Are you excited about canning season yet? We are giddily participating in the Ball #CanItForward festivities by joining in a giveaway of Ball products, a longstanding staple in our own homes. On Saturday August 16, Jarden Home Brands will celebrate home canning with the first annual International Can-It-Forward Day, when they will gather in New York’s Union Square for a full day of canning and how-tos, all streamed live on the web. All the festivities will be hosted by host Top Chef Hugh Acheson. What a good time, eh?
I am so, so happy that there has been a canning revival in the last few years. There is just something so satisfying about spending a day hard at work and then stepping back and seeing jars and jars of home goodness lining your counter. And jams and jellies are the perfect thing to start developing your canning prowess – the failure rate is low and the deliciousness level is high! This pepper jelly is something I have been making for years and not only serves as a sweet and spicy treat on toast but can be used as a sticky glaze for all types of meats – it is especially great on pork or lamb chops. Maybe you can make it in your own brand-new set of Ball products – make sure you check out our giveaway instructions (and the Honey Lime Pepper Jelly recipe) after the jump.
To enter to win all of this canning booty (described below), just leave a comment to this post. Bonus points for tweets, Facebook shares or a mention in your own blog – just leave a link in a separate comment anytime in the next week – prize winner will be announced next Friday.
Here’s the lowdown on the prize:
Ball Heritage Collection Quart Jars with Lids and Bands, Green, Set of 6 – These limited edition jars commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Ball brothers’ “Perfection” Jar and come in a beautiful green tint. These are being produced only in 2014 and are available in both pint and quart varieties. (Pint retail value: $9.99 per case/ Quart retail value $12.99 per case)
Ball Fresh Herb Keeper – Many new to gardening start with herbs as an easy first step. To savor the seasonings, Ball has developed a new product to keep herbs fresh for up to two weeks. (Retail value: $12.99)
Dry Herb Jars – A perfectly-sized solution for storing your dried herbs. Great for storing seasonings, spices and rubs too! Stackable, low-profile design makes pantry or drawer storage more efficient than old, mis-matched containers. (Retail value: $4.99)
Ball Frozen Herb Starters – Preserve your fresh seasonings in ready to use cubes filled with butter, oil or other liquid for easy and flavorful meal starters. (Retail value: $11.99)
Ball 5-Blade Herb Scissors – Stainless steel blades to gently cut and evenly slice herbs like basil, parsley and cilantro. (Retail value: $9.99)
Ball Blue Book – Offering 125 pages that will guide you while you learn about preserving, this book provides information on equipment, instructions for the preserving method and recipes! (Retail value: $6.49)
Happy Canning, All!
HONEY LIME PEPPER JELLY
3/4 cup lime juice
2 cups honey
2 jalapeño peppers, thinly sliced
2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced
1/2 cup liquid pectin
Bring the juice, honey, and all peppers to a boil. Add in pectin and boil for 2 minutes.
Pour into half pints. Seal with lids and rings.
Process in a hot water bath for 20 minutes.
— posted by Donna