomatoes, pickles and other vegetables. Recently we made a fig spread abd canned it. It is fabulous!!

  • Nancy B

    I canned my first jams about 35 years ago. Back then we put paraffin was on top. Don’t can every year, but always enjoy it when I do.

  • Edwin y Rocio Maldonado

    I have zero canning experience but I intend to give it a try this year. We planted tomatoes & jalapeños in our garden this year so I’d like to can a marinara sauce & some salsa. I hope I win I’m in need of supplies… Thanks for the giveaway!
    Btw love your blog :)

  • Andreya

    I have canned tomatoes, salsa applesauce, peaches, apple pie filling and apricots. I grew up helping my mom can and I am really excited to get started myself I just need to start acquiring all of the supplies. I would love to can that delicious cherry jam!

  • Emily C

    Ooo- I love this giveaway!! I’ve committed to trying canning this season for first time and can’t wait to give it a go! Maybe jam?

  • Karla

    I’ve only canned tomato juice and salsa so far.

  • http://typingsunflowers.blogspot.com/ Brenda Steffen

    What a great giveaway! I’m new to canning, but so far this summer I’ve already canned two types of chutney: peach and fig. There are so many other things I’d like to try too — especially tomatoes and pickles.

  • Carolyn McCambridge

    I tried my first solo canning this past week with tomato jam. Didn’t quite go so well. The jam never reached the “sticky, jammy mess” as described in the instructions. After simmering for 2 1/2 hours I cut my losses and threw it in jars though I’m not real sure those ever popped. Oye!

  • Karen

    I have made freezer jam and I would really like to try canning my jam for longer storage.

  • RSweis

    I’ve made raspberry jam but haven’t canned anything else. Would love to try peaches…

  • Noreen

    I canned with my mom as a kid, we made enough apricot jam to last over two years. I still can’t eat apricot jam, I ate it everyday for two years :)

  • Anne J

    Every year my husband and I make jam. Always strawberry and this year we have tried blueberry and peach. We spend a morning picking the fruit at one of our favorite local farms and then go home to make the jam. We even gave small jars of jam as wedding favors. And we make lots of tomato sauce during the peak of tomato season. Tomato chutney is on my list this year as well. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • dek2711

    I have never ever canned and i would love to start but it seems very intimidating.

  • http://pantrydreams.blogspot.com/ Elizabeth

    I have no canning experience at all, but it’s definitely on my kitchen bucket list! I’d love to make pickles and all sorts of jams!!

  • Anne

    I made pickles this year and, so far, they are amazing! Would love to try tomatoes in the next couple of weeks!

  • Diana

    My only canning experience has been with my Mom or sister as helpers. I’d love to do more on my own! Top of my list is more jam, applesauce, and tomatoes.

  • smerkysmerk

    My grandmother taught me how to can pickles and tomatoes, which I try to make as often as possible. This summer I experimented with pickled green beans and zucchini…some were tasty, but let’s just say not all were successful.

  • Kyra

    My grandmother taught me how to can pickles and tomatoes, which I try to make as often as possible. This summer I experimented with pickled green beans and zucchini…some were tasty, but let’s just say not all were successful.

  • Liz

    I have never canned, but my uncles can hundreds of jars of tomatoes from their garden every year! I have jars from them that are years old and still good. Now that I am getting into gardening myself, I would love to learn how to can! <3 Liz

  • Amy K

    I have canned sinceI was a kid with my mom or my grandma. My hubby and I can a lot of tomatoes each year, and this year we added dill pickles and dilly asparagus to our annual canning list.

  • Megan

    I made some delish zucchini relish with my grandma just last week!

  • Jisun Chun

    New to canning and ive always wanted to can my own grape jam:) or any sort of berry jam

  • Lisa

    I have just started canning this summer and made BBQ sauce and pickles, it is way easier than I thought. Would love to win so I can keep canning.

  • http://www.hearthandhomefront.blogspot.com/ Moira @ Hearth and Homefront

    I have only made really small batches of jam that we could eat right away, but I haven’t tried any actual canning though. I’m nervous about it, but I really want to get over it and try! I would probably try some tomato sauce or rhubarb jam first!

  • Jenn

    I’ve never tried canning myself, but I remember my mom making and canning strawberry jam when I was a kid, and it was so good! I think first I would try pickles and then maybe something “exotic” like pineapple or coconut jam. So many possibilities!

  • SK

    Never tried canning before, but would love to one day, someday.. maybe winning this giveaway would be a ‘sign’ that I should start now ;-)

  • Amber

    My only solo canning experience ended with nothing canned and a stove fire on my electric cooktop. So I only can (pears and tomatoes) with help from friends!

  • Anne

    I learned to water-bath can two years ago, when I couldn’t resist the abundance of apples growing near my home. It was scary, but I did it! And although I’ve canned several other things since, I’m still not really comfortable with the whole process. I guess practice makes perfect, though, so there’s hope for me yet.

  • Aubrie

    I have never canned by myself (I did it with my parents as a child, but it’s been a long time!) I’ve been wanting to make some peach jam with fresh peaches from my sister’s tree this year…hopefully I can convince myself to do it!

  • http://www.seehubbycook.com/ JT and Dani

    Um…experience? Does watching count? I’ve watched my mother-in-law can everything in her garden like the apocalypse was coming tomorrow but I’ve never gotten in on the action. And now that I’m across the country from her I’m regretting it. I need my Thai dipping sauce and strawberry jam!

  • Anne

    I’ve never tried canning but I’d love to can something like marinara sauce or homemade salsa so we can always have it on hand!

  • Miranda

    New to canning, but would love to can green beans and make pickles, and also some tomato sauces so I can still enjoy things I grew in my garden as the year winds down.

  • Alaina

    All of the beautiful tomatoes coming out of my garden right now (and from my CSA!) are really pushing me to start canning. I haven’t canned before, but feel like now is the time! Thanks for offering this giveaway!

  • Susan

    I have never done canning on my own. My mom would make a salsa that she canned when I was younger and I remember her boiling the jars. I helped her make jam one time, but I have never done it myself. I would love to try making a raspberry jam to can.

  • Heather Hanson

    I come from a long line of canners, and just started doing it myself last Summer. Now I am ADDICTED!

  • Natalie

    I LOVE home canned food! Although I’ve had many not-so-happy moments. I love your posts!

  • Kathy Miller

    I’ve never tried it myself, but it would be fun and practical to learn how. I would like to try canning jams and tomatoes. Jams would be a wonderful treat to give away to friends and family come the holidays!

  • Lori

    I’ve been canning most of my life with my mom and ventured out on my own about 4 years ago. My favorite thing to can is salsa and pasta sauce and balsamic strawberry jam!

  • Judy E

    Have not canned…I freeze! I would love to learn. I have plenty of tomatoes and green beans to try it with!

  • Erin Robinson

    I just started a few years ago and have so far done jams and pickles. If I can get a garden in next year I’ll give tomatoes and spaghetti sauce a try.

  • Kendra Langhans

    No experience but I love pickles and jam! My mom and grandmothers all did canning so I am familar from growing up and would love to have the “treats” again.

  • Caresse Kenley

    Growing up, we canned applesauce, jams and peaches every year. But I’ve never canned anything solo!

  • Natalie F

    My dream is to can salsa. I’ve had a successful attempt at lemon marmalade so far. I’d love to experiment more!

  • Elizabeth from Indy

    A friend turned me on to canning several years ago. Every year now I can strawberry jam, apple butter, and applesauce. It’s great to be able to enjoy them all year!

  • Nicole

    I’ve canned my own jams and I just recently bought a book on canning because I would like to start canning more things such as tomatoes and other vegetables!

  • Anne

    Totally new to canning… Actually I’m also quite new to cooking!! But so far I love it and am so happy to provide my OWN food to my family. :) Right now I’m at my parents’, in France, and just watched my mother canning a delicious melon jam… And I thought : ok, I really have to try this! … And then, just a few minutes ago , I received an e-mail from a friend, mentioning your (great!) blog… And here I am, entering a canning supply give away! If it’s not a sign… ;)
    Anyway, my first attempt would probably be either an orange marmalade (my favorite!) or some “frita”, which is a specialty of my mother’s, made with tomatoes and bell peppers, and that I miss so much in California!

  • Neida

    I would love to try tomato canning hopefully later this summer.

  • Jen Baran Alfieri

    I have not tried canning but I can remember my grandma canning when I was a kid…all the tomatoes and pickles in her basement! I would like to can since I am in the process of switching my family of 6 to eating as few processed foods as possible! It is crazy that we live in Florida and it is hard to find fresh local food!

  • Eskai Foster

    I have recently started canning jams and jellies and some homemade applesauce. Homemade just tastes so much better! I would to win these supplies!