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The Can-a-razzi Is Coming to Seattle

Seattle will play host this week and next to a few luminaries in the canning world, and we couldn’t be more jazzed. Whether this is your first canning season or your tenth, these upcoming events are great opportunities to deepen your practice at the canning kettle.

Put-emUpStarting on Thursday, May 31, Sherri Brooks Vinton, author of “Put’em Up!” (and two forthcoming preserved titles) will kick off her Seattle trip at Book Larder, where she’ll lead a 90-minute demo, both pickled and preserved. Details here.

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CAA's Brook Stephens.

Sherri’s next stop is  Puyallup, where she’ll be presenting at the Mother Earth News Fair, a weekend-long showcase of gardening, DIY and all things green. Our money is on Sunday, when Sherri leads a jam demo at 11:30 a.m., followed by CAA recipe editor Brook Stephens, who leads a pickle demo at 2:30 p.m. (You don’t want to miss Brook’s demo — her pickles are to die for!)   Fair details here.

Food In JarsNext weekend, Philadelphia-based blogger and author Marisa McClellan will be showing off her new book, Food in Jars (also the name of her popular preserving blog) at Book Larder. Admission to Marisa’s Sunday morning demo/book signing is free. Details here.

Do you have canning experts breezing through your town? Share the scoop below in the comments section.


It’s a Can-A-Rama!

Our preserving celebration launches today with our third annual Can-a-rama, a week of home canning parties and seasonal preserving nationwide. From August 14th to August 20th, we encourage you all to gather with your friends and family around the canning kettle.

Today in Seattle, we have more free and open-to-the-public demos at Pike Place Market. At Noon, join us for an Apricot-Raspberry Jam Demonstration by Rebecca Staffel, of Deluxe Foods, a Seattle artisanal preserves company, or at 2:00pm to learn how to can Pickled Jalapeno Peppers by renowned pickle expert Lucy Norris.

If you can not join us in Seattle to kick off our Can-A-Rama, Rebecca and Lucy have graciously shared their recipes.






CAA in the News: New Day Northwest

Kim O’Donnel, cookbook author and founder of CAA, shows Margaret Larson how easy and tasty it is to can. To view the full segment, please click here.

You can can too! Join us online this Saturday, August 13th, for live-streaming demonstrations as part of National Can-It-Forward Day. View the full schedule of events here and be sure to sign up to get your log-in info on the website.


CAA in the News

Look who is getting excited about National Can-It-Forward Day, August 13th.


Can-It-Forward Day Demo Schedule

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In our third season of spreading the love for “putting up” food, Canning Across America is cooking up its most exciting endeavor to date. Mark your calendars for the weekend of August 13-14, when Canning Across America will be preserving up a storm at Seattle’s Pike Place Market.

As part of the first-ever National Can-It-Forward Day, Canning Across America members will teach the basics of water bath canning and some of the most popular summer canning recipes. The day-long event is free and open to the public and will include several how-to canning demos that will be streaming live on 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM PST. Viewers will be able to ask questions and post comments in real time. 



8:00 a.m.

Mixed Berry Jam Canning Demonstration featuring Ball® RealFruit™ Classic Pectin by Jeanne Sauvage, Canning Across America, Gluten-free baker & author

9:00 a.m.

Cooking Demonstration by Kelsey Angell of The Pink Door Restaurant featuring Mixed Berry Jam

10:00 a.m.

Canning Demonstration of Kosher Pickles featuring Dill Sandwich Slices recipe from Fresh made by Judith Dern, and cookbook author

11:00 a.m.

Cooking Demonstration by Diane LaVonne of Diane’s Market Kitchen featuring Dill Sandwich Slices


Canned Tomatoes Packed in Own Juice Demonstration featuring the Ball® Salt for Pickling and Preserving by Brook Hurst Stephens, Blogger,

1:00 p.m.

Cooking Demonstration by Philippe Thomelin of Olivar Restaurant featuring Canned Tomatoes Packed in Own Juice

2:00 p.m.

Mixed Berry Jam Canning Demonstration featuring Ball® RealFruit™ Classic Pectin by Jeanne Sauvage, Canning Across America, Gluten-free baker & author

3:00 p.m.

Pepper Jelly Canning Demonstration featuring Ball® RealFruit™ Low or No-Sugar Pectin by Shannon and Jason Jason Mullett-Bowlsby, Urban gardeners, canners, DIY masters & authors


The preserving celebration continues Sunday, August 14, with more free and open-to-the-public demos from Seattle’s most seasoned canners. It also marks the kick-off to Canning Across America’s third Can-a-Rama, a week of home canning parties and seasonal preserving nationwide.


Apricot-Raspberry Jam Demonstration by Rebecca Staffel, of Deluxe Foods, a Seattle artisanal preserves company

2:00 p.m.

Pickle Jalapeno Chile Peppers by renowned pickle expert Lucy Norris

If you do not live in Seattle area, we encourage you to host a party in your in your neighborhood and watch Can-It-Forward Day Web TV on August 13th! Sign up for Can-It-Forward Day here.


Save the date: National Can-It-Forward Day

On August 13th, join Canning Across America, Jarden Home Brands and millions of food lovers to learn the ease of preserving fresh food as part of National Can-It-Forward Day.

Who: Anyone can join. Whether you are new to canning or a seasoned pro, canning is always more fun when shared with friends.

What: Get a group together and host your very own Can-It-Forward Home Canning Party on August 13th.  Click here to get started.

Where: Jarden Home Brands, makers of Ball® Home Canning Products, will be hosting members of Canning Across America for live canning demonstrations at Seattle’s Pike Place Market. We will announce the full schedule of events in coming weeks  so get ready to join the Can-A-Rama:

  • Online: From 11 AM – 7 PM EST/8 AM – 4 PM PST, view demonstrations from the comfort of your own home or during a Can-It-Forward Day Home Canning Party!  Ask our experts and chefs questions in our live Q&A.
  • In Seattle: If you live in or are in the Seattle area, stop by Pike Place Market and participate in person!  We’ll be celebrating with live canning demonstrations throughout the day, give-a-ways and sampling and more!

Why: Celebrate the bounty of summer through with home canning with friends and family.

Between now and August 13th, be sure to join the canning conversation on twitter or facebook. We’d love to hear your stories, view your photos and share out love of canning as we approach this momentous day!





The Canvolution on Film

A few weeks ago, Seattle chef and veteran canner Diane LaVonne, of Diane’s Market Kitchen, shared her tips on the basics of canning. Videographer Len Davis captured the evening on film on location at the kitchen of Check it out!


Today’s Highlighted Event: Canning Demo in Seattle

Join us in Seattle at the Columbia City Farmers Market for a Canning Demonstration with Amy Pennington of Go Go Green Garden at 4pm. Amy was featured in “Reader’s Big Ideas” in the July issue of Sunset Magazine.

Special thanks to everyone at the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance for helping to make our Farmers Market demo’s happen. For a full listing of August events this week in Seattle, WA- go here.

Check back here for photos from our Can-tastic events. We invite you to submit your own photos (email: cansacrossamerica AT gmail DOT com) or send us a link to footage from your local canning events via YouTube.