It’s canning season… are you ready? This year I’m participating in the International Can-It-Forward Day and cannot be more excited. To help me get in canning mode, my friends at Ball graciously sent over some canning products to test out and get me in prepared for a day of canning!
So what is the International Can-It-Forward Day? It’s an event where you can learn the basics of canning to preserve the season’s freshest produce among other things. This year it will be held via live webcast on Saturday, August 16th and our host will be the ever popular judge of Bravo’s Top Chef show, Chef Hugh Acheson! You’ll see live canning demonstrations using some of Ball’s best canning products…
Can-It-Forward Day will contain a variety of exciting ways to join in the fun. New this year, Can-It-Forward Day will become International Can-It-Forward Day with special events taking place in Canada, Australia and South Africa!
- Schedule of events:
10:00am – Pepper Jelly demonstration by Chef Sara featuring the FreshTECH Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker
10:45am – Tips on urban gardening & herb preservation
11:00am – Peach Siracha Jam demonstration by Marisa McClellan of Food in Jars
11:30am – Crafting in Ball jars with staff from Martha Stewart Living
11:45am – Hugh Acheson Preserving and Mixology demonstrations
1:15pm – Special Mixology demonstration with local mixologists
- 1:30pm – Salsa Verde demonstration by Chef Sarah featuring the FreshTECH Automatic Home Canning System
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Need some ideas on what canning supplies will help you out in the kitchen? Check out my reviews of the products below! I highly encourage you to get some canning products to play with and you can find them here at the Ball Fresh Preserving Store…
With herbs growing like crazy in my kitchen, I end up pruning them often when I’m cooking or for family and friends to take herbs home. These scissors make it easy to cut up the herbs to use in recipes as well as prep to dry or freeze and use later. I love how one cut can easily chop and mince up herbs, saving me time and effort in the kitchen!
And while we’re on the subject, all those minced herbs can be dried and stored in these great jars. The wide mouth jars make it easy to fill with dried herbs and the tab allows you to use as much as you need for recipes. They stack perfect for storage and the clear containers make it nice to identify what you have in them.
Lastly, to get some inspiration and recipes for things to can and preserving, this book is full of ideas! I love how nicely the book is laid out with colorful photos. Everything from pickling, jams, jellies, compotes, chutneys and even pie fillings are captured in this book. The recipes are simple and don’t require a ton of ingredients to overwhelm you either!
And to make it even easier for my readers, I’m hosting a giveaway of the same above products! On Aug. 15, a random What’s Cookin, Chicago Facebook Fan will win this package of Ball® canning and preserving tools. To participate, LIKE us on our Facebook Page! And if you’re already a fan, you’re automatically entered!
So be sure to catch the live webcast of the International Can-It-Forward Day on August 16th from 10:00am – 2:00pm EST!
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