National Can-It Forward Day – Giveaway [Closed – Winner Announced]

With summer in peak season right now, it is time to preserve your fruits and veggies so you can eat them in the winter months just as fresh as you can today!

My mom always canned growing up.  I can remember the homemade pickles and preserves and green beans in our basement.  She was always super conscious of our health!  So, when the Ball company asked me to participate in their National Can-It Forward Day to help educate others on how easy canning is, I jumped at the chance!

Using the Ball home canning kit, it was super easy to can veggies and jellies to use later.  Here is the kit that was sent:

Ball Home Canning Discovery Kit

It came with everything that I needed in order to can fresh fruits and veggies.  See how easy it is?

Ball Home Canning Kit

Just imagine opening canned fruits and vegetables in the winter that you canned yourself!  Talk about feeling good about your choices!

I am stoked to try to make some homemade salsa with home grown tomatoes!

For now, I decided to use some fresh fruit that I had and make some homemade jam.

Ball Homemade Jam

I made peach:

Ball Homemade Peach Jam

And of course Strawberry:

Ball Homemade Jam

My nephew said it was the best strawberry jelly he had ever had!  And I felt good because I knew the ingredients that went into that jar!

Ball brand makes homemade jam and jelly super easy with their jam and jelly maker!

Jam and Jelly Maker

Not only did they want to show me how easy it was to can, but they also want to show people across America.

The Ball brand is committed to helping others learn just how easy it is to can and is hosting a third annual National Can-It-Forward Day on Saturday, August 17.  National Can-It-Forward Day allows home cooks to connect via a national circuit of canning parties and social media activities. New and experienced canners can participate in a live webcast of canning demos where viewer questions will be answered in real-time.  This year, they are even going to have a Food Network star, Ted Allen live on site demoing his favorite canning recipes for YOU!

The National Can-It-Forward Day webcast will begin at 10am EST on August 17th live from Union Square Greenmarket in NYC.   You can participate in the live webcast of canning demos and ask questions that will be answered in real-time! There will also be additional giveaways from the Ball brand offered for those who are tuned in.  If you are on Twitter, join in the conversation, LIVE on 8/17 using the hashtag #canitforward.

To learn all about how to participate in Can-It-Forward Day go to Fresh Preserving!

Want to do some canning for yourself?  Well, the Ball brand has two fabulous giveaways you can enter to win some awesome prizes!

For you, my readers, Ball is giving away these fabulous things:

  • The Ball Canning Discovery Kit
  • The Ball Blue Book Guide To Preserving
  • One coupon for a free case of Ball brand canning jars

Blue Book Guide to Preserving

To enter, just leave a comment on this post telling me what vegetable you will be canning first if you win!

CONGRATULATIONS KAREN PRICE! You are the winner. Please email me at with your complete mailing address!

Another way you can win a GRAND prize is by following Ball Canning on Pinterest, pinning an image with the hashtag #canitforward onto one of your own boards (please re-pin one of my pins!) and then email your pin to to complete the entry process.  You just might win a $500 gift card to!  Four runners up will receive a Ball branded package including a Ball Blue Book, Canning Discovery Kit and Case of Heritage Collection Jars. Check these out:

Heritage Collection Jar

So start Pinning to win and see just how easy it is to can!

I hope you will all participate in the National Can-It Forward Day on Saturday to see just how easy it is to can!

Want more information?  You can find the Ball brand here on FacebookTwitterPinterest and their online retailer at

Ball brand compensated me for my post with free products.  As always, all opinions expressed are my own!

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About Jennifer Swafford

Jennifer is an elementary school teacher who is trying to lose 100+ pounds. She has certainly learned how much It Sux To Be Fat and is here to motivate you to live a healthy lifestyle.