National Can-It-Forward Day 2013 and a Ball Prize Pack Giveaway

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National Can-It-Forward Day August 17th, 2013

 Ball Prize Pack Giveaway


Let’s Celebrate!



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National- Can-It-Forward Day is August 17th

National Can-It-Forward Day 2013

This year National Can-It-Forward Day will be August 17th. Are you ready? How are you planning on celebrating? Are you canning some fresh fruit and veggies from your garden? If you are I am jealous. It has been a few years since I had my own garden. Space is limited where I live so I have to be satisfied with container gardening. 

If you don’t have a garden then if you are lucky enough to live where there is a great Farmer’s Market you can just pick up some  fresh veggies and fruits to can there. Farmer’s Markets are the next best thing to home grown!

Host a Canning Party

Are you planning on hosting your own canning party? What? You have never thought to host a canning party? Why not? What a great way to spend time  with some of your best friends and family then to gather together and can some jam or jelly. Back in the day that’s what women did in communities all over the country.


Can-It-Forward-Day Live Event Line Up:

Well if you can’t host a canning party or can some goodies yourself you can come hang out with Ted Allen, the Food  Network’s Chopped host, two-time Emmy and James Beard award-winning chef and cookbook author at the Union Square Greenmarket in New York City. The live demonstration starts at 10AM  and goes till 2PM EST. There is a full line up of canning experts and crafters doing live demos during that time.

  • 10:00AM-10:45AM: Jam making and water bath canning demo by Jessica Piper, Ball brand educator
  • 10:45AM-11:00AM: Craft Corner with Jordan DeFrank, FamilyFun magazine
  • 11:00AM-11:45AM: Pickles Demo and Pickle Waterbath Canning Demo by Rick’s Picks
  • 11:45AM-12:00PM: Craft Corner with Jordan DeFrank, FamilyFun magazine
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM: Special Guest Host Ted Allen canning and cooking demo
  • 1:00PM-1:15PM: Cocktails in Ball Jars hosted by Mason Jar NYC
  • 1:15PM-2:00PM: Jam making and water bath canning demo by Jessica Piper, Ball brand educator.  

If you are not in the New York City area you can still join in on the fun by watching the Can-It-Forward Day webtv live demo online at the Fresh Preserving website  or on the Ball Canning & Recipes Facebook Page

. You will be able to ask questions during the live demo in the chat box.

Can-It-Forward Day Giveaway

Now I am sure you are wondering what great Ball canning prize pack I have to offer you today. Ball has been kind enough to offer one of  the readers of Flour On My Face a Ball Canning Discovery Kit and a case of those gorgeous Heritage Blue Pint Jars. 

Ball Home Canning Discovery Kit

Win a Ball Home Canning Discovery Kit

I just got this kit myself a few years ago and let me tell you the rack and jar lifter makes getting those jars out of the boiling water so easy . No more struggling with boiling hot jars. It really makes lifting the hot jars out of the boiling water so much easier.

Ball Heritage Collection, Pint, Mason, Jars, Giveaway

Ball Heritage Collection Giveaway

By now you know how much I love the new Heritage Blue Jars. If you are a new reader do a search in the search bar at the top of this page for Heritage Blue Jars and you will see how many different ways I have used these beautiful jars.

You can enter this awesome Ball Can-It-Forward Day giveaway in the rafflecopter form below. Good luck and Happy canning!
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  1. Lisa Mcdonald says

    I am a seasoned canner, my mother in law over 30 years ago taught me the art of canning and I love it….

  2. Jeffrey says

    I just started canning last year so I would definitely fall into the newbie category. My favorite thing to can is jam/preserves with the fruit from my garden.

  3. kesha says

    This is my first summer canning and I adore it! It takes a little time, but is worth it! It is so much fun!

  4. Blessie Nelson says

    I have recently started the art of canning and I am loving it esp for the cold winters with my pickles!

  5. Robin C. says

    I hhave always wanted to do canning but have been to afraid I’d do it wrong, but I will be attending the event at Union Square on Can it Forward Day. I cannot wait to start canning!

  6. Jessica @ OrganicallYou says

    I’m new to canning!! My mom is a seasoned canner, though so she is going to show me the ropes :) Awesome giveaway I’d love to win! Thank you!

  7. Heather B says

    I am a seasoned canner. I have been canning since I was a little girl. My grandma taught me and we would do it together every summer.

  8. Robin Wilson says

    If I win this, I will be throwing my hat into the canning into the canning arena. Thank you for the giveaway.

  9. carol yemola says

    I love to can , but my favorite item is fresh spaghetti sauce using tomatoes and herbs from my garden.

  10. Debbie says

    I’ve been canning for several years, but don’t have all the new equipment that is available And I LOVE those blue jars. Brings back memories of my childhood and my great grandmother who had almost nothing but the blue jars. Would love to win. Thanks for the opportunity.

  11. says

    I started canning two summers ago and I’ve never looked back. I LOVE canning, especially when it’s winter and I open a fresh jar of canned preserves or salsa.

  12. Amy L says

    I’ve been canning for over 10 years. I don’t do as much now that my kids are grown and gone, but I can caramel apple butter (BBB recipe) every year, no matter what. It makes great gifts, and everyone loves it. If we have a bumper crop, I can tomatoes. My husband cans chnky sweet relish and bread & butter pickles too.

  13. says

    I have only done a little canning over the years. Its something that I have always wanted to really get into but just haven’t had the opportunity.

  14. Denise says

    I’m a returning canner. I canned a few things years ago and now have a nice garden and am happy to be canning wholesome foods for my family.

  15. Marla says

    I am a returning canner, I used to live where I had a big garden and canned simple things, applesauce and tomatoes, but now I purchase produce and am trying to get jam perfected.

  16. Cynthia R says

    I am new to canning. I had great success with jam. I’m ready to try something more ambitious like pesto!

  17. Tracy says

    I have never canned before, but I would like to give it a try! I have some pepper plants that are pproducing like crazy!

  18. Anne says

    I first tried my hand at water-bath canning a couple of years ago when the neighborhood apple trees were so fruit-laden I just had to preserve the harvest (applesauce, apple butter, apple jelly, apple slices in light syrup for pie, spiced diced apples in syrup for waffles or crisps). Since then, I’ve made blueberry jam, blueberries in light syrup, and clementine marmalade, and just this week I made peach jam (which came out much too soft but tastes good). Even after all that, I’m still not comfortable with it, and hope to pick up some tricks and tips on Can It Forward Day. (Hope that wasn’t TMI!)

    • says


      It sounds like you jumped right in! You are so lucky to have a very generous neighbor. I wish I lived where apples grew. I would have so much fun canning those apples. Down here in Florida I have to make due with citrus which although we love to eat it fresh I have only made marmalade and a star fruit jam once or twice. No one in the family liked the marmalade except for me!

      • Anne says

        I’m generally the only one here who eats the jam, jelly, and marmalade, too, so I know how you feel. But I do bake with them, which everyone enjoys. And the pretty jars make great gifts.

        Last year there wasn’t one good apple to be had, but this year looks like another bumper crop. We live in a rural area, so I just gather them up when I’m out walking, and there are several different varieties so the season lasts a long time.

        I would love to have citrus fruits that readily available! Up here in Maine, they’re almost prohibitively expensive–a lemon can cost a dollar. Lucky you!

  19. says

    I’ve only been canning for a few years. So far this year I’ve made a variety of dill pickles (spears, slices and whole pickles), bread and butter pickles, pickled green beans, pickled radish, hot pepper jam, and sweet pickle relish. I’m still waiting for my tomatoes to ripen for tomatoes for chili, and stewed tomatoes.

  20. Michelle says

    I grew up in a family that canned; and as a mother of five, continued that tradition as a way to save money and feed my children things that aren’t packed full of preservatives and other crap. I know that homemade gifts are the best and often will give my grown children jars of jam, homemade vanilla, etc. at Christmas or on other occasions. I’m waiting on some wild plums to ripen right now and will probably make jam with them.

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