2015 #CanItForward Day Is Here!


I love this day.

It is a day where Jarden Home Brands joins forces with chefs and food preservers around the country and goes on tour showing everyone how it’s done.

And today is the day. There is a live stream at the bottom of this post where you can watch it all unfold.

I have been canning up a storm and freezing lots of our summer harvest for use all winter long. In our new home (not so new anymore) we have plenty of space to grow and we’ve been doing just that. This year’s garlic harvest was excellent. And now, here come the tomatoes and peppers. I see lots of tomato freezing, sauce making and salsa enjoying in my future! Ball even has a new recipe book out – and cucumber relish is going to be my new try for this summer!

One new recipe I tried this year was one from A Farm Girl Dabbles for pickled red onions. I plan on using them on some pulled pork sandwiches. YUM!


Bonus: They look pretty amazing in the new purple mason jars that Ball has put out this year. Combined with the purple lids – you can’t get much prettier than that. A neat hostess gift for that summer BBQ!!

Last year I really got on an herb preserving kick and this year it has continued. I used those frozen herb cubes all winter long in soups, stew and other dishes and I plan on doing it again. Here’s a peek at the equipment I use.  And this year I have been doing the same. I grew parsley, rosemary and basil and have been storing them all!

Tonight I just picked about 7 pounds of perfect cukes – a mix of A.C. Pickling, N.C. Pickling and Slicing and so I’ll be watching Can It Forward Day and participating in it too. I’m thinking of trying cucumber relish!

Tune in HERE:

And leave a comment with your favorite thing to can for a chance to win a coupon for a case of these gorgeous 2015 Heritage Collection purple jars! 

***Disclosure: In return for posting about Can It Forward Day, I received products from Ball to review. Some of them I mention in the above post. I love Ball jars and am stoked that they came out with a new recipe book this year which I have already jumped into using! All thoughts and opinions are my own.  


About Lauryn Blakesley

A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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  1. I really like to can tomato soup, pickles and apple butter.

  2. Joan Kubes says:

    My favorite thing to can is garden salsa. My family just can’t get enough of it!

  3. My favorite is blackberry jam.

  4. Rhonda Craig-Schwarz says:

    I am an experienced canner who has been on a break after much life transition. Feeling better and looking forward to drowning in this wonderful process again. My grandmother first taught me to can lovely little jars filled with homegrown jam, so this is always a seasonal must-do.

  5. I like to can pickles!

  6. I like to can jams and jellies with my homegrown berries!

  7. Always been curious, but nervous, about canning…but oooh those purple jars make me swoon! Tempted to give a shot this Fall.

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