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  1. Sandy says:

    I’m teaching my son to can – he’s in his 20’s and is very conscience of the benefit of growing and canning our own food! I love sharing my experience with him and seeing him so involved and appreciative of the art of canning. I have recently been asked to teach an adult education class on canning so I can pass on the knowledge of canning. I love knowing that I am investing in someone’s future!

  2. Jeanne says:

    Sandy: So fun! Fill out our class info form when you have your info and we’ll post it on the site!

  3. Kathie Adams says:

    I’ll be canning tomatoes & sauces & … with some fold who’ve never canned. It seemed more fun to do together. I’m hoping to attend a Master Food Preservation class this coming fall to increase my knowledge & skills.

  4. Mary Beth says:

    Years ago, a woman I call my “other mother” showed me how to can jam and tomatoes. I was thinking it was a long drawn out process. She made it seem calm, ordinary and important. I want to share that!

  5. Anita Simmons says:

    Teaching My Mother-In-Law!!!! To Can Tomatoe Juice! She loves Mine!

  6. Anita Simmons says:

    I know I’ve missed the contest but wanted to Share!!! this is a fantastic site!

  7. Donna L says:

    We love canning. We can beans, stewed tomatoes, pasta sauce and makes lots of jams.

  8. Brenda says:

    this is one of my favorite go to sites for canning..many times I find something new here! Getting ready to can Bruschetta in a jar this time of year!

  9. Mia says:

    Making me pick my favorite post is pure evil!!!!

  10. Jeanne says:

    Mia: Bwahahahaha! (that is my evil laugh) :)

  11. Jeanne says:

    Brenda: aw, thanks! And bruschetta in a jar? Wow.

  12. courtney says:

    I’ve always wanted to can some kind of fruity, savory chutney – to put on bread or be the easiest dinner ever (just pour over chicken and cook!) – maybe this year!

  13. Michelle Avila says:

    I remember many hot summer and fall days standing in the kitchen canning with my mother and sisters whatever daddy brought home at the end of his working day. Peaches, pears, tomatoes, beans, corn, to name a few but mostly jars and jars of jams and jellies. Now I am a mom and grandma and I share the tradition with my daughters, sons and young grandchildren. Even the youngest at 5, can sort lids and put them with the right size jar! It gives us time together doing something we will all enjoy later in the year!

  14. Patty Hicks says:

    Love this site! Thanks for doing the giveaway. Will be sharing with others. =-)

  15. Pam says:

    My daughter began to have cardiac arrythmias when she about 2 years old, and we learned about six months later that she had an MSG allergy, the one thing they put in most preserved/canned goods. I quickly learned to home can using the Bar Jar book, and I absolutely love the things I make without MSG and a lot of salt. Thank you Ball for helping me make my family safe all these years….and they make great presents too!

  16. Sharon Aikau says:

    I teach canning to my church group and also at a heritage home/ museum. There is a real surge in people wanting to know the traditional ways. They can’t learn from their own parents. The knowledge has seemed to skip a generation. I’m so glad These skills aren’t endangered anymore.

  17. Anita Simmons says:

    Loving All the opportunities/ chances at getting things to add to my canning closet! Great Give – Aways you offer!

  18. Carrie Ross says:

    When I was little, I used to help my mom make fig jam with the figs we got from our fig tree in the back yard. We would also make pickles…a favorite in our household! I haven’t done canning since then and now that my mom has passed I would love to get back into it and share the experience with my son. I have NO clue what I am doing so winning this starter kit…or anything for that matter…to help get me started is greatly appreciated!! :-)

  19. Val Moreland says:

    Years and years ago I helped my mother make fig preserves! I was jar wipper! She is gone now and the memories are wonderful. A couple of years ago I looked in the backyard and noticed the birds chowing down on figs. I thought then well it seemed easy to do with my mother sooooooooooooo…..I found all the canning stuff, replaced some and found the recipe. Now I look foward to July and the fig season. Seems like Mother is standing right there with in the kitchen and also helping pick the figs. I give the preserves as gifts during the year and at Christmas. Oh one thing I remember is Mother said to always share….with friends, neighbors and the birds!!!! We leave the figs at the top of the tree for the birds!!!!!! LOL

  20. Anita Simmons says:

    Guess I missed a good one again. LOL… My father in law lives in NC.. and afraid to can tomatoes…he remembers when his mom…she’s 91 now… would put up tomatoes and lose maybe 3-4 per dozen… I think he needs to remember that preservation recommendations are quite different now… But good story to hear him talk about the old times.

  21. Shannon says:

    Good question… I do, but never really thought about it. Can’t wait to see the answer!

  22. Michael says:

    I love your comment Mary Beth, “She made it seem calm, ordinary and important”. Just lovely of you to share.

  23. Kim says:

    Sounds like a wonderful book! Hope I win!

  24. Kimberly says:

    I plant a garden every year and can as much a possible. I would kove new recipes and ideas.

  25. Mable says:

    How nice and elitist of you to confine the give away to folks who have such continual access to a computer (instead of at their library, so time limited) that we can play around with Flickr. That way only nice middle class folks, who can because it makes them feel virtuous instead of to really save money, can get yet anoter of life’s freebees. Thanks a lot.

  26. Jeanne says:

    Mable: It certainly wasn’t our intention to do our giveaway in an exclusive manner. We have done most of our giveaways on our website. We have done giveaways on the forms of social media that our various readers are on. We have also done a giveaway via Twitter. It turns out that a good portion of our readers are on Flickr, which led us to feel that a Flickr giveaway would be a good option this time around.–Jeanne

  27. La Dolcezza says:

    I’m hosting a canning party tomorrow! So excited! :) I’m posting the recipes we’re going to use to my new Can-a-rama board on Pinterest!

  28. Donald Ransier says:

    I learned to can from my Grandparents, mother, I am the proud owner of their glass jars with glas tops. Anyone have an idea were I can find wide mounth glass lids. Over the years it seems I lost three of them and two standard lids thanks for any help you might be willing to give to me.

  29. Jeanne says:

    Donald: The USDA recommends using the jars that have 2 part lids–the lid and the ring that holds the lid down.