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One of my favorite ways to connect with others is through food! We all have to eat and I am a firm believer that a good meal with the people we love is a great way to show love, friendship, share in happiness, sorrow, etc. Jarden Home Brands, makers of Ball® brand home canning products, is celebrating their 6th year of the Can-It-Forward Day – a day that the encourages canners, gardeners, food enthusiasts and more to pay it forward, share and raise money for local charities.
When I was in elementary school, I used to spend a lot of my Summer with my great aunt and uncle. They always had a beautiful garden that thrived year after year even in spite of drought or over-rained conditions that would destroy others’ throughout the area. Looking back, I think it was their blessing for being so giving with the fruit of their labors. They canned enough to fill their cabinet until the next season and provided local residents with donations of fresh and/or canned goods. I spent hours helping pick tomatoes, cucumbers, shucking corn, snapping beans and more. It always warmed my heart to see how much good they were doing for our community.
Times have changed and people have become accustomed to ‘busy’ lifestyles so grab-and-go has become the norm. I admit that our family, too, fell into that trap but a few years ago, we took a step back and wanted to go back to the good ol’ days. It didn’t take long for my love of the simple things in life to return. I fell in love with creating meals from scratch, growing our own veggies and raising animals for fresh eggs and meat. One taste of something so pure and you would be hooked, too!
How to Participate in the Can-It-Forward Event
So, how do you participate in such a fun (and YUMMY!) event that gives you the good fuzzy feeling? It’s easy! Tune into the Ball® Canning & Recipes Facebook page on July 22nd, 2016. The experts from the Ball® brand and Ball® Fresh Preserver Ambassadors will be sharing their favorite canning recipes via Facebook Live. During the event, you can comment to share your personal canning adventures, tips and tricks. If you’re a newbie, you will find everything you need to get started on your canning journey – a warning though, you may become addicted because it’s so much fun and delicious! All canning questions will be answered throughout the day via the Twitter handle @BallCanning and be sure to use the hashtag #canitforward in your posts.
Pledge to Can-It-Forward!
Join me and pledge to can it forward on Friday, July 22nd, 2016. Visit FreshlyPreservedIdeas.com to sign the pledge and you’ll receive a $5.00 coupon to use on the FreshPreserving.com website! When you’re finished pledging, you can share the day with your friends via Facebook and Twitter!
Be sure to also visit the Freshly Preserved Tumblr page for inspirational ideas!
Helping Local Charities
This year, Ball® is embodying the spirit of “canning-it-forward” in a new way. With the help of the Ball® Fresh Preservers, they selected five small, local non-profit organizations to benefit from the event. Chosen based on their location and food-based mission, for every engagement on the Can-It-Forward Day Facebook Live videos on July 22nd, Ball® will donate $1 to one of the following local charities, up to $1,000 for each:
- Southside Middle School Panther Pantry (Muncie, Indiana; Chosen by Jarden Home Brands)
- The Food Trust (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Chosen by Food in Jars)
- EnrichLA (Los Angeles, California; Chosen by Garden Betty)
- Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee (Nashville, Tennessee; Chosen by The Country Chic Cottage)
- Food Lifeline (Seattle, Washington; Chosen by Yesterday on Tuesday)
I am excited to support such a wonderful cause! I hope you will join me!
The All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving Book
This book is spectacular! You will find over 200 recipes that will leave you drooling in desire! I couldn’t pick just one to try out and share with you so I picked two jams that make summer more flavorful with two of my favorite fruits – apples and peaches! In addition to the jams, the book covers recipes for pickles, salsas and dishes like crab cakes. It’s packed full of canning information for making sure the process is carried out properly as well as tips for processing times, recipe formulas, etc. Right now, if you purchase the All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving, you’ll receive FREE SHIPPING on your entire order!
Collection Elite Wide Mouth Pint Jars
To add to the fun of canning and preserving, I was sent a 4-pack of the new Ball® Collection Elite® Color Series jars in the never-released blue glass! My kitchen decor is grays and blues so these look amazing on my counter and in my pantry. For gifting purposes, I love the colored jars – they add more spunk! Please note that this is actually colored glass and not coated so your food is completely safe!
Apple Pie Jam
Do you love a good old fashioned apple pie? You know, the ones with a golden, flaky crust that is filled with flavorful apple filling and a side scoop of vanilla ice cream? Now you can have all that flavor in a spoonful of jam for biscuits or toast. This recipe is so flavorful that I can eat a spoonful and every taste bud is jumping for joy at the fantastic flavor and sweetness.
One (1) reader will win a copy of the All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving, a 4-pack Collection Elite Wide Mouth Pint Jars and a $5 off coupon to be used on FreshPreservingStore.com. The giveaway will end August 3rd, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. CST.
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