August 17th is National Can-It-Forward Day! This year’s event will be broadcasting from Union Square Greenmarket in New York City from 10:00am to 2:00pm EST. Food Network’s Ted Allen will be sharing his expertise at the event. Can-It-Forward Day is really an opportunity to learn how to preserve fresh foods and share canning knowledge with each other. To participate you can either watch online, host a canning party, or join the event in person. Additional giveaways from Ball brand will be offered on August 17th to those to tune in. You can also follow the conversation on Twitter at #canitforward. All recipes that are demonstrated will also be available on Fresh Preserving.
To celebrate National Can-It-Forward Day we’re giving away The Ball Canning Discovery Kit, The Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving and a case of Ball brand canning jars. These are the perfect items to get you started with canning. I have to admit, the whole thought of canning seemed overwhelming to me. I’m very happy to say that I tried it for the first time last weekend and it was a lot easier than I had thought it would be. I made pear & vanilla bean jam and it was so simple and fast, especially using the Ball FreshTech Automatic Jam and Jelly maker. It took all the guess work out of making jam. I’m excited to share that recipe with you later this week! In the meantime, good luck with the giveway! I can’t wait for you to try making your own jams and jellies! I think they make such wonderful gifts and a great way to preserve a little bit of summer.
Thank you everyone for participating! The winner is: Elizabeth Be!
Disclaimer: I was sent a complimentary discovery set, ball blue book guide to preserving and case of jars. One random winner will also receive the same. No compensation was received for this post or review. Affiliated links are included in the post. The opinions are my own.
I have been dying to try canning but never knew where to start so this would be awesome!! I think I would start with strawberry jam!
I will be making some pickles.
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My friends have a garden full of veggies they don’t know what to do with. Canning Party!!! Lots of rain, not too hot this summer, so a better harvest than usual.
I would make few batches of mango jam and few batches of pickles with it!
I use ball jars for everything! To store food, cold brew coffee, pickle vegetables. I want to make some kimchi next
Maybe some jam?
I will use it to can some salsa for winter!
Tomatoes, I grew a LOT this year.
I want to reproduce my Mom’s mango chutney (and can it).
I’m going to can some pesto…or maybe tomatoes and basil and make my own pasta sauce.
I’d love to try canning! My red pepper and jalapeno plants are going a bit crazy, so something out of thsoe would be awesome!
I’ll be making spaghetti sauce, tomato juice, dilly beans. 😀
Spaghetti sauce and/or salsa
I would also like to make mango chutney and can it
Today I’m canning pears, pickled peppers, and pickled garlic.
I will make some jam using the concord grapes from my garden.
If I’m the lucky winner, I’ll use the kit to can some blueberry jam and blueberries in light syrup, using the lovely little wild Maine blueberries. So good!
I have a recipe for blackberry and thyme jam that I’ve been dying to try!
Blueberries, as jam and or pie filling
Some jam using fruit from my garden.
I would make my kids favorite strawberry preserves and peach-ginger jam.
Home from the store with vast amounts of cherries it occurs to me how nice cherry jam would be later in the year, so I want to can some!
I want to can some blueberry jam!
I will can grape jam!
I want to can some things like green beans or hot peppers
I would make some raspberry jam with the raspberries from the U Pick farm 🙂
I think I might try to make my own variations on tomatoes. Throwing in fresh basil and rosemary for Italian ones (perfect for pasta). Chili powder and onions for chili?
I would can some chili so I can enjoy it easily on a cold winter night. Thanks!
I’ve got a hankering to make some blueberry jam. Think how pretty it would look in those blue jars!!
I also want to make so raspberry jam.
Jelly with grapes from my garden.
I’d like to can strawberry jam this year, and maybe pickles and tomatoes if I can get the jam right…
I would love to get some jam canned
pickles pickles and more pickles!!!!!
I would love to try making strawberry jam 🙂
My favorite hobby…I’m canning up a storm!
We’ve had some cool nights lately, and the apples are starting to look ready for picking. That means I’ll be canning some applesauce, among other apple goodies.
I would love to can some of my home grown tomatoes.